The Hetalia faithful are getting closer to being rewarded with the next season of the property as Hetalia: The World Twinkle is set to debut in July as part of the summer 2015 anime season. Now the official word has come down on when the series will premiere and it looks like they’re going to get out of the gate quickly with a midnight premiere on July 3rd, 2015. The series will be showing online through the Docomo Anime Story and a separate internet radio show is coming on Animate TV as well with the voice actosr coming in to talk about it regularly. It’s also a big win for fans of the show as we get the theme from from Daisuke Namikawa, who voices the main character of Italy in it. This season of the series will focus on material from the fifth and sixth volumes of the manga from Hidekaz Himaruya. The show is directed by Hiroshi Watanabe based on series composition by Kazuyuki Fudeyasu and character designs by Mariko Oka. It’s being animated at Studio DEEN.
FUNimation has previously licensed and streamed/simulcast the seasons as well as acquiring the rights to the movie as well. The series continues to be a strong player in the social media world with the manga installments generating a lot of traffic when they come out. Right Stuf has been releasing the TOKYOPOP manga volumes as print on demand for the first three volumes and regular print run for the rest. All six volumes are available now.
Series concept: Described as a “cynical gag” story set in Europe in the years between WW1 and WW2 (1918-1939), using exaggerated caricatures of the different nationalities as portrayed by a gaggle of bishōnen. For example, the Italia Veneziano character is into pasta and women. The Deutsche (German) bishi loves potatoes and sausages, and Nippon is an otaku boy. Installments of the manga have jumped back and forth in setting from the ancient times to modern-day geopolitics. The manga’s title comes the Japanese words for “useless” (hetare) and Italy (Italia).
[Source: Animate. TV]