ANIME: “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time”

It’s been a long time since I watched anime. I have become busy juggling work and wife chores that I barely find time anymore. In fact, I’m now severely outdated with the whereabouts of Naruto and Ichigo. I used to religiously watch every episode on YT or read the manga since it’s more updated, but eventually, the waiting game wore me out. (It takes days or weeks before the next episode is made available on both media.) But if there’s a will, there’s a way. So last week, my little otaku self indulged into some quality time with a 2006 anime movie a friend recommended. With its title, you could easily deduce it’s about time travel, but wait, there’s more.

If you’re an avid reader of this blog site, you should probably know by now that I don’t especially have the same level of interest between shojo and shonen. I prefer the latter type of anime because they’re more action-packed and less cheesy. But one of my delusional dreams is to time travel, so though this movie is obviously shojo, it passed straightway to my finicky taste. It’s about a high school girl  who falls in love with his friend and classmate who, unbeknownst to her, is someone from the faraway future where a technology to time travel already exists.

The story revolves around three friends: Makoto (the lead character), Chiaki (the boy from the future), and Kosuke (another guy friend). Makoto would accidentally acquire a power to time leap where she could go back minutes or hours before an event and edit some details to achieve a more pleasant result. For example, one time, she was speeding fast on her bicycle that she was run over by a train. Yes, I typed that right. She was hit by the train when she failed to halt at the Stop sign. But when she opened her eyes, she found herself back to minutes before the accident–alive and well. Later on, she uses her power to help other people.

But all good things must come to an end. She would discover that Chiaki is the real owner of that power. He misplaced the walnut-shaped container of the time leap formula that’s why he hasn’t been able to go back to his time–the future. Chiaki confesses that he would have to erase Makoto’s memories of him because nobody must know about the existence of the time leap technology, for it might change the timeline and affect history.

A good many scenes of this movie are potential tear jerkers if not for the comedic flavor of the lead character’s bawls. Remember Judy Abbott? All right, I am not gonna spoil the whole story out for you so go watch it. In case you’ll find the ending hanging (as I did), watch the 2010 version (not an anime) and I’m sure you’ll glean more understanding from there. It’s more of a sequel to the anime.


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