Amazon Will Launch An Anime Channel This Year

Amazon will launch it’s first curated subscription channel, Anime Strike, later this year.

Anime Strike will feature over 1,000 popular anime titles at launch with a weekly library refresh. The target audience will be adults, and the channel will allow for certain shows to be streamed on the same day that they premiere in Japan.

Of course, that’s a far cry from what’s currently available to anime fans on Crunchyroll, but Amazon believes that it’s focus on adults will help to differentiate the channel. They are also planning on rounding out the offerings with exclusive titles (like the recently announced English adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter) and series that are developed in house.

The Amazon service will be available for a monthly fee of $5 after a 7-day free trial. A specific launch date has not been revealed thus far. UPDATE: Thanks to Nerd Approved reader Quintin for informing us that Anime Strike is available now.

(THR via Polygon)

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