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I have discovered that most of this seasons Animes Licensed By Sentai Filmworks are being shown exclusively on Anime Strike owned by Amazon. To use the streaming site you must be an Amazon Prime Member which is $100 a year and on top of this you must pay $4.99 a month extra to watch. I have no problem with another site showing Anime but I am a little concerned when one company seems to monopolize a whole slew of shows from another company.
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But this is nothing new. At one point CR basically monopolized all of Sentai's titles. It was only the CR-Funi partnership that ended that. Don't get me wrong, it's a drag for me as a Canadian, because we don't get Anime Strike in Canada and even if we did, I'd have zero interest in climbing a double pay wall (I am not an Amazon Prime member). But Sentai's simply doing what it needs to do to stay in business.

From a selfish standpoint, I wish CR had a monopoly on all anime titles. Be great to get that content and only pay one subscripton fee.
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Yeah, most shows are only available on one site. Double paywalls already exist if you want to watch both sub and dub (or, they did from the start of FUNi/Crunchy until the start of VRV, but VRV still doesn't have a Roku app, and that's how I watch things, so...)

Also, if it's that bad, the model will fail and Sentai will put their things elsewhere.

Also, Viz already wasn't playing with Crunchy - their stuff is all just on Hulu. K season 1 is (was?) on Netflix, but not the rest. Big popular Shonen Jump things that Viz licenses are on Crunchy, but other than that... Hulu only.
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I only watch Sub online and buy dub shows on DVD If available and Subs if not.
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I don't have an issue with Amazon getting Sentai titles. That's just business. What I do have an issue with is the double paywall. I encourage anyone who has an issue with it to contact Amazon.


From Amazon home page look for the menu that starts with Browsing History and ends with Help, click on Help.

Scroll to bottom of the Help page and select Need More Help. From the options that appear to the right click on Contact Us.

If you aren't logged in you will be prompted to do so.

On the Contact Us page click on the Prime or Something Else button.

Leave the first section (#1) alone. Go to the second section (#2) and use the drop down to select More Non-order Questions. Drop downs will keep appearing as we get closer to the email window appearing.

Next drop down select Give Amazon Feedback.

Third and final drop down select Opportunities for Improvement.

You can now click on the E-Mail button and will get a window to type your message into.
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Their lineup is really strong from what I've just seen.

Seriously though, I am not paying that price just for anime. It's definitely smart on their business side but I don't like the way this is going. Hopefully CR can pick up more titles.
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As someone just getting (back) into anime, this is annoying but understandable from a business perspective.

I'm definitely not signing up for Strike, though. Heck, I'm probably quitting Hulu now that I'm signed up for Crunchyroll. I've lagged way behind on all of my live action TV shows anyway, and can wait till they're on Netflix (mostly).
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stark700 wrote:

Their lineup is really strong from what I've just seen.

Seriously though, I am not paying that price just for anime. It's definitely smart on their business side but I don't like the way this is going. Hopefully CR can pick up more titles.


CR can still pick up more titles. They just won't be anything special since Amazon dumped their entire war chest into every big show season after CR/Funi grabbed Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia. The only 2 I'm looking forward now that haven't been picked up by anyone yet are Clockwork Planet and SukaSuka.
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Well, just when you thought the nonsense with Funimation was over , amazon steps in to pick up the slack. Hopefully daisuki gets some of these the for Europe.
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So ignoring all the american stuff which us foreigners don't need to know about...yet...

What is going to happen to all these shows which amazon has in other countries? There's absolutely no mention anywhere about if the UK will get any of these titles. I was hoping Anime Limited might have picked them up for the UK at least but that doesn't seem to be the case.

Of course, with any luck amazon will get the message that they need to piss off and quick, before they even try to roll out this rip-off worldwide.
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NOTES / Remeber all SENTAI TITLES ONLY / They must hate CR


OPINION: AMAZON AND NETFLIX DON’T UNDERSTAND ANIME FANS BY MIRANDA SANCHEZ (IGN)

We take a look at what Amazon and Netflix's interest in anime streaming means for viewers and piracy.

