History Anime / KikisDeliveryService

13th May '17 10:48:09 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* CrossesTheLineTwice: Kiki and the two elderly ladies see the chaos unfolding on TV when heavy winds send the blimp flying out of control. Barsa is getting a little too much entertainment out of this like she's just watching a movie. That is until Kiki spots Tombo being lifted away....
7th May '17 5:52:47 AM FeigeRoman
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7th May '17 5:52:18 AM FeigeRoman
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* AnimalTalk: Jiji can talk to Kiki, but also to other cats, and birds.

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* AnimalTalk: Jiji can talk to Kiki, but also to other cats, birds, and birds.presumably dogs.



* MundaneFantastic: People in the town Kiki arrives at ''know'' that witches exist, but it's been so long since any were seen in town that there are a lot of double-takes and pointing.
* MundaneUtility: The basis of Kiki's entire business plan. At one point she remarks to Tombo that she's never been on a bicycle.

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* MundaneFantastic: People in the town Kiki arrives at ''know'' that witches exist, but it's been so long since any were seen in town that there are a lot of double-takes and pointing.
pointing. Indeed, when Kiki is confronted by the policeman, he merely equates her manic flying with jaywalking.
* MundaneUtility: The basis of Kiki's entire business plan. At one point she remarks to Tombo that she's never even been on a bicycle.



* NoNameGiven: Strangely, Ursula is never named in either the original Japanese version or the Streamline dub. Only the Disney dub actually mentions her name, and even then, it's only heard once, when she and Kiki are hitchhiking to her cabin.
** A number of other notable characters are only named in either the script, credits or other supplementary material, such as Kiki's parents (Okino and Kokiri) and Osono's husband (Fukuo). Others aren't even named at all, like the senior witch who Kiki meets during her journey to the city, the policeman who confronts her once she arrives, her first customer, and even Madame's granddaughter.



-->'''Jiji''': All right, first: don't panic! Second: don't panic! And third: did I mention not to panic?

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-->'''Jiji''': All right, first: don't panic! Second: don't panic! And third: did ''did I mention not to panic?PANIC?!''



* SmallRoleBigImpact: Ketto, Madame's granddaughter, is notable for being the RichBitch and snooty {{Foil}} to her grandmother. She's such a brat that she inspires Kiki's bad mood, which mixes with a long and miserable flight home to result in her missing out on Tombo's party, being sick the next day, and eventually losing her powers.

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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Ketto, Madame's granddaughter, granddaughter is notable for being the RichBitch and snooty {{Foil}} to her grandmother. She's such a brat that she inspires Kiki's bad mood, which mixes with a long and miserable flight home to result in her missing out on Tombo's party, being sick the next day, and eventually losing her powers.



* StandardSnippet: An excerpt from "In the Hall of the Mountain King" plays during the bird chase.

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* StandardSnippet: An excerpt from "In the Hall of the Mountain King" plays during the bird chase.chase in the Disney dub.
18th Apr '17 6:57:40 PM nombretomado
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* FreeRangeChildren: It's a StudioGhibli film, so of course.

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* FreeRangeChildren: It's a StudioGhibli Creator/StudioGhibli film, so of course.
16th Apr '17 6:50:52 PM LBHills
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* BadassBystander: At the climax, [[spoiler: when Tombo is hanging precariously from the dirigible as it flies uncontrollably at the clock tower, an old man opens a door in the clock face. Ignoring Tombo's cries for him to save himself, the old man tries to save Tombo by extending a mop for him to grab.]]



* CatsAreSnarkers: Jiji.

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* CatsAreSnarkers: Jiji.Jiji tends to be snippy, sniffy, sardonic, dubious and tactless.



* CuteWitch: A rather mild version of it (though Kiki's still cute).

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* CuteWitch: A rather mild version of it (though Kiki's still cute).'Cute' as in 'appealing'.



* ExtravertedNerd: Tombo.

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* ExtravertedNerd: Tombo. Tombo is a devoted engineer with thick bottle-like glasses, but he's got a lot of friends.



* FlyingBroomstick: Played with in several ways. It isn't that the broomstick is magical, the witch's power gives it the ability. [[spoiler:If a witch loses confidence in herself, she could lose her magic and thus the ability to fly. She can also use brooms not made by herself or other witches, but those brooms seem more temperamental and harder to control]].

