I don’t even know where to start when describing how much I loved this movie. As I mentioned the other day, I’m going through Mamoru Hosoda’s movies (I’d only previously seen Summer Wars), and this, well, this is just one of the best animated films I’ve ever seen. I can’t say that the quality of the animation surpasses the last few Ghibli films, but overall, this is just such a fantastic and emotional and enjoyable work. Can’t recommend it enough.
I’ve been on a Ghibli run of late – the only film left to watch that I haven’t seen yet is The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – but I decided to side track and go through the films of Mamoru Hosoda. The only film of his I’ve seen is Summer Wars, which I really love – and it’s one of my wife’s favorite movies – and I’ve been meaning to watch the rest of his filmography for what feels like forever, especially The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, which came out 10 years ago. The verdict? Wow, what a fantastic film, with a central character I loved to follow on screen, and a story that is told in a novel way (featuring time manipulation). Another interesting point is that although it’s been said to be an animated remake of an older film, my wife noticed that it actually acts as a sort of sequel – the aunt character mentions things that would suggest that she is actually the character featured in the original film. I can’t recommend this enough, and I can’t wait to watch the other two Hosoda movies on my list, Wolf Children and The Boy and the Beast.