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Kiki is a young witch who has just turned thirteen, and as tradition dictates she must now leave the safety of her home for a year to undergo witch training. One clear night, Kiki takes off with her cat Jiji and her mother's broomstick to start her new life, and finds herself in a town near the ocean - but she's disappointed to find that people aren't nearly as friendly as she'd imagined they'd be. With nowhere to stay and no outstanding magical skills besides flying, Kiki begins to wonder if she's come to the right place; but after returning a pacifier to a customer of a local shop, its owner, Osono, offers her a place to stay. Kiki soon decides that she'll start her own delivery service, and with the help of newfound friends she sets forth on a journey to discover who she is and how to make it on her own.
Both movies are from Studio Ghibli. Both are family friendly and have a whimsical fantasy type feel to them. If you like one, you will probably like the other.
Well for a starters The Secret World of Arrietty and Kiki's Delivery Service amoung many other great titles is made by the faboulus Hayao Miyazaki a wonderful writter and director and definetly a master at what he deos, the fimls are both family freindly and have that great factor of magic that hayao is so good at delivering, i would definetly recommend watching both of these great titles and all other productions made by sir hayao.
Both are beautifully realized fantasy world brought to life by the talent at Studio Ghibli (also employs similiar trademark themes such as trong female leads, nature/preservation and harmony etc. and so forth) just watch it!
It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.
Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new home, when they discover an abandoned amusement park. After Chihiro's family mysteriously turn into pigs, she is thrown into a surreal world of magic and fantasy. Join her as she struggles to survive in the bathhouse of the gods, ruled by an evil witch who has stolen not only her name, but her way back to the real world.
When a young girl’s seeing eye dog runs off after a thief that's stolen her bag, the girl must navigate around town using only her senses of smell, touch, and hearing. With only a common stick to hold, she experiences the joys and wonder of the world around her.
Hana is a 19-year-old student who falls in a fairy-tale like love with a "wolf man". Over the course of the 13-year story Hana gives birth to two children—older sister Yuki, and younger brother Ame. At first the family quietly lives in city trying to hide their wolf heritage, but when the wolf man suddenly dies Hana makes the decision to move to a rural town, far from their previous city life.
They both have that slice of life and 'feel good' vibes to the story. Though, Arrietty isn't as meloncholy in tone, but they're really similar in flow. They both have a secrets that the characters try to hide (The children with their wolf identities; and Arrietty's secret prescence within a house), which they eventually get found out; and they both are tetering on being the last of their fabled existences. The animation is roughtly the same, and all around awesome and worth your while.