Majo no takkyûbin [Kiki’s Delivery Service] (1989)

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. (IMDb)
Passes the Bechdel test with flying and colours: Kiki’s forest talk with Ursula about art, magic, and inspiration was brilliant, but that’s not to slight her coffee with Osono or birthday exchange with the old woman. These dynamics combined with Kiki’s business blunders (Jiji’s sacrifice was hilarious) and poignant personal growth (from “something’s wrong with me” to the brave rescue to the letter home: “there are still times when I feel sad”) make for a deceptively powerful coming-of-age tale.
8.5/10 (Amazing)

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