Majo no Takkyuubin

Kiki's Delivery Service

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Synonyms: Witch's Express Delivery
Japanese: 魔女の宅急便
English: Kiki's Delivery Service
German: Kikis kleiner Lieferservice
Spanish: Nicky, la Aprendiz de Bruja
French: Kiki's Delivery Service
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 29, 1989
Producers: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Novel
Genres: AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy
Duration: 1 hr. 43 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 8.221 (scored by 295259295,259 users)
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Ranked: #2962
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Popularity: #359
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Nov 29, 2014
Hias (All reviews)
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
Jun 26, 2007
jet2r0cks (All reviews)
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
Sep 8, 2019
Optigisa (All reviews)
Studio Ghibli movies have always been known for being creative, visionary and imaginative, filled with so much care and heart poured into them, to the point where they become distinguishable from the medium as a whole. For several years, Miyazaki and his buddy Takahata have devoted many hours of their days to making the best of the best when it came to animated features. For Takahata, some may say that his masterpiece when it came to movies was Grave of the Fireflies, others may say that his true masterpiece was Only Yesterday. Regardless of what Takahata’s true masterpiece is, both he and Miyazaki have produced read more
Apr 15, 2010
olivecrayola (All reviews)
The first time I heard of this movie was when one of my friends mentioned it as one of the movies on his "to watch" list. I remember looking over the synopses and cover of the movie and wondering what the heck had gotten into him. It's a cartoon, for heaven's sake, how good could it be?
Just a few weeks ago I came down with a cold. It was no ordinary spring cold, but the great granddaddy of all spring colds. I was stuck in bed for around 3 days, during which time I re-acquainted myself with my inner child. read more
Jul 25, 2009
brand_182 (All reviews)
For Kiki, a young witch-in-training, the time has come to spend a year away from home. During this time, she is to mature as a person and develop into a full witch. Accompanied by her talking black cat, Jiji, Kiki will move into a new town where she will make new friends, start her own business, and even develop her first love interest. But most importantly, Kiki will come to truly understand herself and the magic that comes from within.

Kiki's Delivery Service is a very sweet story and is presented in typical Studio Ghibli fashion. Animation is detailed and beautiful, and the soundtrack is enjoyable read more
Jun 29, 2019
ReallyPatrice (All reviews)
I genuinely cannot comprehend a bigger waste of time than watching a movie about a 'witch' who does nothing but fly on a broom. They don't even have a wand. They don't cast any magic. They waste their monumental supernatural abilities on delivering useless trinkets in return for pitiful wages. This isn't inspiring or empowering on any remote level, and having been in an open relationship with a third-generation wicken for several years, I find its depiction of witchcraft to be wholly unconvincing.

What's more, the director seemingly forgot that the cat could talk about three quarters of the way through the film. For a read more
Nov 15, 2012
TehWhiteTiger (All reviews)
This will be my first 'review'. So I hope this is somewhat helpful.

This may not be the most famous movie of the Studio Ghibli collection, however Kiki's Delivery Service is a brilliant film in it's own right and in my opinion is often over shadowed and under appreciated because of its more famous cousins such as Spirited Away.

Kiki's Delivery Service has a very simple storyline. Based off a book of the same name. Following the life of the young witch Kiki and her cat Jijii, we follow her adventures as she goes out into the world to make a life for herself as a read more
Apr 11, 2020
ST63LTH (All reviews)
Kiki's Delivery Service is a subtle approach to Ghibli's fantasy films; in this film there are no antagonizing forces against Kiki and thus allows the audience to focus on her witch deliveries. Although there is hinting toward romantic elements, Kiki's Delivery Service intentionally avoids it, and aims to focus it solely on Kiki's independence as a witch in training.

The story takes place in what appears to be an industrial USA or Europe*, where Kiki, a witch in training tries to implement herself into society as part of establishing independence from her parents. Kiki naturally finds work as well as grows accustomed to interacting read more
Jul 13, 2011
ktulu007 (All reviews)
I love Studio Ghibli. They make films that generally range from good to excellent and excel at art and music. Kiki's Delivery Service is probably the type of film they're best at. It has a simple story with some nice themes and a small cast of important characters who get some development but it keeps the focus on one or two of them. As a result they're able to really develop those few focus characters very well. It isn't my favourite Studio Ghibli film but it's still pretty impressive.

The story follows a young witch named Kiki who leaves home to train and find her read more
Sep 17, 2021
Kitzo (All reviews)
This will have spoilers.

Majo no Takkyuubin, Kiki's Delivery Service, is a coming-of-age story for a little witch girl, who ultimately wants to find her place in a growing hustle-and-bustle city that is largely unamicable and unfamiliar with witches. This makes it difficult for Kiki to find her place in society, but this film teaches that through hard work, kindness, perseverance, and a little help from the right people, you can find where you belong.

This story highlights the importance of valuing the slower, more earnest things in life; whether that's a friend who loves art, the elderly, airships, friends, or a welcoming bakery shop owner. read more
Oct 18, 2012
Xybirk (All reviews)
Kiki's Delivery Service is without a doubt a masterpiece.You don't need me to explain why. Just uttering the name "Hayao Miyazaki" should be enough to convince you to check this fantastic movie out. But in case you're some kind of freak who has no idea who I'm talking about, (just kidding :P) Hayao Miyazaki is basically the Walt Disney of anime, with almost all of his releases being critically acclaimed. If you're still not convinced, I guess I better explain what makes this movie so wonderful.

