~”Time waits for no one.”~
At first, Makoto is just your typical teenage girl. She goes to school, hangs with friends, and gets terribly awkward in any romantic situation she finds herself in. That is, until one fateful day when an accident nearly ended her life. Waking near the train tracks, Makoto is astonished to find, that the train must have just miraculously missed her. It isn’t until later, that Makoto realizes that not only had she narrowly avoided death, but she had also jumped (quite literally) back in time. Eventually, with the help of her Auntie Witch, she learns to harness this power and use it at will. Of course, Makoto begins to have fun with this, and abuses this power at first. She changes small things, petty stupid things, such as going back and eating pudding out of the fridge before her little sister can get to it. Most of her abuse of this power, comes in getting herself out of awkward situations with a boy who likes her. But all things have a limit, and so does Makoto’s ability. But by the time she realizes, it may be too late to fix the things she wronged. And after realizing that she may in fact be in love with this boy, it may also be too late to tell him.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time starts out slow, but picks up pace as it nears it’s touching ending. Unexpectedly, TGWLTT is more of a love story than a tale of time travel, and a good one at that. It’s light-hearted, fun, and teaches us all to be happy with the life we have. Although it’s premise of awkward teenage love is rather simple, the story itself can become incredibly complex when you dig deeper into it. The ending alone has more theories and conspiracies than that of Inception. Overall, I enjoyed my journey with TGWLTT, and it’s mix of humor, romance, and believable characters make for a great night of anime. Take away the time travel aspect, and you still have a touching love story. Keep it in, and you have a wonderfully original movie that is worth a watch.
Pros : Lovable, Believable Characters | Original | Colorful Art Design | Simple, Yet Complex
Cons : A little slow at the beginning | Confusing Ending | Lack of Closure
Final Verdict : 8/10