My fellow Filipino blogger, usagijen, kindly invited me to watch the 2006 anime film Toki o Kakeru Shōujo (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) at the Shangri-La Plaza Mall as part of the J-Pop Anime Matsuri hosted by the Embassy of Japan, which in turn is part of the Eiga Sai 2008 brought to us by the Japan Foundation – Manila, in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Cultural Center of the Philippines, and the UP Film Institute.
So, anyway, here’s a quick 411 on Toki o Kakeru Shōujo…
It is also referred as TokiKake for short, or The Girl Who Leapt Through Time for its English release. It is an animated Japanese film produced by the animation studio Madhouse and distributed through Kadokawa Herald Pictures, first released in theaters in Japan on July 15, 2006. Yasutaka Tsutsui‘s novel is used as the basis of the film, but it is not a direct adaptation. Instead, the film is set as a continuation of the book in the same setting some twenty years later. Yasutaka Tsutsui praised the film as being “a true second-generation” of his book at the Tokyo International Anime Fair on March 24, 2006. The film also won various local and international awards. (from Wikipedia)
It was my first time to meet my fellow blogger, usagijen (who’s very nice and friendly!). Despite a little mishap initially with the free admission tickets (which we settled nicely, thanks to usagijen’s friend and Batman! ;P), I had a wonderful time!
Yeah, I know, this isn’t much of a review. I think you have to see it to really appreciate it (plus, I’m feeling too lazy to write today ;P). But seriously, I think TokiKake had the right elements… the wit, the humor, the emotional journey, a good story, relatable and likable characters (okay, pretty much relatable if you put the time-jump thing aside xD). I do wonder why I never bothered to look it up and watch it before despite hearing positive feedback about it ages ago. Orz.
It was a very enjoyable anime film to see. It’s really funny, touching and meaningful at the same time. I absolutely loved it. I’d say it was very well written and well done, and I’d definitely recommend you to watch it! ^_^