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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  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 10:10 AM)
    I’ve noticed Aidan you’ve had no additional words on rolling girls, yatterman night, Junketsu no Maria. Also I would definitely gladly read your Garo posts.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:59 AM)
    Fumoffu was considerably funnier than the actual show, but it only paid off if you were somewhat invested in the main series.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:50 AM)
    Man, making favourites list is so hard, I needed to fit some shoji Kawamori, Asano Inio and Tsutomu Nihei on the list…
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:47 AM)
    Side question, is anyone still reading black lagoon?
    The new arc isn’t the strongest the series has been at.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:45 AM)
    I ragged on about full metal panic pages back…you know I really wanted to like that I really did but after 6-8 episodes instead of a cool mech show I was bored by an unfunny comedy.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:38 AM)
    @Emma: yeah that was weird. Almost as strange as Alita not getting a long-running OVA series. But I think one day Alita will eventually be readapted as its too much of a goldmine to not be dug into. But you know some staff call Texhnolyze a spiritual successor to Blame!.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:34 AM)
    There’s a megacut of Gargantia that removes all the festival episodes and the sagging middle arc and moves bits and pieces around with reworked dialogue that is far far superior to the original show. It’s crazy how bad implementation ruins shows that have all the essential good parts.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:32 AM)
    @Bam: I feel so dashed that blame only got that 45 minute ova…
    He got a proposed zombie manga which got cancelled before it even got started =<
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:30 AM)
    While Macross zero may not have been the highest point of the franchise I almost felt Gargantia was a confused poor mans version of it.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:28 AM)
    Tsutomu Nihei’s works are criminally underutilized in the anime industry. I remember how hard I fangirled out when I heard the rumors of a Madhouse black&white Biomega anime that they called a ‘moving manga’, but all of that dissipated into thin air unfortunately =/

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