Type: Cute U.N.
Synopsis: Imagine if all the world’s events, from the mundane to horrific, were caused by emotionally volatile anime characters that doubled as actual nations. Now imagine that these nation-characters are adorable!
Pros: Hetalia is a multiple series franchise with over 40 characters, but each episode is only about 5 minutes long (less if you count the credits), so it’s not as daunting as it appears. Truthfully, this short run time may be just what the doctor ordered if you’re aching to scratch that anime itch, but are too busy to watch an anime proper. Each of the characters are one-dimensional, which works perfectly for this comedy series. It was always a treat to be introduced to new countries, mostly because I was interested to see how different countries are viewed from a Japanese perspective (because even jokes have grains of truth).
Cons: I wish there were more countries. No, let me rephrase that. I wish there were a wider variety of countries. Most the characters are European Nations, with the exception of America, China, Japan, Cuba, and Canada. Granted, modern history tends to involve Europe a lot, but I would have appreciated a Mexico or Australia cameo. There’s also a distinct lack of female characters.
Watch it?: You could probably watch the entire franchise in a day if you really felt like it (4/5)
MVP: Chibi Italy
Best Episode: All the Chibitalia segments (AWWWWW)