Have you heard of TinierMe? The virtual world focused on Japanese anime today announced that, in cooperation with FUNimation Entertainment it is launching a limited promotional campaign featuring the hit anime series Hetalia: Axis Powers. Through this collaboration, TinierMe users who love the Hetalia: Axis Powers manga and anime series can meet other fans and purchase authentic Hetalia: Axis Powers virtual items such as axis character uniforms and Italy’s popular white flag for their avatars. This international partnership will further promote the growth of Japanese anime culture in North America and around the world.
“TinierMe has seen continued success with Japanese pop culture partnerships and our fans are looking forward to seeing more of their favorite manage and anime characters. As a result, we’re excited to bring Heltalia: Axis Powers characters to our online world and hope to bring more popular brands in the near future.” said Masaru Ohnogi, the CEO of TinierMe.
FUNimation's Charlene Ingram also commented on the campaign by saying, “Hetalia: Axis Powers is a unique series with a large and passionate fan following that’s been a joy to work with. We are pleased to partner with TinierMe in bringing this cast of loveable characters and their stylish accessories to the online gaming world for fans to enjoy. I look forward to seeing the ways fans will use these cool items on their own Selfy avatars!”
About the Campaign
About Hetalia: Axis Powers
The Hetalia: Axis Powers series presents an interpretation of political and historic events during ancient and modern times, in which more than 40 countries are personified by characters with names such as Italy, Germany and Japan. The major Axis Powers of Italy, Germany and Japan are the main characters and their relationships and arguments represent the events of WWII and beyond. Originating from a popular online web comic, the Hetalia: Axis Powers manga was published in Japan in 2008 and soon became an anime series. FUNimation Entertainment has been handling international distribution of the hit anime series since January 2010. A feature-length Hetalia: Axis Powers movie called Paint it, White! was released in theaters in Japan in 2010 and is scheduled to be released on DVD in North America Fall 2011. The Hetalia: Axis Powers anime series was released by FUNimation Entertainment September 2010 and quickly became one of the year’s best selling and most popular new series.
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