Egyptian anime fans get ready to binge like you've never binged before.
Netflix just announced that they will be releasing a whopping 21 films from Academy Award-winning Japanese art house Studio Ghibli. Starting February 1st, Netflix will be making their beloved films available for fans in the Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America.
For the first time, Studio Ghibli's expansive catalogue will be subtitled in 28 languages and dubbed in 20 languages. According to Producer Toshio Suzuki at Studio Ghibli, "In this day and age, there are various great ways a film can reach audiences. We've listened to our fans and have made the definitive decision to stream our film catalogue. We hope people around the world will discover the world of Studio Ghibli through this experience".
The first set of films will be released on February 1st and includes; Castle in the Sky (1986), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Kiki's Delivery Service (1989), Only Yesterday (1991), Porco Rosso (1992), Ocean Waves (1993) and Tales from Earthsea (2006).
The second set of films will be made available on the March 1st and includes; Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984), Princess Mononoke (1997), My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999), Spirited Away (2001), The Cat Returns (2002), Arrietty (2010), The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013).
The final collections of films will be released on April 1st and includes; Pom Poko (1994), Whisper of the Heart (1995), Howl's Moving Castle (2004), Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (2008), From Up on Poppy Hill (2011), The Wind Rises (2013), When Marnie Was There (2014).
Founded in 1985 by Japanese animated film directors Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli has produced twenty-two feature-length films that have garnered worldwide acclaim from audiences and critics alike for their creative visuals and epic storytelling. In 2005, Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature of 2002 and in 2005 Miyazaki was named one of "the most influential people" by TIME Magazine.
The release of these classic films will excite many anime fans in Egypt, who are already getting together their anime/manga costumes for the 7th edition of EGYcon. This year's EGYcon will take place on January 31st, one day before Studio Ghibli begin releasing their catalogue on Netflix.
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