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Have you seen an anime titled “The Girl who Leapt Through Time” (warning: all links here may contain spoiler) or Toki o Kakeru Shojo? With its positive responses, like many fans out there, I also expect its sequel -a 2010 live action version, starred by Makoto’s seiyuu: Riisa Naka.
However, do you know that this anime (based on novel with same title) wasn’t the first adaptation? Yup, according to wikipedia, the first adaptation are its 1972’s tv series, followed by its 1983’s movie (starred by Tomoyo Harada). As if those weren’t enough, the novel is being adapted again in 1994 (TV Series), 1997 (Movie), and 2002 (television film, starred by one of Momusu members: Natsumi Abe).
From all the medias mentioned above, I watch the anime first, fall in love with the story and characters, then start to hunt the earlier versions while wait for the 2010 sequel.
I only manage to find its 1983 movie version, and… well, I feel a bit disappointed. I don’t mind the 80’s style that appears at the film, but the story felt too shallow and flat.
Anyway, let me review both -the 1983 and 2006 version- for you.
Story & Characters
Kazuko Yoshiyama is a high school girl that has an usual happy life, along with her two childhood friends: Kazuo Fukamachi and Goro Asakura. Well, that is before an incident at school laboratory made her unconscious that led her to something that she never imagine: leaping time.
Makoto Konno is a happy-go-lucky high school girl that has an usual happy life, along with her two best friends: Kosuke Tsuda and Chiaki Mamiya. Well, that is before an incident at school laboratory made her fell and being hit by books that led her to something that she never imagine: leaping time.
The Time Leaping
Haha, yup, the main theme of both version is somewhat similar. However, the similarity stopped there. The rest is, hm, 1983 version highlighted the theme of “Love that travels time”, while 2006 version is more like “What will you do if you have the power to leap through time?”
Both sound interesting right? But, for my taste, I prefer how 2006 version story flows dynamically, much better than the 1983 version. How Makoto leaps is also more makes sense. She’s got a certain device to activate it. How ’bout Kazuko? Mmmm, for me, how a certain scent of chemical could make her leap is not making any sense at all. (Was it only me who think about this? Feel free to tell what do you think. ^^)
The 2006 version really use the theme well. The girl who leapt the time, right? So, most of the story will be how Makoto actively leaping through time to time. While Kazuko’s leaping version is more passive. Leaping time is never been her wish (exception goes to her final leaping time). I don’t know about the story in original novel though. So, in my opinion, even though the anime is a spin-off, watching Makoto saying “Yosshaah” is much more fun than seeing Kazuko ‘s depressed face in 1983 movie. Hehe.
The Love Story
Both version has a similar love story. Makoto’s and Kazuko’s lover is the *******. Haha, I don’t want to spoil it. Hehehe. But the only thing I want to tell is that I hate Kazuko’s object of affection. I hate him. Really. How could he have done such manipulation? It is so unfair for the other guy. T.T
Makoto’s version of doki-doki scene is hilarious, funny but also has bittersweet twists. In fact, I enjoy all the scenes. There are love triangle, but I really can’t blame any character here. It is all because Makoto’s decision, so she must bear the result, right? I’m glad she realizes her feeling. Though it is kind of too late, but it is better than nothing at all. ^^
Well, nothing really impressed me. The 1983 version has singing scenes (Oww, I can’t stand it. Haha, I really hate the couple. I heart the other guy. T.T). While the 2006 anime has two theme song. One song is played during the last decision that Makoto made, and the last is played during the credits.
Technique and Style
Of course, what can you expect for the 1983 version? I can’t really tell that the effects are bad, because the earthquake scenes is thrilling. The 2006 version, thanks for being made as anime, is better to visualize the time leaping.
Now, let see.. if I should give score for both version, I’d say 2* for its 1983 movie and 4* to its 2006 anime.
So, if you’re curious to Toki o Kakeru Shojo, why don’t you watch the anime version and have a fun leapt through the time. ^^
Anyway, if you still aren’t sure yet, check Novroz’s post here. And reading it is the reason I re-watch the anime and write this review (Finally, after months. Tehehe).