Amazon’s little known Anime Strike streaming service has been discontinued. The anime series and movies that were formerly on the channel have been relocated to Prime Video. This does not come as a shock to most due to Anime Strike’s low profile on Amazon’s platform.
An Amazon spokesperson spoke with Kotaku stating, “we have decided to move the curated catalogs of Anime Strike and Heera into Prime Video so that more customers can enjoy this content as part of their Prime membership.”
Anime Strike, was originally launched by Amazon to compete with the likes of Funimation, Crunchyroll, and Netflix’s catalog of anime. Although this extension was launched with high hopes, Anime Strike did not catch on for numerous reasons. One reason being the added $60 per year membership ($5 per month) on top of Amazon Prime’s $99 yearly fee. It was also reported that searching for an anime movie or series deemed to be difficult due to Amazon’s extensive catalog of shows and merchandise.
So, as of January 5th, all Anime Strike memberships have been cancelled and any memberships that have been paid past that deadline have been refunded.