Story: Nothing less than an incredibly majestic masterpiece, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a beautifully told story about a girl who gains the ability to time travel and uses it to its full extent through the course of her high school life. The beauty of this movie is that, even though it may seem like just a normal Science-Fiction film at first glance, as you watch it you are drawn into a amazing love story with two of the best anime characters I've ever seen.
The story was bittersweet, tear-inducing and the ending the most memorable anime ending I've ever come across. By the end of the film you feel like you've known Chiaki, Makoto and Kousuke all your life and you revel in things what make them happy and cry in things what make them sad. The films ending is one of the only things ever what have made me cry and it teaches you a very important lesson: To not take love for granted, because one day it will leave you.
Animation: Admitedly this could look a little...unimpressive at times, but in the important parts such as the ending the animation went up a notch and became simply superb to say the least. Actions like the characters falling or walking could be a little iffy, but thats it.
Sound: With a beautiful soundtrack consisting of stunning songs, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time easily is the anime with the most memorable music for me. The ending song, Garnet, as well as the perfect song Kawara Nai Mono are just a few of the amazing tracks featured throughout this movie, and I've never heard better music than in this film.
Characters: Some of the best characters in any anime, the love triangle between Kousuke, Chiaki and Makoto is amazing. Chiaki is simply adorable and his story concerning Makoto is bitterweetly beautiful. Makoto, despite being tomboyish - a trait I can usually find irritating in female protagonists in romance shows- I found to my pleasure was a very likeable character, likewise for Kousuke. There wasn't one character who I didn' love; and this was a good thing.
Overall: Amazing film, amazing story, amazing characters, amazing animation, amazing music. WATCH IT.