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Funimation to Stream Hetalia The Beautiful World Anime

posted on 2013-01-18 12:33 EST
5th season based on Hidekaz Himaruya's manga to premiere in Japan on January 25

The North American anime distributor FUNimation Entertainment announced on Thursday that it will stream the Hetalia The Beautiful World, the fifth anime series inspired by Hidekaz Himaruya's Hetalia manga. (Note: link can only be accessed by Elite subscribers.) Funimation noted that the simulcast should begin near the end of the month.

Daisuke Namikawa (Italy), Hiroki Yasumoto (Germany), Hiroki Takahashi (Japan), Katsuyuki Konishi (America/Canada), Noriaki Sugiyama (United Kingdom), Masaya Onosaka (France), Yasuhiro Takato (Russia), Yuki Kaida (China), and others are reprising their roles in the latest season. Namikawa is also performing the opening theme song "Mawaru Chikyū Rondo."

This fifth anime season will premiere in Japan on January 25.

Funimation has been releasing the previous anime seasons and the Hetalia Axis Powers: Paint it, White! film in North America. Tokyopop published the first two manga volumes, but it shut down its North American publishing operations in 2011. Right Stuf announced last May that it partnered with the Japanese publisher Gentosha Comics and Tokyopop to release the first three manga volumes, and Tokyopop founder Stu Levy said at Anime Expo last year that the next two volumes will also be released in English.


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