Original Title: Toki o Kakeru Shoujo (variously translated as "The Girl Who Cuts Through Time", "A Girl Who Runs Through Time", etc)Poor Makoto. She's officially having her worst day ever! It's not enough that she overslept and barely made it into school on time, she also flunked a math quiz, got flattened by two rambunctious boys at lunchtime, accidentally set the home economics room on fire, and then had this really weird accident while cleaning the science lab. Then to top it all off, she just had to crash her bike into this really crabby lady on her way home...and that wasn't until ''after'' she'd already been hit and killed by the train!Wait... What?With a little experimentation, Makoto discovers that she has somehow developed the ability to leap backwards in time, allowing her to re-do events whenever she likes, from preventing her little sister from eating her favorite snack to re-living a karaoke session ten times in a row. But the more changes Makoto makes, the more she begins to realize the effect her time-leaping is having on other people - especially her relationships with her best friends Kousuke and Chiaki. And the source of her ability might not be as limitless as she first assumed...An award-winning 2006 animated Japanese film produced by the animation studio Madhouse and distributed through Kadokawa Herald Pictures, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is an adaptation of/sequel to a very popular 1966 novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui (previously adapted into two live action films (1983 and 1997), a 5 episode TV series (1994), a 2002 TV film and a 2004 manga title (A Girl Who Cut Through Time), none of which received wide distribution in the west). Familiarity with the previous material is not necessary in order to understand or enjoy the film, although it is implied that Makoto's "Aunt Witch" is the protagonist of the original story, helping to explain some of the comments that she makes.No relation to Sora O Kakeru Shoujo ("The Girl Who Leapt Through Space"), whose title was inspired by and a reference to this work. Or to the first episode of InuYasha.
Never outright stated, but possibly implied. Chiaki wishes to see a painting that's destroyed in his era, and when he talks about what he likes about the present, he mentions how he got to "see the sky for the first time", and be around "so many people". (Worse, the future has no baseball!)
What makes it worse is that by the end, the first hints of that future are only beginning to show.
Four Is Death: At 4:00, Makoto nearly gets hit by the train before time leaping. Kousuke and Kaho did get hit by it at the same time, in a different timeline.
Funny Background Event: When Makoto tells Kousuke that he should ask Kaho to play baseball with them, Kaho's two friends can be seen freaking out and running around the tree in the background.
Furo Scene: Makoto is often depicted brooding in the bathtub. Fanservice free. Or free Fanservice. If you're into that sort of thing.
Genre Savvy: Makoto's aunt, who was either harassing her with advice, or giving the best she could given the circumstances, such as if she ever considered that maybe her time traveling is ruining someone else's life in the process of her trying to fix something else.
Going to the Store: Going out in the evening to test her time-leap power, Makoto claims she's "going to the konbini".
Lost in Translation: The origin of "Aunt Witch" is actually a pun on the character's real name using "majo," the Japanese word for witch. The joke didn't translate so a literal translation was chosen instead.
Love Dodecahedron: Yuri has feelings for Chiaki, who has feelings for Makoto. Kaho has feelings for Kousuke, who may or may not have feelings for Makoto. Makoto initially ignores both triangles, preferring to stay friends with both Chiaki and Kousuke, until she realizes she has feelings for Chiaki.
Love Revelation Epiphany: Makoto and Chiaki are of the UST variety; Makoto's denial of Chiaki's asking her out partially kicks off the rest of the plot and eventually culminates in her eventually accepting her feelings for him - but it's too late.
Meet Cute: Makoto arranges one for Kousuke and Kaho. It takes her at least four tries to get it right, and ultimately results in Kousuke and Kaho getting hit by the train. After her final reset, she gives up on the idea and takes a much more direct approach.
Aunt Witch points out that Makoto has always said she would never date either Kousuke or Chiaki as she sees them only as friends but subtle feelings for both of them emerge. With Chiaki, she dodges all his attempts to upgrade their relationshipuntil she warms up to him as a potential boyfriend.
This can be applied to Kaho as well, in her attempts to get close to Kousuke.
There's also Kousuke to consider with his subconscious romantic feelings for Makoto, creating a sort of unintentional and unsuspecting love triangle between the trio.
Also, for a great portion of the film, Chiaki was oblivious to Yuri's feelings for him. And because time returned to normal is still oblivious to it.
Oh Crap: First, "I'm borrowing your bike." Second, Kousuke and Kaho passing by on the bike on the hill where Makoto nearly (or actually did) died.
Panty Shot: Surprisingly averted. Makoto goes tumbling a lot, but the viewer never gets a shot of her undergarments. The movie in general does not concern itself with fanservice.
Makoto has to learn this the hard way. She uses her time leaps to prevent Chiaki from asking her out, but continues to avoid him because she knows he likes her. Chiaki, who had been unable to ask Makoto out and is growing confused and frustrated with Makoto's avoidance of him, decides to date Makoto's friend Yuri instead, possibly believing his feelings for Makoto are unrequited. This causes Makoto's jealousy, as she is beginning to realize her own feelings for Chiaki.
Also almost literally. The brakes on Makoto's bike are broken, which leads to her almost getting killed when she skids into train tracks on the first day. On the last day, Kousuke borrows her bike to take Kaho home, not knowing about the busted brakes, and they both skid into the same train.
Justified, as it's the heroine bouncing around through time, and nobody else.
It gets a bit fuzzier near the ending: Chiaki, not Makoto, is the one who makes the jump that saves Kousuke and Kaho from being hit by the train, but Makoto still seems to remember it happening, and doesn't initially realize that she's not out of leaps after all.
Sarcastic Confession: Makoto, "after" spending 10 hours at the karaoke and asked why her voice is sore.
Subtext: Before he asked her out, most of the hints that Chiaki and Makoto were really into each other could be hard to pick on during the first viewing, especially if you're more used to anime where the signs of a relationship are farlesssubtle. But they ARE there.
Shipper on Deck: Makoto, and to a lesser extent, Kaho's two friends, does this for Kousuke and Kaho, with mixed results till the end.