Kiki’s Delivery Service is another one of the many Studio Ghibli films that will steal your heart. There’s nothing like Studio Ghibli to make you feel happy and free. It’s the only way I can describe it. I grew up on Totoro and Kiki’s Deliver Service was my second Studio Ghibli film I ever saw. I’ve seen it so many times since then. I’m 22 and I still love watching these films and I feel like a carefree kid again when they’re done.
Kiki is a young witch who just turned 13. It’s a custom that whenever a witch turns 13, she takes off on her own for a year to train her abilities. She is excited about becoming independent and leaving home for the first time just her, her broom, and her best friend, her cat, Jiji. Her mom and dad see her off on a clear full moon. The clear night quickly turns into a rainstorm and she gets into a train to stay dry. After falling asleep, the train moves and takes her to a sea-side town. She decides that this is where she’ll live. There’s only one problem. Kiki has nowhere to stay and not much money.
She finds a bakery and a nice woman who works there says she can stay as long as she can watch the store sometimes. Kiki decides that, since flying is the only skill she has, she’ll start a delivery service. It takes off! However, she starts to lose her confidence as a witch and her powers begin to fizzle. She can’t talk to Jiji anymore and she also can’t fly. Her boss is understanding and tells her that she needs to rest. She has to find her confidence and the reason she flies in the first place in order for her powers to return.
Of course, there are some characters that I have to mention. Kiki is so sweet and helpful. She wants to help everyone and is quick to lend a hand. Jiji likes to take the safe way out of every situation. He’s always trying to tell Kiki to slow down. Tombo is a friend Kiki makes; at first, she doesn’t like him, but later on they become really good friends. He’s funny and is always nice to Kiki. Osono is her boss at the bakery who is pregnant during the movie, but she’s always busy and willing to help Kiki with anything. Ursula is a painter that helps Kiki out during her hard times when her powers are at a low. She teaches Kiki that you have to believe in yourself.
This movie is truly magical, which is expected of a Studio Ghibli movie. The English voices fit the characters perfectly and the music is one of my favorite parts. There are two songs by Sydney Forest that I find addicting. I’m singing along to them as I’m writing this. The beginning song is called Soaring and the ending song is called I’m Gonna Fly. In the Japanese version the songs are different. The opening is Message of Rouge and the ending is Yasashisa ni Tsutsumareta nara, both by Yumi Arai.
As with all Studio Ghibli movies that I’ve reviewed, I can’t say anything bad. These are close to my heart. I know they’ll be close to your’s too.
Overall: 9 out of 10