Amazon has launched its own streaming service dedicated to anime. Called Anime Strike, this new standalone streaming service is packed to the rafters with anime series both old and new. Anime has a small but dedicated following in the U.S., making this a good bet for Amazon.
As an Amazon Prime subscriber you’re probably already aware of Amazon Channels. These are additional streaming services you can subscribe to through Amazon. We previously recommended eight Amazon Channels worth subscribing to, including Showtime, Starz, and Shudder.
Now, Amazon is adding its own channels, starting with Anime Strike. As the name suggests, Anime Strike is dedicated to all things anime. In total, there will be more than 1,000 pieces of content available to watch on Anime Strike, which includes movies and episodes of various series.
Endless Anime, All Day, Every Day
Some shows, including Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga, Paprika, Tokyo Godfathers, and Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Strikers, are already available elsewhere. However, others, such as Scum’s Wish, The Great Passage, Onihei, and Chi’s Sweet Adventure are exclusive to Amazon in the U.S.
Demonstrating Amazon’s commitment to the cause is the fact that new episodes of some shows will land on Anime Strike on the same day they’re broadcast in Japan. Whether that applies to your favorite show or not, content will be refreshed on a weekly basis. This potentially allows dedicated fans to stream endless anime all day, every day.
Anime Strike is available to all Amazon prime subscribers in the United States. It’s priced at $4.99-per-month, but you can try it free for seven days before deciding whether it’s worth the asking price. As it’s a paid service, Amazon promises you will never see any adverts of any kind.
Amazon’s Epic Ecosystem
Anime Strike is Amazon’s first standalone streaming service. However, according to Variety, the company is expected to launch more channels in the coming months. Make no mistake about it, Amazon is building an epic ecosystem right now, and Amazon Channels looks set to become an important part of that.
Are you a fan of anime? Do you currently subscribe to Crunchyroll? Are you likely to subscribe to Anime Strike? Do you think $4.99-a-month is a fair asking price? What is your favorite anime series of all time? Please let us know in the comments below!