Watching Anime on Amazon – Any Good?

Now That Strike is Gone…

As many of you already know, Amazon has gotten rid of their additional pay wall for anime and everything has reverted back to Prime members. That’s great news for me, Strike was something just riddled with problems. I’m not here to complain about that though, instead I’ll be talking about my thoughts on their streaming service and if it may be something you might want to use.

Pros

  • Solid PS4 Application
  • Streams well, even in HD, with a slower connection
  • Excellent library selection for Prime users (with more for optional purchase)
  • Great if already a Prime member, absolutely no reason to not use it

Cons

  • Have to have Prime to really benefit
  • Subtitles not always accurate and the formatting of them needs work
  • Difficult to find content unless you know exactly what you want
  • Watch list could use some work, as is it is serviceable
  • Poor communication on Amazon’s end about when content will be removed

The very first thing I did when I found out I could watch anime easily on Amazon was search their library. I knew exactly what I wanted and added everything right away. Then I watched Welcome to the Ballroom, which was something I really had wanted to see given my background. For this, the service was what I expected.

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However, his is where my first complaint comes in. It is really hard to find what you are looking for. Amazon has a far better library than expected, both for anime and live-action series/films, but you have to know exactly what you want if you have any hopes of finding it. Now it is true that you can search with vague terms and find stuff, but it is really hit-or-miss on what actually shows up (it isn’t even always consistent).

Speaking of issues, I have to note that the user interface isn’t the best either. Adding things to your watch list is easy but there is no real organization. You can filter by date added and A-Z, that’s it. Not the end of the world, but having to go through the whole list just to resume what I was last watching is a bit annoying.

Additionally, the subtitle options are not the best. This matters particularly for subtitled anime. It gets the job done but the subtitles need tweaking since half the time they clash with the screen if you don’t fiddle with them. On top of that, sometimes they are just plain wrong or have spelling/grammar errors. I know I don’t speak Japanese, but even I could tell that much. These instances aren’t frequent, but the fact that they are there is not good.

Let’s move to the positives though, the player itself is pretty good. I am able to stream with it no problem on my subpar interment connection, even in HD! That beats Crunchyroll and similar services that end up being a big hassle when I use my laptop.

The PS4 application is also good. You have the same interface issues that the PC has, but I actually find it more comfortable for navigation. I should note that my PS4 has better internet connection, so sometimes I do note a slight quality difference between it and my computer.

So far I have used the service to watch the aforementioned Welcome to the Ballroom, InyuashikiThe Great Passage, and Hell Girl. All of which were good experiences overall. That being said, there is one more thing to note about the service. During my watch of Hell Girl season one, Amazon removed the series while I was watching it. This interruption was abrupt with no warning. The take away, they don’t give notice when they are going to remove something or when a license is about to expire.

I was able to purchase a digital copy of Hell Girl S1, so that gave me an excuse to see how watching videos you own was. It is about the same as just streaming normally with one caveat, for some reason you can permanently delete stuff you buy. I didn’t do this, obviously, but I have no clue why this is an option. You don’t have a limit of how many things you own (and if you did then why?) so I guess that is a feature that people wanted for some reason.

If you already are a Prime member, then you should try out their service. It was a lot better than I had expected while still having its fair share of flaws. I wouldn’t rush out and purchase a Prime membership just for this, but if you have it already then there isn’t really any reason not to use it. That’s what I had been doing with it, and I discovered I probably would have been using it a lot more often had I known about the library size and good stream quality despite my poor connection.


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17 thoughts on “Watching Anime on Amazon – Any Good?

  1. Nice to hear that the second paywall is no more. Given how anime fandom is well versed in piracy it’s not bright to make them pay more for content. They remove Hell Girl whilst you were watching? Ouch. I really wish companies would communicate better when their shows are due to vanish.

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    1. Definitely. It was such a bummer. At least I was able to buy (though I really didn’t want to drop the cash) all of Hell Girl so I could finish it. They did give me a credit as an apology and said they would pass my complaint about the lack of communication up the chain of command. I mean, it is a standard thing ever other streaming service does as.

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  2. Well…Holland has a very small selection of anime…I main,y watch on Crunchyroll and Netflix. I at times complain I can’t see some of the new shows. But on the other hand there is still enough for me to watch. And seriously with so much hobbies I have not to mention my blog, I would in all honesty not even add something new if I were able to 😊😊
    Ps: It’s so cool how the creator project is exploding now! Well done 😊😊

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  3. HiDive is good. So much there, and they’re good shows, especially if you want to see the shows which are being copied today. As for the subtitles: YES! Closed Captioning is blocking the picture and harder to read. They really ought to fix that. Even FANSUBS get this right. And they’ve been getting it right for 18 years.

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  4. The anime selection in Australia on Prime is super tiny (and very difficult to find even when specifically searching for a title), so I wouldn’t have Amazon for anime. Fortunately, there’s a lot of other content so it isn’t as though the service isn’t providing good content, it just isn’t something I would recommend to Australians chasing anime.

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    1. Fair point, I have no idea what the selection is like outside the US. At least they have a good amount of other stuff for you but it is lame that Australia seem to get shafted with anime licenses when it comes to platforms.

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      1. It is odd though that some of the shows that I think are on Amazon elsewhere, I’ve watched on HiDive in Australia. This is why I don’t try to decide on a watchlist until I actually see what shows have appeared on the services I use. Because people tell me something is on Crunchyroll and for me it isn’t and I can never really figure out what will be available until it is available.

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  5. I have it and have used it for other shows. I haven’t watched anime on it so I may have to check some out. But from what I used it for, it was great. I hate that some movies and series that they want you to pay for even with Prime but overall, cool with me.

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    1. I don’t mind having to pay for some things, usually those are things they obviously don’t hold the license for directly like ABC or HBO shows. Plus the Prime library is actually HUGE. Glad to hear that the experience is good for other folks like you too! 😀

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