Many of you probably started watching JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures after a friend recommended the anime to you, or after you saw people on Reddit comparing it to some of your favorite anime shows. And you were probably very bummed out when you finished season three, and tried to move on to the fourth one but couldn’t find it on Netflix.
So what’s going on? Isn’t the fourth season of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures (Golden Wind) on Netflix yet?
Well, it is, but you’re not going to like this – it’s only available in Japan. You can see for yourself by using StreamCatcher from ProPrivacy (https://streamcatcher.proprivacy.com/), an online tool that tells you where Netflix titles are available. Just look up JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, hit Find, and hover over Season 4.
It’s really upsetting, we know. It kind of makes watching the whole anime up until now pointless. Who knows how long you’ll have to wait until Netflix starts airing the season in your country? Reading the manga to see the rest of the story is an option, sure, but it’s just not the same as watching the anime.
No need to let that ruin your day, though. We actually have some good news – we’ll show you how to easily unblock the fourth season of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures on Netflix right now!
How Does Netflix Stop You from Watching JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures (Season 4)?
They use geo-blocking to control what you can and can’t access the site. It sounds complex (and it can be), but we’ll try to make it easy to understand. So, here’ what basically happens when you try to watch this season:
- When you head to Netflix to log in, your browser will send a connection request to the site. Among other metadata, that request contains your IP address.
- Since IPs reveal geo-data (what country and city you are from), Netflix will know what your geo-location is when it receives your connection request.
- Based on that information, Netflix will direct your traffic to your country’s regional library.
- Because your country’s library only has the first three seasons, the fourth season won’t show up when you search for it.
And that’s all there is to it. If you try to access JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures from Google instead of heading to Netflix, the same thing will happen – Netflix will get a request with your IP, and will send you to your country’s library page.
How to Unblock & Watch JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures (Season 4) on Netflix
The solution is surprisingly simple – you just need to use a VPN. It’s an online service that stops Netflix from seeing your geo-location by hiding your IP address.
Basically, instead of seeing your IP, Netflix will only see the VPN’s IP address. So it will think your geo-location matches the physical location of the VPN.
To unblock the fourth season of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures, you’ll need to use a Japanese VPN server. Then, just connect to your Netflix account, look up the anime, and start binging the new season!
WARNING – Not All VPNs Work with Netflix!
With some services, you’ll end up seeing the Netflix proxy error. The page looks like this:
You end up there because Netflix is able to detect that you’re using a VPN. Essentially, the site notices your IP belongs to a VPN and blocks it.
How can Netflix do that?
Simply put, they use automated scripts and geo-location services (like IP2Location) to detect VPN and proxy IP addresses. The only way providers can avoid detection is if they constantly refresh their servers’ IPs. But to do that, they need to spend a lot of money (leasing new IPs isn’t exactly cheap).
And, well, the problem is obvious – not all providers can afford to do that. And if you use a VPN that doesn’t regularly refresh its IPs, you’ll have intermittent access to Netflix (so get used to seeing the proxy error).
To find a VPN that actually works with Netflix, we recommend using StreamCatcher from ProPrivacy (https://streamcatcher.proprivacy.com). Besides telling you which countries Netflix titles are available in, the tool also mentions the best Netflix VPNs.
Why Else Should You Use a Netflix VPN?
VPNs don’t just hide your IP address. They also encrypt your traffic, making it surveillance-proof. That means nobody can spy on your traffic – not even your ISP. You get extra privacy, sure, but some of you probably don’t care about that. You just want to watch Netflix in peace, right?
Well, VPN encryption can also prevent bandwidth throttling. Basically, your ISP won’t be able to selectively slow down your Netflix speeds anymore. Here’s why:
- They won’t know you’re exchanging data with Netflix. They’ll only see you’re connecting to a random IP address (the VPN server’s IP).
- They won’t be able to analyze your data packets because they’re encrypted. Instead of seeing requests heading to “netflix.com,” they’ll just see random gibberish (like ugZ9ROdLkPprM7UtxPRiCA==).
Why Does Netflix Geo-Block JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures (Season 4)?
Because they only have the licensing rights to stream that season in Japan. They’re not legally allowed to broadcast it in most countries like they do with the rest of the seasons.
Why do they only have rights for Japan, though?
It’s hard to say, but it’s likely Netflix wasn’t able to buy the rights for other countries. Maybe they weren’t for sale, or maybe the copyright holder already sold them to other streaming sites and TV networks. That’s probably why season three is only available in a few countries too.
Unfortunately, there’s nothing Netflix can do about this. They have to use geo-blocks to respect the licensing agreements they signed. Otherwise, it might look like they’re intentionally breaching them.
The Bottom Line
The fourth season of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures is on Netflix, but only in Japan. To watch it, you’ll need to use a VPN, and connect to one of its Japanese servers.
If you have more information about why Netflix geo-blocks the fourth season (or more content), or know other ways to unblock Netflix libraries, please let us know in the comments below.