The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

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Feature Film: 7 July 2006 / 98 minutes
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Art Director: Nizo Yamamoto
Background Artist: Kazuo Oga
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This theatrical production by Madhouse of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (時をかける少女 Toki o Kakeru Shoujo (Tokikake)?) is one of eight film or TV adaptations (and the only animated one) based on the 1967 manga by Yasutaka Tsutsui (筒井 康隆 Tsutsui Yasutaka?) (Paprika). The film premiered on Tanabata, 7 July 2006 in Japan and on 19 November 2006 in North America at the Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema.

The film has many of the crowd-pleasing qualities of a Studio Ghibli film. Not surprising, given that it was directed by Mamoru Hosoda, the director originally selected to helm Howl's Moving Castle. It also features the work of two former long-time Ghibli veterans, with art direction by Nizo Yamamoto, and background art in part by Kazuo Oga (freelancing for Ogura Workshop).

The story centers on 17-year-old Makoto Konno, who one day accidentally gains the ability to, quite literally, "leap" backwards through time. She immediately does what any teenager would do, using this power for simple things like improving her grades and preventing mishaps for herself and her friends. However, she soon realizes that changing the past isn't as simple as it seems, and definitely has unintended consequences.