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.
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.
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.
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?
*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.
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
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.