Barely a year after its initial launch, Amazon’s anime streaming service known as Anime Strike is no longer in service. Since its inception, the streaming service had been facing an uphill battle against the criticism of anime fans, largely due to the fact that you had to pay two separate fees just to get access to this one single service.
Regardless of whether or not one wanted an Amazon Prime account, you had to pay for one to get access to Anime Strike. Then, you had to an additional amount for the anime subscription. There was no Anime-only streaming service option, but just having an Amazon Prime account wasn’t enough either. Compared to other video streaming services, not just the anime ones, it was just ridiculous.
So, now, you might be wondering if Amazon has just dropped anime all together. But that isn’t what happened. Amazingly enough, Amazon kind of listened to all the complaints, and they simply moved the anime that was available on Anime Strike to join all the other media that is accessible on Prime Video.
With the double paywall removed, Amazon has put its streaming service more on the level of Netflix, which still doesn’t compare to say Crunchyroll and Funimation, but it’s definitely more a step in the right direction.
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