Neon Alley issued the following press release:
CHIKARA TO DEBUT ON ANIME CHANNEL NEON ALLEY AS PART OF NEW FALL LINEUP
Mega popular comic book & sci fi influenced independent wrestling promotion to be featured on Sundays as part of channel's live-action block.
While wrestling fans have been mourning the apparent death of one of the most beloved independent wrestling promotions of all time, anime channel Neon Alley is bringing the CHIKARA library to it's 24/7 channel available on Mac/PC, PS3 and XBOX 360.
The channel, which launched in October 2012, is the only service which offers English dubbed anime, uncut and uncensored, 24/7 365...except for Sundays when the channel becomes a mix of anime movies and marathons along with live-action martial arts classics, and now CHIKARA.
The channel has acquired 26 CHIKARA events which will debut each Sunday as part of the channel's new fall lineup. The episodes will also be available as part of Neon Alley's "Catch Up" service which makes all Neon Alley shows available the following day on-demand. Each episode will remain available in Catch Up for at least 2 weeks. Episodes will be 2 hour edited versions of events, though all matches featured will be shown in their entirety.
Now, fans who miss the great action of CHIKARA will be able to catch 8 hours of action a month for only $6.99, plus take advantage of the other 700+ hours a month of great uncensored, uncut, all English dubbed anime featuring favorites including NARUTO Shippuden, Bleach, One Piece, and the super-hero reality show Tiger & Bunny.
Neon Alley had run commercials for both CHIKARA and Dragon Gate USA DVDs in the past and found that their audience seemed to have a nice crossover with fans of pro wrestling. With the CHIKARA product seeming to be in line with other interests of the Neon Alley audience including comic books and sci fi, the promotions library seemed like a good fit for the channel. The 26 events acquired are all part of a major CHIKARA story arch and will play out in order so viewers who have never seen a CHIKARA event can follow the storylines.
Neon Alley is VIZ Media’s 24-hour anime channel that is available for general web access as well as the Xbox 360® and Xbox LIVE® and the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) gaming system and the PlayStation®Network. Neon Alley is specially designed to be studio agnostic, featuring titles from other anime producers and content distributors, including Aniplex, FUNimation, NTV, Taiseng, and Anime News Network. The channel’s diverse schedule includes a mix of action, adventure, sci-fi, supernatural, fantasy, and horror anime, uncut and dubbed into English, and presented in HD (when available), for a low monthly subscription rate of only $6.99. For a limited time only, the service is also offering a one-week free trial available to all fans that sign up at NeonAlley.com.