"The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, the anime by Madhouse, is my favorite movie. #1. Finally, they translated the original novel, upon which it's based. That's this book. It's really more of a novella. Fewer than 100 pages. Tsutsui's writing style is elegant and pleasurable to read. But the story is alright. It's not great, at all. Nor is it bad. It's mostly exploration of a time travel concept rather than an actual story. There is no character development. And basically nothing happens. The move is one-thousand times more developed, and I highly, highly recommend it. I cannot say the same for the book, except that it's ok, and that without it my favorite movie would not exist." Gryffin said.
"I was introduced to this work by the 2006 anime film, which I loved. I did some research, saw the 1983 and 2010 films, and enjoyed them a great deal as well. So I was excited to see that an English translation of the original novella was available.
Unfortunately, this is not a great translation. The prose ends up sounding like it was written for grade-school readers, and there's very little nuance or character development; none of the joy of playing with the power of time travel that I so enjoyed in the animated movie. It was worth reading, to see the source, but I doubt this is a novella I'll return to again in the future." R. Pylman said.
"I came to read Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo, or as it's officially translated, "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time", after first watching part of the (loose) anime adaptation in class and then viewing the book's film sequel (free on Amazon Prime!). I actually liked the sequel; it had a great storyline and really made you think after viewing it. The main ideas of the original story (or specifically, the original film adaptation from the 1980s) are recapped in this one (the protagonist learns about her mother Kazuko's past), but I want to see the source material.
I know this may seem a little negative, but my studies involve analyzing text for meaning through word choice, sentence structure, etc., so I was happy to read a book that was geared toward a younger audience so I'd just be able to take in the story without much thought. It reads very easily; one reviewer of the book mentioned that its second half was better written (or translated) that the first, but both are extremely simple forms of writing. Was this the work of the translator, or was this written simply for junior high students...?
You may have read that last sentence and thought, "Wait! There's a 'second part'?" The first half of the text is in fact the story of the girl who leapt through time, but the second half is an entirely different story about a girl who explores her fears and tries to learn their origins. Thinking that I'd read a final chapter where the two protagonist girls came together, I was a little let down that the stores were not connected. Other than them both dealing somewhat with time (Kazuko and her time leaping and Masako and learning about her past), these stories are unrelated.
I don't know why two short stories are included or why the second one isn't mentioned in the description, but the reader should know when the story ends so as to not form expectations like I did. Overall, this was a fun reading, something I finished in probably less than two hours while commuting to school.
If you have seen the anime or any of the other adaptations, I suggest you read this! Even if it isn't the most scholarly thing to look at, you are still seeing where these films came from. I enjoyed it, and so will you. Once you have read it, check out the other films, too! It can be a great experience comparing them all!" D. Centeno said.
"I am an anime fan and although I've never seen the film, I was excited to read The Girl Who Leapt Through Time mainly because it was made into an anime movie. And of course, this was my first time reading Japanese literature so that added up to the excitement as well.
For starters, it was a short and quick read. I could've finished it in one day if I didn't have other things to do. The book also consists of two stories, although I didn't know it at first.
The first story, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, is just your typical time travel story. It's about Kazuko, a third-year middle school student who accidentally acquired the ability to leap through time and space. Although other people would be delighted to discover they have such powers, Kazuko wasn't at all happy with it. She looked for the cause and wanted to get rid of these abilities because she did not want to be different. The plot is very simple and I think the only twist in the story is when Kazuko discovered where and from whom her ability to time travel came from, albeit indirectly. The pace is fast, not boring and I must say it's an okay read. I only wished the author did not make Kazuko and Kazuo's names sound so similar. It's a bit confusing sometimes.
The ending is a bit sad for me. I was looking for more. It was sad that Kazuko did not see that 'person from the future' again and that her memories of him were also erased. I would have wanted them to meet again, maybe when Kazuko's a bit older, you know, so they could be together. Although that's impossible, right? Because they live in different times. *sigh*
In the second story, The Stuff That Nightmares Are Made Of, is where my frustration started. I was like, "why did the story suddenly change?" I even thought that it's a continuation of Kazuko's story. But no, it was a totally different story. One I didn't really get. It's about Masako, a teenager who's afraid of heights and Prajna masks. She also has a younger brother who's a scaredy-cat, but Masako helped Yoshio conquer his fears so she thought she might as well conquer hers. There's not much conflict in this story. For a while I even thought it's horror. Until now I'm still not sure what it is, though. But I think what this story is trying to tell us is we all must at least try to face our fears. And that we should always be careful of the words we speak in front of children. We never know how they affect them.
I have some reservations about this book but I liked it still. If you're looking for a quick read that's still enjoyable, try this book. But if you want something a bit more complicated, this book is not for you." Julie @Books and Insomnia said.
"My Japanese wife and both of our sons raved about this story. "Remarkable characters", "exciting plot", "fascinating insight" were bandied about like candy canes at Christmas. Instead I found a somewhat dull story of a high school girl who repeats a day, skips over a few classes, and confuses her friends. Metaphorically this story has far more in common with "Fight Club" than it does with "Groundhog Day" or "Replay". Rather than a science fiction tale about redemption through time leaps the main character comes across as somewhat psychotic and delusional. The ending, intended to wrap everything up in a neat bow, simply reinforces the possibility that none of the story's events were ever real." Brian K. Miller said.
"The story is not bad, but the movie is much much better. The book is not thrilling or touching or whatever. The narrative is often very brief and the characters not deep.
Its better to go watch the movie and ignore the book." David Votrubec said.
"The quality of the book was good, but as far as the actually story, not as great as I expected it to be." Maida said.
"I just finished watching the film version of this book and movie's don't always follow the book word for word. Anyways read the book first. But now any time I smell lavender I'm going to think of this book. Sorry that's the only detail about the book I'm going to write about. If you want to know more read the book " Kindle97 said.