The merchandising boon that is Hetlia keep coming with the Hetalia: The World Twinkle series. The folks at Frontier Works are ramping up the interest in the CD side of things as the promo for the sixth release ahead of the October 7th, 2015 debut. This one brings in Estonia and Sweden to have their fun with their individual character songs. The CDs are each priced at 1,200 yen and with two pieces on it that fans will definitely enjoy as there are solo songs for the characters and karaoke versions as well. The first installment brings us Japan and Italy performing while the second gives us Germany and Russia. The fourth played us with Sweden and Denmark.
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 the 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).