Studio Ghibli: Kiki’s Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便)

Kiki’s Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便, Majo no Takkyūbin, lit. Witch’s Express Home Delivery) is the title of the 1989 Miyazaki Hayao (宮崎駿) and Studio Ghibli anime film based on the children’s fantasy novel written by Kadono Eiko (角野栄子) and illustrated by Hayashi Akiko (林明子). It was first published by Fukuinkan Shoten on January 25, 1985.

The original book won numerous awards in Japan. Encouraged by this and by the success of the film, Kadono has written four more novels, over a period of several years, and created a book series. The most recent was published in October 2009.

The plot follows Kiki, a young witch. Her mother is also a witch, but her father is not. Kiki is now 13 years old, and must spend a year on her own in a town where there is still not other witches. While accompanied by her cat Jiji, she uses her magic abilities to earn her living, working in a bakery and also doing a home delivery service riding her broom.


Jumping right away to a personal note, as always, yet another astonishing Ghibli work! I was particularly fascinated by the beauty of the backgrounds. That, plus the routine of Kiki’s work and relations with other people, be it friends, customers or the city’s people, it’s really fun to watch!
Of course moving to a new city is exciting, but it’s very difficult as well, so a lot of problems happen! It kind of reminds me of myself coming to Japan 🙂
One of the phrases that most caught my attention was during a scene when Kiki was talking with a friend who loved to draw. When asked what would she do if she became unable to draw, she replied something like “I would stop drawing. I would do something else. I really love drawing so eventually I would want to start drawing again.

I think it is a really interesting phrase, and I think about it a lot as well… We push ourselves over and over to be able to do something, but sometimes all we need is a break. And then, if we do like it, a new energy will allow us to come back stronger! I’ll seriously think about that…

Also, one of the things this movie has good is that there is particularly no end. Kiki still has a lot to do and to learn, so the adventures continue!

Below is a preview of the movie! Enjoy!

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