Newswire #100 – 19th Feb. 2017

February 19, 2017 · 1 comment

Good afternoon everyone! It’s time for a rare Sunday edition of the Newswire. So, I’m going to get right the point. There’s A LOT to talk about this Newswire. We’ve got an update on Sword Art Online The Movie, release dates, announcements from late last week and more. So sit back, relax and read on below.


A Silent Voice

A Silent Voice
A Silent Voice


It’s not long to go now until the this very special event at the Glasgow Film FIlm Festival! (SEE THIS) The director of A Silent Voice Naoko Yamada will be attending the screening of A Silent Voice at the 2nd biggest film festival in the United Kingdom, the Glasgow Film Festival, GFF for short, this Thursday (23rd February.)


We want to take the opportunity to remind everyone about some important ground rules about attending this screening. So do have a read of the F.A.Q. from our last Newswire HERE.


As mentioned last week, the date for your calendars is Wednesday 15th March. This will be the day you can catch the film in cinemas, though we will add there will be further screening in select cinemas from Friday 17th March.

There is a dedicated website, similar to the one we had for Your Name screenings, that will correlate all the screening locations and times. We’ll share the details of this site once all is finalised and locked in. Expect more news on this within the next week!


sword_art_online_the_movie_-_ordinal_scale_visualSWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE: ORDINAL SCALE

We know a lot of you have been patiently waiting for details on this, and today we can confirm that the Sword Art Online Movie will be screening in the UK & Ireland on Wednesday 19th April!

As will be the case for A Silent Voice, there will be a dedicated website that will correlate all screening locations and times for Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale – this should be coming in the next week or so please stay tuned for that.

Also, we want to make a quick note that there’s actually another very good reason to keep an eye on our screenings of Sword Art Online The Movie. We can’t tell you what it is today, but expect this reason to become clear very soon.



~ First of all, available to add to your collection now is

— * Exclusive* Gurren Lagann Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set
— Persona 3: Movie #1 Spring of Birth on Ltd Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD and standard DVD
— Blood Lad Blu-ray standard edition

All three of these are available and ready to add to your collection now!

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam

~ Looking ahead to tomorrow (20th February) it’s a very packed week for new releases as we bring you the following –

— Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Part 1 (Blu-ray)
— Eden of the East (TV series + Movies) Ltd Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray)
— Escaflowne TV Series (Blu-ray)
— Gurren Lagann Movie Collection (Blu-ray)


~ So, we’ve had a fair few things to announce this week; on Friday especially. In case you missed them here’s quick a recap –

— The first part of Dragon Dentist will is available to watch on Crunchyroll now! Watch it HERE. We will releasing on home video in the future too. Read more about The Dragon Dentist HERE.

— Exclusive to our web shop we’re releasing a Full Metal Panic Blu-ray Collection that comes in a box limited to 300 units only. Read more about this HERE.

We’re also having an early-bird pre-order special offer on this Full Metal Panic Blu-ray collection until Tuesday! Details in the link above.

— We are bringing the classic film Sword and the Stranger to Blu-ray and DVD this year! Read more about this HERE.

— We will be releasing the two Tokyo Ghoul OVAs “Jack” & “Pinto” on Blu-ray and DVD. You can read more about it HERE.


~ So with these in mind, here’s how our release slate is currently looking over the next few months.

But before we get to that, I have a few notes I want to highlight about the list below:

NOTE: I want to stress now that when it comes to some titles after March, we are still in the process of locking in a number of dates. We know that some retailers may be listing specific dates for certain titles not mentioned below, but we ask to take those with a grain of salt until we have confirmed them through our own channels – that’s not to say they aren’t final, they could well be. But we don’t want to highlight them here until they’re 100% locked in.

NOTE 2: If you don’t see a title listed below, it’s more than likely it won’t be getting released until after June 2017.  When there are details for those titles, we will say accordingly 🙂

NOTE 3: Please note that for all titles listed below due for release in April onwards that have a Collector’s Edition version, they’re all currently in the approvals process so we’re not able to share details on the design and/or contents. But as soon as we can, we will share those details 🙂

* Exclusive* Full Metal Panic Collection
* Exclusive* Full Metal Panic Collection

Tomorrow (20th February)
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Part 1 (Blu-ray)
Eden of the East (TV series + Movies) Ltd Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray)
Escaflowne TV Series (Blu-ray)
Gurren Lagann Movie Collection (Blu-ray)

6th March
* Exclusive* Full Metal Panic Collection  (Blu-ray)
Full Metal Panic Season 1 (Blu-ray)
Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid (Blu-ray)

13th March
Persona 3: Movie #2 Midsummer Knight’s Dream (DVD, Ltd Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD)

27th March
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Part 2 (Blu-ray)
Escaflowne (DVD)

Gankutsuou Blu-ray - standard edition
Gankutsuou Blu-ray – standard edition

3rd April
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo (Blu-ray standard edition)

10th April
Persona 3: Movie #3 Falling Down (DVD, Ltd Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD)

24th April
Durarara!! x2 – The Second Arc: Ten (DVD, Ltd Collector’s Edition Blu-ray)
Belladonna of Sadness (Blu-ray)
Your Lie In April Part 2 (DVD, Ltd Collector’s Edition Blu-ray)
Evangelion 1.11 (Ltd Collectors Edition Blu-ray+DVD)

TBC April [Dates to be confirmed soon]

