|Remember that summer that seemed to last forever?|
When science fiction was new, stories that just dealt with space travel were good enough. Eventually though, space opera had to move on to something more substantive. The same is true with time travel. By this point, every permutation of time travel stories for the sake of exploring time travel has been done - the time traveler who changes the future, the time traveler that learns that nothing can change the future, the time traveler who goes to some cool place in the past, the time traveler who learns that the most insignificant thing he does in the past can radically alter the future, the guy that gets stuck in a time loop, etc. etc. So, like space travel before it, a good time travel story nowadays is one where time travel doesn't take center stage, but is used to explore a broader story. And that's exactly what The Girl Who Leapt Through Time does.
Based on a bestselling Japanese novel, TGWLTT tells the story of Makoto, a high school senior in that most crucial time of life - the last summer before college. A time when friends part and the future opens wide. Makoto inadvertently develops the ability to leap through time, something that helps her fix her mistakes and change the future... and maybe, just maybe it can make this magical time last. But she soon learns the meaning of the old adage, 'time waits for no one'.
A very human science fiction tale, TGWLTT is reminiscent of films like The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It's a wonderful, bittersweet story of friendship, love and loss, and the days of endless summer - a time we all wish we could go back and revisit.