FUNimation is finishing out its 2010 Roll Out Riot of new license announcements today. So far this week they've brought out a selection of fifteen Shaws Brothers live action films to complement their growing live action library, they've added two new more contemporary features with Robogeisha and Kamui Garden. Then they teased on the anime side with a license rescue of the popular and mainstream aware title FLCL which hasn't been on shelves in nearly three years. And yesterday they offered up Master of Martial Hearts and Hero Tales for fans to find out about. Today, they're going a bit more current as well the fall 2009 series Sacred Blacksmith now ending up in their hands and another 2009 series with the anime adaptation of the manga Hetalia.
A webcomic that became a manga and then an anime, Hetalia takes the various countries of the world and gives them cute bishonen form and sets them out to interact with each other. This is almost the kind of series that needs to be seen to be understood but it's also the kind of series that sets history teaches into hysterics as they laugh with how various countries are personified and how they interact with each other. Words cannot do this series justice. Join in the discussion about Hetalia HERE.
This show was just on our list of one of the ten must-license shows from the fall 2009 season. Light novels as source material continues to grow and The Sacred Blacksmith is another entry on our list from those origins. The anime series has a good pedigree behind it though with production studio manglobe doing the animation, the folks who were behind Samurai Champloo and Ergo Proxy. The series has a somewhat straightforward approach as we're introduced to a young woman named Cecily, a daughter of a knight who wants to become one herself even though she's not exactly up to snuff. What helps her out along the way is the arrival of a man named Luke, the son of a sword maker, who has some mysterious mission of his own but can't not help a young woman in need. Like many light novels, the pacing and structure is different from other shows and that gives this much better sense of storytelling, even when working with familiar themes under the solid guiding hand of manglobe. Join in the discussion about this series HERE.
Official Hetalia Press Release:
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 Himayura, 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.
Official Sacred Blacksmith Press Release:
FUNimation® Entertainment today announced that it has acquired home entertainment, broadcast, merchandise, and digital rights to the 12 episode action anime series “The Sacred Blacksmith” from Media Factory.
Based on the popular Japanese light novel series by Isao Miura, the anime is directed by super star director Masamitsu Hidaka (“Pokemon” series and movies, “Linebarrels of Iron”).
About The Sacred Blacksmith
Cecily Campbell is making her family proud. She is taking up the family business by becoming the newest Knight Guard of the Independent Trade City of Housman. The only problem is that she is not very good at her new job. Fortunately for her, Luke, the sacred blacksmith, is on her side. Luke has the power to forge powerful swords capable of defeating the demons that plague the land.
For more information about the series, please visit http://www.funimation.com/sacredblacksmith .
FUNimation Entertainment will release the entire series on DVD in one set in Fall 2010.