Hetalia

Type: Cute U.N.

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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

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Best Episode: All the Chibitalia segments (AWWWWW)

 

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4 thoughts on “Hetalia

  1. Artemis says:

    Apparently there are heaps more countries that make an appearance in the manga, so it may simply be a matter of time until the anime catches up.
    Honestly, what sells me most about Hetalia are the accents. I tried watching this the first time in Japanese and was vaguely amused, but not enough to make any serious headway. Then I watched the English dub some time later and was in stiches. Seriously Germany and France should get awards.

  2. lexor831 says:

    I know! It seems like the English Voice actors had a lot of fun doing it.

  3. habibilamour says:

    There needs to be more female characters! I think there aren’t that many because a lot of fans like the gay subtext…

  4. lexor831 says:

    I wonder which nations the author would make women, because I feel that a few could have been gender swapped with no real character change.

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