Review: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time by Yasutaka Tsutsui
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I watched the anime film The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and found out that it was based on a book by Yasutaka Tsutsui. I looked everywhere to find this book but resulted to no avail. Fortunately, my friend Joy in goodreads had an ebook and gave me a copy. 🙂

If you’re an anime, manga or Japanese drama enthusiast, you would agree with me that the story is a typical one. It’s one of the stories with magic or supernatural things occur plus the erasing of memories with a hint of love story. What I love is the idea of how the future will look like & it makes the readers cherish the present.

The story was about a girl named Kazuko who acquired a power of teleportation through time leap. She went to past and prevented accidents from happening but it caused more disastrous results to other people. She wanted to lose her power and learn about it. So she went back to past and meet someone who concocted it. To her surprise, it was someone she knew.

It has an extra story titled, “The Stuff that Nightmares are made of”. It’s like omake in mangas. 🙂 It’s about Masako facing her unusual phobia, finding out how it originate & how to overcome it.

The anime film was a sequel of this book but I still want to:
compare the book with the anime film
Beware: spoilers will pop once in a while

There are several adaptations but I think the anime film was the most popular one. Bucket of tears I’ve shed, it became one of my favorites.
Time waits for no one

I can’t believe I’m going to say this but I really love how the movie did not become faithful to the book. Makoto experienced what her aunt went through (which this book was all about). They both had the same situation, two guy friends, acquisition of unexpected power & bittersweet endings but the anime film delve deeper in terms of responsibilty of the acquired power as Makoto used to time leap several times. The anime was more heart breaking because their memories weren’t erased & Chiaki left her a promise.
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And she said, “I’ll come running”. But you know it will be impossible as Chiaki’s from decades of future. 😥

Chiaki [anime] & Kazuo [book version] both wanted the slower & peaceful pace of the present life. However, Chiaki really wanted to stay & he can’t do anything about it while Kazuo have to go back to his research as he said it was his main purpose in life.

LOL look at the crossover I saw:
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