Studio Ghibli has never been available to a streaming platform. HBO just changed that. While they may have received a lot of hate for the final season of Game of Thrones, they just hit a home run by acquiring the exclusive streaming right to the full Studio Ghibli catalog.
Films like Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke will all be hitting HBO Max when it launches in the spring of 2020.
HBO Max acquired the entire Studio Ghibli catalog with our standouts being Hayao Miyazaki‘s Howl’s Moving Castle and Spirited Away. This is the first time these films will be available for streaming and we couldn’t be more excited.
Currently, the films are not even available for purchase on digital platforms. GKids Films acquired the theatrical distribution rights to many of the studio’s movies in the U.S. in 2011 and the home media rights in 2017. The GKids announcement tweet is below.
✨Major news, #StudioGhibli fans! ✨
Studio Ghibli films will be available for US streaming on HBO Max for the first time ever! 🎉
Coming soon in Spring 2020. pic.twitter.com/gMh5ggUals
— GKIDS Films (@GKIDSfilms) October 17, 2019
Needless to say, most fans are absolutely loving this news Check out some reactions below.
My prayers have been answered. Studio Ghibli films will soon be available to stream in the US 💫 https://t.co/oC9j5vx4OO
— Mabel☁️ (@amoonchild01) October 17, 2019
The studio ghibli thing is good because like I only watched spirited away but I’m obsessed and I want to watch more movies but I can’t find any on Netflix
— han n.. ah (@minsnosiest) October 17, 2019
Me waiting until Spring 2020 binge Studio Ghibli movies on HBO: pic.twitter.com/XBoLKJ8uzv
— Serenity (@sereniluna) October 17, 2019
But it seems that HBO might have put a bad taste in some people’s mouth lately.
Me seeing Studio Ghibli films coming to streaming and thinking it would be on Disney+
Me after finding out that the films will be exclusive to HBO Max pic.twitter.com/U5qM0hryyP
— Zafmod 🦊 @ #TulsaPopCultureExpo (@M_Mosley_JR) October 17, 2019
studio Ghibli movies being exclusively available to stream on some service from HBO is legitimately fucking dreadful lmao. who the fuck cares about an HBO streaming service
— when the katamari rolls i feel no pain (@TheRealTBOC) October 17, 2019
we dont need a streaming service for everything i dont want to subscribe to hbo max JUST to watch studio ghibli movies 😭
— syd ★ (@k6yum) October 17, 2019
Whatever the case may be, the films are classics and we can’t wait to watch them. How do you feel about the Studio Ghibli news? Will you be signing up for HBO Max? Sound off below.