In a recent paper published by Polygon, the North American distributor of Studio Ghibli’s work suggested that the Japanese studio’s work would never be available in streaming. Well surprise, Studio Ghibli has just announced a partnership with HBO Max, allowing 21 of its movies to be available in streaming.

An unexpected announcement

Once again, it is through Polygon that the information circulates. As reported by the American media, HBO Max has just secured exclusive rights to stream Studio Ghibli’s work in the United States. Thus, from 2020, no less than 21 films will join the platform’s catalogue. 

Studio Ghibli’s films are visually breathtaking and remain immersive experiences. Exciting, enchanting and deeply humanistic, these wonderful films have captured the hearts of people around the world and we are proud to be able to present them in a way that is accessible to more fans via HBO Max. announced Kevin Reilly, head of content at HBO Max. 

The platform, due to launch next spring, has managed to get its hands on the goose that lays the golden egg of Japanese animation. A news that will undoubtedly allow him to arouse the interest of many fans of his achievements. As mentioned above, 21 films will join the platform in 2020, here is the complete list: 

  • The Castle in the Sky
  • The Cat Kingdom
  • Poppy Hill
  • The Walking Castle
  • Kiki the little witch
  • My Neighbour Totoro
  • My Neighbours the Yamadas
  • Wind Valley Nausicaä
  • Umi ga Kikoeru
  • Omohide Poro Poro – Drip Memories
  • Pompoko
  • Ponyo on the Cliff
  • Porco Rosso
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Arrietty, the little world of thieves
  • Chihiro’s Journey
  • The Tale of Princess Kaguya
  • The Tales of Terremer
  • Marnie’s Memories
  • Mimi wo Sumaseba – If you listen
  • The wind is rising(in the fall of 2020)

As Nautiljon explains, this surprising turnaround is simply not a turnaround and is more like a mess between Polygon’s editorial staff, the GKids firm and Studio Ghibli. The comments made by the distribution company are said to be several months old and the internal policy would have subsequently changed, explaining this announcement. In any case, it will soon be possible to stream these much-appreciated achievements. And even if this addition is only for the USA, one VPN hit and anyone can access it.

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