Fans of Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and the rest of the catalogue will soon be available exclusively on Netflix Outside of North America and Japan
From February 1st, subscribers in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America will be able to stream the first wave of these beloved films with a total of 21 to eventually be available. For those not in the know, Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation studio based in Tokyo that have won Oscars for their anime film-making, producing some truly outstanding films over the years, with Spirited Away probably being their most well known.
So what can we expect and when?
February 1st 2020
- Castle in the Sky
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Kiki’s Delivery Service
- Only Yesterday
- Porco Rosso
- Ocean Waves
- Tales from Earthsea
March 1st 2020
- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
- Princess Mononoke
- My Neighbors the Yamadas
- Spirited Away
- The Cat Returns
- The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
April 1st 2020
- Pom Poko
- Whisper of the Heart
- Howl’s Moving Castle
- Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea
- From Up on Poppy Hill
- The Wind Rises
- When Marnie Was There.
“This is a dream come true for Netflix and millions of our members,” said Aram Yacoubian, Netflix’s director of original animation. “Studio Ghibli’s animated films are legendary and have enthralled fans around the world for over 35 years.
We’re excited to make them available in more languages across Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia — so that more people can enjoy this whimsical and wonderful world of animation.”
“In this day and age, there are various great ways a film can reach audiences,” Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki added in a separate statement.
“We’ve listened to our fans and have made the definitive decision to stream our film catalogue. We hope people around the world will discover the world of Studio Ghibli through this experience.”
In other exciting Studio Ghibli news, they are opening their first theme park in Japan in 2022! There will be five areas to explore including two based on Howl’s Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke.
Film reported that this theme park will be “an unconventional one that will reportedly cut down no trees to make space and have no “rides” planned in the traditional sense.” This is to ensure it preserves “Miyazaki’s environmentally friendly messages that resonate throughout his films, and his love for the mysterious beauty of nature.”
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