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Good news, Ghibli fans! There’s a Hayao Miyazaki docuseries that you can watch for free

April 02nd, 2020

Netflix wasn’t pulling a prank on you when they finally released the last batch of Studio Ghibli films on April Fool’s Day. The animated films that completed the list include Pom Poko (1994), Whisper of the Heart (1995), Howl’s Moving Castl (2004), Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (2008), From Up on Poppy Hill (2011), The Wind Rises (2013), and When Marnie Was There (2014). But, apart from that, there’s another surprise that awaits Ghibli fans around the world.

Over the years, Studio Ghibli has indeed brought us films that are not just impactful and amazing, but also “magically immersive.” With its unquestionable charm and profound moral lessons, it’s no wonder this Japanese animation studio became a powerhouse in Japan’s film industry and was even dubbed as the Disney counterpart of the anime world.

Image credits: Ponyo on the Cliff/NPR

So to help you through this isolation period, Japanese national broadcaster NHK decided to release a docuseries called 10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki.  According to Nerdist, the four-part documentary will give viewers a glimpse of Miyazaki’s personal life and creative process, which includes the making of Ponyo and The Wind Rises in 2006. Knowing the ability of his creations to touch viewers on a deeply emotional level, fans will finally get to hear his thoughts on aging, his relationship with son Goro, Japan’s anime industry, and even the earthquake and tsunami that hit the country in 2011.


The exclusive 4-part documentary is free and available on NHK’s app or their website.


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