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And FUNimation Scores Hetalia, Sacred Blacksmith

FUNimation's final new license announcement! For now...

FUNimation's last January blitz licensing announcement is another two-fer, and I'm actually pretty excited for both of these:
  



Hetalia Axis Powers - A wacky comedy about countries personified as high school boys, in their roughly WWII-era forms. 52 short episodes being released in two DVD sets in "late 2010."
 
The Sacred Blacksmith - Relatively traditional-looking fantasy-adventure-comedy, but with a female lead.  12 episodes to be released in one DVD box set in fall 2010.
 
And the press releases~
 
 
stefnickon Jan. 8, 2010 at 12:38 p.m.
So excited for Hetalia Axix Power. This is a good day.
Sigueon Jan. 8, 2010 at 1:02 p.m.
Good to see Hetalia getting some recognition. Not sure about Sacred Boobsmith, though. It wasn't all that great.
giaon Jan. 8, 2010 at 2:32 p.m.
@stefnick:@Sigue: Definitely interested in Hetalia, it has such a unique fandom-within-a-fandom, I think.
 
Blacksmith, it just looks so pretty. I'd LIKE for it to be decent. Here's hoping :)
Slimon Jan. 8, 2010 at 2:33 p.m.
 Sacred Blacksmith wasn't that great of a show unless something amazing happened to it after Episode 5.
Konandaon Jan. 8, 2010 at 3 p.m.

I'll buy Hetalia Axis Powers.

MorpheusDreamweaveron Jan. 8, 2010 at 3:07 p.m.
I've been interested in Hetalia for awhile, so it's nice to see a license. I know nothing about Sacred Blacksmith, but I'd rather see a mediocre fantasy show than a mediocre show in some other genre. I was beginning to think that Funi's licensing blitz wouldn't have anything for me at all, but the last day saved it.
MissMalviinon Jan. 8, 2010 at 4:47 p.m.
 I am not looking forward to the English dub of Hetalia, if they decide to do that.
I absolutely love Hetalia, but it has the opportunity to be horribly butchered... If Vic Mignogna does any voices in it, I am not watching it in English.
Having DVD's would be nice, though~
I just hope that I can still find the upcoming episodes online after it's licensed. 
And Sacred Boobsmith? Yeah, not so impressed with that license.
ComradeCrashon Jan. 8, 2010 at 9:39 p.m.
Both look interesting!
sunfloweron Jan. 9, 2010 at 5:46 a.m.
Hetalia is just not for me.  I don't understand the draw, unless maybe it's cuteness or something.
giaon Jan. 9, 2010 at 8:32 a.m.
@sunflower: I think the humor is supposed to be pretty wacky. It's certainly been enough to develop quite a mini-fandom, as I've said. I'm definitely interested in checking it out.
John_Martoneon Jan. 12, 2010 at 1:30 p.m.
I passed on the first approach for both of these... though I have to ask... wasn't the Axis the bad guys?

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