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Funimation Entertainment Acquires “Axis Powers Hetalia” from Media Factory

Flower Mound, Texas (January 08, 2010) - FUNimation® Entertainment today announced that it has acquired home entertainment, broadcast, merchandise, and digital rights to the 52 episode comedy anime series “Axis Powers Hetalia” from Media Factory, Inc.

Based on the popular web comic and manga series created by Hidekaz Himaruya, the anime is directed by Bob Shirohata (“Gravitation” among others).

About Axis Powers Hetalia
The world is on the cusp of war and Italy, a pasta-loving energetic young soldier, is stuck in the middle of it! Join Italy and all of your favorite countries as they re-live the past. Cute, crass, colorful and funny, this series is world history like you've never seen it before!

For more information about the series, please visit http://www.funimation.com/hetalia.

FUNimation Entertainment will release the series on DVD in two parts starting in late 2010.

About FUNimation Entertainment
FUNimation® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is the leading company for Japanese animation in the United States. FUNimation is known for acquiring top-rated anime series from Japan and for being the market share leader for home video sales of anime in the United States. The company has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution.

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