The creative minds at the popular Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli have sworn off Streamingwars for years. According to producer Toshio Suzuki, films are meant to be watched in movie theaters, so the studio is hesitant to expand their offerings past their physical packages. Each year, Ghibli teams up with GKids for a North American film tour known as the Ghibli Fest. Gkids are currently the American rights holders of movies like My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and Kiki’s Delivery Service, all featured on their tour.
This year is a watershed moment for Studio Ghibli, with their collection making its debut in the digital space. However, the digital space to access these films depends on your current location. Here’s where you can watch Studio Ghibli films
HBO Max in the United States
Studio Ghibli, Warner Media, and GKids announced an unprecedented deal last October, bringing major Ghibli films to HBO Max. The service was first launched in North America on 27 th May, including over 20 titles. That includes titles like The Cat Returns, Castle in the Sky, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Ocean Waves, and Pom Poko, to list a few.
Watch Studio Ghibli Films On Netflix Worldwide
After the HBO Max deal, Netflix announced they would be the international hosts for all Studio Ghibli movies. The leading streaming service rolled out all the titles available in HBO Max in all their markets worldwide, except for Canada, Japan, and the US. However, you can still use a VPN to access these shows if you live in any of the three countries and can’t watch the movies on HBO Max.
Hulu Features “Grave of the Fireflies”
The adaptation of Akiyumi Nosaka’s short story by Isao Takahata is one of the Studio Ghibli movies you won’t find on Netflix or HBO Max. That’s because of distribution rights issued to Disney-owned streaming service, Hulu. You might need to keep some tissues close while
enjoying this gut-wrenching wartime story adaptation.
Buy Studio Ghibli Movies Online
Besides striking deals with on-demand streaming services late last year, Studio Ghibli also gave digital libraries access to its movie collection. Now, the company’s films are available for sale on Apple, Amazon, Vudu, and several other services.
Buy Hard Copies
Suzuki and several other Studio Ghibli creators turned down streaming deals since Blu-ray versions of their films are still selling steadily worldwide. Fortunately, dedicated Studio Ghibli fans can still access the movies in discs.
Watch “Ronja, The Robbers Daughter” on Amazon Prime
Animated by Polygon Pictures and directed by Goro Miyazaki, this series is based on Astrid Lindgren’s fantasy book, and it’s a must-see movie for Ghibli fans. The series debuted on Amazon Prime in August 2019, and subscribers can enjoy the movie on the platform.
Watch Ghibli’s Spinoff on Netflix
Ghibli’s Spinoff, Studio Ponoc, was launched by producer Yoshiaki Nishimura in 2015. Nishimura is Studio Ghibli’s former lead film producer, and he has a handful of movies under his belt. These films are true to the Studio Ghibli spirit, and they’re available on Netflix.