The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006) movie poster

director Mamoru Hosada
viewed: 01/12/2013 

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a sort of disappointing anime that I watched with the kids.  It had gotten pretty good reviews and I’m always trying to mix it up.

It’s quite the soap opera, though light-hearted, cute at times, and upbeat.

A teenage girl discovers that she can “leap” through time.  What does she do?  Go back to significant historical periods?  Fly into the far future to see what fate awaits the Earth?

No, she goes around her bad day, trying to tweak her behavior to make everything fun and peachy keen.  Sing karaoke for hours.  Eat your favorite meal for dinner.  Get the dessert that your sister stole from you.

It’s adapted loosely from a 1960’s Japanese science fiction novel, so maybe the small-mindedness of the character is more a representation of the period?  Or is it an accurate image of certain “girls”.

And while her final leaps move towards more significant goals, it’s a pretty pathetic image of what a teenage girl would do.  Sweet as she is.

Clara was fairly engaged with it. Felix thought that it didn’t measure up to other Japanese animation that we’ve watched.  I have to agree.  Not horrible but utterly forgettable.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time would have benefited from thinking and looking…before…she…you know…

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