If you are up to dated with my about page, you know I love watching anime series online. Watching anime is one of my main hobbies. I always keep my eye on various best anime streaming sites. Being an anime fan, I thought it would be a good idea to share my thoughts on the newly launched Amazon Strike anime streaming platform.
Anime streaming is a big market, especially in this internet generation. Amazon realized that and launched its own anime streaming service called Amazon Strike. With Amazon strike, subscribers can enjoy over 1000 anime titles on any device. There are even some shows which are only exclusively available on Amazon Strike in the USA. This shows, how Amazon is trying hard to get into this market.
Current market leader Crunchyroll has more than 750,000 titles and available for both free and paid subscribers. This is interesting to see if Amazon is worth giving a shot. In this article, I will show you all the features and where it stands in the competition.
The Anime Selection
The collection of anime is what matters for many anime fans. Sure, 1000 anime titles sound huge on paper but when you compare this with other competitors like Crunchyroll which has 750, 000, 1000 is not that big of a number. Amazon is able to hold exclusive streaming right for some titles like ViVid Strike!, Shin-chan Spin-off vol.1 Aliens vs. Shinnosuke, Chi’s Sweet Adventure, The Great Passage, Scum’s Wish and Onihei which gives it an edge over the competition. Amazon also able to stream few anime series like Scum’s Wish and Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga the same day it airs in Japan.
Amazon is trying to capture, and it is too early to say what Amazon will see in future.
I have a mixed feeling about pricing. Amazon Strike is just another channel of Amazon which is only subscribable if you are a prime member. That means if you want to watch anime on Amazon, you have to first subscribe to the Amazon Prime. That is $11 per month or $100 per year. So in total, you have to pay $15 a month or $160 per year. This is on an expensive side especially when you compare with competitors like Crunchyroll which is $6.95 per month and Funimation which is $6 per month.
Amazon could just make Anime available for all Prime member, or they could make Amazon Strike available without prime subscription. I am not up for paying 15 bucks for a service which has less number of titles.
Device support is not going to be an issue because Amazon Strike is a part of Amazon video that means you get to watch almost all the smart device which has internet connectivity.
But the problem is Amazon Strike is available in the USA, and if you are a kind of person who travels a lot, then you might not be able to watch Anime while you are not in the States. I don’t understand why Amazon is doing this cause Amazon Prime itself is available in the whole bunch of countries. Maybe because of the license?
Amazon is really trying hard to capture this market. Had they have a fair price, they would have gained some more traction. It will be interesting to see how Amazon plays its game to outperforms its competitors. Till then sit back and enjoy how other competitors responding to Amazon.