Anime Strike is Amazon’s first branded subscription channel

Anime Strike is the latest Amazon Channel being made available for Prime members to expand their Amazon Video library. It offers over 1,000 anime series episodes and movies for $4.99 per month. The notable difference between this new Amazon Channel and the 100+ channels that came before it is this is the first one branded and created by Amazon itself. While all other Amazon Channels originated as stand-alone networks and streaming services that were being made available through Amazon Video, Anime Strike is curated by Amazon.

The new anime channel recent series, like The Great Passage and active series that will be available the same day they air in Japan, like Scum’s Wish” (“Kuzu no Honkai”) and Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga. It will also offer classic anime hits like Paprika and Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS. Some of the exclusive content only available through Anime Strike in the US is Onihei, Vivid Strike!, and Chi’s Sweet Adventure.

Crunchyroll is the largest anime streaming service in the US, but has been notably missing on the Fire TV platform. Amazon probably hopes Anime Strike fills that gap in their content offerings. Variety reports that Michael Paull, Amazon’s VP of digital video and head of Amazon Channels worldwide, has stated that additional branded channels will be released by Amazon in the coming months.

  1. Ichijoe says:

    And, will this “Channel” be Geo-locked or, can anyone anywhere opt-in?

    • xnamkcor says:

      Unless Amazon wants to throw money away for a minority, it’ll be “geo-locked”. The ROI on paying licencing for a minority is too low to consider it unless they charge more for that region, or are feeling charitable and eat the loss.

    • tech3475 says:

      If it appears elsewhere, it will probably be a while similar to Music Unlimited.

      Even then, we still haven’t got that ‘book match’ thing for when you buy a physical book.

  2. Earl says:

    I love anime, but this offering from Amazon wouldn’t be very interesting even if they gave it away. There’s little there. Some titles have only partial seasons. Frankly, it’s pitiful. Definitely not worth the price. Even hulu is better. Now, if Amazon included a Crunchyroll channel, then that would be worth something. I’ve been waiting a long time for an “anime channel” from Amazon, but I’ll be cancelling out of this trial.

  3. ACE BOOGIE says:

    Will this have initial d and does any anime compare to initial d.

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