Studio Ghibli films coming to Netflix worldwide except North America, Japan

Almost every film from Japanese animation giant Studio Ghibli is being released on Netflix from next month in almost every country, including New Zealand.

However, the streaming company won't be adding Ghibli movies to its services in the US, Canada or Japan - and North American fans are expressing their unhappiness on social media.

Ghibli films have developed a worldwide cult following over the studio's 35-year history as well as Oscar nominations and international film festival accolades.

My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away and The Wind Rises are among the company's most celebrated films.


Netflix will be providing both subtitles and dubbed versions of the films.

"We've listened to our fans and have made the definitive decision to stream our film catalogue," Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki said in a statement.

"We hope people around the world will discover the world of Studio Ghibli through this experience." 

Netflix's Aram Yacoubian said that adding the 21 Ghibli films to his company's offering was "a dream come true".

"Studio Ghibli's animated films are legendary and have enthralled fans around the world," said Yacoubian.

"We're excited to make them available in more languages across Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia - so that more people can enjoy this whimsical and wonderful world of animation."

Studio Ghibli films being added to Netflix NZ on February 1:

  • Castle in the Sky (1986)
  • My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
  • Only Yesterday (1991)
  • Porco Rosso (1992)
  • Ocean Waves (1993)
  • Tales from Earthsea (2006)

Studio Ghibli films being added to Netflix NZ on March 1:

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
  • Princess Mononoke (1997)
  • My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
  • Spirited Away (2001)
  • The Cat Returns (2002)
  • Arrietty (2010)
  • The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)

Studio Ghibli films being added to Netflix NZ on April 1:

  • Pom Poko (1994)
  • Whisper of the Heart (1995)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
  • Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (2008)
  • From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
  • The Wind Rises (2013)
  • When Marnie Was There (2014)

On Twitter, while some celebrated the news, American Ghibli fans showed how they felt about being excluded with countless gifs and reaction videos.