Underrated: Kiki

When Studio Ghibli is mentioned, we usually always go to My Neighbor Totoro or Spirited Away as our first mental pictures. But what about Kiki’s Delivery Service?

I have the vaguest memories watching Studio Ghibli films, and the only one I actually clearly remember watching and loving was Kiki’s Delivery Service. And as a young girl, it meant a lot to see a different look at the coming of age story.

jiji.png Kiki, as a witch, must leave home once she turns 13 to find her trade and master her skills as a witch. She takes her cat Jiji with her, and ends up in a port city of Koriko, where she helps a local baker and uses her ability to fly to start a delivery service.

 However, she is viewed as an outsider by many of the locals and begins to become depressed. Her depression cause her to lose her ability to fly and speak with Jiji, and she, with the help of new friends, finds her purpose and regains her abilities.

Kiki’s story is about transitioning into adulthood and treats it in such a relateable way, and issues we all may face. Sure, we’re not witches, but we still feel like outsiders while trying to find ourselves and may face depression along the way.

Also, a sassy talking cat makes everything better.

What is your favorite Studio Ghibli film? Leave a comment telling us!

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11 thoughts on “Underrated: Kiki

  1. I love ALL Ghibli movies, but Howl’s Moving Castle is my favorite. That being said, Kiki’s Delivery Service was my very first Ghibli movie, the birth of my favorite fandom for me.

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  2. It has been such a long time since I’ve seen Kiki’s Delivery Service. It was such a great movie. I like Spirited Away, but I agree that Kiki is a bit underrated.

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  3. I’ve only seen a handful of Ghibli movies, but Kiki was one of them and it’s definitely my favorite 🙂

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  4. Kiki is near the top of my list! I think my heart with always be with Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. I saw that movie for the first time back in 1988. This was, of course, the heavily edited “Warriors of the Wind” version. I didn’t see the film in its true form until 1996 or 1997.

    When I think about Miyazaki Nausicaä always comes to my mind first but Kiki is second because that was the second movie I saw in the Miyazaki collection. I worked at the military post office as a teen in Japan and one of my co-workers was a Japanese National. He found out I like Nausicaä and then started bringing me all of the Miyazaki VHS to include Lupin III in The Castle of Cagliostro.

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