Amazon has launched a new channel called Anime Strike, featuring both classic and modern anime television and movies.
Anime Strike is an add-on for Amazon Prime members that costs $4.99 per month after a free seven-day trial. The service features new episodes of current anime programs like Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, The Great Passage, Chi's Sweet Adventure, ONIHEI, ViVid Strike! and Scum's Wish.
Other series included in Anime Strike include Attack on Titan, Death Note, Space Dandy, Ouran High School Host Club, Girls und Paner, Mushi-Shi, Soul Eater, Accel World, Aquarion, Spice and Wolf and Parasyte - the maxim. There are reportedly over 1,000 episodes of anime television content on Amazon Strike.
The service also features a slew of popular movies include Akira, Paprika, Tekkonkinkreet, Steamboy, The Garden of Words, Vampire Hunter D and Children Who Chase Lost Voices.
"With anime in particular, there's a strong, passionate audience that is underserved by traditional pay TV," Michael Paull, Amazon's VP of digital video and head of Amazon Channels, worldwide, said in a statement. "We tend to focus on our customers and their needs, and our big difference is that we're using the data we have as Amazon to know the type of programming that would excite our audience."
Anime Strike becomes another add-on channel for Amazon Prime, joining the likes of HBO, Starz, Cinemax, Showtime, PBS Kids, Acorn TV, Seeso, History Vault and Lifetime Movie Club. However, the Anime Strike channel is the first original for Amazon, with others reportedly to come, according to Variety.
It remains to be seen how Anime Strike will be received compared to other prominent anime distributors like Crunchyroll and FUNimation.