Miyazaki’s canvas favors a simple, artistic style that doesn’t need 3D bells and whistles to communicate sincerity of emotion and intensity of action. His landscapes are detailed and artistic, and his characters based in straightforward honesty. Even when dealing with a witch, Miyazaki grounds Kiki in reality so that she is accessible and relatable. The flying scenes are wonderful, and Kiki’s relationships bubble with forthright innocence. Especially touching is her friendship with the nerdy Tombo, who longs to fly like Kiki. If you are new to anime and the cinema of Miyazaki, this beautiful adventure makes the perfect introduction.