Though Hayao Miyazaki may be heading into retirement, the Japanese animator’s films, which include much-beloved titles such as Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, have clearly made their way into the hearts of millions (including our own!).
To the delight of many, a still coming from the set of the live-action version (see below) of Kiki’s Delivery Service was released earlier this year, and since then, fans have been waiting anxiously for more information about this new take of the Studio Ghibli favorite.
Much to our delight, a new image as well as a teaser has been released for the Takashi Shimizu-directed flick.
The just-released film poster shows Kiki, played by actress (and former figure skater) Fūka Koshiba, smiling widely as her black cat and best friend, Jiji, is in tow. With smudges of dirt on her face, Koshiba already seems to embody the character’s precocious, yet lovable personality. (We just have one qualm with the look though: while we think Koshiba looks absolutely adorable, we have to ask — where’s Kiki’s big red bow?!)
In this quick teaser, we’re placed in the shoes of the young witch-turned-mail courier as she zips through the skies.
One commenter on The Mary Sue translates the teaser:
Leaving on a journey from one’s [her?] hometown
Living in a strange town
Meeting people for the first time
“Hope” and “Uncertainty” leaping/rising in one’s heart
A girl’s [or “girls’ “] story
That famous work is finally made into a live-action movie
Witch Delivery Service [majo no takkyûbin]
Hi, [nice to meet you], I’m Kiki!
You/we can meet her!
Cute, no? But unfortunately, American audiences may have to wait to see the movie. Because while the film is slated for release in Japan next March, no US release dates have been announced.