21 Studio Ghibli Anime Films Coming to Netflix (outside Japan, US & Canada)

Streaming service Netflix has announced plans to stream 21 theatrical anime films from Studio Ghibli starting this February 2020. The news came weeks after HBO Max had revealed plans to stream the films exclusively on their platform for North America (United States & Canada).

It’s not clear if these films will end up being filed under the Netflix Film brand but it will likely be similar to Neon Genesis Evangelion where it is a streaming exclusive with no branding in general.

Currently, Studio Ghibli has released 21 anime films and 1 film not technically under their name, plus another one in the works by director Hayao Miyazaki called “How Do You Live? (Kimi-tachi wa Dō Ikiru ka)”. Grave of the Fireflies is not included in this line-up, presumably due to licensing reasons. Netflix will be adding the films in batches across February, March and April.

Available on 1st February:

Laputa: Castle in the Sky (Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa)

Released in 1986 and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro)

Released in 1988 and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Kiki’s Delivery Service (Majo no Takkyuubin)

Released in 1989 and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Only Yesterday (Omoide Poroporo)

Released in 1991 and directed by Isao Takahata

Porco Rosso (Kurenai no Buta)

Released in 1992 and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Ocean Waves (Umi ga Kikoeru)

Released in 1992 and directed by Tomomi Mochizuki

Tales from Earthsea (Gedo Senki)

Released in 2006 and directed by Goro Miyazaki

Available on 1st March:

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä)

Released in 1984 and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Princess Mononoke (Mononoke Hime)

Released in 1997 and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

My Neighbors the Yamadas (Tonari no Yamada-kun)

Released in 1999 and directed by Isao Takahata

Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi)

Released in 2001 and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

The Cat Returns (Neko no Ongaeshi)

Released in 2002 and directed by Hiroyuki Morita

Arrietty (Karigurashi no Arrietty)

Released in 2010 and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (Kaguya-hime no Monogatari)

Released in 2013 and directed by Isao Takahata

Available on 1st April:

Pom Poko (Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko)

Released in 1994 and directed by Isao Takahata

Whisper of the Heart (Mimi wo Sumaseba)

Released in 1995 and directed by Yoshifumi Kondo

Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl no Ugoku Shiro)

Released in 2004 and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Ponyo (Gake no Ue no Ponyo)

Released in 2008 and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

From Up on Poppy Hill (Coquelicot-zaka kara)

Released in 2011 and directed by Goro Miyazaki

The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu)

Released in 2013 and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie)

Released in 2014 and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi

These films will be presented in original Japanese audio with English subtitles. While it hasn’t been mentioned, the English dubs for most of these films will probably be included as well.

If you want to try out one of Hayao Miyazaki’s films right now, Netflix does have Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro (Lupin III: Cagliostro no Shiro) available to watch!

Studio Canal has the UK & Ireland home video rights for the entire Studio Ghibli theatrical film catalog including Hayao Miyazaki’s Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro and Isao Takahata’s Horus: Prince of the Sun. All of the films, except for Horus, have been released on Blu-ray. In the US & Canada, GKIDS has the rights for 21 of the 22 Studio Ghibli films (as Sentai Filmworks have Grave of the Fireflies) while Discotek Media has both Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro and Horus: Prince of the Sun.

You can view what else is in store for anime coming to Netflix throughout 2020 and beyond via our round-up list here.


Source: Netflix UK & Ireland

NormanicGrav

Grav is your average generic anime character who went to University, joined and took over the Sheffield Hallam anime society, graduated, got a job, and after various tropes is now back at University. He considers himself a man of culture and likes a lot of anime, even the ones that are considered bad. He likes harems, isekai and pouts too.

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