We haven’t seen a lot of competition for new series in the anime seasons since Crunchyroll and FUNimation became besties last year. However, that seems to be changing this season. Sentai Filmworks has announced the acquisition of three series (at the time of writing) that are airing as part of the Spring 2017 anime season. Each series will be simulcast on Anime Strike, Amazon’s dedicated anime streaming service. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the series Sentai Filmworks has grabbed for the upcoming season along with their provided synopses.

Kabukibu!

Kabukibua_Sentai Filmworks

Unlike other kids his age, freshman Kurogo Kurusu finds his true passion in kabuki, a form of classical Japanese dance theatre. When he finds out his school doesn’t have a club dedicated to it, he enlists the help of his best friend Tonbo to make one. They’ll need at least five members to get things started, however, and together they’ll have to win over an unlikely roster that includes stage actors, martial artists, and band members who aren’t into kabuki at all.

Grimoire of Zero

Grimoire of Zero_Zero kara Hajimeru Maho no Sho_Sentai Filmworks

In Liturgical Year 526, sorcery has spread throughout the land, but few are aware of a rival practice called “magic.” One day, a half-man, half-beast mercenary who has found himself on the run encounters a beautiful witch known only as “Zero.” Zero makes him an offer: if he escorts her on the search for her stolen grimoire, she will help him gain a human form. Despite his hatred for witches, the nameless mercenary accompanies Zero and guards her as she sets out to reclaim a book that has the power to destroy the world.

Sword Oratoria: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side

Sentai Filmworks

Ais Wallenstein’s life changed forever on the fateful day she met Bell Cranel, but while Bell’s story launched him into his future, her story sends her deeper into her past. Within the dungeon’s treacherous depths, Ais and the other members of the Loki Familia encounter an irregularity that could threaten not just their party, but their entire world.

Whether this is all a good or bad thing, I’m not sure I can really say. We’ve seen a lot of series still getting picked up since the truce between Crunchyroll and FUNimation. Normally I would say competition is a good thing as it pushes companies to provide higher quality products. They may hold true in this case but it’s more an issue for the consumer when your product is a subscription based streaming service that’s paid month by month.

Will these series have the appeal to draw more consumers to Amazon’s anime based streaming service or will the exclusivity of these series lead to most fans missing out because they don’t want to pay for another subscription? Only time will tell. Time as well as any comments you decide to leave us. So tell us what you think!

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