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Jan 8, 2010 9:49 PM

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According to Anime!Anime!, FUNimation acquired licenses of Hetalia Axis Powers season 1 & 2 and Seiken no Blacksmith. Hetalia DVD Boxset volume 1 of 2 will be released at the end of this year and Blacksmith DVD volume 1 will be released this autumn. Both of the titles will be subbed and dubbed in English.

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Jan 8, 2010 9:51 PM

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Hetalia = smart purchase :D
Seiken no Blacksmith = not so much :/
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Jan 8, 2010 9:54 PM
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Ah kick ass. Been loving Funi since their support for DBZ and Yu Yu Hakusho.
 
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Jan 8, 2010 9:58 PM

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Cool, really good for hetalia~

Hetaria~
 
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Jan 8, 2010 10:02 PM
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Any dub of this would be hilarious, less they censor it D:
 
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Jan 8, 2010 10:05 PM

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Yay Hetalia

I'm kinda interested in how they'll handle the dub for Hetalia. :)
 
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Jan 8, 2010 10:06 PM

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Hetalia =D Just hope the dub would be good.
 
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Jan 8, 2010 10:28 PM

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Whoo-hoo for Hetalia!

I'll buy this one for sure. :D


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Jan 8, 2010 10:34 PM

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actually quite predictable...
 
Jan 8, 2010 11:01 PM
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Yaaaaaay!!!!!
i wasnt expecting Hetalia ^^
 
Jan 8, 2010 11:19 PM

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Meh, it looks like this will be another year I won't be spending much on anime DVDs, though I can imagine the fangirls all over the internet rejoicing over Hetalia.

Now if some R1 company will have the guts to license Mononoke, Mouryou no Hako and Nodame Cantabile.
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Jan 9, 2010 12:01 AM

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i know that the survey from last year had Hetalia in it, but i never expect they don't mind the sorta "racism" in it (which South Korea made a huge fuss about even if to japan, korea is south korea.)

this will be the only anime i will have the whole series of. :] i already got the manga and don't mind if the manga gets licensed, too, mostly since some of the Tokyopop staff love hetalia, but instead of hinting they will licensed manga, they give us "someone license this series!" as in the anime. And now that the anime is licensed, it's one step closer to the manga.
 
Jan 9, 2010 12:14 AM

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I hope you guys in the UK and other countries that Funimation doesn't distribute their titles to, don't mind your loss of Hetalia and Blacksmith. It's not like Funimation is actively trying to kill the fansub community which is often your only chance of watching anime in your native language.

Oh wait...
 
Jan 9, 2010 12:18 AM
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Jan 9, 2010 1:32 AM

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Kineta said:
A week too late for FAL...


lol, would've helped me :<

Anyways, looks like I have to mass download Hetalia before Funi kills the torrents. <.<
 
Jan 9, 2010 1:38 AM

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In b4 massive fail. Can't trust funi with anything


 
Jan 9, 2010 1:40 AM

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Kineta said:
A week too late for FAL...
...wasn't even thinking of that.
Damn it.
 
Jan 9, 2010 2:16 AM

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oh well..
Hetalia dropped


 
Jan 9, 2010 2:21 AM

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Hetalia~?
OH, GOSH YES.
/extremely happy


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Jan 9, 2010 2:31 AM
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Xjellocross said:
Kineta said:
A week too late for FAL...
...wasn't even thinking of that.
Damn it.


I'm so friggin' happy.

If this had happened in time, I'd be nowhere near third.

Still, Hetalia is a smart choice from what I've read on it, but I really think someone dropped the ball in the Acquisitions department on Blacksmith. Seriously, you had Nyan Koi!, Kobato (a CLAMP series, which almost always sell well), and a bunch of other great stuff from some previous seasons that are unlicensed and you go with Blacksmith?

 
 
Jan 9, 2010 3:51 AM

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Can someone tell me how non-american like me can now watch hetalia?
 
Jan 9, 2010 3:59 AM

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Blacksmith was a poor choice.
 
Jan 9, 2010 4:22 AM

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dtshyk said:
According to Anime!Anime!, FUNimation acquired licenses of Seiken no Blacksmith.

Congratulations! You've acquired: FAIL.


 
Jan 9, 2010 4:33 AM

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They probably decided to license Blacksmith before it even aired. I thought it was one of the most likely fall 2009 titles to be licensed back at the beginning of the FAL season, along with Kobato.

But after seeing the not-so-positive hype, they should have reconsidered, and attempted to license something with more positive hype such as Nyan Koi or even Kampfer.
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Jan 9, 2010 5:18 AM

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*sigh* Time to download all Hetalia episodes before evil Funimation takes it down x3

Though I still might buy a couple of DVD from Funimation to support the copyright.Though I have to agree with the choice of Blacksmith. They should choose something better. Mouryou no Hako would be really great if they could license or other series that ended and had good reviews.
 
