VIZ has announced plans for a 24-hour anime channel called Neon Alley, which will arrive on consoles in the US and Canada this fall. The channel will be subscription-based, with a launch price of $6.99 per month and some “limited commercial advertising.” Users will be able to watch uncut, English dubbed anime, with some shows presented in HD. There will be news and behind-the-scenes content available as well. One interesting detail is that Neon Alley is described as “studio agnostic” and will air titles from producers and distributors other than VIZ.
Unfortunately, if you were hoping for something like Netflix but for anime, Neon Alley won’t fill that void for you. It is going to be an actual network with scheduled programming, so users will have to tune in to the correct time slots to view the shows they want to watch. Here’s a list of shows and movies that Neon Alley is already planning to air, direct from the channel’s website.
Exclusive English Dubbed Premieres:
- NARUTO Shippuden
- Tiger & Bunny
- Inuyasha – The Final Act
- Lagrange – The Flower of Rin-ne-
Other Shows and Films:
- Vampire Knight
- Death Note
- Berserk: The Gold Age Arc I – The Egg of the King
- Bleach the Movie
- NARUTO Shippuden the Movie
There’s no word on whether Neon Alley will provide any kind of subbed anime option, though at the moment, it seems unlikely. VIZ also hasn’t given any specifics regarding which consoles will have the channel. Hopefully, that means the channel won’t be exclusive to one console, but we will keep you updated as more details are released. You can also check out the Neon Alley website for more information.
Are you intrigued by the idea of Neon Alley, or are you still holding out for Crunchyroll to make a console app? Sound off in the comments!