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21 ways to make you feel whole again – Studio Ghibli is now on Netflix!

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February 23, 2020 16:28

What’s Studio Ghibli?

Six of the ten highest grossing animated movies out of Japan bear the name of Studio Ghibli. Money obviously makes the world go round but when it comes to art nobody cares about economics. But only one of Studio Ghibli’s movies is rated below 78 per cent at “Rotten Tomatoes” – and we all know how rare it is that audience AND critics are like great minds and think alike. 

That’s why Studio Ghibli is a household name when it comes to overwhelming, heartwarming and thoughtful animated films from Japan. 

With 2 academy awards, 74 other prestigious awards and 47 nominations founder Hayao Miyazaki is one of the most influential filmmakers of the world – and together with his extraordinary talented team he brought animes to global success, long before Pokémon and Co. entered our screens. 

All 21 Studio Ghibli movies are available on Netflix now, just for your pleasure! (Smartass alert: Technically there are 22 Studio Ghibli movies – but the company doesn’t own the streaming rights to one of their biggest, most heartwrenching movies “Grave of the Fireflies” and therefore it’s not available on Netflix).

Because it would even melt the most cold-hearted people away if Netflix released all Studio Ghibli movies in one batch, there will be three batches of seven titles each. And as Netflix starts on the first day of consecutive months there’s already enough base covered for you in February until the next wave of wholesomeness sweeps you away:

1 February 2020

  • 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)

1 March 2020

  • 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)

1 April 2020

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

I don’t have enough time to watch all 21 movies – what should I do?

First of all you should reconsider all your life choices that led to a situation where you don’t find enough time to deep-dive into the magical world of Studio Ghibli as their movies are some of the best reasons to live for. 

And second, what would TITLE be if we didn't do everything possible to make your life easier? Here are three Studio Ghibli movies which will leave you addicted and incomplete until you binged the remaining ones:

Spirited Away

Why: This movie finally put Studio Ghibli on the global map and has been awarded with the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. It’s a timeless tale about finding friendship in even the most unlikely places and every frame bursts with visual ideas and imagination like nothing before. 

Princess Mononoke

Why: Long before climate change became the most urgent matter Studio Ghibli already tackled this topic with so much fury, beauty and awesomeness that it has to be seen to be believed. It’s a powerful story about people protecting their forest and therefore an universal approach to “think global, act local” and underlines why Studio Ghibli is called one of the most visionary studios worldwide. 

My Neighbor Totoro

Why: Because the cuteness overload level is over 9000! Totoro is one of the most cutest characters ever been brought to life and the perfect feelgood movie about the power of love and strength we find within our families. 

Good News: Studio Ghibli has announced its own theme park to be opened in autumn 2022 featuring attractions from their biggest hits like “Princess Mononoke”, “My Neighbor Totoro” or “Spirited Away”. That’s more than enough time to plan your trip to Japan, more precisely to Nagoya (about three hours by train from Tokyo).  

Even better News: Studio Ghibli is set to make not one but two new movies in 2020.

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