For the anime industry, the streaming revolution is both a blessing and a curse

The often overwhelming array of choices has created a siloing effect for customers, with their favorite shows hidden behind multiple paywalls. Crunchyroll costs $6.95 per month for premium access while a Funimation subscription is $5.99 per month. Anime Strike will set you back $5 per month but requires an Amazon Prime membership, which costs $99 a year., another popular service, charges $5 per month. This has driven many fans to piracy and torrent sites, which they use as a centralized place that meets all of their anime needs. Companies like Funimation have sought to shut down these illegal sites, but they remain popular among fans. – David Ng, Los Angeles Times