Posted by psgels on 4 May 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews


The fansubbers labelled this as “the best movie of 2006″, and I’ve seen other sources claim this as well. Whether this is true, I can’t say for certain yet, because some of the big names as Tekkon Kinkreet, Gedo Senki and Eien no Hou have yet to appear. But one thing’s for sure: these movies are going to have to be reeally good in order to be able to top this one.

Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo, I think we’ve all read about its premise by now, but for those who haven’t: a high-school girl suddenly gets the power to leap through time. With this, she starts using it to alter the space-time continuum to her own advantage. When I read the premise for the first time, I thought that she’d go and alter major time events and really alter history, but she just sticks to making her own life better. Basically, it’s a high-school romance, but that description doesn’t really do it justice, as some pretty horrible things happen along the line.

I really praise this anime for that last part, by the way. It’s obvious that things won’t go as Mokoto (our main character) expects them. And it’s predictable for bad things to happen, but this movie developed its characters so well that the predictability didn’t matter, and that each major event felt like a huge shock. From my own experience, I’ve seen movies fail more often than series did, but this movie is just a must-watch.

The backgrounds that we get to see are what you expect from a movie: crisp, detailed and beautiful, although one or two scenes may be trying a bit too much (like a fridge which may have been a bit too stuffed for a random family). As we’ve got ourselves a romance here, there aren’t a lot of flashy action-scenes, but still the overall animation was really life-like and natural. The music was simple, consisting out of mainly piano-tunes. But it fits the movie perfectly. It was especially stunning during the heavy scenes.

Seriously, only if you really need some action in your anime, you may want to skip out of this. Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo has been a great watch for me, and I can imagine others liking it just as much as I did, and probably even better. I’m glad that this movie reminded me that a well-done anime movie can be as satisfying as a tv-series.

12 Responses

  1. Cubia says:

    I think its Toki WO kakeru Shoujo, not wa >_>

  2. someone says:

    It’s wo, not wa.

  3. psgels psgels says:

    Ack! Fixed now.

  4. deltazechs says:

    Just wondering, did you saw this raw or did someone already fansubbed this?

  5. Kite says:

    I’ll give it a try! It seems nice.

  6. psgels psgels says:

    It’s fansubbed. You can find it on Tokyo Toshokan.

  7. Wyrdwad says:

    I’ve definitely gotta check this one out. It looks and sounds really cool, and I’ve also heard pretty much every anime reviewer, both here and in Japan, call it the best movie of 2006. Not that it had THAT much competition (I only know of that Ghibli movie from Miyazaki’s son, Origin, and Brave Story – the former of which is supposed to be pretty bad, and the other two of which were just alright). But still, it seems pretty cool. (:

    -Tom

  8. archer8228 says:

    I watched this last night based on your recommendation and it was awesome. Thanks!

  9. angelicdevil says:

    i JUST saw this n its really really good! im not a big fan of slow romance movies….but the plot n the characters were so well done…dat its giving me such a huge impact rite now…i was sleepy b4 this but now im too excited to sleep!!

  10. naoh says:

    yeah, i watched it. it’s nice. i re-watched it just after the night i watched it. crazy? but it’s nice…..
    i don’t know why rating always comes with 5 stars the most, but i am giving this anime a 6 stars!!!

    p/s: is there anyone capable of transcribe music? i wish to get the piano score for the OST in the movie..

  11. psgels psgels says:

    Naoh: Nipponsei released the soundtrack. ;)

  12. tntangel says:

    i recently watched this movie and in my opinion i thought it was worth watching. one of the best movies i seen.

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  • k-off
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 10:15 AM)
    Hell, my favorite game of all time is far superior to Dark Souls in every possible way, yet the only thing that keeps me playing is the atmosphere and charm the game has in its combat.
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 10:10 AM)
    @Bam I’ll argue that the gameplay in Dark Souls was the best. Dark Souls II was the worst in terms of gameplay (within the series, so still better than most in its genre) which ended up pissing me off. As for story and writing, who the hell plays this series for the story??
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 09:31 AM)
    That I don’t like FMPs humour probably explains alot why I couldn’t laugh at amagi, same author.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 09:30 AM)
    Moreso that the episodic stories were more miss than hit and the pacing needed alot of work.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 09:29 AM)
    it wasn’t well balanced out with the main storyline and aside from Yin I can’t remember the characters having much to them. The ideas behind the contractors was creative and it was well produced, second season had that off the wall awful ending and also focused too much on that teenage girland “character death for Hei”.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 09:28 AM)
    @Realist: Dark comedy would be more my thing so school rumble and FMP didn’t cut it and I particularly went against FMP for focusing too much of the school over action stuff. Darker than black felt like a waste of potential, wasted as an episodic thing,
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 09:12 AM)
    @Emma I could never get into Darker Than Black either. School Rumble had some moments but mostly just bored me to tears. I did like Full Metal Panic though but it’s super generic. I could see that being one of those shows that I like less after rewatching it.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 09:07 AM)
    @Realist: And theres things I’ve watched a few times and could never get into such as school rumble, full metal panic, darker than black.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 09:02 AM)
    @Emma Rewatching is the real acid test for anime. Shows that I loved the first time around seemed terrible on the second and third viewings. On the other hand, there are some shows I didn’t appreciate fully until I watched them multiple times.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 08:59 AM)
    I think I am in a re-reading/re-watch phase perhaps now, which is good because all that old stuff will feel new again in my head when I go back, can live it all over again.

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