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Welcome to my first 12 Days of Anime for this year, 2020. Like I said in my announcement post, I will be watching Ghibli films in the next 12 days until Christmas. I had seen some of these movies before when I was a kid, but I barely remember them, that’s why I decided to marathon it through this annual event. Heh.
For the first day, I decided to watch Ghibli’s 1989 film, Kiki’s Delivery Service.
I decided to watch this first because this is one of the 3 Ghibli films I got to watch when I was young. I vividly remember this movie being aired on Animax Asia. I remembered how much I enjoyed it but I couldn’t remember much about the story. Through this rewatch, I could understand better why this movie is quite well-loved by a lot of people.
Kiki, a 13-year-old witch-in-training, must spend a year living on her own in a distant town in order to become a full-fledged witch. Leaving her family and friends, Kiki undertakes this tradition when she flies out into the open world atop her broomstick with her black cat Jiji.
As she settles down in the coastal town of Koriko, Kiki struggles to adapt and ends up wandering the streets with no place to stay—until she encounters Osono, who offers Kiki boarding in exchange for making deliveries for her small bakery. Before long, Kiki decides to open her own courier service by broomstick, beginning her journey to independence. In attempting to find her place among the townsfolk, Kiki brings with her exciting new experiences and comes to understand the true meaning of responsibility. (MAL)
Okay, I had low expectations for this movie. I didn’t expect I would like it this much.
Kiki’s Delivery Service is a movie that I thought is for kids. I mean, you can clearly tell from the premise that this movie is aimed at a younger audience. And I am not wrong. However, the movie could also move the hearts of the older audience, like me.
Bruh, this movie is so wholesome and heartwarming, I still feel the warmth even after watching it. It was that good.
This movie is a simple and easy-to-digest coming-of-age story that everyone could relate to. It could teach kids moral lessons about not giving up, even though we fail a couple of times. It could also remind the adults and the older generation of their purpose in life, and also learn the similar lesson of not giving up no matter what. It’s a simple message, but the impact is huge.
I definitely felt the impact.
I do admit though, I almost lost interest while watching the movie. I find the first half of the story a bit boring, even though it was really necessary for us, the audience, to see Kiki go on with her life and see her journey. Good thing I stayed as the second half picks up the pace and give me the content I really wanted to see. And I love every minute of it.
I mean, you know you are into the movie when you, yourself, were chanting and cheering for Kiki at the climax part of the movie. LOL. I was so whipped by the movie, bruh.
It was so good.
For the characters, I really like each and every one of them. Kiki was endearing, even though I did find her a bit annoying at the beginning. Jiji was hella annoying but in a good way. That’s why when he stopped talking, it made me miss his annoying nature. It’s still weird why he never recovered his speaking voice though. Tombo was that guy friend we all wanted. He reminds me a lot of my own guy best friend, and I am glad Kiki has him as a friend.
But my favorite character would be Ursula. She is such a badass character in her own way. She doesn’t fit into the norm or the usual people you see in the city and it made her really interesting. I also love her friendship with Kiki, she definitely helped Kiki find herself again.
For the animation, I’m speechless. Bruh, this is a Ghibli film, so I should have expected this to be good. BUT I DIDN’T EXPECT IT WOULD BE THIS GOOD. lol.
The cell animation is so good on screen. It doesn’t look outdated in a bad way, but watching it was a nostalgia trip down memory lane. It reminded me how amazing old animes were and why I fell in love with this medium in the first place.
I watched this movie in English dub for easy consumption on my part. I mentioned this before, but I’m still having a hard time digesting too much Japanese dub, so I’ll be sticking with English dub for awhile. And so far, this English dub for this movie was solid. Yeah, I did notice how the VA for Kiki sounded older than intended, but she delivered her lines really well. I especially liked the VA for Tombo. There was something about his voice that resonates with the innocence and youthfulness of a boy. I liked it.
Like I mentioned in my intro, I got a chance to see this movie when I was a kid but I barely remember much of it. That is why I was a bit taken aback when the story then unfolds in the second half when Kiki got depressed. I don’t remember this at all. I know this is just a movie, but I like how well-paced the story was. They were able to handle Kiki’s hopelessness in the second half really well. I mean, you can see her gradually drown in her misery, and then was able to stand back up. The movie was also able to show that standing back up is never easy, but it is achievable as long as you never give up. I love it.
Overall, this movie was a surprise. Kiki’s Delivery Service definitely delivered. Now, this makes me look forward more to the next Ghibli films I’m about to watch soon. Oooohohohohoh.
For now, this has been Will Sirius. See yah!