AJ Hebb’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Without even thinking about it, I used to be able to fly. Now I'm trying to look inside myself and find out how I did it." ~Kiki
It is a heartwarming take on what it means for a young one to tackle independence while exposing themselves to the world, which comes with the emotions you never expected to feel. When you take that first step away from home, you feel confident. Then, when you try to settle, you get that depressing feeling of being an outsider, of not knowing where your place is in that new environment. You try to find the positives, but it doesn't last long. After all, you're young. Everything is new and can appear scary. It can be incredibly challenging to lose part of that childhood in yourself.
It will be okay, though. Maybe not on that day or the next. Maybe not in a while. But things will turn around. You'll feel proud for taking that single step. You'll feel like a new person. And you won't be alone; you'll have old and new friends to help you along the way. You can do it.
Miyazaki embodied this perfectly with Kiki's Delivery Service. As someone who wants to move out soon and deals with anxiety, I needed this.