First of all there's the story. Kiki is a witch in training who leaves her home for a year to read more
Aug 18, 2010
kekekeKaj (All reviews)
"Kiki's Delivery Service" is a typically fun to watch family anime from Studio Ghibli. Though it's instilled with imagination like their other productions, it isn't nearly as outlandishness as the likes of "Spirited Away" and "Princess Mononoke". This is probably due to the unusual lack of whacky character designs like Totoro and 90% of the characters in "Spirited Away", however it doesn't prevent the characters that are in "Kiki's Delivery Service" from having that "Ghibli charm". It's just as well, as "Kiki's Delivery Service" more about the characters than some complicated plot. The idea itself is simple enough - a young witch named Kiki has read more
Jun 27, 2021
Nagatotoro (All reviews)
"Stop trying. Take long walks. Look at scenery. Doze off at noon. Don't even think about flying. And then, pretty soon, you'll be flying again!"


Kiki is a witch that has just became Thirteen the day of her birthday: This is the age when witches become independent, and also the time to transfer to another city and find a job.

So the very same day, she flies with her broom along with her faithful talking cat, Jiji, saying goodbye to her birthplace and her parents and friends: A new adventure is about to begin!

Even though it isn't said, it can be guessed read more
Jul 15, 2016
Darmaiad (All reviews)
Majo no Takkyuubin, aka Kiki's Delivery service, is one of the first films by Hayao Miyazaki and studio Ghibli. When the 13 years old witch, Kiki, chose to strictly adhere to the rule that a witch must spend one year away from her family, she packs her things; rides her broom stick with her familiar, a black cat; and searches for a new city.

The city she chooses, is a beautiful, maritime one, with an Italian stylization. During her stay, she must utilize her arcane talents in order to provide for herself. While her initial reception is cold, Kiki read more
May 26, 2010
warniefn (All reviews)
just outstanding.

literally just finished watching five minutes ago, and feel privileged to know that I have just beheld a true classic. The artwork is sublime, the story endearing and heart warming and the sheer beauty just uplifting and inspiring.

A real masterpiece.

Feb 18, 2010
davieboy232 (All reviews)
Ive seen other movies from ghibli studios and i really have no reason as to why this one never caught my eye, but in the end it was not at all dull as i was expecting it to be and managed to keep itself afloat in my amusement.

(just want the readers to know as well that this was not at all a bad score and one of the key reasons which was always kept in mind while this review was written was the fact this was perhaps one of the directors' [Hayao Miyazaki] earlier movies in which the styles of how these shows were made read more
Jan 16, 2021
xxDUNNOxx (All reviews)
STORY: 7/10 Story it's pretty unique and cool. Never thought of witch delivering things. It's interesting. She met lots of cool people. Sometimes it's hard to understand her feelings. Or so i didn't. You know men don't understand women at some moments.

ART: 10/10 Beautiful...

SOUND: 10/10 I love the music + it suits the show pretty well. Even tho i watched it with Czech dubing it was amazing.

CHARACTERS: 8/10 Interesting as hell. Main characters are interesting. I mean Kiki and Jiji. Kiki is witch and Jiji is her cat. So. First we meet boy named Tombo who wants to befriend Kiki. Second who we meet Osono read more
Dec 21, 2020
joeldab3st (All reviews)
I'm currently watching every Ghibli movie in chronological order, and I have to say, Kiki might be the best one I've seen yet. Grave of the Fireflies was a very good one, but I can't say it is enjoyable, I spent most of it suffering and the ending was devastating. Totoro was a huge disappointment, it's not bad by any means, but it's the flagship of the studio, and I expected a lot more of the movie.

Kiki, to me, is why Ghibli is so charming and entertaining. First of all, needless to say, the art is 10/10 (it's Ghibli after all). But what really captivated read more
Aug 23, 2020
cameronrb24 (All reviews)
Quick Thoughts:

It's a nice coming-of-age movie. We get to see themes like independence, jealousy, and self-awareness told through a young girl leaving home to develop herself as a witch. The movie is visually appealing as expected from Ghibli films. I think my biggest issue with the film is that it doesn't really stand out in comparison to similar anime. Even just among the Ghilbli catalogue, I think there a movies that explore the same themes in much more interesting settings.


The story is pretty easy to follow. Our main character, Kiki, leaves home to gain experience as a witch in the city. She stumbles along in read more
Apr 7, 2010
Usagi-long-legs (All reviews)
This is probably one of my favourite studio ghibli films that I have seen.
It's sweet, magical and has some kind of charm to it.
The story is lovely as its a girl training to be a witch however she decides to do deliveries as she can fly around on her broom stick which is kinda cool!!
I think I enjoyed it because its always nice to watch an original anime film that has a strange story line to it.
The art is amazing!
Some of the characters remind me of 'sabrina the teenage witch' e.g. black talking cat but still really cool characters.
Overall I would say this film is read more