These Studio Ghibli Movies Are Coming to Netflix in April

Seven new films are heading to the streaming platform internationally.

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The final batch of Studio Ghibli movies to arrive on Netflix internationally is expected to debut April 1. As such, we have listed the final seven movies coming to the platform from co-founder Hayao Miyazaki‘s illustrious anime studio. Popular titles like Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo are finally expected to drop, as well as earlier Ghibli entries like Pom Poko and Whisper of the Heart.

After this final update of films, the platform will host 21 movies from the studio. Films from Studio Ghibli are not expected to arrive in the United States and Canada, however, until the HBO Max streaming service arrives later this year.

If you’re looking to see what will drop on the Netflix platform in the US this April, check out our list of all the movies and TV shows slated to arrive.

Here are all the Studio Ghibli titles coming to Netflix on April 1, 2020:

Pom Poko (1994)

Director: Isao Takahata
Genre: Drama, Fantasy

Isao Takahata’s film uses the tanuki, creatures of myth, as his heroes. Beloved folk-tale characters, they are viewed as bringers of fortune with shape-changing abilities. In this film, their forest home is threatened by urban development and, to save it, they must use all their supernatural talents.

Whisper of the Heart (1995)

Director: Yoshifumi Kondô
Genre: Coming of Age, Romance

Based on the manga with the same title, this animated film follows Shizuku, an inquisitive young girl and a voracious reader, who longs to be a writer when she grows up. One day she notices that all of her library books have previously been taken out by one Seiji Amasawa. Amid chasing after a large cat, befriending an eccentric antique dealer and writing her first novel, Shizuku aims to find this mysterious boy who may well be her soul mate.

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Genre: Adventure, Family

Sophie (Emily Mortimer) has an uneventful life at her late father’s hat shop, but all that changes when she befriends wizard Howl (Christian Bale), who lives in a magical flying castle. However, the evil Witch of Waste (Lauren Bacall) takes issue with their budding relationship and casts a spell on young Sophie, which ages her prematurely. Now Howl must use all his magical talents to battle the jealous hag and return Sophie to her former youth and beauty.

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (2008)

Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Genre: Adventure, Comedy

During a forbidden excursion to see the surface world, a goldfish princess encounters a human boy named Sosuke, who gives her the name Ponyo. Ponyo longs to become human, and as her friendship with Sosuke grows, she becomes more humanlike. Ponyo’s father brings her back to their ocean kingdom, but so strong is Ponyo’s wish to live on the surface that she breaks free, and in the process, spills a collection of magical elixirs that endanger Sosuke’s village.

From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)

Director: Gorō Miyazaki
Genre: Drama, Family

It’s 1963 and Japan is in the midst of swift modernization, leaving behind the Second World War’s painful memories and focusing on a brighter future, symbolized by the coming year’s Tokyo Olympics.

The Wind Rises (2013)

Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Genre: Biography, Drama

A lifelong love of flight inspires Japanese aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi (Hideaki Anno), whose storied career includes the creation of the A6M World War II fighter plane.

When Marnie Was There (2014)

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Genre: Drama, Family

A young girl is sent to the country for health reasons, where she meets an unlikely friend in the form of Marnie, a young girl with flowing blonde hair. As the friendship unravels Marnie has closer ties to the protagonist than we might expect.

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