If you don’t know about HBO Max, you may want to start looking into it if you’re a Studio Ghibli fan. This as the new streaming service announced that all the content from the house that Hayao Miyazaki built will be landing exclusively on HBO Max in 2020.
This isn’t the first time we’ve covered an exclusive being announced for HBO Max, with Friends set to join the platform at the beginning of 2020 too.
With the streaming service set to begin in the first half of 2020 (no precise date noted), a number of Studio Ghibli titles will available at launch including Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Ponyo, Castle in the Sky, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and others.
“Studio Ghibli films are visually breathtaking, completely immersive experience,” noted Kevin Reilly, chief content officer at HBO Max about the announcement.
“Exciting, enchanting, and deeply humanistic, these wonderful films have captured people’s hearts around the world, and we are proud to showcase them in an accessible way for even more fans through HBO Max,” he adds.
It’s hard to argue with Reilly on that front, especially as Studio Ghibli films are loved by both anime and non-anime fans alike. Also making the titles exclusive to HBO Max adds a bit more clout to the platform, especially with the likes of Disney+ being the home of all Marvel movies and TV series.
“We are excited to be working with HBO Max to bring the complete collection of Studio Ghibli films to streaming audiences in the US. As a premium content brand, HBO Max is an ideal home for our films,” adds Koji Hoshino, chairman of Studio Ghibli.
“Upon launch of the service this spring, existing Ghibli fans will be able enjoy their favorites and delve deeper into the library, while whole new audiences will be able to discover our films for the first time,” he continued.
With the entire Studio Ghibli catalogue being a nice addition to its platform, it will be interesting to see if HBO Max plans to add more exclusive anime content to its library, as well as whether it plans to launch the service next year in territories outside of the US.
Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to watch Princess Mononoke again.