The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

One of the most acclaimed anime features in recent years, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is the first animated adaptation of a famous 1965 young adult novel that has spawned countless films and television programs through the years. Makoto is a vivacious-if klutzy-seventeen-year-old tomboy whose carefree summer days are literally thrown for a loop when she discovers a mysterious ability to leap back through time. Her trivial temporal maneuvers, like undoing little blunders or finding out exam questions in advance, soon lead to complicated wrinkles that have an inevitable impact on those around her, especially when her best friend confesses his love for her. Hosoda is a remarkable new talent who, together with art director Nizou Yamamoto (Princess Mononoke) and character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion), has crafted a magical, affecting film full of humor, warmth, and the bittersweet pangs of first love.-Taro Goto

• Written by Satoko Okudera, Yasutaka Tsutsui. Photographed by Yoshihiro Tomita. With Riisa Naka, Takuya Ishida, Mitsutaka Itakura, Sachie Hara. (94 mins, In Japanese with English subtitles, Color, 35mm)

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