5 animated films to watch before Studio Ghibli hits Netflix

From a global warming-inspired fantasy to a runaway teenager and former drag queen on the streets of Tokyo, we’ve got you covered

When Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement at the premiere of The wind picks up in 2013, anime chefs, moviegoers, art lovers and tender hearts fell into despair. Anime author and co-founder of legendary Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli is responsible for some of the most beloved films in history, characterized by whimsical but fiercely moral storylines, strong female roles, messages environmental, fantastic creatures and powerful friendships triumphing over it all. .

But it’s a new decade, and Miyazaki has announced that the studio is working on not one, but of them films this year, starting with the action-adventure fantasy feature film, Kimi-tachi wa Dō Ikiru ka (How do you live?), made by Miyazaki himself. If that wasn’t enough, Netflix just revealed that it will be bringing 21 Ghibli classics to its streaming platform for the first time next month.

To get you ready, we’ve handpicked five animated films that aren’t from Studio Ghibli, from a global warming-inspired fantasy about a girl who can control the weather, to a teenage girl on the run, and a former drag queen in the streets of Tokyo. . So hop on your cat bus and grab your favorite totoro, because you’re in for a treat.


Mamoru Hosoda started animation after seeing Miyazaki’s classic Ghibli, Cagliostro Castle, but failed to work in the famous studio after graduation. Still, each cloud has its silver lining, and although he didn’t get the job, Hosoda received a rejection letter of praise from Miyazaki himself, urging him to continue animating.

Like many Hosoda movies (bar Digimon – yes, he did that), 2006 The girl who jumped in time plays on the themes of technology and romance. We follow a young Makoto girl who acquires time travel powers, before realizing that each choice has its (serious) consequences. What follows is a butterfly effect epic, as Makoto chooses between taking responsibility for her actions and being with the guy she loves.

For fans of: Kiki’s Delivery Service, The Cat’s Return, Laputa: Castle in the Sky


In the continuity of his body-swap romcom of 2016 your name, Alter with you is Makoto Shinkai’s latest box office sensation about 16-year-old Hidoka, who runs away from his parents to forge a new life in rainy Tokyo. Alone in the big city, he begins working for an occult magazine where he interviews a teenage girl who can control the weather – a youthful romance ensues. With Shinkai’s warm and bright visuals and a catchy post-punk soundtrack, it’s no wonder Alter with you became the sixth highest grossing Japanese anime.

For fans of: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Arrietty’s secret world


In The Sword of the Stranger, Kotaro, a runaway boy from China’s Ming Dynasty Royal Army (laid back), comes across a wandering samurai, No-Name, whom he hires as a bodyguard after seeing his loyal dog injured.

High-action samurai comedy, which features both Mandarin and Japanese, Masahiro Ando’s directorial debut is visually stunning, and certainly one to watch for those still in shock after the action-packed sequences. of Princess mononoke and Cagliostro Castle.

For fans of: Cagliostro Castle, Princess Mononoke, from above on Poppy Hill


When Grade 12 student Natsuki invites nerdy math genius Kenji to pose as her boyfriend on her great-grandmother’s 90th birthday, disaster strikes as Kenji is falsely embroiled in the hacking into a virtual world, which has been taken over by an out-of-control artificial intelligence named Love Machine.

In a series of events that reflect today’s social media paradigm and global apps like WeChat, Hosoda Summer wars is a beautifully animated love story that takes place in the midst of a technology disaster that strikes very close to the house.

For fans of: Only yesterday, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ocean Waves



Paprika and Perfect blue Heartbreaking comedy from director Satoshi Kon in 2003 Tokyo Sponsors is about an intrepid group of homeless people – a middle-aged alcoholic named Gin, former drag queen Hana and runaway teenager Miyuki – who discover a newborn baby in a trash can on Christmas Eve, naturally. Determined to find the responsible parents, they embark on a sort of treasure hunt with serious consequences.

The screenplay is co-written by Cowboy BebopIt’s Keiko Nobumoto, and it shows. Like the much-loved animated series, Kon’s gang apart from the Outcasts is oddly relatable and their adventures unmissable.

For fans of: Pom Poko, Porco Rosso

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