You can’t go a week these days without one digital distributor or another offering up some sort of themed sale and, this week, it looks like PlayStation is rolling back priced on games from and inspired by the beloved Japanese animation industry. Get ready for the Anime Sale, discounting games, TV shows and movies across the PlayStation Network.
Seriously, you youngsters don’t know how great you’ve got it these days. Back in my day, if you wanted to watch anime, you either needed to pay 30 bucks for a DVD featuring two episodes of your favorite show, or tune in to Toonami after school to enjoy Dragon Ball Z, Naruto and the like. It just so happens that those shows are featured in the PSN Anime Sale, too. Nowadays, with apps like Crunchyroll and Funimation, it’s possible to watch brand new shows mere hours after they broadcast in Japan, fully translated and ready to go for like eight bucks a month.
If you just so happen to be a lover of anime, or a fan of deeply discounted digital entertainment in general, then you’ll want to pay extra close attention to the big sale kicking off tomorrow afternoon and running for the next week.
“Starting tomorrow, we are discounting 17 games and a bunch of movies and TV shows as part of our Anime Sale,” said Sony Network Entertainment Digital Distribution Manager, Chieh Chen. “You can get up to 50 percent off a great selection of anime games, and if you are a PlayStation Plus member, you get an added bonus, receiving up to 75 percent off.”
For a full list of discounted content and their sale prices, you’ll want to check out the original PlayStation Blog post. There’s simply far too much content to list here and, besides, they’ve already got everything nice and alphabetized, complete with original prices, sale prices and extra discounted Plus prices. For a taste of what you can expect, though, just keep on reading.
In the games department, you’ll find deep discounts on titles from the BlazBlue series, as well as the semi-new Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle. Look out for Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES, too, as well as Ys: I & II Chronicles.
If you’re more in the mood for movies, you can get your hands on the Animatrix, the series of short-films that detailed the rise and fall of the Matrix through a series of artistically and visually stimulating stories made by famed animation directors, as well as a whole bunch of films from the Bleach, Naruto and Inuyasha series.
Finally, loads of TV shows are being discounted, including several seasons of Bleach, Naruto and Robotech. Just about every single piece of anime from a wide and diverse set of genres are available for fans.
If anime is a genre you’ve never really dipped your toe into before, now would be the perfect time to get a decent sampling at a fraction of the regular cost.