A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.
Okay, I mentioned in my last movie review of a Studio Ghibli film that The Cat Returns was going to be the next movie on my list, but then I was charmed by the idea of watching this movie instead xD
Kiki’s Delivery Service is a fun and sweet movie. The story itself is pretty straightforward, watching as Kiki moves away from home to train as a witch and sets out on an adventure she did not expect. She had her learning moments and instances that left me all “Nooooo” because I could foresee what was going to happen, but everything turns out well and there’s a lot of humourous moments in the film. She was lucky to meet many kind people along the way despite of the initial reception she received when she arrived to town. It was also great to watch as she learned and grew as a person over the course of the movie.
There are a lot of themes running rampant in this movie, from being true to yourself and discovering your own strengths to finding inspiration in what you do. Miyazaki’s movies seem to strike a chord with me one way or the other, and with this one the latter theme of finding the inspiration to do something or keep going was especially powerful IMO. All of the people that Kiki meets along the way taught her something along the way and contributed to her overall journey.
Kiki’s Delivery Service overall is another fantastic and wonderful film by Miyazaki. If I had any qualms about the movie, it’s that it ended rather abruptly; while the audience gets to see what happens in her life in the closing credits, I wanted to see (with some dialogue) whether Jiji spoke again, whether she made friends with Tombo’s friends (the snooty ones anyway; I think she would’ve made friends with the others), etc. But otherwise, I had a lot of fun with this movie, I recommend it if you’re looking for something light, fun, and delightful 🙂