Review of “Kiki — The Spirit and the Hopes of Contemporary Girls” (1988)

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Miyazaki Hayao (writer).

Read in Starting Point.

There have been many stories of “magical girls” created before, especially for TV anime, but the “witches” in such shows have usually just been devices for girls to actualize their dreams. Witches, in other words, have just been a means for the girls to become stars, without any struggle at all. The magic employed in Kiki’s Delivery Service isn’t so simple or easy.

A memo on the purpose and mode of adapting Kakuno’s original novels.

References here: “I Wanted to Show the Various Faces of One Person in This Film” (1989), Starting Point: 1979–1996 (1996/2009).

Japanese production non-fiction text