Sony Announces Attack on Titan Season 2 UK Release

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Josh A. Stevens

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Months of speculation are over with a colossal reveal! A pop culture phenomenon is returning to the UK with the release of Attack On Titan Season Two, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have announced today.

Attack On Titan Season Two will be released as a complete series collection on 26 February 2018. The season will be available as a Standard Edition DVD, a Standard Edition Blu-ray and a Collector’s Edition Combi-Pack that includes the following physical extras:

  • 24-page “Notes From Beyond the Wall: Part III”.
  • 60-page Art Book.

The on-disc extras for the release, are as follows:

  • Episode Commentaries.
  • Anime Expo 2017: Interview with Trina Nishimura, Tetsuya Kinoshita & Yui Ishikawa.
  • Interview with Original Creator Hajime Isayama.
  • Inside the Episode.
  • Eyecatch Gallery.
  • Promo Videos.
  • Textless Opening & Closing Songs.
  • Trailers.

The Standard Edition Blu-ray and DVD are also available to pre-order now. We’ll update with Collector’s Edition details as and when they come.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment describes the story of Attack On Titan Season Two, as follows:


Eren Jaeger’s battle against the Titans rages on! After fighting the female Titan, he has no time to rest as a horde approaches Wall Rose. With his ferocious abilities and a new plan, Eren and his friends set out to face the Titans head-on. But as they prepare for war, they begin to unearth terrifying secrets. What are the Titans really, and where do they get their power? As they begin investigating the danger hidden within the walls, a colossal reveal shakes them to the core! More Titan shifters are identified, and worse yet, a new Abnormal appears – the horrifying Beast Titan! Does humanity stand a chance at survival with no one to trust and a new evil on the horizon?

This is the first Funimation title to be announced by Sony following their acquisition of Funimation Entertainment back in August. Previously, the question on many fans’ minds was how the sale would impact the distribution of Funimation titles in the UK, which were previously handled by Anime Limited.

Animated by WIT Studio (The Ancient Magus’ Bride), Attack On Titan :Season Two was originally broadcast in Japan earlier this year, with a third season announced to be following in July 2018.

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HdE

Comic Book Guy
I applaud the release of a standard edition in HD alongsde the collector's edition. Here's hoping this becomes a regular thing with Sony and it finally bursts the CE bubble (sorry , but I've always hated that sales model, and the sooner it dies a death, the better as far as I'm concerned.)
 

Captaaainuniverse

Time-Traveller
the headline still seems weird. "funimation announce attack on titan" awesome business as usual "sony announce..." wait what? what is this place? the world I grewed up in is gone
 

Shadow Cat

Thousand Master
1 (mainstream) title in 4 months, not great

I continue to wonder how this Sony x Funimation deal will effect the more niche, less profitable titles.

At least with companies like Manga, MVM and Anime Limited, they will release both mainstream/profitable titles and things that may not sell as much but are valued greatly by their respected audience. Where as I see Sony (and Universal) to be more in the side of /We need to make a profit, why release Kinmoza if its only going to shift 500 units, where as Attack on Titan will get 2000/ so might not take the risks

Can't understand why Sony couldn't have just left Funimation to sub-license anime to the UK as its always done, or if Sony prefers, give Sony first dibs then let Anime Limited (or anyone) have free roam of titles
 

HdE

Comic Book Guy
Its an interesting situation we're in with this, no doubt. In fact, I expect there's still a lot of room for speculation / clarification (if relevant parties feel inclined to offer it) as to what Sony's distribution of anime in the UK will mean over time.

I think we're headed into strange, unpredictable new territory, looking ahead. There's a lot happening with anime as an industry right now that could kick things into odd places.
 

Shadow Cat

Thousand Master
What would you do If say YOI was licensed by them
For release in the UK, I'd be pretty surprised. But the YOI fandom was pretty vocal (who at the point doesn't know what YOI is) and its a title where International sales in Japan were stopped due to licensing so maybe its already been planned for released (?before?) this whole mess up. Sony just picking up the peices

(Edit)
I don't know much about YOI and who licensed it where, so I could be wrong with the above and can't be bothered to do a great deal of research at 2am...
 

crashmatt

Death Scythe
Ibthink it's a wait a see situation with Sony. I don't expect them to release everything from Funimation but certainly the bigger shows.
 

HdE

Comic Book Guy
I think it's pretty obvious we'll get Attack on Titan season 3, My hero academia season 2, and perhaps Mob Psycho 100 out of Sony and the rest will not see the light of day in the UK.

I'm personally a good deal more optimistic than that. I mean, I fully expect Sony to cherry pick the big titles to put out themselves. But I wouldn't be surprised if other Funimation shows didn't find their way into the UK market by some means or another.
 
Big distros and anime just shouldn't mix. Sony's first time around, Universal and Warners have all shown surprisingly inventive ways to screw up releasing anime. It's just that the decline in mass market home entertainment on disc has made the margins on anime begin to look profitable enough for the big studios to invest in. But even then, a big studio needs at least 5 figure sales on a unit for it to be worthwhile. That's the level that Funimation is at in the US, and with Sony buying Funimation and leaving them to do their own thing, it's great for the US. The problem is that for the rest of the world, it's a downgrade. How Sony/Universal have treated Geneon products in Australia is an example of just how much of an afterthought non-US countries are.

The best that the UK industry can hope for is that Sony implement a fast first-refusal policy with anime, cherry picking the titles like Attack on Titan S2 to release on their label in the UK, and let Funimation deal with the other UK anime distros on a title by title basis to get shows out within a few months of their US releases.

The best that fans can hope for is that Sony gives up on the rest of the world completely, but decide that import dollars improve their bottom line, and they remove the region lock stipulation from all Funimation releases across the board.
 

thedoctor2016

Harem King
What why would they remove the region lock and the big succcess of these companies could see anime in main stores like supermarkets Your Name proved theirs appitte. They also have PR so are putting more effort than bloody anyone else did also giving us a LE and SE what the fans want so what can they do anime fans seem to be impossible to please bar godly AL.
 
One title (Your Name) doesn't a sea change make. Or the UK would have started speaking Japanese after Spirited Away was released. These little high points have always been just momentary fads. As for PR, Manga used to be with Fetch, MVM used to be with Fetch, AL's theatrical releases are promoted through Fetch. PR is half the work, the punters need to put the money down, and as I mentioned, the big distros want bigger numbers to look at than the niche, boutique, and specialist labels. This isn't about pleasing the fans, it's about sales pleasing Sony.

AL will probably turn somersaults when one of their collector's edition run of 1000 units sells out.
Sony selling 1000 units in the UK is probably looked at as a failure.
 

Lambadelta

Cardcaptor
FUNimation already has their own line technically in the UK. I'd imagine Sony as their new owner would of looked at previous sales data of this line to plot sale expectations, and to judge how much stock to produce.

Sony might be a big corporation, but that also means its got specialists who know that every market isn't the same.
 

Buzz201

Mad Scientist
Sony owns Funimation, if it struggles enough for Sony to drop their releases entirely in the UK, I think anime might have bigger issues...
 

Rui

Karamatsu Boy
Administrator
Just ordered the US LE. The poor handling of s1 in the UK means Sony won't get my money as I want my LEs to match, so I'll be watching this release with detached nervousness.

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Emulsion

Stand User
Sony won't get my money as I want my LEs to match
I could be wrong, so correct me if I am, but wont Sony still be getting your money or some of it if they own Funimation.

Ordered the CE. Have the Australian CE releases for the first series, so mine won't match anyway.
 
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