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