Amazon’s Anime Strike Service Shuts Down

Friday, January 5th, 2018

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Today Amazon has shut down their streaming service, Anime Strike. The service which had launched just last year required a paid subscription, and had a number of Sentai Filmworks licensed titles. The titles that were included in the service have been added to Prime Video. In addition to Anime Strike, Amazon’s Heera service which provided Bollywood content also has had its titles transferred.

So, what are all your thoughts on the end of this service?


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  • Nin

    This can be one of two things.

    1. Amazon gave up on anime entirely. Not sure if this is a good thing, though I’ve personally never had an issue with Crunchyroll’s near monopoly as the website still has to beat out pirate websites, so it’s not a true monopoly in practice. Come to think of it, Amazon hasn’t gone out of its way to announce any new series, so this actually might be the case.

    2. Amazon simply heard the complaints about the double paywall and decided to eliminate it. If this is the case, then Amazon is still likely to pick up a few shows every season and continue funding anime series. Things will be the same, just no double paywall.

    • Gurick

      I’m hoping it’s the latter, but it’s looking more like the former considering they didn’t pick up any shows for the Winter season. Plus, it looks like Sentai Filmworks has moved on from them and gone all in with HiDIVE. Unless another publisher that’s not Sentai or Funimation partners with them, things aren’t looking good for anime on Amazon.

  • Panpopo

    Didn’t even last a year? That surprises me the most. Not sure if there were any fans of this service. Double paywall was a bad idea – should have always been a part of the prime subscription or (ideally) its own separate fee without it.

    I wonder how much say Amazon JP has in all of this, if at all, as I imagine if anime is pushed anywhere for exclusives it would be there. Oh well.

  • Tiredman

    I gave the service a try, and besides the paywall, it did something that was, to me, unforgivable. It used it’s own service to throttle my quality. I can go to all sorts of other websites and watch anime at 720 and 1080, but on Amazon’s service, I kept getting knocked down to 420. I talked to them multiple times, and they told me my 50 mb connection wasn’t good enough, and that it was my providers fault. My provider said it was Amazon’s fault. Endless run around. I wasn’t paying for a service that automatically made my video’s worse, with no way to change it myself.