Kiki’s Delivery Service
Kiki’s Delivery Service is one of if not the first Studio Ghibli films I saw when I was very young and quickly became obsessed. Every morning for weeks I would get up before the rest of my family and would put my VHS copy in the player and watch it then rewatch it and so on. I loved the story and desperately wanted to be a witch like Kiki. I’ll admit that I could often be found standing in front of the large rotating fan riding on the broom and imagining flying with the wind in my hair just like Kiki. I may have even jumped off some furniture to make myself take flight but to no avail.
If you are unfamiliar with this movie go and watch it right away, it is a Miyazaki classic and worthy of the praise it receives. It centers around the 13-year-old witch in training Kiki as she sets out on her own as is a tradition amongst witches. She finds a town by the sea and comes to know many different people that live there. She finds a job delivering packages by flying around since that is her only real skill when it comes to witchcraft.
She catches the eye of the goober Tombo who has a keen interest in flying himself so he nearly idolizes Kiki for her ability. She thinks him rude and doesn’t much care for the friends he hangs around with but soon warms up to him through many encounters. The townspeople initially seem to treat her with odd attitudes making her feel very much like an outsider. After some dashing heroics on her part, the town comes to love her and accept her kindly.
It’s a great family movie and will always have a special place in my heart. Tell me what you thought of it and when the first time you saw it was in the comments!