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Hetalia: Axis Powers
HetaliaCompleteSeriesDVD.jpg
Cover of Manga Entertainment's release
of the first four seasons in the UK
Axis Powers ヘタリア
Genre Comedy, History
Original net animation
Directed by Bob Shirohata
Music by Frontier Works
Akira Yoshikawa
Conisch
Studio Studio Deen
Original run January 24, 2009 - March 5, 2010
Episodes 52 (List of episodes)
Original net animation
Hetalia: World Series
Directed by Bob Shirohata
Music by Frontier Works
Akira Yoshikawa
Conisch
Studio Studio Deen
Original run March 26, 2010 - March 11, 2011
Episodes 48 (List of episodes)
Anime Film
Hetalia: Axis Powers: Paint it, White
Directed by Bob Shirohata
Studio Studio Deen
Released June 5, 2010
Runtime 77 minutes
Original net animation
Hetalia: The Beautiful World
Directed by Hiroshi Watanabe
Music by Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Studio Studio Deen
Original run January 25 - June 21, 2013
Episodes 20 (List of episodes)
Original net animation
Hetalia: The World Twinkle
Directed by Hiroshi Watanabe
Music by Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Studio Studio Deen
Original run July 3, 2015 - present
Episodes TBA (List of episodes)
Original video animations
(Including compilation episodes)
Related Media
Tie-in media Hetalia: Axis Powers
Hetalia: Axis Powers (games)

Hetalia: Axis Powers (Axis Powers ヘタリア Akushisu Pawāzu Hetaria?) is the anime adaption of the webcomic and manga series of the same name by Hidekaz Himaruya. The series originally ran for two seasons of twenty-six episodes each, before being renamed Hetalia: World Series (World Series ヘタリア?) and running for an additional two seasons of twenty-four episodes each. After a nearly two year hiatus, the anime returned for a fifth season of twenty episodes under the name Hetalia: The Beautiful World (The Beautiful World ヘタリア?) utilizing a new production staff and animation style. The new production staff and animation style returned for the sixth season in 2015, under the name Hetalia: The World Twinkle (The World Twinkle ヘタリア?).

Like in the source material, early episodes of the series largely take place between the First and Second World Wars before branching out to other time periods and storylines. In the first four seasons most episodes would consist of multiple segments, many of which were portions of a story that would be adapted over several episodes. In the fifth season this structure is largely abandoned, with each episode centering on one general storyline.

As of 27 December 2015, the series consists of 123 episodes as well as 10 OVAs and 2 compilation episodes. In 2010, a film adaption of the series entitled Hetalia: Axis Powers: Paint it, White received a theatrical release in Japan.

Cast and characters

Main Article: List of Hetalia: Axis Powers characters

The series consists of an ensemble cast and a large supporting cast, the majority of which are characters representing nations or territories. In most promotional materials, merchandising, and in-series material, the main characters of the series consist of the Axis Powers (Italy, Germany, and Japan) and Allied Forces (America, England/UK, France, Russia, and China) of World War II.

The series is known to have been dubbed in English and Tagalog, with a Cantonese dub of the film. However, the voice casts of the Tagalog and Cantonese dubs have never been officially released.

