Funimation to Rep The Girl Who Leapt Through Time


FLOWER MOUND: Funimation Entertainment has acquired the exclusive North American home entertainment, VOD and broadcast distribution rights for the 2006 film The Girl Who Leapt Through Time in a deal with Kadokawa.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time centers on a high school student who gains the ability to travel back in time after having a terrible day that ended with her on a collision course with a speeding train. The Japanese animation was Mamoru Hosoda’s non-franchise movie debut as a director. Funimation had already acquired the follow-up films Summer Wars, Wolf Children and The Boy and the Beast. The company will release a special home video edition of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time later this year to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the movie’s theatrical premiere.

“We’re excited to now be the exclusive U.S. distributor of all four of Mamoru Hosoda’s theatrical masterpieces with the addition of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time,” said Gen Fukunaga, the CEO and founder of Funimation. “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time gave audiences a taste of Hosoda’s cinematic magic, and now, ten years later, audiences still crave his films.”

“We look forward to taking Hosoda fans back in time with a special home video release of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time,” added Mike DuBoise, the executive VP and COO of Funimation. “This film—the one that started it all—showcases Hosoda’s unique formula of the intimate and emotional, combined with the real world and fantasy, mixed with comedy and drama—a recipe that no other director has been able to duplicate.”