Kiki's Delivery Service

Kiki's Delivery Service ★★★★

almost a proto-SPIRITED AWAY, a young girl's coming of age by way of hard work, honesty, and repetition, after which she earns (rather than merely finding) the self-confidence she'll need in an adulthood that's essentially already upon her. i was particularly intrigued by the frequent doubling, like the (apparent) twin sisters in Kiki's first delivery (which reminded me of Yubaba/Zeniba in SPIRITED), or the Jiji/stuffed cat episode, or the role-model/mirror Kiki finds in Ursula the young painter. to me it all rhymes with the self-examination Kiki has to undergo in order to begin realizing her potential.

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