What it’s about: Konno Makoto, a girl nearing the end of high school, is worrying about what the future holds when she discovers a bizarre power – she can literally “leap” backwards in time, reliving past experiences and trying to avoid dangers and uncomfortable situations. She starts off relatively small, enjoying breakfast over and over again, but the scale of her actions gradually increases until she, inevitably, gets in over her head.
Why you should watch it: Clean and simple are the best two words to describe this work. That applies to its character design and animation, its plot, and its execution. At its core, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a lighthearted and heartwarming story. A thoroughly enjoyable way to spend an hour and a half.
Caveats: None, really. The protagonist can be annoying, but that’s kind of the point.
Themes: Moving on, looking to the future. The unforeseen consequences of even small actions
Similar works: Summer Wars. Outside of anime, Groundhog Day