Yep, we’re talking about Anime Strike again……and you wonder why? Well, after I made a piece about it a couple of weeks ago about Amazon’s new channel Anime Strike that costs $5 per month but that has to be included with a Prime Subscription and that costs about $100/year or $10 per month.
As you guess or seen in the last few days of recent, not that many people are excited about the service. Yeah, I know people who got Prime might not have a problem with this (keyword being might) but for attracting new customers, that double paywall was a deal breaker and I’m not even sure if it’ll bring more people into their service.
I mentioned that they are getting more anime outside the noitanimA stuff?
YEAH! 12 shows they are simulcasting on their service and TEN are exclusive to the site! I know everybody was in shocked when they heard that Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul was going to be Anime Strike exclusive since the first series Genesis aired on FUNimation’s site and it was one of the best shows of 2014 and knowing that most fans can’t see the sequel due to them not affording Anime Strike is a pain on some people and hearing that the sequel and Re:CREATORS are off to great starts makes it more infuriating. (Not to the shows itself. I’m glad they are turning out good from what I read in ANN but some can’t see them legally and that’s very disheartening to some people.)
True, 2 other shows like Eromanga Sensei and Granblue Fantasy are streaming in other places but Aniplex of America always streams their shows in other platforms but the biggest thing about this is……
Most of these are Sentai Filmworks licenses as titles like Sagrada Reset, Armed Girl’s Machiavellism, Kabukibu!, Grimoire of Zero, Anonymous Noise, Is It Wrong to Try and Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Sword Oratoria & Atom The Beginning are exclusively streaming on that platform.
I guess is that since Crunchyroll is more in bed with FUNimation, Sentai has been getting left out of there considering them and CR used to be tight since they usually get shows from them left and right and I don’t think anyone cares about the Anime Network that much (Hell, they even said some TAN exclusives but I think no one cared or even make a fuss about it. I mean, you think people cared about season 3 of RIN-NE?). I don’t know if Sentai and Amazon are trying to do with Crunchyroll and Funimation are doing with their streaming services but I doubt it’ll attract more people like them because……well, for one thing, the price fits right for anime viewers.
Well……to say Sentai is exclusively Amazon now is a bit of stretch as they have gotten shows that stream on other platforms besides CR. Hell, Knights of Sidonia and Ajin, 2 Netflix exclusives are licensed to Sentai and if Sentai is going for other venues besides CR to stream their content, then that’s not a wrong thing. That’s business and all but I don’t know if being Anime Strike-exclusive is going to help them in the future…..this is the case of “We’ll see” in the future and I’m still unsure about actually trying the service now. Again, I’m thinking of doing it some time in the year but I hope for the time being, Amazon listens to its anime-centric customers and see what’s wrong with their deal.
I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid and streaming has gotten more expensive.