Streaming isn’t only limited to YouTube anymore. Now you don’t have to wait for your favorite movie to hit the big screen when it will just show up as an On-Demand choice or be available for streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and even Disney+. For a pocket friendly price tag, entertainment seekers can watch their favorite shows, movies and documentaries at the ease of handheld devices and much more.
The dilemma that still prolongs is with Anime fans. Platforms such as Crunchyroll don’t offer streaming services to certain regions nor Anime movies by big production houses are allowed to be easily streamed. Studio Ghibli is one Anime industry behemoth that has gained worldwide fame and the face behind this global achievement is none other than Hayao Miyazaki. Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away gained recognition in Hollywood by scoring an Academy Award in 2003.
Therefore, watching Studio Ghibli movies isn’t a rarity anymore. Netflix started streaming Studio Ghibli titles starting from February 2020 but there are still some notable titles that the platform has yet to include. Fret not! The remaining titles are coming to Netflix in April 2020. So, stay connected to Spectrum internet and look forward to a binge-watching session anytime soon.
Miyazaki channels his creativity to the next level with this one. There’s no damsel in distress or a caged magical creature waiting to be free. The story of Pom Poko is simple and intriguing altogether. A group of tanuki (raccoons) put everything at stake to save their homes from urban development. New life and humans taking over their homes and resources. They’re just not having it. Will they need a savior? Or not?
Whisper of the Heart
One would think of many ways to find their soulmate but not through a library card. Whisper of the Heart touches the depths and nuances of adolescence. 14-year-old Shizuku is not your ordinary avid reader. A teenager with budding curiosity, she aspires and longs to become a writer. It’s not a sheer coincidence for her to find that every book she borrows from her school’s library has once been lent by a boy named Seiji Amasawa, with the same pattern. In turn, it dots a path to their fateful meeting.
Howl’s Moving Castle
Howl’s Moving Castle stands as an enigma in Miyazaki’s works. The story confuses one to the core with different parts of the plot layered under plot twists. Sophie, a shop worker, crosses paths with Howl, a wizard. It doesn’t end up as a happily forevermore. An evil witch doesn’t approve of their meeting and casts a spell on Sophie. A spell that makes her lose her youth and compels her to live as an aging woman.
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea
A goldfish princess meets a young boy and forms the wish to turn human. Their friendship strengthens but so do their differences. Her desire to be human comes with risks that can provoke world imbalance. All in all, Ponyo is subtle, innocent and over time turns into a roller coaster ride for the viewers. You will be on the edge of your seat wondering if they will save the world and will Ponyo get her wish to be human granted?
Other titles joining the aforementioned movies include From Up on Poppy Hill, The Wind Rises and When Marnie Was There. All three movies follow different plotlines and The Wind Rises earned the stature of being nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Film in 2014.
Many Studio Ghibli classics are already on Netflix. As an avid anime fan, it’s unlikely for your eye to overlook them. With these new titles coming up on the streaming platform in April, we want to make sure that we’re not the only ones excited!