Makoto Konno is a somewhat foolish and tomboyish high school student who spends most of her time hanging out with her two male friends. Things change one day when she suddenly gains the ability to leap through time! At first, she uses her newfound ability to do things such as preventing her sister from stealing her dessert, cheating on a test, and singing Karaoke for 10 hours. However, the small alterations she makes to the timeline turn out to have unforeseen consequences that snowball into dramatic and lethal situations for her and those around her...
Little Ichigo wants a different dad; her stepfather doesn't seem to love her, and makes her mother cry. So when Ichigo meets a fairy named Cappy she wishes that her mother would have married her biological father, transporting her into the past where she must become her parents' matchmaker! But Kyousuke, her real father, isn't the only one after her mother's heart. Now Ichigo must try to get the shy, bumbling Kyousuke to prevail over the outgoing, confident Yuuji, for the fate of her family!
While at glance, both of these appear to be varying degrees of lighthearted, both ultimately have a serious message - if you have the power to change the past, should you? I enjoyed both, so even if one doesn't look like your cup of tea, watch it through to the end.
In Japan, a team of scientists have created a medical breakthrough: a device that allows the wearer to enter the dreams of a patient, for the purpose of healing. The talented Paprika is a master at her profession, but complications have now appeared in the form of a “dream terrorist” – an unknown foe who inserts nightmares into the minds of those who use the device. The victims are swept up in a ghoulish parade of dolls, kitchen appliances, and musical animals, and are reduced to a vegetable state – or worse. Now, Paprika and the team of scientists must delve into the minds of those affected to figure out the source of the tampering before more people, including themselves, are damaged beyond repair.
Born into the wealthy family of a famous musician, Shu Amamiya feels it is his fate to become a professional pianist. But when he transfers to a new elementary school, his goal is threatened by an obnoxious classmate, Ichinose Kai, who has the ability to produce beautiful sound from a piano that was thought to be broken. The two quickly become friends; however, their friendship is tested when they face off in a competition to determine who has the better skill, greatest ambition, and the strongest love for the piano.
It's all about the atmosphere. Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo and Piano no Mori gave a similar "feel". It could possibly be the similar style of art and colours that influenced this ambience. I would say that the direction of drama as a genre go hand-in-hand when it comes to these two titles. Piano no Mori and Girl Who Leapt Through Time are excellent movies.
"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also known as the internet), the line between it and reality becomes more and more unclear. Close the world, open the nExt.
When her mother died in childbirth, Naho became not only a sister, but a new mother to her baby brother Jun. While Naho would rather be out with her friends, talking about boys and having a good time, she often is shouldered with the responsibility of looking after Jun instead. A part of Naho would love for Jun to be gone forever; and when the dream sphere dealer Kotarou shows up at her door, Naho might finally get her wish...
Yumedamaya Kidan and Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo are certainly "coming of age" stories that are fit for just about any audience. Both titles go through a nervous strain of making a very important decision through their life; a simple yes or no trial. The two main girls have fitting personalities and I recommend this title if you liked the other. What truly initiated this recommendation though, was simply the (animation) sequence of Naho going to the dream world, or Makoto going through time - it was quite similar.