The Order of Ghiblis #07 - Kiki's Delivery Service
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Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.
The story follows Kiki and her talking cat Jiji as they move to a new town to live and work. Finding a room in a bakery she helps out there while also spinning up her own witch delivery service, flying things with her broom across town quicker than any bicycle. Despite being about a witch and her talking cat, it's actually one of the least 'fantastical' of the Ghibli movies, and is much more about the more real life elements like Kiki's coming of age, meeting new people, and trying to find her place in a new town. And it's those elements that make it so relatable and easy to watch, especially Kiki's budding relationship with Tombo and the bakery family.
It has some great characters, a nice soundtrack, and some really great scenes. Jiji the cat continues the lovely long line of Ghibli sidekicks by being awesome and sarcastically hilarious, as well as a great companion for Kiki. The overall plot is not too involved, with no great mystery or twists, just a good solid story about a little witch trying to make her way. A really good one for families as well, due in no small part to Jiji.
Kiki's is a really great watch, pure and enjoyable all the way through as well as funny and heart-warming. Kiki alone puts it above Arrietty, and Jiji is a better cat than anything in Car Returns so up another place it goes.
Grave is the black sheep of the list and despite being amazing is still too hard to recommend in most cases. The simple but well told story of Kiki's and the endearing characters also just about edges it above Whisper, but it was very very close. Kiki just falls short of the top spot due to the re-watchability of Totoro, but she flew up the Order on her broom to settle at our new no.2!
NEW FULL ORDER
1. My Neighbour Totoro
2. [NEW!] Kiki's Delivery Service
3. Whisper of the Heart
4. Howl's Moving Castle
5. Grave of the Fireflies
6. Cat Returns