I think it’s absolutely safe to say there is not a single human being on this planet, having reached adulthood that has not wished to go back into time. Whatever our reasons we have all been cursed with the everlasting punishment of not being able to to turn the clock back to change something that has happened in the past.
I just finished watching an anime called “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” by Mamoru Hosoda.
It tells the story of Makoto, a young girl who gains the ability to time leap after being involved in a freak accident while at school. Naturally, she is the average teenager who is late for class, clumsy, forgetting her exam revisions and of course nervous about love. One thing I loved about this film is how empowering Makoto is around the men in her class. She is a tomboy who loves nothing more than playing baseball and chilling with her two best friends who happen to be boys and so when she is surrounded by that emotion called love, she panics not knowing how to handle it.
I want to briefly touch on the subject of time leaping. When the accident happens and Makoto ”dies” after fogetting that the brakes of her bike are faulty and she collides with a speeding train..everything in her life just stops. She finds herself awakened with a concussion discovers that she collided with a woman and her son instead (the same woman and child she sped past on her bike). The moment she realises she cheated death..she then starts to some what cheat life.
That’s just it though, she cheats life! The very thing that she thinks she is gaining by fast forwarding and rewinding time for.
It’s somewhat bittersweet as she sacrifices all the things she is supposed to learn from. She rewrites her past which only means she has no idea how to deal with the present, let alone her future. Blinded by only what she wants she put others in danger and only realises when it’s too late.
This is why I love Japanese anime! Unlike a Hollywood animation it doesn’t have an idealist ending. She doesn’t get the boy there and then but he promises to wait for her in the future.
Through the opening scenes I was already a bit miffed as it kept on cutting from scene to credits and although it’s obviously intentional, it ended up being extremely annoying. I also didn’t enjoy the sporadic and nauseating juxtaposition of shots. While I appreciate it’s all about time travel, it somewhat goes a little fast and I think Hosoda should of focused on nurturing some scenes in depth. I love the piano playing in the background and music is something that spreads across many anime films which is always soothing, mellow and even makes me feel a little nostalgic.
At the risk of sounding patronising we can’t play with time for a reason as being the sometimes cruel and destructive humans that we are, we would no doubt use it for our own selfish gain. Unlike the movie though we might not be blessed with that one last leap. So as much as there are somethings in my past I would like to have done better, I’m pretty happy with the present being just the way it is. (Well winning the Euromillions would be just mighty).
Enjoy the trailer