Just as Funimation, one of the leading anime distributors in North America, gets ready to release acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda‘s latest film “The Boy and the Beast” theatrically on March 4, the fan-driven company announced that it has acquired rights to Hosoda’s 2006 film “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time,” which was the filmmaker’s first feature-length production not associated with an anime TV series. Hosoda previously directed “Digimon: The Movie” and worked as key animator on films based on other popular series such as “Dragon Ball Z” and “Sailor Moon.”
Heralded as one of the most important figures in Japanese animation today, and quite possibly the most qualified to become Hayao Miyazaki’s successor, Hosoda has created his own mythology and storytelling conventions in acclaimed films such as “Summer Wars” and “Wolf Children.” Thanks to the upcoming release of “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time,” anime buffs will be finally able to enjoy the film that started his career as a filmmaker crafting his own stories.
“The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” has been unavailable in the U.S. since the 2008 DVD release went out of print a few years ago. In order to watch it, fans have been forced to find a specialty video store that carries the title, to buy an expensive copy of the out-of-print disc, or watch low quality versions of the film online. The announcement is definitely a cause for joy among animation lovers.
Funimation is planning a home video release for this summer just in time for its 10th anniversary.
The official synopsis reads as follows:
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 traveling 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.