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Funimation Announces Partial English Cast for Hetalia (Update 8)

posted on by Gia Manry
Additional casting announcements due daily this and next week

The North American anime distributor has made its preliminary casting announcements for the Hetalia - Axis Powers anime via a video on the YouTube website on Wednesday. The English dubbing cast so far is as follows:

Additional casting announcements for Russia, China, Japan, England, France, America, Germany, and Italy will be revealed over this and the next week — one actor per day — with English-language sample clips. Four of the nations/characters will also feature special bonus interviews with the creative team for the North American release of the series.

The Hetalia anime series is an adaptation of Hidekaz Himaruya's web-based manga. After early controversy regarding the series' content, its TV airing was pulled in favor of a web streaming. The web series was popular enough for a second season to stream over summer of 2009 and a third this past March, along with an anime film that was released in Japan on June 5. FUNimation announced its license of the series this past January, and it will release the first season later this year.

Update: Jerry Jewell will play Russia.

Update 2: Funimation has clarified that Ryan Reynolds is not the Hollywood actor, but a voice actress who has worked with FUNimation before. This is her first recurring role with the company.

Update 3: Patrick Seitz will play Germany.

Update 4: Christopher Bevins will play Japan.

Update 5: Clarine Harp will play China.

Update 6: Scott Freeman will play England.

Update 7: J. Michael Tatum will play France.

Update 8: Eric Vale will play America.

This article has a follow-up: Funimation Announces Remaining English Hetalia Cast (Update 2) (2010-07-16 16:51)
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