Funimation Licenses The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time | Visual

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that they have acquired the rights to release Mamoru Hosoda’s The Girl Who Leapt Through Time in North America. Funimation plans to release a “special home video edition” of the film later this year. The special edition is to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the film’s initial release in Japanese theaters.

A synopsis of the film is provided by Funimation:

After waking up late, flunking her pop quiz, embarrassing herself on numerous occasions, and starting a fire in her home economics class, high school student Makoto Konno figures she’s just having one of those days. And just when she thinks she’s made it through, the brakes on her bike malfunction putting her on a collision course with a speeding train. The life-ending accident would have been the perfect end to the worst day ever, but the strangest thing happens—she leaps backwards in time.

After unlocking her new ability, Makoto does what any teenager would do. She re-takes tests, corrects embarrassing situations, and sleeps in as late as she wants, never thinking that her carefree time travelling could have a negative effect on the people she cares about. By the time she realizes the damage she’s done, she only has a few leaps left to make things right.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was produced by Madhouse and directed by Mamoru Hosoda. The film was written by Satoko Okudera. The film first released in Japan in 2006. It was first licensed for release in North America by Bandai Entertainment in 2008. Bandai Entertainment released the film on Blu-ray and DVD until 2012 when they closed their North American distribution.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time has received numerous awards including the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year. The film is based on Yasutaka Tsutsui’s 1967 novel of the same name. The 1967 novel is published in English by Alma Books.

Additional news and details about the pre-orders for The Girl Who Leapt Through Time will be revealed at a later date.

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  • Oh my gosh! This is wonderful! I absolutely love this movie!

  • Laurence J. Nguyen

    Wahoo! Finally! Sorry, I got a little overexcited and carried away. I did however watch this film in the English Dub on Youtube sometime ago. I did watch Summer Wars and Wolf Children on iTunes in one of the older iPads or something like that. Mamoru Hosoda is a really amazing and talented movie director in his own right. He definitely has what it takes to even give the folks from Studio Ghibli a run for their money and to me, that’s saying something. Hosoda even did the first two segments of Digimon: The Movie and even directed one of the old One Piece films from sometime before. I am a dumb idiot for not borrowing Girl who leapt through time and Paprika from my local library that time and because of that, I’m beating myself over the head for not doing so. ?
    This movie will not fall under the radar this time, that’s for certain. I should also consider watching The Boy and The Beast, as well by the time it does become available.