It has been confirmed by a tweet from Netflix that the streaming service will be bringing 21 of the enchanting, classic anime films from Studio Ghibli.
Over the past 30 years, the famous Japanese animation studio has created some of the most magical and wholesome stories to come to screens. It all started with the 1984 film, Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind.
Not only are they the most enchanting anime films but are also the most grossing anime films, with the most well known to be Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle. As well as some others.
February 1st will see Netflix upload Castle in the Sky (1986), My Neighbour Totoro (1988), Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989), Only Yesterday (1991), Parco Rosso (1992), Ocean Waves (1993) and Tales From Earthsea (2006).
Stage 1 seems to be a big push since most of the films there have a high rating on RottenTomatoes. Ranging from Only Yesterday getting 100% and My Neighbour Totoro getting 94%. Still, these scores are huge, but in regards to the rest of the Studio Ghibli library, these seem to be some of their most popular.
Stage 2 begins on March 1st with Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind (1984), Princess Monoke (1997), My Neighbors The Yamadas (1999), Spirited Away (2001), The Cat Returns (2002), Arrietty (2010) and The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013).
Lastly on April 1st is Pom Poko (1994), Whispers 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) and When Marnie Was There (2014).
With the release of most of the Studio Ghibli library on Netflix, it will give fans time to binge to their heart’s content, ready fort he upcoming feature film that was announced back in February 2017. After the studio director Hayao Miyazaki retired several years ago, he emerged once again to set out to create a feature film with the studio called, Ho Do You Live?
Unfortunately, fans will have to wait a little longer for that feature film, Miyazaki announced that he will not be intending to make the original deadline of 2020, to be released with the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Instead, the Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki, confirmed it will be “about three or fours years” before it’s completed.
Suzuki went on to say that the studio is doing things in How Do You Live? that id could not do before. Is that technological advancements? maybe that’s cultural norms being broken? Hopefully, this new feature film will still have the same charm as the older, hand-drawn animations still have. Try not to go into the, ‘Just because we have CGI and it’s cheap now, we have to use it’, territory.