Netflix is really rolling out the anime train now that they are able to tap in the beloved classic titles of Studio Ghibli. At an event for an exhibition based on the Story of Ghibli Museum held on March 7, Toshi Suzuki was asked following a panel discussing the studio and museum about the “ban” on streaming Studio Ghibli films being lifted. Suzuki said that the reason for the lift on the “digital distribution ban” was for the studio to make money for film production. Suzuki also noted that Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli, does not know what streaming services are, citing that he does not own a computer or smartphone. He says he was able to convince him to lift the ban.
Netflix began streaming Studio Ghibli films February 1 and March 1, with the last batch featuring Hayao Miyazaki’s last film, The Wind Rises. Fan-favorite Howl’s Moving Castle will begin streaming on Netflix on April 1. HBO MAX will launch a collection of Studio Ghibli films when the service launches in North American in May 2020, with the rest hitting the service at some point later in the year.
Anime fans know that Studio Ghibli is home to the most beloved and beautifully created anime films including My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo and Howl’s Moving Castle.