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Studio Ghibli producer reveals why Jiji no longer speaks at the end of ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’

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  • Since the release of the beloved Studio Ghibli film “Kiki’s Delivery Service” in 1989, Japanese fans have long wondered why the young witch Kiki can no longer hear her talking cat Jiji by the end of the film.
  • The official Twitter account of Nippon TV’s “Kinyo Roadshow” shared behind-the-scenes information last week that could help solve the mystery for fans.
  • “It appears that Kiki is now able to fly again but Jiji remains silent. Actually, it’s not because Kiki’s magical powers have weakened, but because Kiki has progressed to a new stage that Jiji has returned to being a ‘just a cat,'” the “Kinyo Roadshow” account wrote.
  • Another tweet provided new information from one of the film’s producers: “Regarding this topic, this is what producer Toshio Suzuki has to say: ‘Jiji is not just a pet, he’s another self [for Kiki]. So when she’s conversing with Jiji, she’s really just talking to herself.”

A Studio Ghibli producer shared information about “Kiki’s Delivery Service” that could help Japanese fans solve a decades-long mystery surrounding the beloved film.

“Kiki’s Delivery Service” tells the story of Kiki, a 13-year-old witch who lives with Jiji, her talking cat, in a seaside town for a year. In the film’s final act, Kiki loses her magic abilities, making her unable to fly or talk to Jiji. She eventually regains her ability to fly, but she can no longer communicate with her cat, as suggested by his “meow” in the final scene of the film’s original Japanese version.

Studio Ghibli Watches Celebrating Totoro’s 30th Anniversary Are Seriously Adorable

Japanese watchmaker Seiko has released a new line of casual watches especially made for Studio Ghibli fans.

The collection features eight watches carrying four designs from “My Neighbor Totoro” and another four from “Kiki’s Delivery Service.” Both films, directed by legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, are animated classics beloved by audiences worldwide.