Source: Gaijin Pot
For anime lovers, Feb. 1, 2020, is pretty much the Christmas to end all Christmases as the day the first dump of Studio Ghibli films hits Netflix. Starting tomorrow, seven of a total of 21 classics from the studios of Hayao Miyazaki including, My Neighbor Totoro, Porco Rosso, and Kiki’s Delivery Service will be available for Netflix users across the globe.
The release does come with a slight caveat however, for Netflix users in Canada, Japan, and the United States. Stateside Miyazaki maniacs will be able to stream Ghibli classics via HBO Max when the WarnerMedia streaming service—who currently owns the U.S. streaming rights—launches in May.
Sadly, those of us living in Japan won’t be able to stream the classic films, as they won’t be available on Japanese Netflix. What a crime against humanity.
The 21 films will be added gradually over the next three months
Netflix users in the Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Latin America, and Africa can expect three deliveries of seven films at a time slated to arrive on Feb. 1, March 1, and April 1.
It’s a pretty huge deal given that this will be the first time many international fans will have the opportunity to enjoy Ghibli films in their native languages instead of having to hunt down old DVDs or scouring the internet for bootlegs. As part of the deal, all 21 Ghibli films will be subtitled into 28 languages and dubbed in up to 20 languages.
While the most recognizable titles like Academy Award-winning film Spirited Away will be online, so will the rest of the studio’s catalog, giving fans old and new an opportunity to discover some …continue reading