Netflix has secured the rights to show almost the entire collection of films from beloved Japanese animated film house, Studio Ghibli.
Early this morning, Netflix announced a major new addition to its content library. As of 1 February, Netflix users will be able to watch Studio Ghibli classics as part of their subscription.
In the past, Studio Ghibli’s collection of animated films were typically only available for physical purchase or to watch on TV via licenses channels.
Back in October, WarnerMedia became the first company to secure streaming rights for Studio Ghibli’s catalogue of films, which will be available on HBO Max from spring.
Which films will be available on Netflix?
Netflix has managed to secure the rights to pretty much the entire collection of Studio Ghibli films, apart from one.
The only one of Studio Ghibli’s 22 classic films which won’t be available on Netflix is Grave of the Fireflies. Although the film was produced by Studio Ghibli, it was done so on behalf of Shinchosa, meaning Studio Ghibli does not actually own the rights.
Netflix won’t be releasing all of the Studio Ghibli films at the same time. Instead, it will release the 21 titles in three batches.
The first batch, which will be released on 1 February, contains seven titles – Castle in the Sky (1986), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989), Only Yesterday (1991), Porco Rosso (1992), Ocean Waves (1993) and Tales from Earthsea (2006).
The second batch, which will be released a month later on 1 March, contains another seven titles – Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984), Princess Mononoke (1997), My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999), Spirited Away (2001), The Cat Returns (2002), Arrietty (2010) and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013).
Finally, on 1 April, the remaining seven films will be released – Pom Poko (1994), Whisper of the Heart (1995), Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), Ponyo (2008), From Up on Poppy Hill (2011), The Wind Rises (2013) and When Marnie Was There (2014).
Bad news for some Netflix customers
While these Studio Ghibli titles will be available in pretty much every region around the world, there are a couple of notable exceptions.
Unfortunately for Netflix customers in the US and Canada, the streaming rights to Studio Ghibli’s catalogue of films were already snapped up by HBO in October.
If you want to watch the films on demand and don’t already have physical versions, it looks like you’ll have splash out on an HBO Max subscription. Additionally, the films won’t be available to stream via Netflix in Japan.
Good news for non-English-speaking Netflix customers
As reported by Tech Radar, Netflix is also going to the effort of subtitling the list of Studio Ghibli films in 28 different languages.
On top of this, Netflix says that dubbed versions will be available in up to 20 different languages.
While some may say that Netflix is neglecting its film library in favour of producing its own original content, the addition of 21 Studio Ghibli classics should put a smile on every Netflix user’s face.