Studio Ghibli Catalogue Coming To Netflix UK


By Ben Travis

Few movie studios are as magical as Ghibli – the Japanese anime house behind some of the most stirring, heartfelt, wondrously imaginative animated films of all time. Originated by Havao Mi and Isao Takahata, the films of Studio Ghibli are none more distinct – exploring the balance of man and nature, coming-of-age tales, spirit worlds, and the impact of war, with iconic (mostly female) heroes, gorgeous creature designs, and spine-tingling flight sequences. Now, whether you’ve previously dabbled in Ghibli’s works or you’re a complete novice, the studio’s grand catalogue is about to become a whole lot more accessible: Netflix has picked up the streaming rights outside of Japan and the USA/Canada. Yes, that means it’s coming to Netflix UK.

Beginning from February 1, (almost) the full catalogue will slowly become available – from the early days of Laputa: Castle In The Sky and beloved favourite My Neighbour Totoro, to Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s (for now) final Ghibli movie, When Marnie Was There. The only film that won’t be available is Takahata’s soul-shattering World War II drama Grave Of The Fireflies – you’ll still have to seek that one out on Blu-ray or DVD, if your heart can take it. But overall, the move to streaming is set to introduce whole new swathes of people to the Ghibli catalogue – which was previously only available on disc, unable even to be purchased digitally.

The first batch of Ghibli movies available from 1 February will be: Laputa: Castle In The SkyMy Neighbour TotoroKiki’s Delivery ServiceOnly YesterdayPorco RossoOcean Waves, and Tales From Earthsea. The second batch will arrive on 1 March, consisting of: Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The WindPrincess MononokeMy Neighbours The YamadasSpirited AwayThe Cat ReturnsArrietty, and The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya. The final batch will be streaming from 1 April, taking in: Pom PokoWhisper Of The HeartHowl’s Moving CastlePonyoFrom Up On Poppy HillThe Wind Rises, and When Marnie Was There.

That’s another reason to keep your Netflix subscription going for a while longer – and something to keep Ghibli die-hards going while we wait for Hayao Miyazaki’s un-retirement film How Do You Live?The Most Addictive Game of the Year 2019Forge of Empires – Free Online Game|Sponsored

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