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Funimation Streams Hetalia: World Stars Anime's English Dub

posted on by Alex Mateo
1st 4 dubbed episodes premiere on Friday

Funimation announced on Thursday that it will stream an English dub for the new anime of Hidekaz Himaruya's Hetalia World Stars manga, starting with the first four episodes on Friday.

The English dub cast, which includes returning and new cast members, includes:

Cris George is directing the English dub. Helena Walstrom is the lead ADR engineer, and Manuel Aragon, Jose Sandoval, James Baker, and Travis George are the assistant ADR engineers. Nathanael Harrison is the mix engineer.

The anime debuted on April 1. Funimation exclusively streamed the new anime of Hidekaz Himaruya's Hetalia World Stars manga as it aired in Japan.

Hiroshi Watanabe, Kazuyuki Fudeyasu, and Mariko Oka all are back as director, series script supervisor, and character designer, respectively, 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. The manga resumed in Shonen Jump+ on April 1. Shueisha has published four compiled book volumes for the manga. Himaruya launched a new manga about Japanese prime ministers in Shueisha's Jump SQ. in December.

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. A new musical will open on December 16.

Source: Funimation (Nicholas Friedman)

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