Character Japanese English
Italy Daisuke Namikawa
Aki Kanada (young)
Todd Haberkorn
Brina Palencia (young)
Germany Hiroki Yasumoto Patrick Seitz
Japan Hiroki Takahashi
Ai Iwamura (young)
Christopher Bevins
Alexis Tipton (young)
America Katsuyuki Konishi
Ai Iwamura (young)
Eric Vale
Luci Christian (young)
England/UK/Britain Noriaki Sugiyama Scott Freeman (Seasons 1 - 5, Film)
Todd Haberkorn (Colonial-Era)
France Masaya Onosaka J. Michael Tatum
Russia Yasuhiro Takato Jerry Jewell
China Yuki Kaida Clarine Harp
Ancient Rome Hozumi Gōda Christopher R. Sabat
Australia Keiichiro Asai Tyson Rinehart
Austria Akira Sasanuma
Aki Kanada (young)
Chuck Huber
Belarus Urara Takano Monica Rial
Belgium Eriko Nakamura Amanda Doskocil
Bulgaria Go Inoue Justin Pate
Canada Katsuyuki Konishi Eric Vale
Cuba Hiroki Takahashi Bob Carter
Cyprus Toshiki Kurosawa Aaron Dismuke
Denmark Hiroshi Shimozaki Montgomery Sutton (Season 4)
Greg Ayres (Seasons 5 - )
Egypt Hiroki Takahashi
Eriko Nakamura (young)
Scott Sager
Estonia Atsushi Kousaka Mike McFarland
Finland Takahiro Mizushima Clint Bickham
Germania Kishô Taniyama Jason Douglas
Greece Atsushi Kousaka
Arisa Nishiguchi (young)
Vic Mignogna
Holy Roman Empire Jun Konno Chris Cason
Hong Kong Motoki Takagi Shelton Windham (Season 4)
Greg Silva (Seasons 5 - )
Hungary Michiko Neya Luci Christian
Hutt River Masatomo Nakazawa N/A
Iceland Ayumu Asakura Jason Liebrecht
India Masahisa Sogabe T. K. Masala
Kugelmugel Mitsuhiro Ichiki N/A
Ladonia Daiki Yamashita N/A
Latvia Kokoro Tanaka Ryan Reynolds
Liechtenstein Rie Kugimiya Cherami Leigh
Lithuania Ken Takeuchi Josh Grelle
Molossia Kaito Ishikawa N/A
Monaco Yōko Hikasa N/A
Netherlands Nobuya Mine
Arisa Nishiguchi (young)
Michael Sinterniklaas
New Zealand Souma Maeda Anthony Bowling
Nikoniko Yūsuke Suda N/A
Norway Masami Iwasaki Alex Organ
Osaka Masaya Onosaka Unknown
Picardy Mitsuhiro Ichiki Josh Martin
Poland Kokoro Tanaka Ryan Bijan (Seasons 1 - 2)
Joel McDonald (Film, Seasons 3 - )
Prussia Atsushi Kousaka Jonathan Brooks
Romania Takuya Kodama Chad Cline
Sealand Ai Orikasa Maxey Whitehead
Seborga Hiroshi Okamoto Austin Tindle
Seychelles Megumi Takamoto Cassandra Hodges (Season 4)
Caitlin Glass (Seasons 5 - )
South Italy Daisuke Namikawa
Aki Kanada (young)
Ian Sinclair
Colleen Clinkenbeard (young)
Spain Go Inoue David Trosko
Sweden Keikou Sakai Robert McCollum
Switzerland Romi Park John Burgmeier
Taiwan Yuki Kaida Clarine Harp
Turkey Takahiro Fujimoto Kent Williams
Ukraine Yuki Masuda Lydia Mackay
Wy Mikako Komatsu Lindsay Seidel

As a note, most extra characters in the Japanese version were not credited, usually being voiced by one of the actors who were credited for a main character in the episode or by another actor who was available during the recording sessions (usually voicing a character in the previous episode or one after). Characters that have made silent cameos in the series include Korea and Thailand. Additionally, while the character Monaco did not appear in the anime until the sixth season, the Nekotalia version of the character appeared in a fourth season episode voiced by Yuki Kaida in Japanese and Colleen Clinkenbeard in English.

FUNimation's dub also does not usually credit the actors for guest characters, save for some early extra credit sequences used on the DVD releases. This leads to some characters (such as Osaka) not having their dub actors known.

Production

Development and Licensing

Although originally planned for 26 episodes, it was announced on April 15th, 2009, that the series had been renewed for a second order of 26 episodes, bringing the episode count up to 52. The second season of Hetalia began airing on Animate.TV's mobile phone service on July 24th, 2009, with its webcast following three days later. A third season was later announced on December 10th, 2009, but was later rebranded with the title Hetalia: World Series. It premiered in March 2010. A second installment of World Series followed, before the original production team left. A later anime adaptation titled Hetalia: The Beautiful World would be released in January 2013, with a new production team behind it and revamped art direction.

Though FUNimation Entertainment reportedly had originally passed up the license for the anime in early 2009, the title "Hetalia: Axis Powers" later appeared on a poll of possible titles on their blog. On January 8th, 2010, FUNimation announced that they had licensed the first two seasons of the series.

