Being able to stream anime legally and not having to deal with bad subs or low quality on illegal sites at a relatively low cost has been one of the better things to happen for the anime community in the last decade. Companies like Crunchyroll and Funimation have meant a lot more anime for a lot less. Netflix continues to have the problem of not knowing what a simulcast is outside of Japan, but I’ve already talked about that in a previous post. Anime Strike, however, has been even more of a thorn in the side of the community for the past year. But, after Amazon realized that they created a garbage product, Capitalism finally won out and they officially ended Anime Strike.
Allow me for one second to just dance on its grave, and bask in how terrible a service, and an idea, Anime Strike really was. They were taking what were arguably some of the best shows of each season, and hiding them behind a 15 dollar a month paywall. Even people who already had Prime video had to pay an extra 60 dollars a year just to use the service at all.
Now, with Anime Strike gone, all of the anime that were Anime Strike exclusives have been transferred over to their general prime video library. As IGN pointed out in an article, this includes things like Land of the Lustrous, Made in Abyss, and one that I’ve been interested in for a while, The Great Passage.
Some have tried to argue that the idea of having exclusives at all is not fair, but one, exclusives are what makes a service worth getting in the first place, and two, that was not even the problem. The problem comes when corporations who do not understand the medium they are getting into in the slightest come in an create an unnecessarily high paywall for completely unjustified reasons.
Anime Strikes end is a good thing for the community. It means that good shows will not have to be hidden behind greedy business practices and a lack of understanding on the part of Amazon.
What are your thoughts? Did anyone actually have Anime Strike? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and bye for now friendos!