For the first time, the beautiful work of Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli will be available to stream freely.
HBO Max has acquired exclusive streaming rights to the Tokyo-based studio’s entire catalogue. This includes multiple works from renowned filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, such as Howl’s Moving Castle, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and My Neighbor Totoro.
Amidst the ever intensifying streaming wars, HBO’s new service has been busy bulking up its content left and right. The network has grabbed big name series like Friends and The Big Bang Theory, and begun developing new programs like one based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah and even a Grease spin-off. These shows, along with the Studio Ghibli catalogue, will be available to stream when the platform officially launches in spring 2020.
While you wait, pop out to a record store nearby and pick up the soundtracks for My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky, and Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind which were all reissued on vinyl last year.
Here’s the full list of Studio Ghibli films coming to HBO Max (via The Verge):
Castle in the Sky
The Cat Returns
From Up On Poppy Hill
Howl’s Moving Castle
Kiki’s Delivery Service
My Neighbor Totoro
My Neighbors the Yamadas
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
The Secret World of Arrietty
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
Tales From Earthsea
When Marnie Was There
Whisper of the Heart
The Wind Rises
Watch our video essay on My Neighbor Totoro: