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adventure comedy fantasy ghibli magic slice of life
SynopsisPrepare yourself for another 9001 action-packed episodes oozing with epicness!
Characters & Voice Actors
Having seen a great number of anime movies, many people are surprised when I tell them that out of them all, Majo no Takkyuubin (or 'Kiki's Delivery Service', as it is also commonly known by) is my favorite. There are multiple reasons why, but I won't let this become a monologue of favoritism being preached at you. Instead, I'm going to give it an objective, in-depth, review. But, keep in mind that, as this movie is actually rather simple and uncomplicated, "in-depth" (for this particular movie) is not very complicated at all.
First, a tiny bit of background...
Majo no Takkyuubin is loosely based off of a children's novel written by Eiko Kadono and was ultimately directed by the world-famous Hayao Miyazaki. Miyazaki had previously put Sunao Katabuchi (now well known as the screenwriter for 'Black Lagoon' - a great anime that couldn't be more different in vibe from this lighthearted movie) in charge as director, but he eventually backed out. As such, Miyazaki took up the reins.
And now on to the review (number ratings for the individual segments, such as "Sound" and "Enjoyment", will be given at the end)...
It's an extremely simple story, and therein lies a major part of the film's strength. I won't reiterate anything that was in the synopsis that has already been so kindly provided. All you need to know aside from that - to go along with it - is that it takes place in an alternate, war-free Europe (in which witches exist) during what appears to be the 1940/50s.
The movie is well-paced, neither slow nor fast. It goes at a nice medium pace and gives you plenty of room to relax, soak up the world presented, and to enjoy the adventure Kiki goes on.
There are a few "coincidences" that happen in the story. They're necessary for the story to move forward since its only an hour and forty five minutes long. The nice thing is that they don't come across as sudden or completely unexpected, but rather as natural. Other than that, I can find no real flaws to nit-pick at concerning plot progression.
For a movie made almost right before the beginning of the 90's, the level of quality is very high. But, as this movie was made by Studio Ghibli (famous in part, for extremely high production values) that isn't entirely surprising. Since Kiki is a witch and is in flight for a good portion of the movie, there is a lot of birds-eye view scenery. This is the part of the animation that stuck out the most to me (others may feel differently). Studio Ghibli never skimped on delivering absolutely gorgeous backgrounds that were original every time she took flight. No recycled animation here.
The in-town scenes were well-done too. People on the sidewalks, great, realistic looking buildings, lighting, etc. The scenes with lots of motion show no drops in quality either. Inspiration for the locations of the film (especially the buildings) came from Stockholm, the Swedish island of Gotland and Adelaide, South Australia. I've only ever seen Takkyubin in DVD quality, but can imagine how fantastic it must look in blue-ray. I'm going to need to look into obtaining an all-region Japanese blue-ray sometime soon.
The characters, of course, have the typical Ghibli art style. Not that this is a bad thing at all, as I personally am a fan of their style. If you've seen any other Ghibli film, then you know what to expect. If not, then just know that odds are you'll like it - it's very clean, high quality, and pleasing to the eye.
The greatest thing about the score in this movie is that, rather than the music influencing the scene, it almost seems to let the scene influence the music. Every track is fitting for the time in the film in which it plays and compliments, but does not overwhelm, the current happenings. This is a blessing if you're (like me) one who tacks importance on the music in a movie. And who could forget the songs that play once Kiki leaves home and at the end of the movie - both fitting, sweet, and very enjoyable.
The voice acting in the original Japanese is well done. Each voice fits each character very well, and all the voice actors did a great job at emoting. The English dub (namely the 1998 dub by Disney) is still good, but lacks some of the warmth and humor of the Japanese. Though, I have to give the best performance of that English version to Phil Hartman as Jiji (Kiki's talking black cat). Beware though, if you watch it in Japanese and then in the 1998 English version, you may or may not like Hartman's take on Jiji, as it's very different from the original.
There was a new English dub created for the 2010 American re-release, but I can't comment on it as I have not seen that version. From my experience, I suggest Japanese with English Subs for your first viewing of Takkyuubin - not because I'm some Japanese dub purist, but because it seems to be the most natural and unforced listening experience amongst the two I've seen. But, who knows, the 2010 English dub might be really good...
Part of the experience of this movie is meeting the supporting characters and being introduced to their various personalities and quirks, so I won't talk in detail about anyone other than our main two: Kiki and Jiji - just know that all the supporting characters are great.
First we have Kiki, our main character. Kiki is a fun-loving, polite, responsible, though still immature (in a cute way) thirteen year old girl/witch. She tries hard and is lots of fun to watch. She goes through a decent amount of character development over the course of the movie as she works hard and meets new people.
And we also have Jiji, the wisecracking, timid, talking black cat that is the pet of Kiki. He comes with her on her journey and has a little character development of his own.
