Netflix is chock-full of awesome content – movies, TV series, documentaries, reality TV, and so much more. But does it also have anime?
Yes, and lots of it! Here are some quick examples of what kinds of anime shows you can watch on Netflix:
- My Hero Academia
- Angel Beats
- Demon Slayer
- One Punch Man
- Fullmetal Alchemist
- Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
- Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Tokyo Ghoul
There’s plenty to keep you busy: Japanese anime, romance anime, action anime, horror anime, action anime. The list goes on and on!
Why Aren’t Some Anime Series Showing Up for Me?
That just means Netflix uses geo-blocks to stop you from watching that content.
Wait – what? Why would Netflix do that?
Before you get mad, please understand they’re not doing this to spite you. They’re using geo-restrictions to comply with the licensing agreements they signed. Don’t forget – not all anime shows and movies you see on Netflix are made by them. The company actually licenses most of them. That basically means they buy the legal right to stream the content on their platform.
Here’s the thing, though – Netflix usually only gets licensing rights for specific countries. They often can’t get global rights because they’re just not available. That, or Netflix isn’t convinced they’d see a positive ROI if they were to do that.
So, to avoid getting in legal trouble, the company uses geo-restrictions to make sure the anime content they are streaming is only available in countries they bought licensing rights for.
How to Check Where Anime Shows Are Available
Is there any site or online tool you can use instead of having to ask this question on Reddit or Quora?
There actually is. We prefer using StreamCatcher from ProPrivacy to check the availability of Netflix titles (including animes). It’s a very reliable Netflix catalogue checker that accurately tells you which countries have which titles.
To use StreamCatcher just follow the above link, type the name of the anime in the search bar, and hit Find. If the show or movie is available on Netflix, StreamCatcher will show you geo-locations that have access to it.
There’s a pretty good chance the list of locations isn’t 100% complete. As in, there might be other countries where an anime is available which don’t show up on StreamCatcher. The devs are constantly updating the tool, so the list will likely be expanded in the near future.
That’s why we’d like to ask you, our readers, to let us know (in the comments) when you notice “irregularities” like that. If you know for a fact that a show or movie is available in another country that’s not displayed, please mention it.
How to Unblock Anime on Netflix (Very Simple Solution)
Yes, you can watch animes that aren’t available in your country on Netflix. You just have to “convince” the site that you’re from a different country – one where the show/movie is available.
There are different ways to do that, but (in our experience) VPNs are the best option. They hide your IP address, which means Netflix won’t know what country you’re visiting their site from.
Instead, the website will see the VPN’s IP, and think that’s the source of your traffic. If that IP is from a country where Netflix has licensing rights for the anime you want to watch, you’ll bypass the site’s geo-blocking system.
Oh, and don’t worry – using VPNs is extremely simple. All you need to do is subscribe to a service, download an app, and use it to connect to a server. The only thing you need to be sure of is that the server is in the right country. But you can easily check that by using StreamCatcher like we mentioned above.
Which Netflix VPN Should You Use to Unblock Anime?
There’s easily over 100 VPNs on the market right now, so picking a good one can be hard. Of course, what defines a “good VPN” is totally up to you. Still, you probably don’t want to spend a few hours researching the top providers right now, so we’ll make things simple for you. Here are the three best VPNs for Netflix according to our tests:
- ExpressVPN – They offer an impressive server count, a proprietary protocol that’s extremely fast (Lightway; it’s in Beta right now, though), up to five simultaneous connections, and the ability to use split-tunneling to optimize your speeds. Also, their apps are very user-friendly.
- NordVPN – This provider has lightning-fast speeds, support for up to six parallel connections, easy-to-use apps, and great privacy features: an ad-blocker feature, support for Tor over VPN traffic, and the option to pair up your account with a password manager (NordPass) and file encryption system (NordLocker).
- Surfshark – They offer high-speed servers, impressive security, and very intuitive apps. Best of all – Surfshark supports unlimited parallel connections, meaning you can unblock anime on Netflix on as many devices as you want.
Can You Watch Anime with a VPN on Any Device?
Yes – most VPN providers offer native apps for all platforms: Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and even Linux. Some of them even develop apps for smart TVs.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t use a VPN on other devices too. You can’t install a native app, but you can set up the VPN on your router. That way, all web-connected devices in your home with use VPN connections. So you can basically unblock anime on any platform you can watch Netflix on.
Configuring a VPN on a router is a bit difficult, so be sure to check the VPN provider’s support articles. Most of them have step-by-step tutorials for different router firmware.
The Bottom Line
Netflix has plenty of anime shows and movies. The only problem is that they’re not all available worldwide. The good news is you can unblock them if you use a VPN.
Ever used a VPN to watch anime on Netflix? If you did, please let us know how things went in the comments below.