The Anthem of the Heart (DVD, Ltd Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD)
Selector Infected WIXOSS (DVD, Ltd Collector’s Edition Blu-ray)

8th May
Outlaw Star (Blu-ray standard edition)

29th May
Tokyo Ghoul OVAs “Jack” & “Pinto” (DVD, Blu-ray) [UPDATE, 22nd Feb – Blu-ray version now listed]

GANGSTA. (DVD, Collector’s Edition Blu-ray)
Black Butler Season 3 (DVD, Ltd Collector’s Edition Blu-ray)
Erased Part 1 (DVD, Blu-ray Collector’s Edition)

5th June
Sword of the Stranger (Ltd Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD)
Persona 3: Movie #4 Winter of Rebirth (DVD, Ltd Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD)
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu (Blu-ray)

So as you can see, there’s a HECK of a lot on the way over the next few months. There will be a few more titles to slot in and/or add to the above list, but what you see listed is pretty much our complete lineup for Q2 2017.

And now a few additional details for you on a couple of titles in particular –

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Part 2
As is the case with Part 1, the first 1000 units of Part 2 – not exclusive to any one retailer – will come with a special art book that will fit inside the box that comes with Part 1. A reminder that, again as is the case with Part 1, only this Limited version with the art book will be available on day of release. So no matter where you pre-order it, you will receive it.

Zeta Part 2

Selector Infected WIXOSS
This will be coming in April – date to be confirmed – but we can tell you our Blu-ray Limited Collector’s Edition release of this will come in a rigid case, with a digipack to store the discs. Also included will be a 36-page art booklet featuring character information, a special column from a representative of Takara Tomy in Japan talking about developing the game, and two round table interviews. One with the Sound Effect staff and the other with Producers.

You can see a visual for this release below.



Belladonna of Sadness
This Blu-ray release will be a Collector’s Edition style release. We’re currently in the approvals phase of proceedings for this, but we’re hoping to be able to include a booklet and art cards for our release. We know a large number of you took advantage of the special pre-order offer we had during our 12 Days of Christmas series of offers, so you can expect to receive contact from us directly soon with an update about your order.


Evangelion 1.11
We know it’s been a good few weeks now since we last mentioned where things stand with this. We wanted to wait until we had confirmation on this before posting another update. Unfortunately we are still waiting for the component that was missing from the product to be re-delivered, which is why it has been moved to April. That date listed is more an absolute safety net than anything, as we are actually expecting stock to be completed in March. We’ll be sure to post a new update on this as soon as we more news we can share.




~ First up, available to add to your collection now is the DVD of Fairy Tail Part 11.

~ Tomorrow (20th February) sees the release of

Yona of the Dawn Part 2 Blu-ray+DVD combi
Show By Rock!! Season 1 Blu-ray+DVD combi

If you’re not familiar with either series, you can watch trailers for both of them below.

~ A quick update on MIkagura School Suite and Brothers Conflict for you.

Unfortunately due a delay in BBFC certification that resulted in the production window for this title being missed, MIkagura School Suite will be getting a few weeks later than intended. The new date being 13th March for general release.

And in an update to what we mentioned last week (SEE HERE) in reference to Brothers Conflict, the now Blu-ray only release of this will now be coming on 6th March. You can watch the trailer for this below.

~ With the above in mind we want to highlight what you expect over the next few months when it comes to Funimation titles –

Tomorrow (20th February)
Yona of the Dawn Part 2 (Blu-ray+DVD combi)
Show By Rock!! Season 1 (Blu-ray+DVD combi)

27th February
Fairy Tail Part 12 (DVD)
Absolute Duo (Blu-ray+DVD combi)
No-Rin (Blu-ray)

6th March
Brothers Conflict (Blu-ray)

13th March
Mikagura School Suite (Blu-ray+DVD combi)

20th March
Snow White with the Red Hair Part 1 (Blu-ray)
Heavy Object Season 1 Part 1 (Blu-ray)
Daimidaler vs. Penguin Empire (Blu-ray+DVD combi)

27th March
Shimoneta: A World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist (Blu-ray, DVD)

10th April
Shomin Sample (Blu-ray, DVD)

24th April
Snow White with the Red Hair Part 2 (Blu-ray)
Barakamon (Blu-ray+DVD combi)
Noragami Aragoto (DVD, Blu-ray Collector’s Edition)
Assassination Classroom Season 2 Part 1 (DVD, Collector’s Edition Blu-ray)

TBC April
Overlord, (DVD, Collector’s Edition Blu-ray)

Attack on Titan: Junior High (Blu-ray, DVD)

As you can see from the list above, there’s lots coming! We do want to make a note in saying this isn’t the complete list. For example, there are Fairy Tail releases to be added into the mix. But this is what we can confirm for you at this time.

When it comes to specifics of what Collector’s Editions will include; these are all currently in the approvals phase of proceedings so once everything is signed off we’ll be able to tell you more.


And that wraps up this Newswire. There’s a lot of detail to digest there but I hope all the information is helpful. But if you have any questions please feel free to ask in the comments below or via Facebook or Twitter and I’ll do my best to answer them 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Signing out~!



  • Avatar for Shiroi Hane

    Shiroi Hane

    February 23, 2017 4:00 pm

    Am I correct in your Snow White with the Red Hair "Part 2" being what Funimation are referring to as Snow White with the Red Hair "Season 2"? If that is the case then your current release date of April 24th places it before Funimation's date of the 25th.


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