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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time __FULL__



The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (時をかける少女, Toki o Kakeru Shōjo, literally "Girl who Soars Through Time") is a science fiction novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui. Originally serialized from 1965 to 1966, it tells the story of a high-school girl who accidentally acquires the ability to time travel, which leads to a time loop where she repeatedly relives the same day.




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Finally, Kazuko's determination enables her to make the leap. Back in the science room, she meets a mysterious man who has assumed her friend Kazuo's identity. He is really "Ken Sogoru", a time-traveler from AD 2660. His intersection with the girl's life is the accidental effect of a "time-leaping" drug. Ken remains for a month, and Kazuko falls in love with him. When he leaves, he erases all memories of himself from everyone he has met, including Kazuko. As the book ends, Kazuko has the faint memory of somebody promising to meet her again every time she smells lavender.


The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (時をかける少女, Toki o Kakeru Shōjo) is a 2006 Japanese-animated science fiction romance film produced by Madhouse, directed by Mamoru Hosoda and written by Satoko Okudera. Released by Kadokawa Herald Pictures, the film is a loose sequel to the 1967 novel of the same name by Yasutaka Tsutsui and shares the basic premise of a teenage girl who gains the power of time travel and repeatedly relives the same day in a time loop, but with a different story and characters than the novel. Riisa Naka voices teenager Makoto Konno, who learns from Kazuko Yoshiyama, Makoto's aunt and the protagonist to the original story, that Makoto has the power to travel through time. Makoto begins using the time-leaps frivolously to fix problems. Riisa Naka later portrays Makoto's cousin, Akari Yoshiyama, the protagonist of the 2010 film Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, which follows a different story.


At Kuranose High School in Tokyo, Japan, 17-year-old Makoto Konno discovers a message written on a blackboard and ends up inadvertently falling onto a walnut-shaped object. On her way to the Tokyo National Museum to meet with her aunt, Kazuko Yoshiyama, she is ejected into a railroad crossing when the brakes on her bicycle fail and hit by an oncoming train, but finds herself transported back in time when she was riding her bicycle right before the accident. After telling Kazuko what happened, she helps Makoto realize she now has the power to "time-leap", the ability to literally travel through time. At first, Makoto uses her powers to avoid being late, get perfect grades, avoid mishaps and even relive a single karaoke session for several hours, but soon discovers her actions can adversely affect others.


Consequently, Makoto uses most of her leaps frivolously to prevent undesirable situations from happening, including an awkward love confession from her best friend, Chiaki Mamiya. Makoto realizes she has a numbered tattoo on her arm indicating the limited number of times she can time leap. Using her remaining time leaps, Makoto attempts to make things right for everyone. When Chiaki calls Makoto to ask if she has been time-leaping, she uses her final time-leap to prevent Chiaki's call. In the meantime, Makoto's friend Kōsuke Tsuda and his new girlfriend, Kaho Fujitani, borrow her faulty bike. Makoto attempts to stop them, but as she had just used her final leap, she is unable to rescue them from being hit by the train.


A moment later, Chiaki freezes time. Telling Makoto he is from the future, he explains the walnut-shaped object is his time-traveling device, and used it to time-leap hoping to see a painting that Kazuko is restoring, as it has been destroyed in the future. While walking with Makoto in the frozen city, Chiaki explains why he stayed longer in her time than he originally planned. Consequently, he has used his final leap to prevent Kōsuke and Kaho from the train accident and he has stopped time only to explain to Makoto he is unable to return to his own time period, and having revealed his origins and the nature of the item that allowed Makoto to leap through time, Chiaki must leave. Then Makoto realizes she is in love with him.


When 17-year-old Makoto Konno gains the ability to, quite literally, "leap" backwards through time, she immediately sets about improving her grades and preventing personal mishaps. However, she soon realises that changing the past isn't as simple as it seems, and eventually, will have to rely on her new powers to shape the future of herself and her friends.


Revolving around a high school teenage girl who discovers her ability to leap through time, this is a highly ambitious story that feels equal parts personal and cosmic. It's a journey of self-discovery, coming of age, and exploring love and pain in a fantastical world that defies time. The over-the-top, barmy style gives way to a somber revelation that offers this story a necessary layer of depth, heart, and consciousness.


Story: 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.


Toki Wo Kakeru Shojo, in English that's The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, is an Anime(Japanese Cartoon) about a girl who, while investigating a strange noise in the science lab, falls and suddenly gains the ability to leap through time. The Anime is based off of a popular book called "The Girl Who Dashes Through Time".


Just a heads up, the book is completely different from both the anime and the live action movie. The book and the anime have a closer plot line. The live action movie seems to only lightly be based off of the idea of a high school girl that can travel through time. If I had to pick a favorite between the three, I think I enjoyed the live action movie the most.


