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Studio Ghibli films are now on Netflix

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Totoro, Chihiro, Kiki, and the rest of the Studio Ghibli gang are finally on Netflix this February. Photo from NETFLIX

​Manila (CNN Philippines) — ​​​​​​Filipino fans of the beloved Japanese animation studio won’t have to wait to get HBO Max (which acquired the North American streaming rights of Studio Ghibli films) to watch beloved anime films such as “Spirited Away,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” or “Howl’s Moving Castle.” Netflix just announced that 21 films of Studio Ghibli will be added to their animation slate and will be available for streaming starting this February.

As per official statements, it looked like Studio Ghibli has thought long and hard about which streaming platform will have its film catalogue, which includes six of the top grossing anime films of all time worldwide (“Spirited Away,” “Ponyo,” “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “Princess Mononoke,” “The Secret World of Arrietty,” and “The Wind Rises”).

In an official statement, producer Toshio Suzuki at Studio Ghibli said, “In this day and age, there are various great ways a film can reach audiences. We’ve listened to our fans and have made the definitive decision to stream our film catalogue. We hope people around the world will discover the world of Studio Ghibli through this experience.”

The partnership comes at the heels of Netflix landing Academy Award nominations of two their animated films, "I Lost My Body," and "Klaus," which was acquired by the streaming giant for worldwide distribution. 

The 21 Studio Ghibli films will be released on Netflix in three batches from February to April. See the schedule below:

February 1, 2020

“Castle in the Sky” (1986)

“My Neighbor Totoro” (1988)

“Kiki’s Delivery Service” (1989)

“Only Yesterday” (1991)

“Porco Rosso” (1992)

“Ocean Waves” (1993)

“Tales from Earthsea” (2006)

March 1, 2020

“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)

“The Tale of The Princess Kaguya” (2013)

April 1, 2020

“Pom Poko” (1994)

“Whisper of the Heart” (1995)

“Howl's Moving Castle” (2004)

“Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea” (2008)

“From Up on Poppy Hill" (2011)

“The Wind Rises” (2013)

“When Marnie Was There” (2014)

The films will be subtitled in 28 languages, and dubbed in up to 20 languages and will be accessed by subscribers in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America.