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03 August 2006 @ 10:57 am
Toki wo kakeru shoujo  
Last night, I went to see the animated movie 時をかける少女 (The girl who leaps through time). It's only playing in one theater in Tokyo (to my surprise, since it's playing in many other cities in more than one theater... wtf?), but the theater happens to be on my street, just a short walk away. =^__^= So I took in the last show on cheap day, more than a month after it opened, and I was shocked to find that there were too many people!! But in Japan, instead of turning people away, they make them stand or sit on the floor.... Um, yeah... weird. When the ticket lady asked me if I didn't mind standing, I thought she was joking!! I mean..... STAND? In a movie??? O.o..... Well, it was true! Wtf?? The theater provided cusions though, so I sat in an aisleway, and it was actually more comfortable than the seats probably were, to my shock! But I mean..... it was just kind of strange! Lots of people really did stand. For me, standing would kind of ruin the movie experience, you know what I mean? O.o;;;

Anyways... I only knew of this movie because I saw an ad for tickets in the loppi free magazine. I'm really glad that I did, and that I decided to go, because it was really good!!! ^^ It was an often funny, sometimes touching story about a regular girl, Makoto, who realizes suddenly that when she jumps, she can literally leap through time. Sort of..

See, she actually slips and falls after a hard day at school in the science lab, and lands on her back. But it also turns out that she's landed on top of a walnut, and it leaves a strange mark on her arm which she doesn't notice for a long time. As she's on the way home from work, she notices the time in a cuckoo-like clock on the street, and is heading down a hill fast when the bars lower for an approaching train. But the problem is... she finds out that her bike's brakes are broken!! There's no way that she can avoid hitting the bar, and when her bike crashes into it, she finds herself tossed through the air into the path of the train, thinking, "I'm definitely going to die now.. There's so many things that I didn't get to do."

But suddenly, she finds herself having crashed into a lady on the street and watching as the train comes a minute later. She's confused about what happened, and really shaken, so when she goes to see her Aunt who works at a museum that afternoon, she tells her about it. "You're a time leaper," her Aunt tells her, an ability apparently she had at one time. Makoto decides to give it a try that evening, and finds out that she can choose how far back she wants to go, based on how long she stays in the air. Not realizing that she only gets to time leap a certain number of times, there are lots of hilarious scenes where she time-leaps to do things like get a perfect score on the pop quiz, or karaoke for ten hours but only pay for 1. Or, when one of her close guy friends suddenly asks her to date him and she's not ready for that kind of question, she goes back many many many times to stop him from saying it. It's really hilarious.

But eventually, she realizes that there are numbers on her arm, and each time that she leaps, it decreases... and from there, things start looking like there's going to be a problem when she can't timeleap anymore. I won't spoil the rest, but it was really cute and had amazing animation. Overall, I liked it a LOT. I highly recommend it whenever it comes to where you are!! ^^ It had a sweet ending, too. There was a girl crying behind me for no reason.. she was really loud. X.x;;;

Yay for my comprehension being at least 90% for this movie. I'm really really proud of myself, shoujo is definitely easy to understand. ^^ LOL It amused me that the catch phrase for this movie was, "Time waits for no one" in english.. I wonder if most of the people in the audience understood it? They never translated it, but it's not really easy english....
BluAyubluayu on August 3rd, 2006 02:58 am (UTC)
It seems like an interesting movie. And omg why don't we do that in America? Let as many people as we can into movie theaters and sit in the asiles? That way we wouldn't worry about tickets for movies we wanted to see on the first day. XD Ah, it's very interesting on how different countries work.

Hm...I think a lot of us would want to leap through time to change something ne? That's why the movie sounds so interesting. o__o The art for it looks pretty...
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 3rd, 2006 03:05 am (UTC)
It was a really pretty movie, and had such a calm flow to it. I loved it! ^^

I don't know what I think about the letting people stand thing though... I was glad to get in, but sitting on the floor was kind of weird, and I wouldn't want to stand through a movie. That would get uncomfortable and take all the fun out of it. It's not a concert after all....
Naveed: Detective Svenhitokiri_naveed on August 3rd, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
Fire hazard. =(
Katrina: shirt n shirtless massu by doramatikkueveranangel604 on August 3rd, 2006 03:22 am (UTC)
seems like a really interesting movie! Yeah, it's rather weird how it's only playing in one theater in Tokyo.... oy, it's Tokyo!! How can they do that? Weird.
Chiakichiaki777 on August 3rd, 2006 04:30 am (UTC)
Ohh sounds like a good movie.
Jigoku Morinavigator_nata on August 3rd, 2006 04:41 am (UTC)
the story sounds pretty brilliant. hope it comes all the way to europe T.T
Janelle: Hi I'm Indigo Montoyachibi_rei on August 3rd, 2006 05:26 am (UTC)
Sitting in the aisles is definitely more fun/comfortable (well, sometimes it's comfy). There was no where for a friend and myself to sit next to each other at LOTR, so we sat at the top of the stars. I almost fell asleep ^_^;;

Seems like an odd movie, but kind of interesting too...
tenikimetenikime on August 3rd, 2006 06:02 am (UTC)
It really seems like a interesting move, it looks very pretty too~I'd like to see it ♥
Fiammattafusakugyoku on August 3rd, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
I actually stood in an American movie before... I think it was animated Anastasia, as a kid. Why they hadn't said tickets were sold out, I haven't a clue.

This movie sounds fun. Of course, there's always time paradox which ALWAYS pisses me off, but it's very cool.
shizukahikari: ishida prettyshizukanahikari on August 3rd, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
=D That sounds like a cool story.
And the standing room tickets are cheaper, aren't they? I know they typically are for like, the symphony and stuff - there are like, $15 standing room only tickets while the seats can cost up to $100. It makes a difference for people..
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 3rd, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC)
Nope, they're the same price... but it's just a movie, so I don't think that the price would ever be as high as $100. ^^;;;; Nobody would want to see it!!
AKGakakurogin on August 3rd, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
True; it is completely different from live performances. =P But then that's really weird - wouldn't people just wait? o.0 When my dad was small in China, the standing room tickets were half price or something. The theatre just wants to make as much money as possible off of one showing, and even at half price, it's pure profit. o.0 They lucked out on the one theatre only showing it deal then.. o.0
shizukahikarishizukanahikari on August 3rd, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
oops; wrong journal; same person =P
-stringalchemist on August 3rd, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
That movie seems really interesting, I'd watch it if I ever got the chance.

o___o Japan's theathers look pretty nice (I know it's only one theater but still..), the seats remind me of firstclass airplane seats. ^^;;

Isn't sitting in the aisle a fire hazard though? o.O
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 4th, 2006 12:39 am (UTC)
Yeah, I thought it was too. Totally a fire hazard. X.x Especially since they won't let people come in for sold-out concerts usually, or for musicals. So why for movies that will be played 8 billion times?
C L O V E Ridyllica on August 3rd, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
It looks good too! Oh wow. This somewhat reminds me of Spirted Away? Maybe not...but it seems like it. ♥
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 4th, 2006 12:40 am (UTC)
In my opinion, it was much better than Spirited Away. ^^ A very different kind of anime, but I like this kind better. ^^;;
Yuviyuvi on August 7th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
Woah.. you had to sit? now.. that I haven't heard of before o.O

Sounds like an interesting movie. I know is not the same, but as I read about this movie all I kept thinking is Escaflowne and InuYasha. I hope that movie comes out here.