Amazon Prime has quickly flourished as an anime streaming service. This winter season just passed alone, they brought us Scum’s Wish and Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga. They also have exclusive rights to stream other noitaminA anime such as The Great Passage, ViVid Strike, Onihei, Crayon-Shin Chan Gaiden: Aliens vs. Shinnosuke and Chi’s Sweet Adventure. It was about time they made their growing otaku status official with their own anime channel, and so their first branded on-demand subscription service Anime Strike launched in January.
For now though, the service is only available in the US. Considering the hefty roster of spring anime Strike has claimed as exclusives, this could be good or bad news for you folks across the pond, depending on shows you wanted to watch, and whether or not you buy into Amazon Prime.
Here’s the full list of Anime Strike exclusives:
Granblue Fantasy the Animation April 1st
Sagrada Reset April 5th
Armed Girl’s Machiavellism April 5th
Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat April 5th
Kabukibu! April 7th
Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul April 7th
Re:CREATORS April 7th
Eromanga Sensei April 8th
Grimoire of Zero April 10th
Anonymous Noise April 11th
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria April 14th
Atom The Beginning April 15th
All of the above shows except Granblue Fantasy and Eromanga Sensei are pegged as Anime Strike exclusives in the US. As for the rest of us, for now we only need an Amazon Prime membership, but we suspect that will change very soon. Get that extra fiver handy.
For US Amazon Prime members, Anime Strike can be purchased for $4.99 after a seven-day free trial. The ad-free channel already offers over 1000 TV anime episodes and films, and there are plans in place for the service to be updated on a weekly basis. As well as adding established titles such as Akira, Paprika, Akame ga Kill!, Death Note and Btooom!, both Scum’s Wish and Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga are available to stream following their Amazon simulcasts.
On top of all that, this comes after news that Amazon Prime would exclusively stream Studio Ghibli’s Ronja the Robber’s Daughter to the UK and US from January onwards. We’re curious to see where Amazon’s anime ambitions lead them from here.