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'Totoro' studio to make US streaming debut with HBO Max

Ghibli moves away from DVDs as sales continue to slide

HBO Max has cited its streaming rights to 21 Studio Ghibli films as a major selling point. (Photo by Hiromi Sato)

PALO ALTO, U.S./TOKYO -- Famed Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli has chosen WarnerMedia's HBO Max service for its first foray into streaming video in the U.S., as American media companies try anime to stand out in an increasingly crowded market.

The service, to start in May 2020, will feature 21 Ghibli films, including director Hayao Miyazaki's "My Neighbor Totoro" and the Academy Award-winning "Spirited Away."

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