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.

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Why is it always US only? Canada loves anime too!


Off topic, but I’m kind of amazed that Cable/Satellite Television hasn’t already done a channel exclusively for Anime. The built in audiences is already there, coupled with the fact that there is thousands of programs already good to go from japan.

A bit of a pipe dream, but I hold hope.

Elisabeth O'Neill
Elisabeth O'Neill

Yeah, it’s a shame, but as much as anime fandom has grown recently, it’s still a fringe interest compared to a lot of pop culture stuff. There would have to be a much, much larger demand for those kinds of plans to be set in motion. And there will never be the demand for cable TV anyway, as Crunchyroll and co have it sussed with streaming.


I’m excited for this move of theirs, and will be looking forwards in what ways they’ll advance.
I’m still waiting for a contestant for Crunchyroll tho, in the freemium/with ads, since I feel we really do need one.
Good luck to Amazon, they definitely have the $$ to back it up, the fanbase and all 👀

Elisabeth O'Neill
Elisabeth O'Neill

Yeahhh, it’d be tons of work to catch up to the ‘Roll in terms of content at this point 😝 But yeah, if there’s anything Amazon does have going for them it’s pure cash money. Cheeky buggers, asking for more money on top of Prime membership.


Yeah, CR has 80% of the content, which is why it’s dominating so much, but I firmly there’s loads of space left for companies. It’s why Daisuki and Viewster still have made their way into the market with success~
Cash power is indeed super important to get them licenses xD
That’s true, smh at them.


I was so excited when Amazon finally put Onihei and Scum’s Wish up that I didn’t look at the fine print. Finding out the night I went to watch it that I would need to sign up for an add-on subscription felt like a slap in the face. I mean, I’m already paying a million dollars (read: $99) for Prime. Why are they weaseling $5 more out of me? I signed up, but I wasn’t happy about it. I don’t understand how these anime are different from other simulcast content Amazon Video gets from the UK and other places across… Read more »

Elisabeth O'Neill
Elisabeth O'Neill

Amazon is what it is, a huge money maker that knows it and wants to figure out as many ways of making more as possible. For feeling like part of a community with a team that really cares about the fandom and its customers, you’ll never find better than Crunchyroll. It just sucks that from now on, if you don’t have Prime, you’ll feel like you’re missing out since they’ve laid claim to all noitaminA block shows.