Many have wished and many have spoken about it––the genie that is Netflix has granted our wish.
Netflix has finally acquired projects from the well-loved Japanese animation house, Studio Ghibli, for all regions outside of the United States, Canada, and Japan. How many, you ask? Ladies and gentlemen, Netflix has gotten the rights to 21 feature films and will be premiering in waves of months starting next month, February. The Netflix Genie has saved us all.
Last month, Studio Ghibli has started selling downloadable copies of their content and in the same month, WarnerMedia’s HBO Max has announced that they have also obtained rights to stream the studio’s content just in time for its spring launch. This is very surprising since Studio Ghibli did not entertain any digital copies, if you will, of its content until recently.
Luckily for us, Netflix’s acquisition was the only key needed for the whole world to watch the studio’s content. Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, New Zealand, Australia, and the Americas are all part of this deal. Just to give a little bit of love to the audience, Netflix will also subtitle their newest content in 28 languages as well as providing new dubs in up to 20 languages.
From February 2020, 21 films from the legendary animation house Studio Ghibli are coming exclusively to Netflix.
We’re proud to bring beloved, influential stories like Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and My Neighbour Totoro to first-time viewers and high-flying fans alike. pic.twitter.com/955uiYAzA1
— Netflix ANZ (@NetflixANZ) January 20, 2020
If I were you, I’d already mark February 1st. As I said, content will be released in waves, and that’s the first month it’ll be dropped. During this wave, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Castle in the Sky, Only Yesterday, Ocean Waves, Tales from Earthsea, and Porco Rosso will be released.
The second wave, which will be released on March, will include my personal bias Spirited Away, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbors the Yamadas, The Cat Returns, Arrietty, and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya.
On the third wave, April 1st, Netflix will be releasing Pom Poko, Whisper of the Heart, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, From Up on Poppy Hill, The Wind Rises, and When Marnie Was There.
All stated above are binge-worthy, and we’re all excited for everyone to finally see what Studio Ghibli’s all about.