Studio Ghibli, the beloved Japanese animation house, made headlines this year when it made its library of films available digitally for the first time. Fans and newcomers alike have been able to rediscover the magic of Ghibli on digital platforms, including on the newest streaming service on the block, HBO Max.
But for those of us who prefer to keep a curated library of physical media, Ghibli and its North American distributor GKids are releasing a line of limited-edition Blu-ray SteelBooks that will delight any Ghibli fan. Each of the minimalist-yet-colorful cases features an illustration from the film on a solid color background. And right now, they’re all on sale at Amazon.
In February, GKids and Studio Ghibli launched a limited-edition SteelBook for one of the studio’s most adored films, Grave of the Fireflies. (Unfortunately, that edition is sold out.) In May, they followed up with SteelBook editions of both Ponyo and Howl’s Moving Castle. Originally priced at $26.99, Amazon offered a pre-order discount on those titles, knocking the price down to $19.99. They’ve both mostly stayed at $19.99 since launch, and are currently still available at that price.
Now Amazon is offering pre-order discounts on the next batch of SteelBooks: Kiki’s Delivery Service and Hayao Miyazaki’s pre-Ghibli feature, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Nausicaä is on sale for $19.99, while Kiki’s Delivery Service is slightly more expensive at $21.09 (but if you pre-order now and the price is lowered before the release date, Amazon will match the new discount). Both sets carry a $26.99 MSRP and will be released on August 25.