Madman are running a Reel Anime season at cinemas around Australia. The four films this year are Wolf Children, From up on Poppy Hill, Children Who Chase Lost Voices, and Berserk – The Egg of the King .
My reviews of these films will be limited to impressions and feelings, I will try to make them as spoiler free as I can manage.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is the best of the three Reel Anime releases I’ve seen thus far.
A reasonably thought-provoking story of time travel on a personal scale that in many ways recalls Groundhog Day, with engaging characters and a gentle romance.
As with The Vision of Escaflowne, the heart of this movie is about personal responsibility and maturity. As such it is well grounded in the characters and this provides the strength of the movie. Recommended.
EDIT: Added link to a spoilery wikipedia page. Turns out to be something of a franchise/sequel with the implication that one of the supporting characters in this film is the main character from the original.