Studio Ghibli grants streaming rights to Netflix, but anime fans in thee key countries left out
soranews24.com -- Jan 21
Online streaming has been very good for the anime industry, opening flows of revenue both domestic and international by delivering the product to ravenous fans in the fastest manner possible. For a while, though, it looked like Studio Ghibli was going to stick to its “physical media-only” policy until the end of time.

However, the animation house that Hayao Miyazaki co-founded has just agreed to grant its anime films to the most powerful and influential video streaming service on the planet, as Netflix has announced that it’s secured streaming rights to almost the entire Ghibli animated collection (only Grave of the Fireflies is left out), and that users will be able to start watching them very soon.

Seven films will become available to stream on Netflix on February 1, mixing some of Ghibli’s most widely loved hits with its most unpopular work.

● Castle in the Sky

● My Neighbor Totoro

● Kiki’s Delivery Service

● Only Yesterday

● Porco Rosso

● Ocean Waves

● Tales from Earthsea

March 1 sees the addition of Hayao Miyazaki’s warrior princesses and Isao Takahata’s moon one.

● Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

● Princess Mononoke

● Spirited Away

● The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

● Arrietty

● The Cat Returns

● My Neighbors the Yamadas

And finally, April 1 rounds out the lineup with:

● Howl’s Moving Castle

● Pom Poko

● Whisper of the Heart

● Ponyo

● The Wind Rises

● When Marnie Was There

● From Up on Poppy Hill

Okay, time to slot those all into your viewing schedule for the next three months, right? Not so fast. In announcing the deal, Netflix says it’s looking forward to bringing Ghibli’s wonderful films to fans in roughly 190 countries in Europe, South America, and Asia. However, the company has specifically stated that it will not be streaming Ghibli anime in Japan, the U.S.A., or Canada.

News source: soranews24.com
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