Kiki’s Delivery Service
An animated film produced by Studio Ghibli in 1989. It was directed by Hayao Miyazaki and is an adaption of Eiko Kadono’s 1985 novel. The film has won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize and was the first to be released after the Disney and Ghibli partnership.
Kiki’s Delivery Service is about a young witch that moves into a human town along with her talking cat Jiji. The two are there to become a stronger team and a better witch. She uses her flying ability and broom to work as a delivery girl and earn a living. She works for a bakery owner that allows her to live with her as well. She meets many friends along the way as well as a love interest Tombo.
There are many themes to the movie but the biggest one is the coming of age for teenage Japanese girls. It is a movie about reliance and independence. In the original Japanese version Kiki gets to the point that she can no longer understand what Jiji is saying. This represents that Kiki is getting older and childish things are no longer available for her.
Why I chose this anime: This anime was an old favorite of mine. I did watch it when I was younger not knowing what anime was. Jiji was always my favorite character. I love the simple story line with the complex lesson of growing up.