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We'll Finally Be Able to Stream Studio Ghibli Films!

We'll Finally Be Able to Stream Studio Ghibli Films!

We'll Finally Be Able to Stream Studio Ghibli Films!

The iconic, Oscar-winning anime studio just struck a deal with HBO Max! 

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Studio Ghibli has a very, very special place in the hearts of many millennial anime fans. Co-founded by director Hayao Miyazaki with his fellow animator Isao Takahata in the mid '80s, the legendary studio has brought us some of the most beautiful, touching, and critically-acclaimed animated films in recent history, including Princess Mononoke, Grave of the Fireflies, Howl's Moving Castle, Castle in the Sky, and of course, the 2003 Academy Awards Best Animated Feature winner Spirited Away

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While Studio Ghibli's many films have become required viewing for anyone who loves anime, they have been noticeably absent from many popular streaming servies in America—that is, until now! According to a report from Polygon, HBO's upcoming streaming service, HBO Max, just announced that they have just acquired the exclusive U.S. streaming rights to the Studio Ghibli film library. Yup, you read that right! We'll finally be able to stream Studio Ghibli!! 

"Studio Ghibli films are visually breathtaking, completely immersive experiences," Kevin Reilly, HBO Max's chief content officer, said in a statement. "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."

"We are excited to be working with HBO Max to bring the complete collection of Studio Ghibli films to streaming audiences in the U.S.," Studio Ghibli's chairman Koji Hoshino also said. "As a premium content brand, HBO Max is an ideal home for our films. 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."

The HBO Max streaming service is set to debut in spring 2020, so we won't have to wait long until we'll finally be able to stream all of our fave Ghibli titles! 

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Raffy is a Los Angeles-based writer, editor, video creator, critic, and digital director of Out Magazine. The former editor-in-chief of PRIDE, he is also a die-hard Rihanna and Sailor Moon stan who loves to write about all things pop culture, entertainment, and identities. Follow him on Instagram (@raffyermac) and Twitter (@byraffy), and subscribe to his YouTube channel

Raffy is a Los Angeles-based writer, editor, video creator, critic, and digital director of Out Magazine. The former editor-in-chief of PRIDE, he is also a die-hard Rihanna and Sailor Moon stan who loves to write about all things pop culture, entertainment, and identities. Follow him on Instagram (@raffyermac) and Twitter (@byraffy), and subscribe to his YouTube channel