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Amazon Launches Anime Strike, Curated Anime Channel

Amazon has just launched a brand new channel, especially for anime fans, as part of their on-demand Amazon Channels subscription services. Anime Strike includes a deep library of classic and newly released episodes selected by Amazon.

Fans can now discover anime classics, exclusives, and hard-to-find content (like new episodes from Japan’s famed late-night anime blocks). With the Anime Strike subscription — it’s $4.99 per month for Prime members after a 7-day free trial — subscribers can enjoy over 1,000 episodes and movies, ad-free, with new episodes added weekly.

So, what’s on Amazon’s Anime Strike?

Anime Strike includes recent hits like The Great Passage, and same-day-as-broadcast series with episodes released weekly direct from Japan, including Scum’s WishOnihei, and Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga. And there are movies, too: Akira, Paprika, SteamboyTekkonkinkreet, and Vampire Hunter D, just to name a few.

Blue Exorcist is available on Amazon's Anime Strike.
Blue Exorcist is available on Amazon’s Anime Strike.

Announced today, Anime Strike is Amazon’s first stab at an original channel of curated video content. We haven’t taken it for a test drive yet, but the variety of programming looks pretty great. Subscribers will find plenty of browsable anime content grouped into key categories: Popular Series, Exclusives, Action Series, Top Movies, and Dubbed Series.

Is Amazon’s Anime Strike worth subscribing to?

The variety of content available looks pretty great and the same-day-as-broadcast for certain shows is a unique feature that should thrill American anime fans.

You’ll have to be an Amazon Prime member to subscribe to Anime Strike and any of the other Amazon Channels, but if you can afford it there’s no reason not to subscribe. The service includes a wide variety of popular and more niche video subscriptions to choose from, including HBO, Showtime, Starz, PBS Kids, Acorn TV, A+E, AMC, Cinemax and Seeso.

Video subscriptions with Amazon Channels are available in the U.S. to anyone with a device that Amazon Video is available on. So, if you’ve got a Fire TV, Fire, an iOS or Android phone or tablet, a connected TV, a game console, or a computer — basically, if you’re reading this chances are they’ve got you covered.

Anime Strike is available now on Amazon Channels.

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Brian Linder

Brian Linder has been on the fan-media scene since dial-up. Arriving at Fandom by way of IGN, Brian was a founding editor at popular Star Wars fansite TheForce.net. He is co-creator of the groundbreaking movie site, FilmForce, which was absorbed by IGN in 2006. Today, he's Senior Editor of entertainment content at Fandom. He enjoys space sagas and superheroes.

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