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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  • Vonter
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 04:33 AM)
    Also in regards to the bat scene. I just thought of Evangelion. I suppose that’s what the director was going on. Since you’re reviewing that, I’ll leave at that.
  • Vonter
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 04:22 AM)
    I agree to a certain level the padding at the beginning. I suppose I didn’t mind since it at least was like a standard Batman episode (of the latter seasons). I think what bugs me is that the portrayal of Batman wasn’t very good, I think he’s emotionless for the most part. And like I’ve said, on the technical side it isn’t as striking as the novel. It’s like when Gyo was adapted (to be fair that’s also because like Berserk it had a lot of CGI).
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 04:20 AM)
    Basically just seeing the story put on screen I was grateful for.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 04:18 AM)
    I noticed something off about the animation and the dialogue was pretty piss poor at times but the latters kind of a given in these things and the prior was never distracting enough to take me out of the movie. I’m indifferent really to the Batgirl drama, don’t mind that its there, don’t care if it wasn’t.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 03:39 AM)
    This story required a level of care that frankly the creators didn’t want to give.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 03:38 AM)
    I think instead of trying to combat the whole women in refrigerator aspect of the story they instead should have focused on what inspired the characters to do this. What made batman rethink his relationship with the joker and attempt to find a common ground? What made the Joker suddenly want to prove a point? And sure you could add something to give batgirl a moment but not some crap villain no one cares about. Instead have her go up against a real batman villain.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 03:33 AM)
    @Vonter, Animation was one part of it. The other was the first thirty minutes being a tacked on Batgirl story and it really shows. I didn’t really have that much of a problem with it up until that scene which everyone likely knows. That annoyed me. I get what they were trying to do but it just made things worse.
    As for the actual killing Joke itself, I thought it was ok. Hamell brought his A game. Really for that it was just small details that made it lesser.
  • KaZuHiRo
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 01:46 AM)
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY PSGELS!! If you’re still lurking around that is…
  • Vonter
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 12:48 AM)
    I’m kinda bummed that the Killing Joke adaptation is likely gonna be another feminist driven criticism. As for my opinion its just not as good as it could be because it seems 2D animation in general is having less commitment adapting complex artstyles. Not as distracting as Berserk, but the Bruce Timm artstyle doesn’t strike the tone of this particular Batman story.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Jul 27. 2016 01:48 PM)
    @topgavin, I am not gonna deny that’s a large part of what I like about it as well. And practically everything really does become a side plot when the other guy is introduced.

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