Con: Anime Strike is expensive and (currently) offers fewer series than competitors

If you don’t already own an Amazon Prime subscription, access to Anime Strike is pricy compared to its competitors and doesn’t offer a way to watch anime for free with ads. Even by subscribing to Amazon’s standalone Prime Video service with Anime Strike, you'd still end up paying for the most expensive plan.

The chart below compares the different subscription prices for their standard paid service in USD:

Service Price Per Month Price Per Year*

Anime Strike (+Prime) $15.98 $158.88**
Anime Strike
(+Standalone Prime Video)$13.98 $167.76
Netflix $9.99*** $119.88
Crunchyroll $6.95 $83.40
Funimation $5.99 $59.99
Hulu $7.99 $95.88
The Anime Network $6.95 $83.40
Daisuki $5 $65
VRV $9.99 $119.88

*Calculated with monthly subscription unless a yearly subscription is offered. **Amazon offers a $99 Prime yearly subscription, so this price is calculated with that flat rate plus the $4.99 per month for Anime Strike.

***Netflix standard subscription, not the “basic” subscription which doesn’t include HD streaming.

Amazon told IGN that it is expanding its Anime Strike library weekly, and so far that has happened. Still, Anime Strike has a long way to go before it competes with other streaming services’ libraries.

PARTIAL EXCERPT

http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/01/20/opinion-amazon-and-netflix-dont-understand-anime-fans


WOW AMAZON STRIKE FULL LIST / Pretty Robust

They got Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul:which FUNI had the !st season

I wonder if they paid any $ 1 Million Dollars an EP like Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress last year

I did a forum post I cant find in search so the link to the article is below

Because anime DVD sales are down not only affecting the Production CMTS but sales at Amazon ?


Amazon's Anime Strike Announces Full Spring Lineup, Premiere Dates
Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul, Re:CREATORS, Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat added


Granblue Fantasy the Animation:
Sagrada Reset:
Armed Girl's Machiavellism:
Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat:
Kabukibu!:
Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul:
Re:CREATORS:
Eromanga Sensei:
Grimoire of Zero:
Anonymous Noise:
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria:
Atom The Beginning:

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-04-05/amazon-anime-strike-announces-full-spring-lineup-premiere-dates/.114405



Japanese BD/DVD Sales Down 6.1% From 2015 (Updated)

Report notes decrease in net worth, slight increase in units sold


http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-02-09/japanese-bd-dvd-sales-down-6.1-percent-from-2015/.112040


SENTAI sends RIN-NE 3 to TAN


More shock but rather have TAN get it


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PhantomGundam wrote:

CR can still pick up more titles. They just won't be anything special since Amazon dumped their entire war chest into every big show season after CR/Funi grabbed Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia. The only 2 I'm looking forward now that haven't been picked up by anyone yet are Clockwork Planet and SukaSuka.


SukaSuka is practically confirmed for CR. VRV announced it will simulcast it an hour after t premieres on CR.
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SukaSuka is practically confirmed for CR. VRV announced it will simulcast it an hour after t premieres on CR.


I read about that yesterday so I know CR is most likely to get it. I'd still wait for the official announcement to breath a sigh of relief though. Licensing anime this season has turned into a crazy and unpredictable game thanks to a certain company using god knows how much money to take nearly everything. If someone told me 2 weeks ago that Funimation would lose a bid for Bahamut I would've laughed at that person...
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Cant blame any side for whats happening this season, competition is the nature of any business. But I am already an Amazon prime member already, and i dont like their payment system for Strike. Wish Prime members could watch it without additional fees. Would make more sense if those fees were just for non-Prime watchers. It would then be like an incentive for people to get Prime.
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The double paywall from Amazon doesn't really bother me because I already have Prime using a student discount which is only $40 a year. Although, anime should just be available to Prime members anyway. I was willing to pay an extra $15 for Amazon's acquisitions this season but I can't even give them my money even if I wanted to because I'm in Canada. I was really holding out hope that the shows would be a part of my regular subscription because I was able to watch Scum's Wish and Onihei last season no problem. But, I checked and and don't see any of the shows that aired today
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