Amazon launches anime streaming service featuring new shows and classics

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May 4, 2017, 10:34 AM EDT (Updated)

If you’re an anime fan looking for an easy way to keep up with the genre, Amazon is looking to fill that void.

Variety reports Amazon Prime has launched Anime Strike, a new streaming service that's all anime, all the time. The service is available for $5 per month on top of an Amazon Prime subscription. It's being positioned like the network's other Amazon Channels add-ons, i.e. HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, etc. It's also the first in-house "channel," so it'll be interesting to see if Amazon follows it up with other extra channels focused on other areas.

The service features a wide range of shows and genres, including romance, adult series, action, etc. The streaming service promises to refresh content on a weekly basis, so there should always be something new to check out. Some of the shows include The Great Passage, Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga, Scum's Wish, Tokyo Godfathers, Paprika and others. The service will also feature shows that are currently airing in Japan with same-day viewing. Which is actually a pretty cool option, considering it can often be months or years before some anime projects make it to the U.S.

Amazon's VP of digital video Michael Paull said they chose to focus on anime because the medium has a "strong, passionate audience" that is often underserved in the U.S. Which is a fair point. If they can keep the programming beefed up, this could certainly be one to watch for anime fans.

(Via Variety)