In response to the article I posted about the fact that the forthcoming new season of, “Himouto! Umaru-Chan R” would be only streaming on Anime Stirke it got me thinking. Why do I hate Amazon’s Anime Strike? I mean it really doesn’t make much sense when one thinks about it. It is a new subscription service that is promoting more competition and diversity among the streaming industry. I am not at all bothered by them grabbing licenses for titles that I love. What bothers me as an anime fan is finding a justification to pay 4.99USD on top of a 99USD annual requirement.
Now yes, if you religiously shop through Amazon then is makes the most amount of sense. Having that Prime subscription is just an already existing facet in your daily life. You use the Prime Video service and you love the music option; why not add anime in for 5 USD? It is a steal for what you get—if you use the service. For someone, like myself, who maybe sparingly purchases from the website, you can’t justify the cost. I don’t make use of the website enough to warrant me needing Prime in the first place, so why would paying 105USD warrant it now?
“But Kausus, you already pay 6.95 Per month for Crunchyroll! That’s like… 84USD.” You are right. In a year of paying for Crunchyroll I spend 84USD roughly. If I take the 105USD cost for Amazon Prime and Anime Stirke and divide that into a monthly payment, that is still 8.75USD a month. That is a buck-eighty difference. That may not seem like much but that buck-eighty adds up over the course of time. Maybe if I used the service enough I could see myself justifying a Prime membership cost. But just being an anime enthusiast, I can’t bear the though of having to pay 99USD just to get anime.
What are your thoughts on the service? Do you feel it is worth the price you pay? Would you grab Anime Strike if they separated the Prime membership requirement? Sound off in the comments down below! Personally I just am cheap and don’t like the fact that to get what I want, I have to dance through a damned paywall for. It would open up so many doors if they just allowed the service to be open to opting in for without an Amazon Prime required account…
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