Anime: Kiki’s Delivery Service

Available on DVD at Prosper Community Library!

Streaming: Amazon (not Prime, but can rent), HBO Max

Kiki’s Delivery Service is another amazing animated film from Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli.  Remember when we watched the video exploring the immersive realism in Miyazaki’s films after we watched Ponyo?  To create authentic – yet imaginary worlds – Miyazaki and his animators:

  • create the illusion of physics through scale, gravity, weight, and momentum
  • empathize with their characters’ emotions and situations
  • settings with clearly-defined societies, cultures, infrastructures, and background characters


But, what about the food that we see in Miyazaki’s films?  Although many facets of Miyazaki’s films are fantastical – characters, situations, worlds – the food is always familiar to us.  The presence of delicious food also signals that something important is about to happen plot-wise.  Ponyo enjoys her first human meal with Sosuke and his mom and discovers her love of sliced ham.  When one of Kiki’s bakery customers wants to thank her, the woman surprises Kiki with a specially-decorated chocolate cake.


Learn to recreate many foods from Miyazaki’s films with A to Z Ghibli Food:

The A to Z Ghibli Food playlist starts at A for Anpan Steamed Buns (from Spirited Away), but feel free to jump around to the Kiki’s Delivery Service recipes:

  • H for Herring and Pumpkin Pie
  • K for Kiki’s Cake
  • P for Pancake Breakfast


In the film, Kiki is a 13-year-old witch just starting her first year of living alone.  What do you think Kiki would be like if she were a few years older?  In 2017, Nissin Cup Noodle reimagined Kiki as a 17-year-old high school student in a commercial.  In the commercial, she confesses her feelings to her friend Tombo.  Many slice of life anime feature a “confession scene” where the protagonist receives a somewhat formal confession of feelings from another student or makes their own confession.  In Japanese culture, making your first confession is a rite of passage for teenagers.  Still, it can be surprising to see Kiki being used for commercial purposes!


But Kiki is not the only popular franchise to be used in Nissin Cup Noodle commercials.  See how many familiar faces you recognize when you watch the collected Nissin Cup Noodle commercials from 2016-2018:

If you like this anime, borrow these from PCL:


  • The Boy and the Beast – YA GN HOS
  • Demon Slayer – YA GN GOT
  • Erased – YA GN SAN
  • Fullmetal Alchemist – YA GN ARA
  • Kaiju Girl Caramelise – YA GN AOK
  • Little Witch Academia – J GN YOS
  • My Hero Academia – YA GN HOR
  • Naruto – YA GN KIS
  • Silver Spoon – YA GN ARA
  • Toilet-Bound Hanako-Kun – YA GN AID


Anime DVD:

  • Bananya – J DVD BAN
  • Bleach – DVD BLE
  • Maquia – DVD MAQ
  • My Bride is a Mermaid – DVD MY
  • Naruto – DVD NAR
  • One Piece – DVD ONE
  • Penguin Highway – DVD PEN


Careers in Anime: 

“How can I turn my love of anime, manga, Japanese culture into a job?”


Create fan art and original art/products to sell!


Borrow these from Prosper Community Library to jumpstart your creativity!

  • Color Me Creative by Kristina Webb – YA 741.2 WEB
  • Doodle Art and Lettering by Joanne Sharpe – 741.5 SHA
  • Fun in the Tub by Amanda Gail Aaron – YA 613.41 AAR
  • Kawaii Craft Life by Sosae Caetano – 746.4 CAE
  • Manga Origami by Marcio Hideshi Noguchi – YA 736.982 NOG


This is our last Anime Club program for Fall 2020.  Thank you so much for joining me!  What did you think?  What should I do differently?  Any anime that you would like to see featured Spring 2021?  Send me an email to let me know: 

Katie Deeds
Youth Services Librarian – Prosper Community Library