The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Toki wo kakeru shojo)
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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Toki wo kakeru shojo)
When a typical young high school girl discovers that she has the unique ability to traverse space and time, her efforts to use the power as a means of preserving the relationships she shares with her closest friends reveals the perpetually shifting nature of personal relationships in Digimon: The Movie director Mamoru Hosoda's warmhearted fantasy.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Superior animé caper comedy with wit, energy and mad invention to spare."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Young-adult in conception and execution, this award-winning animated romance with a Thanatos twist is an underdeveloped sci-fi Groundhog Day."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out New York
"This charming, visually fertile film captures the conflicted emotions of first love and embarrassment of being a teen with real sensitivity."
‑ Mark Salisbury, Total Film
"The characters are entirely credible and likable, the simply drawn figures highly effective against the lush background artwork. Time travel has rarely seemed so joyous."
‑ Phelim O'Neill, Guardian
"It has few fireworks, but still sticks in the mind, and is a definite upgrade from Digimon: The Movie for director Mamoru Hosoda."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"This is one of the most thoughtfully engaging anime features to reach these shores, and a perfect place to start for anyone, of any age, who's been resistant to anime (and manga) as a popular Japanese import."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"It's basically the equivalent of a sensitively wrought read from the Young Adult shelf, and there's naught wrong with that."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"Only seventeen Lord of the Rings-esque endings spoil the fun, but this sweet take on teen-angst romance quietly impresses."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"It's a polished piece of whimsy. Creepy too in the way it promotes a homogenised picture of the future."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"While the animation is only so-so, Mamoru is a good storyteller with a firm grasp on both the story and characters."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"What makes The Girl Who Leapt Through Time such an unexpected treat is the contemplative pace and painterly visuals."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Near perfect anime . . ."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"Beautifully-drawn Japanimation about a time-hopping schoolgirl, by turns wondrous and a little too hyper."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"It's not quite up there with the best of Miyazaki's coming-of-age dramas featuring the likes of Kiki and Chihiro/Sen, but Hosada has proved himself after his Ghibli debacle. Great stuff."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"Tweens and early teens, as well as anime fans, will enjoy this."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
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