Jan 9, 2010 5:48 AM

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Cool, really good for hetalia~

Hetaria~

i don't really care about the both of them
 
Jan 9, 2010 7:05 AM

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/buying
 
Jan 9, 2010 7:26 AM

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I'll definitely buy the Hetalia boxset when it's released. I just worry about the dub voices...Funimation usually does a good job but their Host Club dub disappointed me severely so now I just worry Dx
 
Jan 9, 2010 7:30 AM

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UrbanScythe said:
Can someone tell me how non-american like me can now watch hetalia?


Well GG subs aren't going to stop releasing the eps unless Funimation sends them a C&D. but other than that, you'd just have to wait for the dvd releases in your area--or find a site that streams the episodes still and when they're dubbed.
 
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Why Blacksmith!? Of all the titles in the world-- BLACKSMITH? Way to choose poorly, I hope they enjoy no sales.

Should have gone with Michiko to Hatchin. Americans might prefer to see that instead.
 
Jan 9, 2010 7:59 AM
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Hetalia!!!! Yay! It'll be interesting to see if they do the correct accents or not...
*adds to list of things to buy*

Next season hasn't been licensed but as for 50-52 subs...
 
Jan 9, 2010 8:34 AM

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nehnehneji said:
Hetalia!!!! Yay! It'll be interesting to see if they do the correct accents or not...


ahh I hope so! At least for the obvious ones. I would kill for really bad cheesy accents.<3
 
Jan 9, 2010 9:33 AM

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Disappointing selection apart from Hetalia, that series could be decent, havent watched yet.

Well, I guess Ill get Hetalia dvd and maybe Blacksmith too (I always try to buy the dvds of the series I watched)
 
Jan 9, 2010 10:20 AM

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shadowseer said:
Disappointing selection apart from Hetalia, that series could be decent, havent watched yet.

Well, I guess Ill get Hetalia dvd and maybe Blacksmith too (I always try to buy the dvds of the series I watched)


After watching the trailer for Blacksmith, all I could say was "ew". The animation didn't seem so bad and I was like "yeah ok". Then they started talking and the dialogue was just ick with cliches.

And as for the people who actually watched it, you don't hear too many kind things about it.
 
Jan 9, 2010 10:21 AM

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blacksmith was poor, true, they shouldn't have smoked the sutff they had when they decided to purchase it

I cannot judge for hetalia, because I didn't watch it, but seems like it was a good choice for them o.O lol
 
Jan 9, 2010 10:52 AM

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lol, can't wait to see how Hetalia comes out. Don't mind the ending songs coming out in English since all of them are in Japanese tongue.
 
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After watching the trailer for Blacksmith, all I could say was "ew". The animation didn't seem so bad and I was like "yeah ok". Then they started talking and the dialogue was just ick with cliches.

And as for the people who actually watched it, you don't hear too many kind things about it.


I havent completed Blacksmith yet (got like 3 episodes left to watch), from what I watched, it's boring, I held a high expectation for it at the beginning but was let down by the story.

Where does Funimation finds their "most awesome-est anime!!111" list for them to decide which to aquire. I think they should find another source or actually listen to the anime fans.

...I wanted them to aquire Nyan Koi or Kimi ni Todoke instead T_T
 
Jan 9, 2010 11:45 AM

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I approve of Blacksmith. At least this way i can buy DVDs to support it.
 
Jan 9, 2010 12:04 PM

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FUNI will make a lot of money off of Hetalia.



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Jan 9, 2010 12:17 PM
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desolato said:
dtshyk said:
According to Anime!Anime!, FUNimation acquired licenses of Seiken no Blacksmith.

Congratulations! You've acquired: FAIL.


THIS.
 
Jan 9, 2010 12:30 PM
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Licensing sacred blackshit is a waste of money and time.
 
Jan 9, 2010 12:35 PM

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wow, what a waste of money, seiken no blacksmith was worst show
 
Jan 9, 2010 12:42 PM
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I've heard great things about Hetalia so I like this.

also, I would never listen to internet anime fans for suggestions for anything ever after how dissappointing the Lucky Star dub sales were.


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Jan 9, 2010 1:27 PM

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Thinking of buying Hetalia..
 
Jan 9, 2010 1:57 PM

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Mimiko said:
*sigh* Time to download all Hetalia episodes before evil Funimation takes it down x3


gg said they will continue subbing until Funi force them to, so if Funi is slow, we might have all of season 2 done, plus season 3.
 
Jan 9, 2010 2:04 PM

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OMG. Cannot wait to hear the Heatlia dub. It'd be hilarious! :D


 
Jan 9, 2010 3:51 PM

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Ok, I love HQ Subs so I don't mind. Dubs = ACCENTS!?!?!??! XDDDD

The Fandom is big as it is already. So New Pokemon Wave? Will we get another South Korea controversy or Uncut episodes? x]
 
Jan 9, 2010 4:22 PM

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FUCK NO.

Logged in after 2 months just to say that.
 
Jan 9, 2010 4:28 PM

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magentaanbu said:
Hetalia = smart purchase :D


+ they make profit. hope they make good dubbed there :)
 
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