The GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME is a manga interpretation of the 2006 anime film, that was a modern remake of the original story published in the mid-1960s, and has already seen numerous live-action cinematic and television adaptations (original Japanese title is “Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo”).
This is an English-translated version released December 2007, reading in the traditional Japanese of right-to-left, distributed in Australia by Madman Entertainment , under license of Chuang Yi Publishing of Singapore. Art by Ranmaru Kotone, based upon story by Yasutaka Tsutsui.
After 17 ordinary years on earth, Makoto Konno’s journey was about to be ended by a freak accident. Then, life gave her a reset button. With her new found time-leaping powers, she immediately sets out to wipe off all the little annoyances in her daily life, from failing grades to iffy relationships that she can’t handle. But as her time-leaps get more frequent, she is forced to realise that every change she makes has profound repercussions that she can’t foresee… and should her powers fail her, the consequences could be disastrous?
The concept for this manga is certainly intriguing, and while reading, the storyline became even more interesting and exciting. Time-travelling/paradox tales always appeal to me, and this story certainly had a “Groundhog Day” element to it.
Early on, there were times when I felt a step-ahead of the story, but the latter half of the story did surprise and twist in small ways I did not anticipate. I can see how progressive and innovative the original tale would have been back in the 1960s, too.
However, I did have some problems with the way the story flowed. Firstly, there appeared to be a lot missing, as some scenes were very short, and a turn of the page would find the reader in a totally different setting or location. Perhaps I just wasn’t understanding the story flow completely? Nonetheless, the cinematic style of the tale would likely benefit the anime version, over this static manga book.
So, it is enjoyable, but a bit muddled. I wish to have liked it more. I might need to re-read it?
In the meantime, Ill seek out the anime film, as I’ll anticipate that to be a more coherent experience!
7 out of 10.