Film Review: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)

I’ve been meaning to watch this moving for quite some time, so given I was in the mood for Anime after watching From Up On Poppy Hill yesterday I decided to give The Girl Who Leapt Through Time a watch.

This is a review of the 2006 Animated version of the film, the film is based on a 1967 book by  Yasutaka Tsutsui and there have been a number of adaptations of it (TV series, TV drama, live action movies and manga). Given that it’s been adapted so many times I’m going to assume the source material is pretty good and will have to look the original book up.

This film centres on 17 year old Makoto Konno who lives with her family and accidentally gains the ability to travel back in time. Her time travel takes the form of her rewinding the clock rather than her physically travelling back in time. This gives her the opportunity to relive events that have happened and in doing so alter their out come by behaving differently. If you seen “The Butterfly Effect” it’s a bit like that.

To start with this has comical effect Makoto goes back and has the “Perfect Day” having seen everything that went wrong with her day and fixing it, but of course events don’t happen in isolation and inevitably Makoto finds herself having to back track to “re-correct” the changes she’s made to get a better outcome as the net result of her time travelling escapades wreaks havoc on the lives of the people around her.

The characters in this are amazing, Makoto is brilliantly done and you will find yourself really connecting with her, less so with her slightly distant friends but they are still well written and well played and you learn that there is a reason that they are slightly distant.

I really enjoyed this movie, I’d happily watch it again and I’d even debate looking up some of the previous incarnations of the story. In the west you will probably find this film sorted among the Studio Ghibli films, and although it’s not a Ghibli Film if you like Ghibli you will probably like this film too.

 

Y: The Last Man Movie Gets Director

According to The Mary Sue the film adaptation of Y: The Last Man has a director attached to it. Dan Trachtenberg directed a Portal fan film called “Portal: No Escape” (See below).

Y: The Last Man is a graphic novel by Brian K Vaughan and covers the story of Yorrik the only man left standing when every mammal with a Y Chromosome on the planet suddenly dies. That is every mammal except for his pet monkey “Ampersand”.

It’s a beautifully done comic and I’ve had the fourth volume sitting on my to read stack for far to long. I think I know what I’m spending my evening doing…

The Rule

The Rule

I don’t pretend to be as choosy about my film watching choice, I’ll watch almost anything.

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Except “Brides Maids” Annabel and I started watching that movie a couple of weeks ago and we had to stop watching it after half an hour because it was so bad. The horrible thing is that in a way Brides Maids fits this rule, the women discuss each other, dresses, food, farting, getting along.

Sure there is talk of men in the film but it’s in the back ground. And yet it’s still an absolutely awful movie. The characters are:

  • The bride to be, whose defining feature is that she is getting married.
  • The main character who is unlucky in life and love and everything. Also she’s jealous that her bestest friend in the whole wide world has other friends.
  • The annoying one who’s only just married.
  • The annoying one who’s married with kids.
  • The one who is a female version of Zach Galifianakis’ character from the Hangover.
The movie had no redeeming features what so ever, which is a shame because it was hyped up to me as being better than The Hangover a movie I didn’t think I’d like but ended up really enjoying.

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Next Gory Japanese Movie I Want to Get: Dead Sushi!

When sushi goes bad! I’m not entirely sure what the premise of this film is aside from bits of sushi killing people, and to be honest I’m not sure I need much more of a premise. Dead Sushi is by the same people who did Machine Girl and Robo-Geisha which you can tell by the voice over on the trailer which sounds like the same guy who did the voice over for the Robo-Geisha trailer.

I have a copy of Robo Geisha sitting on my shelf waiting to be watched, the only reason that we haven’t watched it is that Avarinne and I have an agreement that she will watch iton the condition that I watch Human Centipede, why she wants to watch Human Centipede I don’t know…

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