InSession Film (JD Duran)’s review published on Letterboxd:
Kiki's Delivery Service is a film that I was lukewarm on previously, but this rewatch was very enlightening to me. Kiki's depression and despondency was poignant enough on that first watch, but there's something about it now that hits differently for me. There's a lot of joy to be had with this film, but its more dour than I gave it credit for. The transition from childhood to adulthood is never an easy one, and I love the complications Miyazaki explores here with Kiki in that regard. She struggles in just about every aspect of her journey, either emotionally or pragmatically. The things that used to bring her joy eventually fizzle out. It is incredibly heartbreaking to me to see her ask her father to pick her up one last time, as we see before she leaves home, indulging in her childhood as a goodbye, to then see how adulthood is not at all what she imagined it to be. But that is reality for a lot of us.
Which is to say, Kiki's Delivery Service destroyed me on this rewatch. It's not a perfect movie, I still don't love the ending, but goodness is it way better than I remembered.
We have a really fun discussion about it on Episode 495.