As you can tell, I enjoyed Takkyuubin immensely. It's a movie that the entire family can watch: it's cute, charming, funny, adventurous and full of this feeling that can only be described as "wholesome". It's a lot like that feeling you get by living in a great, loving, small town where almost everyone knows everyone and there's barely any tension (if you've ever lived in a small town like that). It's hard to describe.
Overall, it's a fantastic achievement in film, though there's no guarantee that you'll like it, because tastes differ. But if you're the kind of person that likes calm shows and movies, slice-of-life, adventure, cute stories or any combination of those four, chances are that this is something you'll really enjoy and be able to immerse yourself in. Or, if your looking for something as a pleasant, fun-filled, breather from more intense anime movies or series, 'Majo no Takkyuubin' will do you fine.
Now I realize that my 10/10 rating seems menacing, but maybe I'm willing to take up the challenge and defend it?
Kiki's Delivery Service doesn't stand out with its main character of a young witch. She seems like an ordinary girl who likes to have fun and be good at what she does, which in her case (or every witch's' case) takes on a whole new level at the age of thirteen. What I'm getting at is that she's designed to be flawed, and what better of a way to dramatize it than during her stay at this random town filled with average modern people.
Now on to my opinion: I love Kiki and her friendship with Jiji. I empathize with Kiki whenever her facial expression becomes one of uncertainty or hopelessness. I scowl at Tombo for being this annoying and over-friendly kid that sort of ignores Kiki's inner potential as a hard-working witch. I rejoice over too many of the little things, and while this movie lacks an obvious plot, there is this natural unity among the tasks, challenges, and epiphanies of Kiki that work to drive the setting as a place where one can look beyond the troubles of the present and continue to be dedicated to one's personal growth.
So, just for clarification: this is the only Studio Ghibli film I have watched. (I know I should place a bucket over my head now, my apologies) I'm not even aware of what the story-line of Spirited Away is about!
Am I defending that this movie is unique, one-of-a-kind? Yes... and no? *eye-rolls* Fine, it's not extraordinary in its emotional radar or character development. I can concede that the ending appeared out of nowhere, and that the painter/recluse lady freely gave away the central theme with her dialogue. BUT, introducing the almighty "but", the characters really got me, and they got me via hug and kiss on the cheek. It would be a waste of time to just watch a movie solely for the personalities of the people, especially with how basic and straight-forward they are depicted. However, when we add along with that some calm and resonant instrumental music, a bit of gradual sympathetic emotions, brief moments of losing patience then later trickling curiosity, and this wonderful red bow that just brightens every scene, then ta-da! here's Kiki's Delivery Service as well as a package of joy and familiar imperfections.
Kiki was a new-comer; she arrived and settled without anyone's advice. The direction that things head off from there varies by circumstances beyond one's control. As it turned out, Kiki made friends. Friendship is not a motive for certain people, and it wasn't one for her. How do I see it, then? She followed a single duty–to become a better witch–, she performed it not so well, yet by the time her powers were needed most, she flew for the spirit within her that aimed to fulfill her needs as an insistent individual, and why not have her also be the heroine of the day along with saving a close friend?
So, it's time for me to soften up my strengths and recommend this film for all who wish to enjoy its simplicity, sincerity, and serenity.
Both of these movies have magical themes. Kiki's Delivery Service is slower progressing and dragged a bit in the middle of the movie and Spirited Away is more fast-paced. Kiki's Delivery Service is more basic but they are by the same director and are both very fun to watch.
Both Anime take supernatural elements and tell delightful and charming story. One bases the supernatural elements off the Western culture found in Europe and the other is based off Japan. They also have a historical element of something that has been lost.
Both have the same director.
Both of the characters(which are female) are moving away from home. They both struggle with different situations on their own. And somewhere along they are helped by friends/neighbors.
Basically, young female characters wandering around a fantasy land. In the end they both become strong and independant :]
The corresponding theme for both of these are... witches!
The two anime movies, one being two hours and the other 30 minutes, are set in the ordinary world. Those ordinary worlds though presents magic to witchcraft, opening up the witch presence in the world. The stories follow two young girls who decides to take witchcraft and, as the movies progress on, they start to learn different things in both witch aspect and the experience of independence and such. The main difference is that Kiki goes delivering things whilst she sets in town, and Kagari goes to a witch academy, going towards her dreams.
'Kiki's Delivery Service' is more of a SoL than 'Witch Academy', but either way they both share a really magical atmosphere being both fun and lovely; they have extremely delicious and fluent animation, being practical in the MC's movements on the brooms especially, and the OST brings out the magical feeling even more. If you really enjoyed the movie feel of one of the shows whilst loving the whole witch aspect, then you'll definitely enjoy the other.
Two amazing stories about the cute little witches :)
Opening Theme"Rouge no Dengon (ルージュの伝言; Message of Rouge)" by Yumi Arai
"Soaring" by Sydney Forest
Ending Theme"I'm Gonna Fly" by Sydney Forest
"Yasashisa ni Tsutsumareta nara (やさしさに包まれたなら)" by Yumi Arai
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