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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time


The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (時をかける少女) is a 2006 Japanese animated science fiction romance film directed by Mamoru Hosoda and written by Satoko Okudera based on the 1967 novel Toki o Kakeru Shojo by Yasutaka Tsutsui. The film was produced by Madhouse and distributed by Kadokawa Herald Pictures. Riisa Naka voices Makoto Konno, a teenager who inadvertently gains a mysterious power. She learns from her aunt Kazuko Yoshihara, voiced by Sachie Hara, that she has the power to to travel through time. Makoto begins using the time-leaps frivolously to fix problems.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was released on July 15, 2006 to critical acclaim, and it won numerous awards, including the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.
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Makoto Konno (Riisa Naka/Emily Hirst) is a teenager living in the Shitamachi area of Tokyo. One day after school, she discovers a message written on a blackboard and falls upon a mysterious, walnut-shaped object. On her way home, Makoto is ejected into a railroad crossing when she loses control of her bicycle and killed by a train. However she is transported a few minutes back in time to before the accident. Makoto learns from her aunt Kazuko Yoshihara (Sachie Hara/Saffron Henderson) that she has the power to "time-leap", to literally leap through time. At first, Makoto uses her power extravagantly to avoid being late, to get perfect grades on tests, and even relive a single karaoke session for several hours. Makoto soon discovers that her actions can adversely affect others.

Makoto ends up using up more of her leaps to recklessly prevent undesirable situations from happening, including an awkward confession of love from her best friend Chiaki Mamiya (Takuya Ishida/Andrew Francis). Eventually, she discovers a numbered tattoo on her arm which counts down with each leap. She determines that the tattoo indicates that she can only leap through time a limited number of times. With only a few time leaps left, she attempts to make things right for everyone, but impulsively uses her final leap to prevent a phone call from Chiaki asking if she knows about time-leaping. As a result, she is unable to prevent her friend Kōsuke Tsuda (Mitsutaka Itakura/Alex Zahara) and his new girlfriend, Kaho Fujitani (Mitsuki Tanimura/Natalie Walters), from being killed in the original railroad crossing incident when he uses her faulty bike. During this event, time freezes and Makoto discovers Chiaki nearby. Chiaki confesses that he is from the future and leapt through time to see a painting being restored by Kazuko, as it has been destroyed in the future. While walking in the frozen city, Chiaki hints that his original era occurs after a worldwide catastrophe destroys mankind. He reveals that he has used his final leap to prevent Kōsuke's accident and has stopped time only to explain to Makoto what the consequences will be. Having revealed his origins and the source of the item that allowed Makoto to leap through time, and being unable to return to his time period, Chiaki must disappear. Makoto realizes too late that she loves him as well.

By AS on Aug 31, 2011
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