A dirty, smelly wizard from the 11th century accidentally time travels to the 1970’s…

… and funny situations  ensue.

I first heard of Catweazle this week and I love the concept of this old series (40 years). A wizard from the 11th century accidentally winds up in the 1970’s and struggles to find a way back to his own time, all the while trying to get by in a world of electricity, cars and other modernities that seem like the workings of evil forces to him. (For instance, he confuses the loud hiss of a boiling tea pot with the snarlings of a demon and ducks under a table to perform some kind of protective spell. With silly results.)

Seems silly enough to be worth watching.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, anime from 2006 by Mamoru Hasada. Seventeen year old Makoto accidentally gets the ability to leap backwards through time. She uses this gift selfishly, to correct past events in her own every day life, which causes difficult and unforeseen consequenses for the people around her.

It’s a beautiful, sad and thought-provoking story about the moral and ethical complications of time leaping. At the same time it is a story of the first love, in all its youthful pain and glory.