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* FlyingBroomstick: Played with in several ways. It isn't that the broomstick is magical, magical; the witch's power gives it the ability. [[spoiler:If a witch loses confidence in herself, she could lose her magic and thus the ability to fly. She can also use brooms not made by herself or other witches, but those brooms seem more temperamental and harder to control]].



* TheHecateSisters: Kiki in her new life befriends and learns from a young artist, a mother-to-be, and an elderly lady. Given that Miyazaki studied enough Greek mythology to name a prior heroine Nausicaa, this is probably intentional (even though the trope does not occur in actual, genuine Greek myths, only in modern interpretations of them.)

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* TheHecateSisters: Kiki in her While building a new life in her chosen hometown, Kiki befriends and learns from a young artist, a mother-to-be, and an elderly lady. Given that Miyazaki studied enough Greek mythology to name a prior heroine Nausicaa, this is probably intentional (even though the trope does not occur in actual, genuine Greek myths, only in modern interpretations of them.)
15th Apr '17 6:44:57 PM LBHills
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* MundaneFantastic: Par to the course of a Miyazaki film, witches are an accepted (if rare) part of society, and no one finds the idea of a witch delivering their packages strange.

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* MundaneFantastic: Par to People in the course of a Miyazaki film, town Kiki arrives at ''know'' that witches exist, but it's been so long since any were seen in town that there are an accepted (if rare) part a lot of society, double-takes and no one finds the idea of a witch delivering their packages strange. pointing.
9th Apr '17 8:06:36 AM Timwi
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The dirigible is mentioned in the radio broadcast right at the start. Later, when Kiki calls the bakery from a public phone booth, [[spoiler:the television plays a broadcast that mentions the dirigible had already crashed in a storm before and has now been repaired.]]
11th Mar '17 8:25:14 PM partner555
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* MuggleMageRomance: Due to the nature of [[WitchSpecies witches]] [[OneGenderRace in this setting]], these are inevitable. Kiki's parents are a witch and an ordinary man.
30th Jan '17 4:36:55 PM JustKnown
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* FriendlessBackground: A downplayed example. Since Kiki grew up in a small insular town, she's never had friends her age. Her closest companion is Jiji who acts more of a mentor. Part of her growth is learning how to interact with other children.

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* FriendlessBackground: A downplayed example. Since Kiki grew up in a small insular town, she's never had few friends her age.age (three show up to see her off) and she's forced to leave them behind. Her closest companion is Jiji who acts more of a mentor. Part of her growth is learning how to interact with other children.
8th Oct '16 8:40:24 PM MarkLungo
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The setting of ''Kiki's Delivery Service'' is intentionally ill-defined, a Europe where WWII [[AlternateHistory apparently never happened]] that was inspired by Napoli, Lisbon, Stockholm and Paris. A very laid-back, SliceOfLife animated movie, it nonetheless is thoroughly enjoyable and gorgeously executed -- and unlike many Slice of Life works, actually manages to have an exciting, action-packed climax at the end. It also depicts more people laughing out of sheer delight than any other film of recent memory.

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The setting of ''Kiki's Delivery Service'' is intentionally ill-defined, a Europe UsefulNotes/{{Europe}} where WWII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[AlternateHistory apparently never happened]] that was inspired by Napoli, Lisbon, Stockholm and Paris.UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}. A very laid-back, SliceOfLife animated movie, it nonetheless is thoroughly enjoyable and gorgeously executed -- and unlike many Slice of Life works, actually manages to have an exciting, action-packed climax at the end. It also depicts more people laughing out of sheer delight than any other film of recent memory.



Another little-known fact is the alternate dub produced by Carl Macek and commissioned by Japan Airlines for in-flight entertainment. Unlike Macek's similar dub of Miyazaki's ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'' the Streamline Pictures version was never licensed for official release in the North American market.

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Another little-known fact is the alternate dub produced by Carl Macek and commissioned by Japan Airlines for in-flight entertainment. Unlike Macek's similar dub of Miyazaki's ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'' the Streamline Pictures Creator/StreamlinePictures version was never licensed for official release in the North American market.
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