To all of you anime geeks out there who have Anime Figures, follow your favorite anime religiously and are always looking for new series to watch; you now have a new way to watch some of your favorites. On Thursday, Amazon launched its new anime streaming service, Anime Strike, to its Prime members. The service launched with over 1,000 titles and Amazon promises to update every week.
While Anime Strike is a part of Amazon’s Prime service, there is a separate charge for the anime service. On top of the yearly price for Prime, Anime Strike will cost you an extra $4.99 a month. There is a seven-day free trail to check out the selection Amazon has to offer. The $4.99 comes with ad-free streaming and tons of new and classic anime TV shows and movies.
Speaking of the line-up, Amazon has some pretty decent shows to start off. Some of the newer shows on the streaming service include One-Punch Man, Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga, and Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon. Anime Strike will also show some television anime shows that will air same day as Japan as well. Mixed with older shows like High School of the Dead and classic movies like Akira and Vampire Hunter D, Anime Strike looks to give Netflix and Crunchyroll and run for their money. With Hulu losing a lot of its anime, Amazon looks to fill the gap left behind.
“With anime in particular, there’s a strong, passionate audience that is underserved by traditional pay TV” said VP of digital video and head of Amazon channels Michael Paull. In the U.S., Cartoon Network’s Toonami program is the only place on television to watch anime without a paid subscription. Even then, Toonami only airs on Saturday nights. One night a week will not likely quench the thirst for anime fans. Crunchyroll has a great selection of new anime, but not much in the way of older shows while Netflix has a decent selection of new and old shows, but is limited in the amount of anime programming. Anime Strike is looking to find the perfect balance between new and old shows. With their current line-up, it looks like Amazon has things under control.
What do you think, geeks? Will you give Anime Strike a try?