Time waits for no one.
Just saw the movie a few days ago. This film’s pretty damn fun, I’d call it one of the best anime movies I’ve seen to date (however, not the best). I say, Mamoru Hosoda has outdone himself yet again in the direction of the film. The animation was brilliant too, the backgrounds and the setting are drawn so gorgeously.
The alternate outcomes of time are well-played out in this film. As I expected, the main character, Mamoru Konna, has a little fun with her new-found powers due to an unlucky day. Also expected, some of the changes weren’t very beneficial, and before she knows it, “time almost ran out even though she has powers that should technically save some time” (metaphorically, of course…). Mamoru, and Chiaki (and Mamoru’s little sister! What a riot. ﾎﾟｯ(*ﾟ.ﾟ)(ﾟ.ﾟ*)ﾎﾟｯ), are definite my favorite characters in the film, hands down.
The moral’s been, no doubt, thrown in our faces many times in other media, but the way the moral’s expressed here through the story’s execution was beyond excellent (i.e. “Go for it before it’s too late”, “Trying to act as if your troubles never existed won’t make things better”, etc.). While the last part of the film may not have been as fun as the beginning through middle, and some story elements may seemed to have come out of nowhere during that period, to me that’s not enough to weigh the film down — and not enough for me to not call it a masterpiece.
And when I’m vague enough about the story, it means I love it enough for wanting you to go out and seeing it for yourself.