Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie is a unique romantic comedy anime series to watch online.
The series features an unlucky high school student, and his cute girlfriend. But, as the title implies, she’s much more than just cute.
While Izumi seems to be cursed with bad luck, Shikimori is always there to rescue him when things go wrong. Her cute outer surface hides a strong, athletic, and downright heroic girl.
If you want to know where to watch this anime online, we can help.
Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie History
Keigo Maki started the manga version of Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie in 2019. Kodansha ran it on its Magazine Pocket (a.k.a. “Magapoke”) website and app. The manga officially ended in 2023.
The first season of the anime aired in 2022. At the time that this was written, it was not clear if there would be a season 2 or not.
The series’ English title is a fairly accurate translation of its Japanese title, Kawaii dake ja Nai Shikimori-san.
List of Places to Watch Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie Anime Online
- Netflix Japan
- Muse Asia at YouTube
- Apple TV
- Amazon Prime Video
Note: All of the places mentioned are legal, licensed websites. You will find no pirate sites here.
Where to Watch Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie Anime Online
1. Netflix Japan
Although you can’t find Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie on Netflix in the United States, Singapore, Taiwan, or South Korea, you can watch it on Netflix Japan.
The episodes are in Japanese with no translation. Also, if you’re not in Japan, you will need a good VPN, such as NordVPN, to watch. Here’s how:
How to Watch Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie on Netflix Anywhere in the World
This method works on both desktop PCs and mobile phones or tablets.
- Purchase (or start a free trial) of a VPN. I can confirm that NordVPN works for this purpose.
- In the settings, choose Japan as your location.
- Fire up the VPN and wait for it to do its magic
- Once you’re connected, navigate to Netflix (browser or app)
- Search “Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie” in the Netflix search bar and you should see the anime pop up.
Enjoy! Please note that if your Netflix library doesn’t update to reflect the country you selected in your VPN, you may have to clear the Netflix cache first and try again.
To do this on mobile, go to settings -> apps -> Netflix -> clear cache. To do this on PC, you have to clear the cache in your web browser.
I’ve had no trouble using this method and I still use NordVPN to watch anime from various Netflix country libraries daily.
- A large library of anime and non-anime content
- Japanese only
- Geo-locked in most places
Price: Basic with ads, $6.99/ month. Basic: $9.99/ month. Standard: $15.49/ month. Premium: $19.99.
Language Options: Japanese
Watch Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie at Netflix.
2. Muse Asia at YouTube
If you’re in Singapore, or if you have a good VPN, you can watch the series at Muse Asia’s YouTube channel.
In addition to the 12 main episodes, Muse Asia’s playlist includes a couple of special episodes. The first one features audio commentary from the first episode. In the second one, the voice actors discuss the best scenes from the first half of the series.
Muse Asia is part of Muse Communication, a Taiwan-based anime licensor and distributor.
The channel is subject to the whims of YouTube. According to reports, the channel was temporarily removed from YouTube on March 30, 2023 for “Terms of Service violations.” Muse Asia was also hacked in October 2022.
- Free episodes
- A good selection of anime
- Potential YouTube problems
Language Options: Japanese with English subtitles
Watch Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie at Muse Asia’s YouTube channel.
Crunchyroll has the series, including the two special episodes. The streaming service is a good choice for those who speak languages other than Japanese or English.
Although Crunchyroll has international reach, some shows may be geo-locked in certain areas. This article can help if you’re in one of those areas.
- A huge library of current, recent, and classic anime
- A lot of language options
- Geo-locked in some regions
- Free option does not include Shikimori
Price: Free, limited viewing is possible. $7.99 for “fan” level; $9.99 for “mega fan”; and $14.99 for “ultimate fan.”
Language options: Audio in Japanese, English, German, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, and Russian. Subtitles in English, German, Latin American Spanish, European Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, and Arabic.
Watch Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie at Crunchyroll.
4. Apple TV
Apple TV has the series in the U.S. It doesn’t include the two special episodes.
Note that you are buying episodes, rather than getting a monthly subscription. Also, the episodes come in two versions — one in Japanese with subtitles, and the other English dubbed. You have to buy the versions separately.
- A decent selection of anime and other content
- Buying can be more expensive in the long run
Price: $2.99 per episode, or $24.99 for a season. (Same price for subbed or dubbed.)
Language options: Japanese with English subtitles, or English dubbed
Watch Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie at Apple TV.
5. Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video (U.S.) has the 12 episodes of season 1, but not the special episodes. As with Apple TV, you are buying episodes. It offers both Standard Definition (SD), and High Definition (HD) versions.
- A decent selection of anime and non-anime content
- Buying, rather than a subscription
- Limited language options
Price: $1.99 for SD episodes. $2.99 for HD episosdes. $16.99 for season 1 (SD); $24.99 for season 1 (HD).
Language options: English dubbed
Watch Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie at Amazon Prime Video.
If you prefer discs over streaming, you can get Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie: The Complete Season in Blu-ray format at Amazon. It’s a two-disc set. Crunchyroll produced these discs, which come with English subtitles.
The discs are playable in regions A and B, which cover North and South America, Japan, Europe, Australia, Africa, and the Middle East.
Naturally, you can also get the discs at the Crunchyroll Store, except that the store was out of stock when I checked.
I hope this article helps you find where to watch the Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie anime online.