Before you mourn… You’ll be getting the same content for less $$$. What’s not to like?
After just a year, Amazon’s anime subscription service, which gave anime fans more than 1,000 movies and TV shows to stream for $4.99 monthly, has come to an end. “Anime Strike” has been gutted, with its dozens of anime shows and movies being transferred into Amazon Prime’s general offerings.
According to Kotaku, an Amazon representative stated,
We have decided to move the curated catalogs of Anime Strike and [Bollywood channel] Heera into Prime Video so that more customers can enjoy this content as part of their Prime membership.
The service launched in January of last year and showcased titles like Inuyashiki, Princess Principal and Made In Abyss. It gave fans another option aside from services like Funimation and Crunchyroll, and offered a larger catalogue than free services like our very own Viewster. Amazon is taking action quickly, Anime Strike’s Twitter account has vanished, and anime titles that had previously been $4.99 are now free with Amazon Prime.
With a sticker price of $60/year (on top of the already steep $99-yearly Amazon Prime subscription), Anime Strike faced a major challenge of a double paywall. Typing an anime title into Amazon’s search bar often meant wading through related manga, t-shirts and soundtracks before happening upon its Anime Strike entry. It was also only available in America.
Anime fans are celebrating Strike’s rollback, and questioning why they had to suffer in the first place. As for us? We’re mostly just excited Amazon Channels haven’t been touched; check out ours here.