Staff

Studio DEEN
Funimation

Broadcast

Episodes

Main Article: List of Hetalia: Axis Powers episodes

Both of the first two seasons span 26 episodes, with the first mostly adapting from Hetalia: Axis Powers volume 1, though some arcs and strips are sequenced out of order from their original placement. A few "Extra Stories" from the webcomic were also adapted into segments, as well as minor portions of chapters 2 and 3 from the webcomic's main storyline. The third and fourth seasons (treated as a new series by DEEN) marked a change in both the title and episode count, with each consisting of 24 episodes.

Most of the episodes had no titles when broadcast, unless they were shown in a next episode preview with a title listed, as was the case with the fifth and seventeenth episodes of season 1.

The anime is notable for the fact that its episodes are extremely short, with each running approximately 5 minutes in their broadcasts.

Controversy

Inclusion of South Korea character

The anime was originally slated to broadcast on Kids Station on January 24th, but the television airing was cancelled due to "various circumstances". It is believed that the South Korean protests of the series (and alleged death threats to the TV station) played a part in the cancellation. The protests arose when an online petition was created to ban the series, due to complaints that the South Korean character was an offensive stereotype. The South Korean government proceeded to declare the series a "national crime", though Kids Station responded that there was no Korean character in the series.

A preliminary character design of South Korea, however, was shown in the early promotional images for the series, suggesting that at one point, he was actually slated to be included. South Korea could also be seen in the first ending sequence, among the other characters on top of the world. But with the switch in ending themes, his character was immediately removed from the globe. South Korea also appears in an animation error in Episode 14, shown from behind in a supermarket line, suggesting that Studio DEEN had to do retakes on the episode to remove him and had forgotten to redo that specific shot.

English adaption

The English dub of the series has also experienced its fair share of controversy. As the creative team behind the dub felt it could not be easily marketed due to it already being controversial, it was decided to adapt the series to a TV-MA format and attempt to emulate the television show "South Park" with many instances of dark humor, increased ethnic stereotype jokes, jokes made about the Holocaust, and profanity and suggestive language. As the original Hetalia series already experienced controversy due to its title and sentiments that it overlooks the tragedies in WWII, as well as the situation with South Korea, reception towards the dub was very contested.

Although this practice was somewhat toned down in later seasons, the dub scripts still heavily differ from the original and various jokes and elements should not necessarily be considered canon for characters (such as Sealand claiming he has a tattoo of a transistor radio).

Film

Main article: Hetalia: Axis Powers: Paint it, White

A theatrical adaptation of the series was announced on September 24th, 2009. The film remained shrouded in secrecy, though its full title was eventually revealed to be Hetalia - Axis Powers on the Silver Screen: Paint it, White. It was released on June 5th, 2010. It marks the first animated debut of Iceland.

A promotional single for the film was also released in conjunction with it, entitled Mein Gott!!. It is sung by Atsushi Kousaka, the voice actor for Prussia (who plays a minor part in the film, though used for advertisements and merchandise pertaining to it).

The original soundtrack to the film (Silver Screen Hetalia: Sound World) was released on June 9th. It also includes the theme song for the film (Wa! Wa!! World Ondo), sung by the voice actors of the Axis and Allies under the name World 8.

DVD releases

Related media

See also

External Links

Works by Hidekaz Himaruya
Published Manga Inaka no Nono (2003) · Hetalia: Axis Powers (2008 - 2013) · Chibisan Date (2009 - 2013) · Taishō-Era Romance - Quit It, Demon!! (2013 - 2014) · Hetalia: World☆Stars (2014 - present)
Web Manga Advance! Kitakou Broadcasting Club (2003 - 2009) · Live A Live fancomic (2004) · Advance! Kitakou Broadcasting Club Pure (2004 - 2006) · Barjona Bombers (2004 - 2011) · MoeKan (2005 - 2006) · Shimojiro fancomic (2005 - 2006) · Bubutan (2005 - 2008) · Hetalia: Axis Powers (2006 - present)
Games Barjona Bombers (2005 - 2010) · Notosama (2005 - 2009) · The Deserted House (2006) · Hetalia: Axis Powers (2007 - 2012)
Short Stories Okinawa Heart (2006 - 2008)
Anime Hetalia: Axis Powers (2009 - 2014)
Collaborations Scary Story That Happened at a Countryside High School (2014 - present) · Aldnoah.Zero (2014)