Kiki's Delivery Service

Kiki's Delivery Service ★★★★★

"We can fly with our spirit."

There's a certain warmth to each of Ghibli's films. They instill a sense of magic in me that I don't think any other movies can quite manage. What might be their cutest movie is Kiki's Delivery Service, an animated delight about a young witch named Kiki who leaves her hometown to learn magic.

Now before I endlessly praise this movie, I've got to say that it's not as polished as Ghibli's best films. The conflict is a bit rushed, especially near the end, and the stakes are never very high. I could continue to explain my flaws but suffice it to say, it isn't perfect. But to be honest, the flaws present (from my perspective) don't really matter. The external conflict falls a bit flat but this movie is about Kiki's inner struggles as she grows up and goes through her life, becoming a more independent person. Many people, including myself, can put themselves in her shoes, creating a film that feels personal.

Starting with something basically every Ghibli film possesses: great animation and great music. Joe Hisaishi is a master of his craft and his score in one of the most soulful scores the man has composed to date. The animation is gorgeous. A Ghibli animated witch? A Ghibli animated town near the ocean? A GHIBLI ANIMATED BAKERY? It's full of imagery that is beautiful and full of life.

This entire film has a lot of charm. Characters are charming and exquisitely written, the themes are told in a very happy manner, and the whole film might be my go-to comfort movie.

Kiki herself is a very interesting and relatable protagonist imbued with the best qualities of Ghibli’s protagonists.

Kiki's Delivery Service marks itself as one of Ghibli's best films with an endlessly charming atmosphere, a very sweet protagonist, and a beautiful setting. The magic of Ghibli ties up this fabulous and absolute joy of a movie together. And it's very very cute :)

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