When I first heard about “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time,” I was unimpressed. After all, the entire plot was revealed in the title and time travel is a common cliché. Despite strong reviews and testimonial from friends, I dreaded watching it and procrastinated. When I finally did watch it, I was pleasantly surprised. After pondering this fact, I realized that I respected the quality of the direction and acting--the actual premise wasn’t as important as I had previously determined.
I explain this because it defines what I like about anime over other media. Anime is a medium that can convey a wide variety of different themes and ideas. So instead of liking one theme or genre (say fantasy), I find myself respecting and admiring shows that are quality first (in terms of voice acting, animation, character development, direction, music, etc); the theme itself is less important.