Good news, anime fans. Bad new, Amazon.
Early last year, Amazon launched their streaming anime service, Anime Strike. While in theory, it was a great idea, it suffered from one key aspect: its content was behind two paywalls. In order to utilize the service, you had to be an Amazon Prime member, and you had to pay an additional $5/month to sign up for the “channel.”
Anime fans — who are an incredibly cost-averse demographic, to begin with — were not happy, and many of the exclusive series that landed on Anime Strike quickly fell victim to piracy.
As Forbes is reporting, fans woke up on Friday morning that Anime Strike was no more, and that all the content that had been hidden behind that extra paywall were available with their standard Prime subscription.
This isn’t exactly a huge surprise. Over the summer, Anime Strike’s Twitter account had gone dormant, and anime publishers found themselves having to promote their anime content on their own accounts. Also, when Anime Strike made no announcements for the 2018 anime season, it was clear something was amiss.
One spokesperson has given a statement to Forbes, saying:
“Amazon has notified subscribers that content from Anime Strike is now available in Prime Video and included with their Prime membership. Amazon also automatically canceled their Anime Strike subscriptions, refunding any portion of their final monthly payment that extends beyond Jan 5th.”
Are you happy to see titles like Made In Abyss and Inuyashiki, being opened up to standard Amazon Prime subscribers? Let us know down below!
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