The Girl Who Leapt Through Time


As an anime fan/addict, I was really excited to watch The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. It’s this Japanese anime film that has won many accolades. My fixation with anime is something that is not within the scope of this blog post, lol. The movie was really good. It was about a girl who obtained the ability to (you guessed it) travel in time accidentally. Sounds cliche and overdone but the whole plot was quite credible and endearing. Makoto is a high school girl and her two closest friends are Kousuke and Chiaki, one a pre-med student, the other a happy-go-lucky guy.

Time waits for no one. These words were scrawled on the board of the science laboratory. And this sets the stage for the beginning of time travel for the heroin. Makoto, as a high school girl, only uses her ability of ‘time leap-ing’ for trivial things. It clearly wasn’t in her head to change history and kill Hitler or something. It makes the film quite lighthearted for such a heavy topic. But things start to go wrong. As she changes events in the past to her liking, there were more and more consequences in the future. A student becomes injured, another loses his head in a nervous breakdown. And Makoto looks on, helpless. She tries to change the present by changing the past, but things don’t turn out the way she wants to most of the time. She rushes through time and space, and is left exhausted and anguished.

I don’t want to kill the ending for whoever reads this. So I just want to say that I really like the ending. It was oddly sweet and heartwrenching. Not a definite happy ending but with an optimistic outlook. There were scenes that were simple but moving. I like the one where time was frozen and the two main characters were talking through the frozen crowds at the pedestrian crossing.

Chiaki: I’ll be waiting in the future.

Makoto: I’ll be right there. I’ll run there.

2 Responses to “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time”
  1. ms tan says:

    i just watched it and argh… i wish the ending was a bit more optimistic. heh. just being the idealist here.

  2. hahaha, the ending is very Japanese I guess. It’s hopeful but not definitely happy.

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