Kiki’s Delivery Service (Majo no Takkyūbin, dir. Miyazaki Hayao, 1989)
“Our first image of Kiki when we meet her is of the form of a small girl flying through the night sky over the capital. Many lights shine, but there is not a single light to warmly beckon her. She is isolated as she flies in the sky. It is usually felt that the power of flight would liberate one from the earth, but freedom is accompanied by anxiety and loneliness. Our heroine is a girl who has decided to identify herself by her ability to fly. Quite a few TV cartoons about little witches have been made before this, but the witchcraft has always merely been the means to fulfill the dreams of young girls. They have always become idols with no difficulties. The witch of Majo no Takkyūbin (Kiki’s Delivery Service) does not possess that convenient kind of power.” —Miyazaki Hayao
Score: 9+ out of 10.