Amazon Channels has launched its first branded, on-demand subscription streaming service in the US: Anime Strike. Priced at $4.99 per month, the service offers Prime members over 1,000 episodes of anime series and movies (some dubbed, some subtitled), free of ads.
Amazon holds exclusive streaming rights to anime titles including Chi’s Sweet Adventure, Onihei, The Great Passage, ViVid Strike!, Crayon Shin-chan spinoff Aliens vs. Shinnosuke and Scum’s Wish.
Anime Strike is intended to be updated weekly with fresh content, and certain series including Scum’s Wish and Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga will have same-day streaming debuts when new episodes premiere on Japanese TV. Older features and shows like Akira, Paprika, Akame ga KILL!, and Death Note are also available on the SVOD channel.
“With anime in particular, there’s a strong, passionate audience that is underserved by traditional pay TV,” Amazon’s VP of Digital Video and Head of Amazon Channels, Michael Paull, told Anime News Network.