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Time Travel In Anime

Written by one of Funimation’s Brand Managers, Jennifu

 

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time returning to Blu-ray/DVD Combo (order now!) is coming out on June 7th and we want to celebrate with a listicle! As the main concept of the movie centers around time travel and what happens when a person jumps in different points of a timeline, we want to look at different examples of time travel in anime. However there isn’t just one form of time travel…

 

(Massive Spoiler Warning!)

 

Through our observations, there are three main types of time travel that we have seen:

  • Fixed timeline
  • Malleable timeline
  • Multiple timeline (multiverse)

 

Fixed timeline: There is only one timeline, and traveling to the past can’t change the future because the act of time travel is part of the timeline. For example, if you go back in time and replace infant Hitler with a different baby, the other baby grows up to actually become Hitler. This style is used the least within anime.

 

  • The Haruhi Series, aside from Endless Eight, does this. When Kyon and Asahina travel back in time and stay in Nagato’s room, the single timeline means that they have been there all along. In The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya movie, Kyon is almost killed (again) by Ryoko Asakura, and is saved by… a different version of himself from the future. In subsequent stories, Kyon, who knows that this happened to him in the past, knows that he needs to travel back in time to save himself.

  • Many anime that involve a character traveling from the present day into the past use this style as well—the past is such a set and distant period that it might as well be another world.

 

Malleable timeline: Time is fluid, and going back in time can change the future. If a time traveler changes the past and immediately returns to the future, the future changes based on those past actions.

 

  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time: Makoto is able to leap back in time with almost no consequences, which she uses to sleep in late, undo embarrassing mistakes, hit every baseball she’s pitched, and sing karaoke for 10 hours.

 

 

  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Homura travels to the past multiple times to redo her first meeting of Madoka, in order to try to make a change that will allow Madoka to live
  • In Haruhi season 2, Endless Eight is an example of this, as the SOS Brigade relives the same days of summer vacation 15,532 times.

  • In ERASED, Satoru goes back in time to try to save Kayo; the first time, he almost does so but fails, and Kayo dies. The future that he returns to has some small changes, showing that the day that Kayo died was slightly changed due to his interaction. The second time he does so, he doesn’t travel back to the future but instead wakes up again naturally after time has passed

  • In Charlotte,  Yuu’s brother has a time travel ability which he uses to constantly go back in time and relive his life over and over to prevent a future in which a dark organization kidnaps and experiments on superpowered children

 

Multiple timelines (multiverse): Similar to malleable timeline, in a multiverse, there are infinite different versions of the universe, each with different possibilities of events. The important distinction between malleable and multiple timelines is that in multiple timelines, all timelines exist simultaneously and can be traveled between, rather than being one timeline that changes. In other words, in a malleable timeline, once time is changed, there is no evidence that any events progress in the original timeline..

 

  • Steins;Gate: Okabe sends his mind back in time via the microwave time machine, but it turns out that there are many universes in which the the evil global research group SERN has taken over the world; he must jump timelines in order to arrive at one where this dark future is avoided.

  • The Tatami Galaxy: The protagonist relives several different versions of his college life, exploring different possibilities of clubs that he could have joined, but in the end finds that these were all just different possibilities

 

 

  • The Future Diary: By the end of the series, you realize that the Yuno that has been helping Yukiteru the whole time isn’t from this timeline, but from an alternate timeline. She became god of spacetime, travels to “our” timeline, and kills that version of herself to take her place.

 

 

There are way more time travel anime—what are some of your favorites? Relive one of the most touching time travel stories in The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, out on Blu-ray/DVD June 7.

 

Heading to AniMinneapolis!

In the world of conventions, there are a lot of interesting con names out there. But if there was a “Trickiest to Spell” category, the ever-fun AniMinneapolis might just take first place! FUNimation is heading up north to the anime, gaming and music celebration from May 8-10 and we hope to see you there! You can be sure to have tons of fun at our panels, screenings, and booth.

 

FUNimation Peep Show – Panel Room 1 – Friday (5/8)  |  10:30 – 11:30 PM

  • Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Watch some jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest FUNimation titles.  Don’t forget to bring tissues, you know for the nose bleeds. (18+  bring your IDs!)

