I've already kind of sorted out all the other mysteries of this movie but only this painting thing is killing me.

The painting

What is that painting? What's the story behind it? Why does it actually exist in the first place? And most importantly, what is the relationship between Chiaki and that painting?

  • I never read it but I get the feeling it could be answered if you read the original novel. This movie is a sequel to the 1967 novel.
    – Darjeeling
    Nov 21, 2017 at 1:04
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    – BlueMoon93
    Apr 3, 2018 at 13:18

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The painting contains the formula to time travel.

As said by Auntie witch:

This painting was drawn hundreds years ago in a time of war and famine.

Why did someone draw this painting when the world was on the verge of destruction?

The most plausible answer to that question is that the painting contains the time travel formula.

Also, as seen in the movie Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2010), Auntie witch discovers the formula trying with different kind of herbs. The painting contains those herbs and the quantity needed.

In the first movie The Little Girl Who Conquered Time (1983), the time traveler says to Auntie witch that they are trying with different herbs to perfect the formula.

So, according to those facts, that is my answer. The painting contains the formula to time travel.

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