Kiki's Delivery Service

Synopsis: A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.
108 min


This is the story of an Eastern

village that believes in witches.

One winter,

in a mountain village...

.. a girl they named Kiki

was born.

Look, look...

You're scaring her!

You don't like this noise,

do you?

Come on!

Alright, alright...

Has he scared you?

Kiki had a little secret.

Yes, there many fish there.

Who are you talking to, Kiki?

To Jiji.

Her father, Okino,

was a learned man...

.. an ordinary human.

But, his mother, Kokiri,

was a witch.


She dealt in two kinds of magic.

One was making medicine

from herbs she grew herself.

- Thank you.

- Thank you.

As there was no hospital close

to the village...

everyone had confidence

in Kokiri's medicine.

And then,

there was the other magic.

I'll be leaving

to deliver this medicine.


Hey, where's Kiki?

Isn't she with you?

Kokiri flew with a broom.

And Kiki learned to in the end.

Be careful, Kiki.

Don't peel it out!

I know!

But, every now and then...

You aren't yet ready to help mother.

Right, Jiji?

You still are very little.

You aren't a woman,

nor are you a witch.

I am not a witch?!

You are between witches and


You have until you get to be 13...

.. to make up your mind

what you want to be.

I want to be a witch!

That way I'll be able to ride a broom.

Do you like flying that much?

I do!

On her 13th birthday,

a witch...

.. must leave on a voyage

on a full moon night.

She must leave her home

all alone,

and look for a village

without witches...

.. and live there

for one year.

She can't go back to her parents...

during her apprenticeship.

After having lived one year

of her magic,

she's a full-fledged witch.

This important tradition is

important so that everyone knows...

.. witches still exist.


Thank you.

How big you've grown!...


take good care of yourself!

- Thank you.

- She's leaving on her own.

Put me down,

you're embarrassing me!

If things don't turn out alright,

you come home, you hear?


She no longer is a little girl.

I'm sorry...

.. but that won't happen.

- Thank you.

- Good luck.


- Take care!

- Good luck!

- Good luck!

- Take care!

Jiji, take care of her.

Father, mother,

take good care of yourselves.


Good luck!



Are you cold, Jiji?


If you don't mind...


Is this the sea?

It is the sea!

It's that big?!...

It's just a huge puddle.


It's so hot!...



It's so cold!

How I like this!

Be careful, will you!?

Look, I can see a village.

Let's try here.

Did you see how much fish there is,


It looks swell

We could eat it all.


Look how many people there are.


She's coming here!

It'd seem we are attracting attention.

Best case, there's been a lot of time

since a witch has come here.


- Look.

- Someone is flying.

Are we stopping here?

Your mother has told you

to think it over carefully.

This village is nice.

It ain't so bad.

Suits you.

That's not true.

It does suit you.

Father too...

Mother, shorten it a little bit.

Don't even think about it.

You mustn't draw attention upon yourself.

I'm the one that's leaving.

What about this?

Witches have been wearing black

since antiquity.

Turn around.

"Antiquity" is out of fashion.

You come from a long

lineage of witches.

But all I know is how to fly!...

Because you didn't trouble yourself

to learn anything else.

What about you?!

Grandma had a lot of powers.

That's true.

She could make fish and meat

last more,

and cows give more milk.

You're right.

You say I should be conventional

and discreet.


won't this kill magic?

There are times when you should also

be capable to control yourself.

We, witches,

have survived until now...

doing whatever we could to change

people's opinion.

I am not like the witches

of your age.

I don't care what the others think.

I want to do what I want.

Look, Kiki...

.. you can't be a witch...

.. without a year's apprenticeship.

And even if things turn bad,

you mustn't lose your smile.

I know that.

You've told me that

thousands of times over.

Hello, people of Koriko.


We had a shower last night.

On behalf of "Koriko News"...

we ask you to forgive us for

the mistaken forecast.

Did you get wet because

you took no umbrellas?

Thank you for letting me sleep

here last night.

I needed shelter.

Who are you?

What are you doing in here?

I'm sorry!

- Have you run away from home?

- No!

- I'm calling the police.

- Let go of me!


There's a girl in here!

You won't get away!

Let go of me!

I'm a witch.

A witch?

I still an apprentice.

A witch!

- They really exist!

- I'm sorry.

Thank you.

What did you do the animals?


I just slept here.

Go away and don't you come back!

Nazuru, please stop it!

What's the matter with you?

Go away!

Let her go already.

Did I do something that bad?

He must be afraid of witches.


It smells so nice...

A bakery!

It smells so nice...

- I'm starving.

- Yes. Let's eat.



I sell food in here.

Leave that broom outside.

Forgive me.

Forgive me.

Mom's medicine...

And I told her not to put these in...

Can't eat them.

"Don't lose your smile. "

Yeah, I know that already.

Hey, you!

- Yes?

- Your skirt is torn in your back.

I thought you were a street sweeper.

Every witch must carry

her own broom.

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Satoko Okudera

Satoko Okudera (奥寺 佐渡子, Okudera Satoko, born 1966 in Iwate Prefecture) is a Japanese screenwriter. She is known for her screenplays in both the live-action and anime mediums. Her 1995 screenplay for Gakkō no kaidan was nominated for the Japan Academy Prize. She is best known for her collaborations with anime director Mamoru Hosoda. more…

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