DailyView: Day 341, Movie 488
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was an animated, sci-fi romance/coming of age Anime from Japan directed by Mamoru Hosoda. As you can probably gleam from the movie title, this deals with time travel.
Time travel is always a challenge because of all of the different manners in which it has been executed in movies over the years. In this case, the time travel has been called “team leap” and it allowed the time traveler to go to a location in the past and relive everything again and make adjustments to the time line.
Once the form of time travel is established and the rules are stated, it is important to remain consistent with them, otherwise you can mess up your story.
According to IMDB: “A high-school girl named Makoto acquires the power to travel back in time, and decides to use it for her own personal benefits. Little does she know that she is affecting the lives of others just as much as she is her own.”
Makoto, Chiaki and Kōsuke and their relationships are the key to the film. Everything that Makoto does using her time travel powers was wasteful and she was slowly learning what was important.
The animation is beautiful and the story is creative and wonderful. The three characters could be whiny at times, but that was pretty typical for the style.
I did enjoy the film and it was an enjoyable animated time travel flick.