Very Small History Lesson: Like "Paprika", "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" is based on famous Japanese Science Fiction literature, this time the short story Toki o Kakeru Shojo (The Little Girl Who Conquered Time) by Tsutsui Yasutaka. After many manga, tv and cinema adaptations of this story something fresh was tried: this new anime version of "Tokikake" became a sequel of sorts to the original tale (instead of another re-telling) with a different story, a different protagonist and a more recent setting.Director for this new take on a beloved and well-known story was Mamoru Hosoda, who we know from... from... well... "Digimon: The Movie" and the fact that he walked away from Ghibli's "Howl's Moving Castle" at a rather late stage, after which the great Hayao Miyazaki himself jumped in and finished the film. This doesn't seem like a recipe for success, but nevertheless that is what it became: even though "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" got a small theatrical release in Japan it received rave reviews and quickly gathered followers, acclaim and finally a slew of awards, topped with the 2006 Japanese Academy Award for Best Animated Film. Wow! The Story: Student girl Konno Makoto has a very bad day. Everything goes wrong and to top it all off in the afternoon she dies in a lethal accident... only she doesn't. In fact, she finds herself transported a few seconds back in time and manages to avert her deadly fate. As Konno slowly discovers, she has acquired the power to jump back in time and change things at will!Soon, she starts the whole day over, but this time without errors, only to discover that sometimes her winnings are someone else's losses. Before she knows it she's busy cleaning mess after mess. And when things go from bad to terrible she suddenly finds out there is a limit to her time-jumping, possibly leading several loved ones straight into great danger. The Movie: Where to start? Well, as this is an animated movie, let's start with the animation. Studio Madhouse has delivered stellar work here, and I want to specifically point out the beautiful background paintings. I honestly can't think of a movie which has better animated contemporary backgrounds. No splashy computer graphics here (bar a few very short sequences which seem to say "look, we could have done this for the whole movie but chose not to") but exquisitely drawn static 2D paintings. Any story with short-term time-traveling allows you to use the same scenes and backgrounds twice or more, and obviously this is a cost-cutting device as well, but kudos to all involved for making those scenes beautiful to watch. Designs have a nice balance between abstract and realistic and movements are good. As an aside, let me note the following.Even though this movie mostly features a girl wearing a very short skirt, who:1. jumps all the time,2. rides bicycles,3. and falls over a lot, there is not a single "pantsu"-shot in the movie.A decision I applaud. I'm not generally opposed to "ecchi" material but here it would have been annoying and inappropriate (for people who aren't familiar with this jargon: it means you don't get to see her knickers).Well done, Mamoru Hosoda and Madhouse, you knew there was a market for that sort of fan-service but chose not to cater to it! Then there is the story. I'm fiercely critical when it comes to timetravel stories. You can say I'm a bit of a paradox-fanatic and the moment such a movie doesn't adhere to its own logic it's lost me. A few of the movies that do it right are: "The Terminator" (only the first!), "Primer" and, I'm glad to say, this one. It got me and didn't lose me on the technical side.Looking at the story itself, "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" can be seen as a cross between "The Cat Returns" and "Groundhog Day". Unlike Bill Murray's character in the latter, Konno has total control about whether or not to restart (part of) her day but still gets hung up on the consequences of changing tiny details. As for a resemblance with "The Cat Returns": that movie is a harmless piece of barmy entertainment that I like a lot, but it's fluff compared to "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" when it comes to character development. Konno really grows during her adventure, and that process is realistically shown as slow and painful. It helps that the Japanese voice-acting is excellent, never getting in the way of the audience perceiving these characters as real people. But where the movie really shines is in the portrayal of teenage friendship, and how it can be both a blessing and a curse when it comes to moving on to something more mature. The whole atmosphere of a small group of pals entering the dating game (and not quite sure whether or not they should exclude each other for fear of losing the friendship) is so well done here, Mamoru Hosoda almost makes it look easy. In fact, that goes for the whole movie.It looks like a confident master storyteller was at work here, something I had seriously never expected. The movie is not perfect and some revelations come from thin air, although that seems to be partly caused by trying to adhere to the source material. But it's still very, VERY good, one of the best anime I've seen in ages. And it's underscored with some nice, haunting music as well... Conclusion: Definitely Highly Recommended!I didn't know anything about previous incarnations and/or source materials, but I flat-out love this movie. It's "deliberately paced" rather than slow, and beautiful rather than flashy. It may have been that I was underestimating it, but it's spot on with manipulating my emotions (no mean feat) and at the end I had a serious lump in my throat. In fact, with this much quality on display I kept checking for a hidden Hayao Miyazaki credit somewhere but couldn't find it. Did I just say that out loud? Oops! On to the DVD: Reviewed here is the Korean 3-disc Limited Edition, and it has to be said the packaging is gorgeous. The box is adorned with the two movie posters, and contains three separate disc-holders and a 70-page booklet. The disc-holders are each decorated with one of the beautiful backgrounds, while the booklet contains full-colour reproductions of most of the stunning paintings used in the film. Also you get a snippet of film containing a couple of frames.The outer box has a translucent blue slipcover, with Konno's silhouette whited out. I invite everyone to check out the pictures of this set here in the forum. Video is good, and Audio is very good, with a more-than-decent Dolby 5.1 mix. The English subs are good.Extra-wise, the good news ends after the film: Disc one holds the film and some decent extras (like the trailer and the video for the end-credits song), but the Japanese commentary only has Korean subs so that's two languages I don't know.Disc two holds 45 minutes worth of press-conference materials. No making-of, just shots of the premiere, signing the cd-soundtracks etcetera. Seriously uninteresting stuff.Disc three holds the film shown as storyboards, complete with the same soundtracks and commentary as on disc one. Bafflingly, you get shown the storyboards as a tiny window in the bottom-right corner, while the "normal" version plays in a far bigger top-left window. Surely this could have been done on disc one as an alternate angle? And again no English subs for the commentary! Thankfully, the booklet rights a lot of wrongs extra-wise, providing you with many sketches, photographs and reproductions (complete with a guide for finding them in the movie). Anyway, can't wait to watch this again. Bye! 041b061a72


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