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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  • Raggers
    (Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 11:21 PM)
    I’m on the fence about those damned meetings – I get the idea to have a payoff when they finally got the smackdown they deserved but they overdid it. And I’d forgotten about the horrible pacing issues at the beginning (which was terrible).
  • Raggers
    (Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 11:19 PM)
    @Emma: I would agree, but the premise of the show is helping others. The others not being dull/boring helps make the situation feel believable.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 11:16 PM)
    @Raggers: I tend to prefer when it sticks to the three main leads, never really cared about the side characters in the show too much.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 11:13 PM)
    And now I am sad, sad and such because season 2 of Garo won’t be out for at least another two or so seasons probably.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 11:08 PM)
    I think for the most part I enjoyed both seasons close enough to one another.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 11:07 PM)
    My point about the melodrama does still stand, but I also see where Aidan is coming from.
    I felt it worked in some places but perhaps not so well in others.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 11:05 PM)
    -That damned student council meeting episode.
    -Pair him up with someone already for christs sake
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 11:05 PM)
    Cons: -Manages to be drawn out and rushed at the same time, first half feels a little dry in places
    They picked a terrible place to end it on
    -It was never going to beat that bit in season one with Yui and Hachiman in regards to the past that connects them. You know That bit. Then theres that moment Hachiman has with the elementary school girl. Both these scenes were standouts in the first season that this second one can’t really beat.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 11:04 PM)
    -It’s a solid portrayal of teen issues
    -Unlike toradora it never devolves into a rage inducing drama, it stays in control
    -The stretch of episodes after the student council bit give the series a strong emotional core that’s genuinely effective a lift it up.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 11:03 PM)
    I think I can give a balanced view/summary on the second Yahari season now that its finished.
    Pros: -The art style and animation benefitted from the studio change.
    -Hachiman continues to carry the series well and stands far abovether male protaganists of the genre.
    -For its genre the characters are treated like, well, human beings
    -The series still maintains its sharp sense of dialogue, cynicism and wit

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