The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)


The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)

Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Starring: Riisa Naka, Takuya Ishida, Mitsutaka Itakura

A high school girl gains the ability to time travel and quickly decided to use her new talent to improve her life.

This movie originally came up on my radar because Yoshiyuki Sadamoto is the character designer. You may not think that's much of a reason, but for someone like me where the aesthetic is a large part of what with draw me to a series, it was enough. Until about the second act, this is a fairly lighthearted movie of a fairly simple-minded girl using extraordinary powers for very trivial reasons. Then the consequences of her actions start to pile up. It's an interesting take that takes some elements of a Groundhog's Day loop but doesn't strictly play to any one category of time travel story. It may just be me, but the animation and the characters occasionally seemed a bit wonky, just enough to distract but not really a dealbreaker. All told, it's not a mind-blowing film by any stretch, but it's enjoyable enough and certainly worth a watch.

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