After just a year, Amazon has gutted its hard-to-love anime service Anime Strike, rolling the dozens of anime shows and movies Anime Strike offered into Amazon Prime’s general offerings.
Reached for comment, an Amazon representative told Kotaku, “We have decided to move the curated catalogues of Anime Strike and [Bollywood channel] Heera into Prime Video so that more customers can enjoy this content as part of their Prime membership.”
Anime Strike, which launched early 2016, won licensing rights to much of 2016's best titles like Inuyashiki, Princess Principal and Made In Abyss. It gave fans another option aside from anime-centric services like Funimation and Crunchyroll and bigger streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu — and a well-curated option at that.
Recently, fans noticed that Anime Strike’s Twitter account disappeared, and that, although its website is still up, its “Exclusives” section is empty. Anime titles that had previously been $US4.99 ($6) are now free with Amazon Prime.