MaHo Café: Twelve Magical Days of Christmas 2015: Day 12 ~ Kiki’s Delivery Service ~

Kiki’s Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便) is a 1989 film written, produced and directed by Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿). It tells the story of Kiki, a 13-year-old girl who leaves home in order to become a full-grown witch. After settling in the city of Koriko, Kiki decides to take advantage of her flying abilities and starts a delivery service. I’m really excited about today’s film – not only because it’s a Ghibli production, but because the story itself is really good. Yes, the story is about a teenage witch that can bloody fly on a broomstick and talk to her black cat, Jiji; the film’s themes however are definitely some that everyone can relate to – believing in yourself, discovering who you are, having the courage to follow your dreams, and all that jazz :D. I’m gonna shush for now, because I’ll just end up saying things like ‘this is awesomely awesome because it’s awesome’. What did you think of it, Nikki-chan?

That it was indeed awesomely awesome because it was awesome. On a more serious note, I really liked it. As I’m sure I’ve probably said already, I really love witchcraft-themed media, so this hit all the right spots for me. I loved the animation, the music, the characters – Kiki is awesome, and so is Jiji. I love that in most Ghibli films there is character development (even though they’re short, compared to a series, for example), and this one is no exception. I liked how they showed how Kiki gets out of distress and how she managed to regain herself. And yes, you were right about the themes of the film – I’m sure almost everybody out there has found themselves perhaps not having an artist’s block, like Kiki, but going through a harsh time. It’s a theme as a whole which is common to Ghibli films, and that is very near and dear to me.

I agree, the story’s only enhanced by the gorgeous visuals and Joe Hisaishi’s (久石 譲) score. I love how you actually manage to say why the film’s awesomely awesome ^^. And yes, it’s really refreshing and even uplifting to see stories with these themes (i.e., we all need a good dose of Ghibli every now and then :D). Oh, and Jiji is beyond amazing!!

Ahahahaha! We really do need to watch some Ghibli every now and again! So, what are you guys out there waiting for?? And here ends our Twelve Magical Days of Christmas – I liked doing this actually! I had a lot of fun! What about you, Moro-chan?

I really enjoyed doing this as well! I’m actually kind of sad that it’s over. Guess we’ll just have to look forward to this year’s Twelve Days of Christmas!

I agree, and we hope you guys will do so, too!

So, here’s the trailer for this lovely film – enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

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Day 1 – Very first anime you’ve watched

So at the request of my friend, ニッキーのオタク, here I am doing the fabulous 30 day anime challenge ^^.

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Ok, Mononoke Hime‘s (もののけ姫) not actually the first anime I’ve ever watched (among the first animes I’ve watched are Sailor Moon and another series about volleyball that I’m too lazy to look up just now), but it’s the first anime that’s really stuck with me. This is mostly because when I watched the other series I was quite young and I honestly don’t remember much about them (except for the fact that I really wanted to be Sailor Moon :D).

Point is, Mononoke Hime really left an impression on me from the very first time I’ve seen it and even though I didn’t actually ‘get into anime’ until a few years ago, this movie’s always stuck with me and I re-watched it a bunch of times ever since. Heck, I even copied it to my iPod just so I would have it with me all the time ^^”.

So yeah, Mononoke Hime is technically not the first anime I’ve ever seen, but it’s the first one that I’ve ever watched in the sense that I knew what I was watching and I remembered it, etc., etc., etc.