Ranked #243

Majo no Takkyuubin

Alternative Titles

English: Kiki's Delivery Service
Synonyms: Witch's Express Delivery
Japanese: 魔女の宅急便


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 29, 1989
Source: Novel
Duration: 1 hr. 45 min.
Rating: G - All Ages
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.261 (scored by 80,466 users)
Ranked: #2432
Popularity: #305
Members: 115,823
Favorites: 862
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Kiki is an enterprising young girl who must follow tradition to become a full-fledged witch. Venturing out with only her chatty black cat, Jiji, Kiki flies off for the adventure of a lifetime. Landing in a far-off city, she sets up a high-flying delivery service and begins a wonderful experience of independence and responsibility as she finds her place in the world.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Takayama, Minami
Takayama, Minami
Sakuma, Rei
Sakuma, Rei
Takayama, Minami
Takayama, Minami
Kopoli, Tombo
Kopoli, Tombo
Yamaguchi, Kappei
Yamaguchi, Kappei


Katabuchi, Sunao
Katabuchi, Sunao
Miyazaki, Hayao
Miyazaki, Hayao
Producer, Director, Script
Tanaka, Eiko
Tanaka, Eiko
Takahata, Isao
Takahata, Isao
Sound Director

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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Nov 29, 2014
Kiki's Delivery Service resonates with me more than any other movie I've seen. Filled with inspiration, warmth and tenderness, it's perhaps the best example of a coming-of-age story I've seen in anime to date. While most Ghibli fans prefer the likes of Spirited Away or Mononoke Hime, and while I love and adore those films passionately, I personally feel that Kiki's Delivery Service is their best work, and Miyazaki's best directed film.

Everything about this movie just brings me a smile and always brings me up when I feel down. What makes this movie great is that it doesn't have huge ambition; it's not here to read more
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Aug 8, 2014
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 read more
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Jun 26, 2007
For my second Hayao Miyazaki movie, I’d say it was pretty good.

I liked the plot of Spirited Away much, much better though. Spirited Away had a more complex and interesting plot, while Kiki’s story was simpler. I guess the advantage of that is it’s easy to understand. As much as I like stories about witches living amongst normal humans, Kiki didn’t really act or live like a witch. She was more of a human who can fly and happens to own a cat that talks.

Since I brought up the subject of the talking cat, I’m glad I picked the English dub over the original read more
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Sep 10, 2015
Another Miyazaki's movie. I really like those as they always take me back to childhood. I would have definitely enjoyed them if I was younger. Still a good movie.

The story
I really like the fact that compared with Howl's Moving Castle the story is more simple. At the same time it is too simple compared to My Neighbor Totoro. But, it is good story if you want to relax and enjoy yourself while watching something cute.

The art
What can I say? The art is beautiful as always.

The sound
Compared to Howl's Moving Castle the songs were better in my opinion. And the voice actors did a really read more
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Anime: Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
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. 
reportRecommended by Narabinaki
Anime: Howl no Ugoku Shiro
Both movies are from studio ghibli and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
Similarly, both stories follow a young girl on her journey.
Both movies have beautiful scenery and lovable characters!
I think you'll like one if you like the other ^^. 
reportRecommended by swtcakes
Anime: Little Witch Academia
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. read more 
reportRecommended by tommy73
Anime: Mimi wo Sumaseba
If you liked the overall feel of Whisper of The Heart, then you will defiantly like Kiki's Delivery Service. Both are Ghibli movies(although Whisper of the Heart isn't directed by Miyazaki), about a girl on a journey to find her place in the world, be who she wants to be, and find love(more so in Whisper of the Heart). Both are in a relaxing setting, where nothing moves too fast or too slow, and both have great themes of life(growing up, being yourself, love,dreams,etc).Shizuku and Kiki are both similar in personality. Both are movies that will leave an impact on you of some sort, and  read more 
reportRecommended by DreamerofDreams1
Anime: Alps no Shoujo Heidi
Both are about little girls getting involved with various quirky characters in an european-style setting. Both girls are also idealistic females, and finally Hayao Miyazaki took participation in both productions.
However AnSH lack of KDS's magical elements. 
reportRecommended by Venusrozen
Anime: Neko no Ongaeshi
Coming-of-age story with a young female protagonist who gets swept up with magical experiences and has a humorous feline companion. Also, two of the best-suited animes for children 
reportRecommended by djdrocco

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