Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
魔女の宅急便 (Majo no takkyūbin)


When an apprentice witch turns thirteen, she must leave her home to hone her craft. Although Kiki’s sole talent is broom-flying, she sets out for adventure with her cat Jiji. They settle in a charming seaside town, where Kiki establishes her delivery service. As Kiki learns to balance independence with responsibility, her kind heart wins her many new friends in this coming-of-age tale.
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Kiki’s Delivery Service was animated by Studio Ghibli for Tokuma Shoten, Yamato Transport and the Nippon Television Network and distributed by the Toei Company. According to Miyazaki, the movie portrays the gulf between independence and reliance in teenage Japanese girls.

Kiki’s Delivery Service was released in Japan on July 29, 1989, and won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize. It was the first film released under a 15-year distribution partnership between The Walt Disney Company and Studio Ghibli.

Alternative title

– Kiki Cô phù thủy nhỏ
– Kiki Den Lille Heks
– Kiki la petite sorcière
– Kiki — Consegne a domicilio
– Kiki’s Vliegende Koeriersdienst
– Kiki, A Aprendiz de Feiticeira
– Kiki, Entregas a Domicilio
– Kiki, la Hechicera
– Kikis
– Kikis Expressbud
– Kikis kleiner Lieferservice
– La Entrega A Domicilio De Kiki
– Majo no Takkyūbin
– Nicky, La Aprendiz de Bruja
– Podniebna poczta Kiki
– Serviço de Entregas da Kiki
– Witch’s Express Delivery
– Ведьмина служба доставки
– 魔女の宅急便
– 魔女宅急便

TL;DR Review

Kiki’s Delivery Service (Japanese: 魔女の宅急便 Hepburn: Majo no Takkyūbin, “Witch’s Delivery Service”) is a 1989 Japanese animated coming-of-age fantasy film written, produced, and directed by Hayao Miyazaki as an adaptation of the 1985 novel of the same name by Eiko Kadono.

The animation is gorgeous even in today standard. The colors are vibrant and inviting, giving you that nostalgic feeling.

Kiki is a complex 13 years old. The movie does a wonderful job of conveying her myriad of moods and feelings without having to tell us directly. You can see it in her expressions and manners. You rarely see such refine craftmanship in today anime, where everything is filled with expositions.

Kiki is a likable, brave, and endearing kid. I am just glad I wasn’t born into a witch family. I would pee my pant if I had to go out into the world on my own at 13 years old. You feel for her, in both her high and low.

The world of Kiki’s Delivery Service is so inviting. It is in this European Industrial era where people feel safe enough leaving their front door open. It is the type of place and setting you wished still exist today.

This is one of those feel-good movies that can pick you up on a bad day. I highly recommend this movie to everyone. Kiki’s Delivery Service is appropriate and intended for everyone.

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Opening Theme

– “Soaring” by Sydney Forest
– “ルージュの伝言 (Rouge no Dengon; Message of Rouge)” by Yumi Arai

Closing Theme

– “I’m Gonna Fly” by Sydney Forest
– “やさしさに包まれたなら (Yasashisa ni Tsutsumareta nara)” by Yumi Arai

Insert/Image Theme

– “Changing Seasons (めぐる季節; Meguru Kisetsu)” by Azumi Inoue
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