|As pictured on GQ.com, NetflixANZ released the news on Twitter that Netflix will be getting ready to make 21 films from Studio Ghibli available on the platform / Photo by: Amal FM via Flickr|
Everybody is excited that Studio Ghibli is coming to Netflix, but it will be available everywhere except in the United States.
Many were excited when Netflix announced that they were going to be adding Studio Ghibli films starting February 2020. The excitement was palpable, apparent in the way Netflix’s news was received on Twitter.
As pictured on GQ.com, NetflixANZ released the news on Twitter that Netflix will be getting ready to make 21 films from Studio Ghibli available on the platform. As of writing, the tweet has already been commented on over 54,000 times, retweeted 52,000 times, and liked 164,000 times. But despite these apparent festivities, viewers in the US sadly won’t be able to view them.
According to GQ, Netflix actually won’t be able to make these titles available in the US because HBO already beat them to the punch.
HBO has already acquired the rights to stream for Studio Ghibli in the US so while your chosen streaming service -- if it is Netflix -- may not help you relive all the special memories you had watching “Spirited Away” or “My Neighbor Totoro,” you will still be able to rewatch it provided you have HBO Max, which is a “third, more luxe streaming services from HBO slated to debut this coming May.”
If you are lucky enough to live in territories where Netflix will be able to make the movie available, you’ll realize that Netflix being able to collect 21 of Studio Ghibli’s movies is an impressive feat, considering the entire Studio Ghibli catalogue has 22 films.
And if you’re just that big a fan of the iconic director for some of the most memorable Studio Ghibli classics like “Spirited Away,” “Princess Mononoke,” and “My Neighbor Totoro,” then you can finally enjoy these movies on Netflix.
Other popular Ghibli titles include “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea.”