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manga review: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Posted on: September 8, 2011

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, by Ranmaru Kotone

published in 2009

where I got it: purchased new

why I read it: loved the movie

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Makoto is a relatively normal high school girl, she gets decent grades, she helps her Mom and her Aunty, she hangs out with her friends after school.  Too bad she’s got the worst sense of timing ever. She burns food in cooking class and does badly on an exam because she can’t figure out how much time is remaining to finish the questions.

while helping to clean up a classroom one afternoon, she thinks she sees a flash of light in the next room. But of course, it was nothing. On the way home, she loses control of her bicycle and falls into the path of an oncoming train.

And then wakes up as if nothing happened.

Makoto has learned to leap through time. With the advice of her aunt, she hones the skill, but only uses it for silly, petty things. Soon she notices a tattoo on her arm with a number that keeps changing. the numbers are going down.  But she’s more worried about figuring out what to do after high school and decide which boy she wants to go out with to care about running out of time leaps.

But suddenly, it might be too late. It all boils down to a beautiful painting, a tragic love affair, and what Makoto is willing to sacrifice.  The Girl Who Leapt Through Time takes two overly popular anime tropes (high school students and time travel) and turns it into something unique and heartfelt. It’s not often you run into a shojo time travel action story!

I saw the anime film of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time a few years ago, so was thrilled to find a manga version.  I remember the film having stunning visuals, good voice acting, a compelling story and a great soundtrack. So the manga had to be just as awesome, right?   ehhh, not so much.  If you’ve never seen the film version, the manga is going to feel unique and fun, but compared to the film it fell flat.  If you’ve seen the anime version, the manga is nothing more than a novelty companion, but if this is your first exposure to The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, give the manga a try, and then go find the movie.

While looking online for an image of this, I did find out they recently made a live action movie. I’ll have to netflix that, see how they did all the special effects!

this is one of the funnest thing about being an otaku. First you see an anime. Then you read the manga.  Then they make a live action film.  I guess they sort of do that in the west as well, with comic books in the 60s and 70s that became 80s or 90s cartoons, and are now summer blockbusters.  ;)

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4 Responses to "manga review: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time"

I’ll have to see if the film is on Netflix streaming as the story sounds really fun. I don’t mind reading manga, have really enjoyed some in the past, but if one is close to a mirror image of the other I’d rather watch the anime version personally.

And live action too? Hmmm…now which one to watch first….?

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Not sure if it’s on streaming, but I bet they have it on their mail-able list.

I’d watch the original anime first, then go for the live action. I’ve noticed in live action adaptations of animes and mangas (ok, the 2 that I’ve seen), the stylists spend so much time on the little details, such as hairstyles and accessories so the actors match their cartoon counterparts as perfectly as possible that it’s almost a distraction.

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This sounds fantastic. Must go retrieve!

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I definitely enjoyed the anime. I haven’t read the manga, but I fell in love with the story and the characters as everything unfolded in the film. If there is going to be a live action version, I definitely want to check that out to compare.

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