Time Traveler: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was the first film I watched as part of the Hawaii International Film Festival. I went in knowing nothing about the film, or the film festival. I saw the film on a whim simply because it was a Friday night, and it sounded like it would be Sci-fi Syfy related and please the inner geek in me. It wasn’t until talking to the person I sat next to pre-movie that I found out the film is actually based on a popular anime. Needless to say I’m glad I saw this film and it was hands down my favorite film out of all the films I watched at the festival. It had me laughing, worried, and almost crying by the end of the film.
The plot follows Akari, a young girl in modern day Japan. Her mother gets into a car accident and wakes up from her coma to give Akari a task: to travel through time and deliver a message to a boy she was friends with as child. Akari meets and befriends a struggling filmmaker who decides to help Akari in her quests to find her mother’s friend. Akari helps her friend with a film he is working on and slowly begins to fall in love with him. But with all time traveling tales comes the decision to return or to stay behind and follow the heart’s desires at risk of damaging the time stream.
The special effects were all right, they looked a little fake at times, but overall it was believable. The music was marvelous it enhanced the storyline and really pushed emotion through this incredible storyline as it carried the viewer along.
Overall I’d give this film 4.5 out of 5 stars and strongly recommend it to any Sci-fi or anime fans, or someone who is looking for a good love story.