Hetalia World Stars Manga Gets Anime in Spring 2021
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
A website and Twitter account opened on Sunday (which is October 25, "World Birthday") to announce that Hidekaz Himaruya's Hetalia World Stars manga is inspiring a new anime adaptation in spring 2021. The account also announced that the Hetalia World Stars manga will resume, and that Himaruya will launch a new manga with a secret theme in Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine's January issue on December 4.
The new Hetalia World Stars anime has a returning cast, featuring Daisuke Namikawa as Italy, Hiroki Yasumoto as Germany, Hiroki Takahashi as Japan, Katsuyuki Konishi as America, Noriaki Sugiyama as England, Masaya Onosaka as France, Yasuhiro Takato as Russia, and Yuki Kaida as China. Hiroshi Watanabe, Kazuyuki Fudeyasu, and Mariko Oka all return as director, series script supervisor, and character designer for the anime, with Studio DEEN returning for animation production.
Himaruya's Hetalia World Stars manga is the latest manga in the franchise. The manga launched in Shonen Jump+ on the same day the online manga service launched, but it went on hiatus in April 2018. Shueisha has published four compiled book volumes for the manga.
Himaruya's original Hetalia - Axis Powers manga takes the archetypal characteristics of countries and regions throughout the world, and anthropomorphizes them as (mostly) bishōnen characters. Right Stuf released the manga in North America in collaboration with its former English-language publisher, Tokyopop, and its Japanese publisher Gentosha Comics.
Hetalia The World Twinkle, the sixth anime season inspired by Himaruya's manga, premiered in Japan in July 2015, and Funimation streamed the series as it aired. Funimation has released all the anime seasons and the Hetalia Axis Powers: Paint it, White! film in North America. The franchise has also inspired a series of stage musicals in Japan. The "final" musical ran in March 2018.