Time Travel Girl functions as both educational adventure and mystery as high schooler Mari finds a pendant and book belonging to her missing father that somehow causes her to travel back in time and encounter several historical inventors famous for their major contributions to scientific and technological advances. Outside of Mari's encounters with famous inventors like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison, the series adds to the education theme by having segments at the end of each episode that demonstrate the means by which each of the inventions function.
In regards to the historical exploration from Time Travel Girl, the series believably depicts its time periods from the fashions to the societies to how technologies are utilized. The series aims to show the challenges that each inventor had during their time period with getting their work accepted by others, trying to get their invention to work, or working through perseverance to get the results they are seeking. It shows through hard work and perseverance, these famous inventors were able to create their inventions and this gradually led to further advancements with the ideas and concepts discovered through them. Mari serves as a sort of viewer surrogate to learn about these inventors through her time travels and gradually develops an admiration for the hard work they put into contributing their inventions. The experience of viewing this is informational enough as such where even older audiences may learn some new things on inventors they may have forgotten or never learned of in school.
Outside of the focus on historical figures, the series also takes the time to focus on other characters within Mari's life. While a bit simple in characterization, they are still mostly likeable and help add some levity to get away from the anime's educational focus. It also adds an element of mystery to the anime as Mari does learn her father has connections to the time travel technology that she uses and tries to figure out what his connection to it is.
This said, Time Travel Girl does carry its fair share of issues. Perhaps a big one is that the series does have a fair number of logical holes with how its time travel gimmick is implemented as it disregards any focus on potential ramifications for the future timeline by intervening in historical events and doesn't really get too deep into the particulars of plot elements like how the time machine was created, thus some suspension of disbelief is needed to enjoy the educational value of the series. The show's attempt to add in a villain in the form of businessman Joe Mikage felt out-of-place for the intended focus of the anime. Also, the visuals to the series are nothing impressive as there are a decent number of still shots employed and character designs are on the plain side.
Still for edutainment, Time Travel Girl offers solid engagement in its focus on famous Western inventors and showing that history and science can be engaging and beneficial to learn, something that younger and older audiences could appreciate.
Rating: 6.5 of 10
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