Josh's Anime Blog Podcast Episode 68

Josh's Anime Blog Podcast Episode 68Josh’s Anime Blog Podcast Episode #68 is now online! In this podcast, I review the movie Kiki’s Delivery Service.

This week’s Podcast Stats:
Time: 14:34
Download Size: 10.0 MB

Opening theme:
“YOU” by YURIA
Opening theme to Shuffle

Ending theme:
“Yasashisa ni Tsutsumareta nara” by Yumi Arai
Ending theme to Kiki’s Delivery Service

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Kiki's Delivery Service – Anime Review

The Essentials

Kiki’s Delivery ServiceName: KiKi’s Delivery Service
Genre: Children, Comedy, Fantasy
Episodes: N/A
Released: July 29, 1989
Based On: Novel Kiki’s Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Produced By: Studio Ghibli
US Distribution By: Walt Disney

Major Japanese Cast

Kiki: Minami Takayama
Jiji: Rei Sakuma
Osono: Keiko Toda
Tombo: Kappei Yamaguchi
Ursula: Minami Takayama

Major English Cast

Kiki: Kirsten Dunst
Jiji: Phil Hartman
Osono: Tress MacNeille
Tombo: Matthew Lawrence
Ursula: Janeane Garofalo

Scores

Animation: 10/10 (x 4 = 40 pts)
Story: 9/10 (x 4 = 36 pts)
Music: 9/10 (x 4 = 36 pts)
Coherence/Story Arc: N/A
English Dubs: 8/10 (x 1 = 8 pts)
Gut Score: 8/10 (x 5 = 40 pts)

Total: 160/180 (88.9%)

Review

Kiki’s Delivery Service is about a girl who is leaving on a traditional year-long training trip for witches when they turn 13.  The purpose of this trip is to help them establish themselves in a new city so that they may do the normal things good witches do as a job.

Kiki leaves home one clear, full-moon night, bringing her black cat Jiji along with her. Kiki soon finds a medium sized seaside town which doesn’t have any witches currently living there, and decides to make that her new home. She is soon befriended by a baker after Kiki does her the favor of returning a pacifier to a customer who had dropped it in her shop. This delivery gives Kiki the inspiration of what she wants to do in her new town: run a delivery service.

Kiki has to learn to get through several challenges, including trying to become accepted in the city, becoming friends with a boy who saves her from the police on the street one day, and losing her confidence in her ability before she can become a full-fledged witch and member of the city’s society. Kiki’s Delivery Service is a heartwarming story that anyone in the family can watch as a young witch comes of age against both external and internal obstacles.

Despite being a movie aimed more for children than adults, it has a solid storyline from start to end, never falling for the temptation to mindlessly pander to a children’s audience while still creating an end product that even children should enjoy. The music goes very well with the movie – though the English dub does add some music as well as changes some of the Japanese songs over to English songs, which I think didn’t go quite as well as the original Japanese versions, but it still works.

The dub is pretty good I thought. It may not be the greatest dubbing job done by Disney, but given Disney’s successes in this area, that is still saying a lot.

If you’re looking for a children’s movie that can still appeal to adults, then Kiki’s Delivery Service is a good movie for you.

First Watched: July 2007
Do I Own: Yes
Do I Recommend: Yes