POPTV has announced on Friday that they are launching Japanese Anime-focused section BENTO on Wednesday, 26 October.
BENTO will be a brand new section under the POPTV Pinas mobile app which will offer Japanese anime titles streaming simultaneously with Japan, as well as library of anime shows, available in Japanese audio with subtitles.
Their first simulcast title offerings would be Spy×Family Part 2, Beast Tamer and the third season of Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun.
The platform is adding multiple anime titles in its content library, which includes Assassination Classroom, Mob Psycho 100, Police in a Pod, Ascendance of a Bookworm, The Detective is Already Dead and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.
This will be alongside POPTV’s exclusive offering of Japanese anime shows in Tagalog dubbing, such as Jujutsu Kaisen, Sing Yesterday for Me and Horimiya.
A representative of POPTV has told Anime Pilipinas that they plan to offer subscription packages to BENTO, which includes a free, ad-supported tier and subscription tiers.
The platform will also include features like offline viewing, child lock, video quality options and a watch party feature.
POPTV founder & chief executive officer Jyotirmoy Saha said in a statement, “Filipinos are among the top consumers of anime content in the world. Bento has been created to address that market. A comprehensive Anime service that makes titles available easily and cheaply (or for free) is the best defense for anime IP owners against widespread piracy.”
He also adds that the platform will be launching over a hundred titles at launch, which will continue to grow each quarter, and their goal is to be “the ultimate destination for Filipino anime fans”.
“We want Filipinos to have effortless access to the best anime in the world. We want to enable anime fans to be able to express their love for anime and get fulfillment without having to rely on dubious sources,” says Jackeline Chua, the service’s chief operating officer.
She hopes that Filipino anime fans will support BENTO as they have “a lot in store for the community”, which they plan to reveal in the coming months to come.
To access BENTO on 26 October, download the “POPTV Pinas” application on Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Huawei App Gallery and Samsung Galaxy Store.
Subscription vouchers can be purchased through load deduction via Google Play or SMART, or through credit/debit card and e-wallet service GCash. It can also be purchased through online stores Shopee and Lazada, as well as M’Lhuillier and RD Pawnshops nationwide.