Anime Strike, Amazon Video’s anime add-on channel that cost $5 a month, has been shut down. But don’t be sad! Rejoice! It just means you can watch a bunch of great anime with your Amazon Prime membership now, no additional subscription required.
Amazon decided to axe the unpopular service today, days before hitting the one year anniversary mark, due to lack of subscribers and constant complaints from those who did sign up for the Amazon “Channel.” Anime fans were reluctant to sign up due to the services double paywall ($99 a year for Amazon Prime plus $60 a year for Anime Strike), and those who did sign up often had issues with shows missing translation, shows with too much translation and extraneous information, and a general lack of communication from Amazon. Anime Strike subscribers were often in the dark as to when new episodes of their favorite series would finally appear.
While some of those issues may not go away, at least the service doesn’t cost you an additional $5 a month now. If you have an Amazon Prime subscription, you can watch every show they had featured on Anime Strike, including great new stuff like Okkoku, Scum’s Wish, Made in Abyss및 Inuyashiki Last Hero. On top of that, Amazon’s Bollywood channel Heera is being added to standard Prime Video as well. Hopefully this move doesn’t mean that Amazon plans to avoid or remove anime or Bollywood content in the future.