Makoto Shinkai fans across the world will rejoice to know that Netflix has added Shinkai’s blockbuster hit, Your Name, to their library However, the problem is if you live in the United States, you won’t see Kimi No Na Wa in your library.
Why? Because certain titles are geo-locked and unfortunately Netflix doesn’t have the rights to show these Your Name in the United States (at least for now). But don’t fear! There is a way to hack the system and give you access to watch Your Name and other Shinkai films on Netflix via a VPN.
Which Countries Can Watch Your Name on Netflix?
As of the writing of this article, you can watch Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa) on Netflix in the following countries:
- The United Kingdom
So if you are not currently in one of the above countries, you are out of luck. But don’t worry! Here, we’ll explain how to stream Your Name on Netflix, even if you aren’t in the countries listed above.
Please note: We have verified that the above countries do have Your Name in their Netflix libraries. However, it is possible that other countries have since had the films added. But for the purposes of this article, you only need to know 1 Netflix region that has access to the films.
Fun fact: You can also watch Ghibli anime films via Netflix’s UK library and you can watch Weathering With You via Netflix’s Australia library.
How to Watch Your Name Films on Netflix from the United States:
- Download a VPN (we’ve confirmed that NordVPN works for this method)
- Navigate to Netflix app settings
- Clear your Netflix cache
- Choose The UK or Australia as your region in the VPN
- Log in to Netflix and search for your desired anime film
Step 1. Download a VPN
This is pretty self-explanatory. You simply need to download a VPN (we’ve confirmed that NordVPN works for this method), and either purchase a subscription or just signup for the free trial.
All reputable VPNs will have a free trial option. A VPN is necessary because Netflix tracks your location your IP address. A VPN (virtual private network) is a software that masks your IP address and protects you from cyberattacks, as well as stops companies from tracking your internet activity without your permission.
However, VPNs can also fake your IP address to make it appear as though you are in a different country. In doing so, we can trick the Netflix app into thinking we are in a different country and give us access to that country’s library.
Step 2. Clear Your Netflix Cache (and possibly storage too)
This step isn’t always necessary, but sometimes if you don’t clear your cache, the Netflix app will have your past location data and this method won’t work. In order to ensure that you can watch the Kimi No Na Wa film on Netflix properly and without issue, you should clear your cache before connecting the VPN to your desired country.
To do so on mobile:
- Go to App settings
- Click on Netflix
- Click on a setting that says cache, storage & cache, or something similar
- Click “clear cache” NOT clear storage. Clearing storage could remove your downloads and require you to sign in again
NOTE: if you try clearing your cache and it still doesn’t work, clear your storage too. Yes, this will require you to sign in again, but I’ve had no problems getting this to work after clearing storage.
To do so on PC:
- Go to the settings of whatever browser you’re using
- Go to the Privacy and Security section
- Locate an option to clear browsing data or internet data
- Clear both “Cookies and Site Data” as well as “Cached Files and Images”
Step 3. Choose The UK or Australia as your region in the VPN
This one is pretty self-explanatory. To watch the Your Name film on Netflix, we must choose the country where the films are available on their Netflix library.
Below is a screenshot of how to do this on PC via the NordVPN desktop app.
Step 4. Log in to Netflix and search for your desired anime film
And the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Time to see if our method worked.
Test it out by typing in Your Name in the search bar. If you did everything properly, it’ll pop up and you’ll be able to watch it without issue!
Final Thoughts on Watching Your Name on Netflix from the US
I hope this guide is successful for you and you can watch the anime you’re looking for to your heart’s content! If you have any trouble getting this to work, please let me know in the comments below and I’ll help you out!
Remember to clear your cache if this doesn’t work for you the first time. If you’re a diehard fan looking to buy some Your Name merch, check out our Your Name merch guide.
And if you’re looking for other anime to watch, check out our other anime watch guides: