Relive all the magic in one place
Studio Ghibli, the Japanese anime house behind some of the most wonderfully imaginative and heartfelt animated films of all time, is set to bring their entire back catalogue to Netflix UK.
Founded by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, the studio’s animations have become iconic over the years, exploring coming-of-age tales, spirit worlds, the relationship between man and nature, and even the impact of war as they follow (mostly female) heroes and their mythical companions through stirring adventures.
Now Ghibli’s entire catalogue (almost) is heading to Netflix UK, as the streaming giant has picked up the streaming rights to the studio’s work outside of Japan and the US/Canada.
From February 1st, the catalogue will slowly be released, from the early Laputa: Castle in the Sky, and the beloved My Neighbour Totoro, right up to Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s latest (and last, for now) Ghibli film, When Marnie Was There.
The only film that won’t be available on Netflix UK is Takahata’s World War II drama, Grave of the Fireflies.
This move to streaming is set to introduce a whole new audience to the studio’s catalogue, which for the most part was only available on disc, without the option to purchase digitally.
On February 1st, the first batch of films will be available, which includes Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbour Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Only Yesterday, Porco Rosso, Ocean Waves, and Tales From Earthsea.
The second wave will arrive on March 1st, including Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbours the Yamadas, Spirited Away, The Cat Returns, Arrietty, and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.
Then, the final batch of films will arrive on April 1st, including Pomo Poko, Whisper of the Heart, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, From Up On Poppy Hill, The Wind Rises, and When Marnie Was There.
So, there’s not long to wait until you can sit and binge (almost) the entire works of Studio Ghibli with ease!