hamfruitcake’s review published on Letterboxd:
The description on Netflix is pretty cute though: In this animated adventure, a young witch moves away from her family to practice her craft, but she finds that making new friends is difficult.
Never have I related to a protagonist more.
It's a Ghibli film so the animation is gorgeous and it just feels like a vibrant realised world which doesn't feel the need to explain itself to you. It just exists and you're visiting for a short while and the little world will go on once you've stopped watching. Sure, that means that not everything is explained and it's a little open-ended with some loose ends, but I find that charming.
It's one of the few Ghibli's I've always wanted to watch and never had the chance and I'm glad I did. It was heartwarming and light and sweet. There's a message in there about it being okay to be sad or down because it will pass and you'll find a way to keep going. I really enjoyed it.