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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time



Fun coming of age time-traveling anime with some romance.
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 98 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Characters learn to work through their feelings for one another and regarding their future plans. Friendship is upheld through thick and thin.

Positive role models

Three main friends stand by each other even as they come to grips with blossoming feelings for one another that move beyond friendship. Makoto learns to try and take responsibility for her actions. Chiaki defends a bullied character getting sprayed to the ground with a hose. Also, Makoto's aunt puts considerable time and effort into restoring a painting. 


Makoto's leaps through time often end by crashing into walls or people, with objects falling on top of her. During a game of catch, she gets hit in the face with a baseball. A harrowing near-fatal bicycle accident at the beginning and end of the film. Also, a bullied character exacts revenge on his tormentors with a fire extinguisher before trying to throw it at Makoto's head.


Teasing references to masturbation between the characters. Flirtation and crushes abound.


Occasional language includes "damn," "hell", and frequent name calling: "loser," "idiot," "jerk."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this coming of age anime addresses budding teenage romance, friendship, and the pressures of school and growing up. There is mild violence and non-violent injuries, some name calling that ranges from playful to not-so-playful, and some instances of bullying.

What's the story?

Makoto Konno (voiced by Emily Hirst), a seemingly typical teenager, discovers she can leap through time and alter the course of events in her life and the lives of those around her in ways both large and small. As she begins to understand the effects this "time leaping" has on her friends, Makoto must learn to be honest with her feelings as she struggles to make to make things right.

Is it any good?


THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME is a dazzling and engaging take on both the coming of age story and the time travel story. Rather than using time travel to change the course of big historical events, Makoto uses her ability to try and alter the little moments between her and her best friends, boys Chiaki and Kosuke.

She learns that these travels can cause even bigger problems than she originally anticipated, and the film takes some unexpected plot twists that will keep kids guessing.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about taking responsibility for your actions. How do the decisions we make effect ourselves and those around us? How does this play out in the movie?

  • What similarities and differences do you see between Japanese schools and American schools, and how students relate to one another? How accurate do you think this movie portrays life in Japan?

  • Sometimes friends call each other names in a playful way, and other times, name calling crossing the line into hurtful behavior. How do you determine those boundaries between your friends or your classmates?

Movie details

DVD/Streaming release date:November 18, 2008
Cast:Emily Hirst, Shannon Chan-Kent
Director:Mamoru Hosoda
Studio:Bandai Entertainment
Run time:98 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13

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Teen, 16 years old Written bysisterwhocares May 23, 2013

Very well-done fantasy anime film with strong female lead

This movie is about a girl who accidentally discovers that she has the ability to go back in time. Delighted, she uses time travel to avoid daily haphazard and to try and help her friend ask a boy out. However, she soon realizes that her time travel is helping her, but not necessarily others, and she runs into a tricky dilemma when one of her best friends admits that he likes her. The storyline is original and compelling, which is wonderful for such a cliché idea as time travel. The plot is also well-organized and put together quite brilliantly, though it does lag at times. One of the best things about the movie is the main character. Even though she does go through teen-romance-boy-drama, she's not one of those girly, frilly weaklings that are so prevalent in teen movies and books. She is tomboyish, independent, and clever, if a little nuts at times. All of the characters are well-formed and flawed, but very loveable. But, overall, the best part of the movie would definitely the music. It is a beautiful piano backdrop set against evocative visual images. The movie is not only well-done, but also aesthetically pleasing, making it the perfect balance of art and entertainment. One thing that may concern parents is that there is some bullying in the film, including one terrifying scene where a teenage boy sprays fire hydrant material at a group of bullies, then throws it at a girl. There are also some scenes where the main character and her friends are almost run over by a train and are shown flying slow-motion through the air. The main character has to do some really freaky things in order to go back it time, such as running into walls, jumping off buildings and cliffs, and getting run over by a train. There is no blood. Also, one teen talks about "jerking off" briefly, but the sexual content overall is mild and doesn't exceed teens hugging and flirting. Finally, there is a sparse amount of language in the film, but it doesn't exceed "d*mn" or "h*ll". Overall, this is a very wonderful movie with strong characters, a well-developed plot, and beautiful music and imagery.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Kid, 11 years old October 10, 2012

A good movie

Its cool and futuristic. If you child is a sci-fi/anime geek, this is a great movie
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent of a 12 year old Written bydiaryofamommy January 8, 2012

One crude gag but suitable for the subtitled crowd.

My son watched this movie several times over the last few days, and he says it gets better and better every time. One crude gag but rest of film is G-rated.