Netflix is adding Studio Ghibli movies next month

The streaming media megacorp has confirmed that 21 of the iconic Japanese art house anime classics will be available on its subscription service in 2020.

Opened in Tokyo in 1985 by Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli’s works include genre must-watches (and cosplay fan favourites) like My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and more, and the company also collaborated with Level-5 on visual development for the Ni no Kuni series of video games.

Until the end of 2019 when Studio Ghibli released its films for purchase on Apple TV, Amazon Prime, the Google Play Store, and other online vendors, digital distribution of these has been, and is for everybody else not in the US and Canada, very limited. For now and the immediate future, however, the 1998 war drama Grave of the Fireflies is missing from most of the lists because publisher Shinchosha owns the rights to it.

Netflix is launching them according to this schedule:


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)
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