Amazon has shut down its paid anime streaming channel, Anime Strike, just short of a year after it launched. Amazon has automatically cancelled all Anime Strike subscriptions, and the Anime Strike library will be available through Amazon Prime Video starting today.
Prior to the shutdown, Anime Strike was one of Amazon’s “Channels,” video catalogs that fall outside of the regular Prime Video offerings and require an additional subscription. Anime Strike cost $5 per month on top of the $100-per-year Amazon Prime subscription.
Factoring in the Amazon Prime subscription, Anime Strike was more expensive than both Crunchyroll and Funimation, the two most popular anime-focused streaming sites. A basic Crunchyroll membership costs $7 per month, though you can watch many of its shows for free with ads, and Funimation costs $6 per month.
Anime Strike did not announce any exclusives for the winter 2018 anime season, and its Twitter account–which is now deactivated–was inactive for months.
Among Anime Strike’s exclusives were Scum’s Wish, CG series Land of the Lustrous, and Made in Abyss, which was one of GameSpot’s top 10 anime of 2017.