FUNimation Previews – Panel Room 1 – Saturday (5/9)  |  1:30 – 2:30 PM

  • Come see extended clips and trailers for some of the hottest anime series from FUNimation!

FUNimation Industry Panel – Panel Room 1 – Saturday (5/9)  |  7:00 – 8:00 PM

  • From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news and information from North America’s largest anime distributor–FUNimation.

 

The Future Diary HD Premiere - Panel Room 1 – Saturday (5/9)  |  10:00 – 11:30 PM

1st Life Rigid Box SD (Shorewood)

Series Synopsis:

Reality quickly unravels for antisocial Yukiteru when Deus Ex Machina calls him into a death match to determine the new god of space and time. Each mentally scarred player possesses a prophetic device tuned to his or her personality disorder, giving them control over their future, and the fate of their opponents. It’s their strongest weapon – and their greatest weakness.

Within hours of abusing his digital diary’s predictions, Yukiteru is cornered by a crazed classmate. Yuno — who is obsessively stalking him with her own psychic cell phone – is cute, sharp, and great with an ax. Still, her psychosis hides a vile secret. As a serial killer, a cult priestess, and a volatile escape artist take a stab at eliminating the teens, Yuki can cheat death under Yuno’s maniacal protection or—-DEAD END.

 

 

 

*Plus! Get a free FUNimation lanyard with any purchase from our booth! See you there!

 

Friday Frights – Week 2 – The Future Diary

Thank Deus it’s Friday! This has been a banner year for horror in anime, so we decided to get an early start giving the terror lovers, costume fanatics, and party animals among you a whole heck of a lot to watch! Every Friday until Halloween we’re going to deliver up a series, or movie, to enjoy during the weekend as we start ramping up to fright night!

This week’s pick is less traditional horror and more of a supernatural free-for-all: The Future Diary, a tale of a deadly game where the winner becomes a god and the losers all die.

Summary: Reality quickly unravels for antisocial Yukiteru when Deus Ex Machina calls him into a death match to determine the new god of space and time. Each mentally scarred player possesses a prophetic device tuned to his or her personality disorder, giving them control over their future, and the fate of their opponents. It’s their strongest weapon—and their greatest weakness.

Within hours of abusing his digital diary’s predictions, Yukiteru is cornered by a crazed classmate. Yuno—who is obsessively stalking him with her own psychic cell phone—is cute, sharp, and great with an ax. Still, her psychosis hides a vile secret. As a serial killer, a cult priestess, and a volatile escape artist take a stab at eliminating the teens, Yuki can cheat death under Yuno’s maniacal protection or—-DEAD END.

Watch The Future Diary: http://www.funimation.com/the-future-diary/episodes

Click here to buy your copy of The Future Diary! Parts One and Two now available on DVD.

New Release Tuesday – Here are some Kick-ass Ladies!

It’s New Release Tuesday, and we’ve got two highly anticipated titles for you today: The Future Diary and Michiko & Hatchin! Both series feature some pretty kickass ladies, so let’s take a closer look!

First up, The Future Diary! Say what you will about Yuno, the Queen of Yanderes, but you have to admit she’s pretty badass. Just don’t get between her and Yuki and you should probably survive to see another day. Parts 1 & 2 of The Future Diary are now available on DVD!

synopsis:

One day, Yukiteru discovers that his cell phone “diary” can now tell him the events of the future. The problem is, eleven others also have similar diaries, and only one can win this Survival Game. The winner becomes a god. The losers: DEAD END.

Next up, we’ve got Michiko & Hatchin! If you’re a fan of Cowboy Bebop, then this is one that you’ll definitely want to pick up. An intriguing series with a distinct Brazilian flavor, the music and story will pull you in and keep you captivated. Michiko & Hatchin Parts 1 & 2 are now available on BD/DVD Combo!

synopsis:

After escaping from prison, the sexy criminal Michiko rescues an abused girl known as Hatchin. On the run from the police, their fates become intertwined through the connection of a man from their pasts they are both searching for.

The limited edition sku comes in a collectible art box.

And here’s the trailer!