KyoAni's new animation test is filled with manly men

No seriously. Manly men swimming.
Mar 06
// Elliot Gay
Well this is pretty damn cool. Kyoto Animation, the studio behind Nichijou, Hyouka, and many beloved shows has released a new animation test/commercial in which attractive men swim around and look attractive. That sounds rid...

Simulcast GET: FUNimation grabs Hetalia season five

Will they have more churros?
Jan 22
// Salvador GRodiles
I remember seeing a few episodes of Hetalia on Netflix during a quest to visit a good friend of mine, and I found it to be rather silly. Besides the random culture jokes, I loved how most of the skits remind me of the random ...

Ready for more Hetalia?

Season 5 confirmed, titled, and slated (sort of)
Sep 15
// Kristina Pino
Just in case you're still a Hetalia fan, even after season four (reviewed), you can look forward to a brand speaking new, fifth season titled Hetalia: The Beautiful World. At least, according to Anime News Network this is the...

A look at Hetalia: Axis Powers Season 4

Jul 26 // Kristina Pino
Hetalia: Axis Powers Season 4Studio DEENLicensed by: FUNimationMSRP: US$39.98 [BUY]See also: Ben Huber's review of Seasons 1 and 2 I you aren't familiar with Hetalia: Axis Powers, I'll give you the quick rundown. It's a parody show about history (mainly the World War I and II eras, though it does go back a bit further) in which almost every country of the world is represented by a pretty boy. The relationships between the various countries are then represented in a sort of "humanized" way, which cheap jokes and a lot of distracting chibification and other cute-style animation. I'll admit that there was a time I actually kind of enjoyed Hetalia. It was some fun fluff to enjoy with friends while partying or doing other things. It provided some material for conversation since the depictions on the show aren't entirely accurate. It also was easy to digest in its 5-minute per episode format. Once that shiny and new feeling wore off and I stopped watching though, Hetalia was forgettable. Now that I was assigned Season 4 for review, I can confirm that they ran out of ideas. They even messed up poor Sealand's bits, and he was one of my favorite characters for the pure "ridiculous" factor. I can't really go into story lines for this season because Hetalia is often random and too many different things happen from one episode to the next. Some of the highlights include England being captured by Italy/Germany/Romano and trying to escape repeatedly to no avail, the Austria Freeloader Series, nekotalia (Hetalia characters as cats), and lots of stuff with Japan hanging out with Germany and Italy. If you're into dubs, I think that the job is pretty hit-or-miss. The actual translated lines do have their charm, but given that they tried to give each character a different accent to match their backgrounds, I was confused most of the time. I couldn't understand about half of what anyone said, even by the time I was halfway through the disc. I personally prefer the dub, since I had to use subtitles anyway. Once you're through with the two and a half hours of Season 4 material, there's a bonus disc which includes chibitalia (more chibi, yay?), a few shorts, outtakes, fan event coverage, interviews with staff, and clean OPs and EDs, including Marukaite Chikyuu. I already mentioned there's a dub track, so you've got the option to hear everything in Japanese or English, with or without subtitles. As far as this release goes? It's a great one. FUNimation spared no attention to detail to make this a fantastic piece of merchandise for the fans. As far as the content goes? It's not my thing, but I know there are a lot of folks out there that like this stuff. If you're into Hetalia, this DVD is for you. [link: FUNimation's official Hetalia page where you could actually watch some episodes for free]

I bet you weren't expecting to see another Hetalia review on Japanator any time soon, eh? Hetalia is one of those shows that just has a bad stink on it. All you have to do is say the word "Hetalia" and it makes you feel dirty...


Fabulous news guys, we're getting a Star Driver movie!

Jan 30
// Chris Walden
The chap in charge of anime-related endeavours at television station MBS has confirmed that Star Driver will be receiving a theatrical release. Seija Takeda spilled the beans during a presentation at 'Anime Business Forum+ 20...

Uta no Prince-Sama loving you 1000% for another season

Jan 17
// Kristina Pino
Couldn't get enough of last year's pretty boy game-adapted anime Uta no Prince-Sama: Maji Love 1000%? Besides a new game I'm hearing about having been released not long ago, it seems a second season of the anime adaptation is...

Congratulations Minoru Shiraishi!

Nov 14
// Chris Walden
According to 0takomu, the legend himself Minoru Shiriashi has confirmed that he has married a lovely lady. How lovely? Well, we can only speculate, as he has yet to reveal her identity. As weird as that sounds it's pretty com...

Heart no Kuni no Alice movie gets a trailer

Jun 14
// Kristina Pino
I don't remember when I discovered Heart no Kuni no Alice ~Wonderful Wonder World~, but it was before the manga was licensed in the U.S.. I didn't know it was adapted from a game until some time after I started reading it, an...

Delish, edible pretty boys coming to a drama CD near you

Feb 03
// Kristina Pino
If you're a foodie AND you like pretty boys, this is probably going to be right up your alley (ladies, of course). A new monthly drama CD series is coming out, called "Isshoni Gohan". I'd like that to roughly transl...

Hetalia is first simulataneous print/digital release

Sep 23
// Lauren Rae Orsini
A title with "Hetalia" and the phrase "simultaneous release" in the title? That's right, I know exactly what Japanator readers want.In all seriousness, Hetalia fans are going to have a lot of choices this ...

Philosphers turned into bishounen? Yep, there's a book

Jun 28
// Colette Bennett
In Japan, somewhere, there are whole teams of people hard at work on art projects such as Nazis gone moe, so why should the idea of hot bishounen boys as great philosophers be any more surprising? Still, I was delighted to re...

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