A Movie A Day 004: Kiki’s Delivery Service

Studio Ghibli films never fail to epitomize summer for me. Something about the cicadas, the vivid colors, and summer breeze is so nice.

From Wikipedia: Thirteen-year-old trainee witch Kiki leaves home with her familiar spirit, a talking black cat named Jiji. She flies on her broomstick to the port city of Koriko. While trying to find somewhere to live, Kiki is pursued by Tombo, a geeky boy obsessed with aviation who admires her flying ability.

In exchange for accommodation, Kiki helps Osono, the kindly owner of a bakery. She opens a “Witch Delivery Business”, delivering goods by broomstick.

Kiki, at first excited about leaving home and going to a new place, quickly realizes that it’s not as glamorous and fun as she imagined. Sounds familiar…(college). Not everyone in the new town is accepting of her, and she doesn’t have a skill to specialize in as a witch. Overall, she finds herself extremely ordinary and lost in a place where she knows no one.

She eventually starts a delivery service to make enough money to live in the town, and through that, finds a way to distinguish herself. Even still, there are obstacles she faces. But, such is life. The best part about Kiki’s Delivery Service is how wholesome it is, like Kiki succeeding on her own terms, with inspiration from others but still on her own, and how even though she’s only thirteen, she’s still fierce against boys who need to stay in their own lane. Overall, it’s a lighthearted kind of movie about a girl who gains confidence in what she does :’ ) The sound track is beautiful of course, as expected of a Ghibli film.

The Recommendation™

Rating: 4 / 5

Rewatchability: 5/ 5

The Ideal Setting to Watch: alone or with a group of friends, a sunny summery feeling day in the afternoon with a bowl of fruit