Netflix has finally arrived in Japan. Regardless of how well it is being received there (lukewarm), to you this is something to be ridiculously thankful for. Unlimited Japanese TV and movies? Yes. But even better, Japanese dubs of all your favorite American TV shows and movies. Remove the guilt of watching all 5 Seasons of Breaking Bad in English, and watch it in Japanese. Life is good.
I know you don’t need any more convincing, so let’s dive right in.
1. Getting started
Head on over to the Netflix homepage. Your internet connection must be in Japan, otherwise you get redirected to your own country’s Netflix.
As with its Western counterpart, you get your first month for free. The weak Japanese yen makes that 650 yen monthly fee to a little over $5. Not bad at all. Click on 1ヵ月無料体験を始めよう (Let’s start a 1 month free trial).
2. Choose your plan
You have 3 plans to choose from with the difference being:
1. ベーシック (basic): No HD 画質 (quality), 同時に視聴可能な画面数 (only can view on one device at a time)
2. スタンダード (standard): You get HD, and can view on 2 devices at the same time.
3. プレミアム (premium): You get 4K画質 (4K quality), and can view on 4 devices at the same time.
Click on one of the blue boxes at the top, then click on the 続ける(continue) blue box at the bottom.
3. Register an account
Put in your メールアドレス (e-mail address) and enter a password under パスワードの作成 4~50文字 (Password creation between 4~50 characters).
Check off キャンペーン案内メールを希望しない (I don’t want campaign introduction e-mails), unless you like receiving constant e-mail reminders about things you probably don’t care about.
Click the big 登録する (Register) blue box.
4. Choose payment method
Choose Credit Card (this doesn’t need to be a Japanese credit card) or Paypal.
A few notes:
- ______に無料体験が終わるまで料金は請求されません: You won’t get billed until your trial period is up.
- 簡単登録、いつでもオンラインでキャンセルできます: Can always cancel easily online.
見放題視聴プラン。 月額￥650 (税抜) で、同時に1画面まで視聴できます: Unlimited plan. Monthly 650 yen (without tax), can watch on up to one screen at a time.
By credit card
お名前(姓): Last name
お名前(名): First name
クレジットカード番号: Credit card
有効期限: Expiration Date
セキュリティコード: Security code
Check off the box for:
Then click on the large blue box:
メンバーシップを開始する: Begin membership
Assuming everything went through, you’ll get the following screen (and a welcome e-mail):
Press the 続ける button.
Click on the large blue button PayPalへ移動 (Go to payal). This sends you to Paypal, which should be in English if you have a non-Japanese Paypal account, and then you can just follow the payment method there.
5. Device Choice
どのデバイスで視聴されますか?: What device are you going to watch with?
Netflixはどのデバイスでも視聴できます。 該当するデバイスをすべて選択してください。: With Netflix you can watch on any device. Check all of the relevant devices.
Check all of your devices.
スマートテレビやブルーレイプレーヤー: Smart TV/Blue Ray Player
Add in other people who will be using the Netflix account. This is for personalized recommendations and content introduction. You can just hit 続ける if it will just be you.
7. Analyzing your Likes
お好きな作品を３本選んでください: Choose 3 titles that you like
What you choose here helps give you your starter recommendations. As you continue to use Netflix, this recommendation list adjusts based on what you watch.
Choose three and press 続ける.
8. Enter your account
どなたが観ますか: Who will watch?
If you only have yourself as a user, click on that awkward smiley face.
9. Your Home Page
Netflixで人気の作品: Titles popular on Netflix
(Name)さんにイチオシ: Recommended for (Name!)
Continue to scroll down to look through all the genres.
10. Getting into a Title
Hover over an item, either click to enter or click マイリストに追加 (Add to My List).
11. Watching in Dubbed Japanese
Since the whole point of using Netflix Japan is to watch things in Japanese, you absolutely must set your settings to Japanese.
Click on the dialogue box on the bottom right.
Always have Japanese voice set. Use Japanese subtitles depending on the difficulty of the show, or your level. I won’t talk about English subtitles…
12. Getting around
The user interface is pretty self explanatory, not requiring much Japanese comprehension to get around. Just play with it a bit, and you’ll get it in no time. If for some reason you have any questions about it, leave them in the comments below.
Is the dubbed content worth it?
First, you know I love dubbed content. There is a nice start of some of the most popular shows (past and present), and I guarantee you this list will grow. The list includes:
Better Call Saul
Orange Is The New Black
Pretty Little Liars
American Horror Story
Of course there are also hundreds of Western movies as well, including all your favorites (probably).
Don’t forget the Japanese TV/Movie content
While it can be a lot of fun to watch all your favorite programming back home in Japanese, the content from Japan is not to be overlooked. While you’ve probably been able to get your anime through sites like Crunchyroll, movies and J-dramas are not as easy. They already have a nice start letting you catch up on all the goodness you’ve missed out on.
Is it worth it?
Yes. Yes. Yessssssssssssssssssssss. If you aren’t signing up immediately after reading this, what else would you be doing?
What do you think?
For those of you that have started using Netflix Japan, leave some of your initial feedback and thoughts in the comments section below!