Girl Who Leapt Through Time Novel Translated
posted on by Andrew Osmond
Alma Books will publish the novel The Girl Who Leapt Through Time by Yasutaka Tsutsui on May 16. The book has been adapted for the screen many times over four decades, but the best known version internationally is the anime film, directed by Mamoru Hosoda.
One of Tsutsui's best-known and most popular works in his native Japan, The Girl Who Leapt through Time is the story of fifteen-year-old schoolgirl Kazuko, who accidentally discovers that she can leap back and forth in time. In her quest to uncover the identity of the mysterious figure that she believes to be responsible for her paranormal abilities, she'll constantly have to push the boundaries of space and time, and challenge the notions of dream and reality.
The story originated as a magazine serial in 1965 and was published in book form two years later. The first live-action TV version was in 1972, followed by numerous other adaptations for TV, cinema and manga. The 2006 anime version, also called The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, is technically a sequel, featuring Kazuko's niece. A subsequent live-action film (Time Traveller: The Girl who Leapt Through Time) appeared in 2010, and was shown at last year's Oktoberfest in London. It was a different sequel to the book, featuring Riisa Naka - the lead voice-actress in the anime - as Kazuko's daughter.
Celebrated author Yasutaka Tsutsui also wrote the novel Paprika, which was adapted as an anime film by Satoshi Kon in 2006. The Paprika novel was published in English by Alma Books in 2009.
According to Amazon, the book The Girl who Leapt Through Time will be 200 pages long, with an RRP of £7.99.
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