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Netflix Is Adding 21 Studio Ghibli Films To Its Service

Jess Hardiman

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Netflix Is Adding 21 Studio Ghibli Films To Its Service

Great news, anime fans: Netflix is uploading 21 Studio Ghibli films to its streaming service, adding them in three batches over the course of the next few months.

The famous Japanese animation studio is renowned worldwide for its anime feature films, which kicked off with 1984's Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind.

Over the course of the past three decades, Studio Ghibli has gone on to create some of the highest-grossing anime films of all time including some of their more well-known flicks like Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea and Princess Mononoke.

Ponyo. Credit: Toho
Ponyo. Credit: Toho

With Netflix adding 21 movies, we'll be getting a good glimpse of the studio's work from its early days in the 1980s right through to 2014's When Marnie Was There.

According to the BBC, the films will be available to anyone with a Netflix account 'outside of the US, Canada and Japan'.

From 1 February 2020, viewers will be able to watch Castle in the Sky (1986), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Kiki's Delivery Service (1989), Only Yesterday (1991), Porco Rosso (1992), Ocean Waves (1993) and Tales From Earthsea (2006).

Then, from 1 March, they'll also be able to feast on Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind (1984), Princess Mononoke (1997), My Neighbors The Yamadas (1999), Spirited Away (2001), The Cat Returns (2002), Arrietty (2010) and The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya (2013).

These will all be followed on 1 April by Pom Poko (1994), Whisper Of The Heart (1995), Howl's Moving Castle (2004), Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea (2008), From Up On Poppy Hill (2011), The Wind Rises (2013) and When Marnie Was There (2014).


While the studio's director Hayao Miyazaki retired several years ago, in February 2017 it was announced that he had come back out of the shadows to direct a brand new feature film with Studio Ghibli, How Do You Live?

Originally, that was slated for release to tie in with the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, but now it looks like we'll have to wait a little longer.

As Slash Film reported, Miyazaki recently announced he wouldn't be making the intended deadline, while Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki also confirmed it will be 'about three or four years' before it's completed, telling Anime News Network that the studio is doing things in How Do You Live? that it could not do before.

Whenever it's eventually release, at least we'll be able to get a solid schooling in the studio's back catalogue beforehand. Thanks Netflix!

Featured Image Credit: Toho

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Netflix

Jess Hardiman
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