In April 2011, Viz Media Europe opened Anime On Demand, a streaming website dedicated to simulcasting a selection of Japanese anime to the United Kingdom and Ireland as they aired in Japan. Anime On Demand was responsible for giving British and Irish fans their first look at hit titles like Steins;Gate, Tiger & Bunny and some of my personal favourites like Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions (which is receiving a second season next month) and Tamako Market.
In October, Viz Media Europe and Sony teamed up to launch Animax UK, a new anime streaming service for the United Kingdom. When many people saw that a lot of Anime On Demand’s back-catalogue was available on the service and reflected on the inactivity of Anime On Demand, it became clear – but now it’s official. Today, Anime On Demand have announced that they have officially been replaced by Animax UK. Existing Anime On Demand users who use the discount code AOD-NOW-ANIMAX can get a 2 week free trial and 50% off their first month of the Animax service.
Animax UK offers not only TV anime catalogue titles like Bleach, Black Lagoon and Death Note, but also movies such as Berserk and Mardock Scramble – as well as simulcast titles including Beyond the Boundary and Coppelion! If you want to give Animax a try, then why not pop over to their website?