Anime Strike: Amazon's New Premium Anime Streaming Service

by Matthew Hayes

Amazon has seen massive success with its various video streaming services. In addition to the streaming video content that comes with an Amazon Prime subscription, users can opt to subscribe to additional premium streaming services such as HBO Now and Starz through their accounts. Now, Amazon is planning to expand its appeal to anime fans with Anime Strike.

Anime Strike is Amazon's newest premium streaming service, and is now available for a monthly fee of $5. To be clear, you will need to be an Amazon Prime member to be eligible for an Anime Strike subscription. Amazon Prime currently goes for about $100 a year (with monthly models also available), and offers a variety of benefits such as free 2-day shipping, Prime Music, Prime Instant Video, and Prime Photos.

Anime Strike offers a huge variety of streaming shows and movies, including hits like Akira and Parika, exclusive offerings like ONIHEI and The Great Passage, and episodes of certain shows (like Blue Exorcist) airing the same day on Anime Strike as they do in Japan. It's been noted that a majority of the programming will be geared toward teenage boys and young men, so you can probably expect to see a fair share of anime cleavage when browsing for something to watch (you've been warned).

There are currently over 1,000 shows and movies to choose from, and Amazon plans to expand its selection on a weekly basis, so there will always be something new to look forward to. If you head over to the official Anime Strike page, you can browse for yourself. If the lineup is looking decent, feel free to try a free 7-day trial. Come back and let us know what you think! Crunchyroll may need to watch its back...

Speaking of Crunchyroll, it recently revealed which anime series were watched the most on every game console, and the results are pretty fascinating (if not hilarious). Check out its findings here.

By Matthew Hayes

Matthew loves artistic games, RPG loot, all things Nintendo, and esoteric philosophy - if you want to buy him something for his birthday, that's all you need to know. In person, a meek dog-lover. Online, an overly competitive villain. Favorite games include Persona 4 Golden, Rainbow Six Siege, Dark Souls, Rhythm Heaven Megamix, and Jet Set Radio.