Kiki’s Delivery Service Grows Up, Eats Instant Ramen

Kiki’s Delivery Service Grows Up, Eats Instant Ramen

Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service stars a 13-year-old witch named Kiki. She’s now been reimagined as a 17-year-old high school student in a new instant ramen spot.

[Image: Nissin]

For Nissin’s “Hungry Day” campaign, the noodle maker roped in manga artist Eisaku Kubonouchi to design older versions of Kiki and her pal Tombo. The commercial’s theme is 青春 (seishun) or “youth”, and in it, Kiki confesses her romantic feelings to Tombo.

Kiki’s Delivery Service was originally a novel by Eiko Kadono, but this short anime clip does seem to draw from the Ghibli retelling. (Just check out how it depicts Kiki’s cat, Jiji!) Tombo, however, looks different: Hip and handsome, and not very Ghibliesque. I always thought he turned out differently when he grew up.


  • The missing scene, because NOTHING actually really happens in the Kiki movie.

  • Of course it would be Cup Noodle… Everything’s cup noodle. This reminds me that I have Flying Witch in my backlog to watch, an anime people say is like a teenaged Kiki’s Delivery Service.

  • Not sure how noodles tied into it all but I didnt care because it was a awesome watch.
    I could get behind this as a movie, Kiki is awesome

  • Miyazaki’s characters were never meant to be cute sexy anime girls. Don’t get how people keep missing the point entirely. This and fan art.

  • This was actually quite terrible. The character design was weird and Kiki was totally out of character. The very first scene with her taunting him from her broom was ok, I guess, but later seeing her as a blushy, bumbly schoolgirl was cringeworthy. We are talking of someone who was pretty much a self-made entrepreneur and small-time urban hero by the age of 10. Same for Tombo, who was rather careless about his own appearance but a promising scientist and inventor by that age. Seeing him made into a super-popular high school sweetheart who apparently spends more time in his coiffure than cobbling together flying machines is just wrong.

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