You can now watch Japanese anime online for free at Virtual Shibuya

Visit the virtual Shibuya Crossing from wherever you are for a special screening of four Netflix original anime

Kaila Imada
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Kaila Imada

Want to experience Shibuya but without the crowds? You can now visit Shibuya online from wherever you are with the new Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project – and there’s a Netflix Cinema event taking place right now over at Virtual Shibuya. 

The online screening event, known as 5G Netofuri Cinema in Virtual Shibuya, will showcase four original animation series from Netflix on a weekly basis. You can watch them for free from wherever you are – no Netflix account necessary. The shows will be played on a screen that looks like it’s placed right in front of Shibuya’s famed Scramble Crossing

5G Netofuri Cinema in Virtual Shibuya
Photo: KDDI Corporation

The screening launches today, Friday October 9, and is accessible until Wednesday October 28. Here’s the show schedule: ‘Japan Sinks: 2020’ (October 9-10), ‘Baki the Grappler’ (October 16-17), ‘Aggretsuko’ (October 23-24), and ‘Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045’ (October 27-28). You’ll be able to watch episodes one through three of each anime series four times a day (4pm, 6pm, 8pm, 10pm JST), so there’s plenty of opportunities to watch them all. 

This virtual screening event is run by Japanese social media platform Cluster, which has created similar online events including the Pokémon Virtual Fest and the upcoming virtual Shibuya Halloween Fes. To join in, all you need to do is create an account on Cluster and download the app for either smartphone or computer. From there, you can simply enter ‘Virtual Shibuya’ with a click of a button. 

Currently, there’s no word if the shows will feature English subtitles. However, if you already have a Netflix account, you can always rewatch the shows again with subtitles – after all, you’ll want to find out what happens after the third episode. 

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