As in [Hosoda's] most accomplished film WOLF CHILDREN (2012), it is a drama about impermanence that is incidentally a fantastical genre piece. Here he uses sci-fi, as high-school gal Mokoto acquires the ability to travel back in time. She uses it to re-play everyday embarrassments to her advantage, and not, say, take over the world. She lives in an eternal present, looping back to perfect the moments she never wants to leave. But despite her best efforts, time wounds her attempts to heal.