iflix — the on-demand service established in 2014 and has spread throughout Southeast Asia, Middle East and North Africa — was among the first on-demand services I got introduced to (the other ones would be HOOQ and Netflix).

I still remember during the ToyCon 2015 launch when I had the opportunity to ask the iflix guys if they will include anime and other Japanese content — they were hopeful to show them.

Fast forward August 2015, they closed a deal with Aniplus Asia to show 21 titles, and at this time I rallied for Offline Viewing, a feature which will enable me to watch without any required data connection given that I download the stuff beforehand. Also during this time, HOOQ also secured an anime deal also with Aniplus. I was able to finish the first THE iDOLM@STER anime series as well as Puchim@s on iflix.

Things have winded down with Aniplus’ entry on Philippine Cable TV through SKYcable; and through Solar Entertainment’s easyTV platform and distribution to minor cable networks. HOOQ doesn’t offer anime anymore.

iflix still has an anime lineup this 2018, with some titles expiring soon:

  • ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Department
  • Akame ga Kill!
  • All Out!!
  • Ao Haru Ride
  • Bakuten Shoot Beyblade G Revolution
  • Black Bullet
  • Black Butler: Book Of Circus (expiring soon)
  • Black Butler: Book Of Murder (expiring soon)
  • Blast of Tempest
  • Blue Exorcist
  • Charlotte
  • Shokugeki no Soma (both seasons)
  • Kumamiko
  • Haikyu!!
  • Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls From A Dungeon?
  • Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls From A Dungeon? OVA
  • Kiznaiver
  • Konosuba! (First season)
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
  • Mob Psycho 100
  • My Hero Acadamia
  • Snow White with the Red Hair
  • Ushio & Tora
  • Utawarerumono: The False Faces
  • Your Lie in April

If you want to watch these series, go get a VIP membership for as low as Php99 a month.

On another note, if you look at the story I filed on Rappler about GMA Network’s foray into on-demand viewing, you can feel that three years ago, streaming video on demand (SVOD) was hyped.