"Time And Again" – The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (anime) – 9/10 Sugar Cubes

Sometimes I feel that life is passing me by, not slowly either, but with ropes of steam and spark-spattered wheels and a hoarse roar of power or terror. It’s passing, yet I’m the one who’s doing all the moving. ~Martin Amis

Genre: Romance/ Sci-fi/ Drama

Review Status: Full (1 movie/ 1 movie)

Licensed: Licensed in the US

Art/animation: The visuals are stunning- the colors are vibrant, the characters clearly distinguishable (and look good), and the backgrounds are incredibly detailed.

Summary: When 17-year-old Makoto Konno gains the ability to, quite literally, “leap” backwards through time, she immediately sets about improving her grades and preventing personal mishaps. However, she soon realizes that changing the past isn’t as simple as it seems, and eventually, will have to rely on her new powers to shape the future of herself and her friends. (From ANN.com).

Review: This is a story about much more than this, though. It’s a story about a girl who’s realizing that her childhood is slowly slipping away, that she and her friends are changing, and that the days she has with them are as precious as gold. When she gains the ability to time-travel, she also gains the ability to relive her most precious times as she wished she could before. The ability comes with a price, though. If you’ve ever wondered how your life would be if you’d just done something else, well…. she finds out. And often, it’s not what she wanted to happen.

Often, each consequent option has worse consequences than the one before, and it spirals into a horrific unending sequence of trying to fix the mistake, but making things worse- and they do get worse before they get better. But through it all, she realizes that sometimes, life is good as it is, that you should cherish your time with your friends, and that choices shouldn’t be made lightly, since you only live once. This is a great movie. The music is incredibly good, and incredibly fitting for each scene. The characters could be people you meet on the street- very realistic, very sweet, very much able to worm their way into your heart.

Overall, this is definitely a must-see anime. After all, time waits for no one!

Recommended: Yes. This is something that you can watch with all but the youngest, who probably will be bored with the lack of action and wouldn’t understand the themes of time passing one by. 13+ for two brief references to masturbation and some light violence.

Other titles you might like:
Lovely Complex (anime and manga)
5 Centimeters Per Second (anime)
Voices of a Distant Star (anime)
Summer Wars (anime


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