UPDATE: astro finds the first english-subtitled torrent of The Girl Who Leapt in the wild. Quality of the translation appears to be good, but the formatting is somewhat screwed up. I snarfed it last night but haven’t looked at it yet myself.
Astro’s initial thoughts are strongly positive:
TokiKake is certainly good. Having read some of the buzz about it I expected that. I didn’t expect it to impress me as much as it did, though. Right now I can’t name any flaws or distractions that might have taken away from the story. The animation is wonderful, as is the musical score. The story itself was incredible, and kept me riveted until the end.
I’ll definitely rewatch this one, and I highly recommend it.
Meanwhile, Nick rates it higher than any Ghibli film he’s ever seen.
(bumped from 04/25/07)