Hetalia: Axis Powers (season 1)

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Hetalia: Axis Powers Season 1
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Japanese Season 1 DVD box set cover art
No. of episodes 26
Broadcast
Original channel Animate.TV
Original run January 24 – July 17, 2009
Season chronology
Axis Powers Season 1 Axis Powers Season 2

The first season of Hetalia: Axis Powers, based on the webmanga of the same name by Hidekaz Himaruya, premiered on January 24, 2009 and concluded on July 17, 2009 on the website Animate.TV. It follows the adventures of anthropomorphic countries as they live through historical events and interact with focus on differences in culture and positive and negative Japanese stereotypes of other countries.

Recurring storylines this season include the formation of the Axis Powers prior to the outbreak of World War II, the complicated cultural and historical history surrounding the Allied Forces of World War II, the Holy Roman Empire's rule of Northern Italy prior to the Thirty Years War, The American Revolution, The close relations between Switzerland and Liechtenstein that began after World War I, and a fictional account of the Axis Powers and Allied Forces becoming stranded on a tropical island.

Four DVD Volumes containing episodes from the first season were released in Japan between April 24, 2009 and September 25, 2009. Each volume was originally released as a limited edition package containing a special CD with two alternate versions of the Marukaite Chikyuu theme song sung by a different character.[1] The entire first season was released in one box set on September 26, 2012.[1] The Volume releases were distributed by Muse in Taiwan[2] and later repackaged into one box set,[3] released first in Hong Kong where it was distributed by Kam & Ronson.[4]

In the United States and Canada, Funimation Entertainment announced on January 8, 2010 that they had licensed the first two season of Hetalia[5], despite rumors that they had reportedly passed on the titled in 2009. The complete first season was released on September 14, 2010[6], and was later repackaged with the second season as a single release on March 6, 2012[7]. The first release was distributed by Manga Entertainment in the United Kingdom[8] and by Madman Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand.[9]

Cast and Characters

Starring Cast

Japanese

English

Recurring Cast

Japanese

English

Episodes

See also: List of Hetalia: Axis Powers episodes
No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Air Date
01 01 "Episode 01" January 24, 2009
EP01.png It's the "Meeting Of The World", and all the nations must come together to solve whatever global problems they can. However, after America starts the conference off on a bizarre note, can the gathered nations even solve the problems they have with each other? After this, it's a leap back in time to WWI...
02 02 "Episode 02" January 30, 2009
EP02.png It's WWI, and Germany, in search of the heir to the legendary Roman Empire, discovers an abandoned tomato crate sitting in the middle of the woods. However, even Germany finds himself unprepared to deal with the strange descendant of Rome.
03 03 "Episode 03" February 6, 2009
EP03.png Italy is sent back home after annoying Germany, but Germany quickly finds that ditching the cowardly nation is a task easier said than done. Especially when WWII nears and Italy takes it upon himself to declare that he's now Germany's ally.
04 04 "Episode 04" February 13, 2009
EP04.png Meet Japan. He's the newest ally to Italy and Germany, and a powerful nation in his own right. But with having been isolated from the rest of the world for over 200 years, what he sees as his "normal" behavior comes off as extraordinary to others.
05 05 "Episode 05: Crying out S.O.S at the Center of the World!" February 20, 2009
EP05.png An endless blue sky, pure white clouds, and a shining sea. Normally it would be just your average trip to the beach. In the case of Germany, Italy, and Japan? They've been stranded on a mysterious island in the southern sea, their S.O.S message having gone ignored as the three of them make the most of their "vacation".
06 06 "Episode 06" February 27, 2009
EP06.png Germany reflects on times spent around Austria. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to the three stranded nations, they've got company on the island and are being watched from afar, even when they're roasting marshmallows at their campfire.
07 07 "Episode 07" March 6, 2009
EP07.PNG Italy introduces his older brother, Romano (who represents the southern half of their country), to Germany. But while Italy himself can't get enough of Germany, the foul-mouthed Romano will try anything to make sure that the "potato freak" stays away from his brother. Anything.
08 08 "Episode 08" March 13, 2009
EP08.png Some days, Italy just can't get a break. Especially when he winds up tricked and kidnapped, not once, but twice by the Allied Forces. But once Germany gets involved, it seems the third time may be the charm... though in whose favor, exactly?
09 09 "Episode 09" March 20, 2009
EP09.png The Allied Forces meet to discuss plans to take down the Axis, but despite their image as a "team" (America as the "hero" and everyone else acting as his backups), they find it difficult to get along and agree with each other.
10 10 "Episode 10" March 27, 2009
EP10.png After he winds up uninvited to the second Allies meeting, France reflects on his history of past "glories" and "accomplishments".
11 11 "Episode 11" April 3, 2009
EP11.png In the climax to the Chibitalia sub-storyline, Holy Roman Empire gives the younger Italy the ultimatum: Will he become the new Roman Empire with him or not? Later on, in 1940, England finds that he still has friends outside of the Allies to count on to cheer him up...
12 12 "Episode 12" April 10, 2009
EP12.png "England, I have something to tell you." In a brief jump forward to 1956, a gloomy and war-torn France proposes to England, who quickly learns the "joke" is indeed on him... and he won't go down that easily. Back in 1940, the Axis Powers train to take on England, and Italy gets a quick and confusing lesson in "culture clash".
13 13 "Episode 13" April 17, 2009
EP13.png After being defeated by Germany, a frustrated England vows to get revenge with the strongest method known to man: Summoning the devil to lay a curse on him. Will he succeed in his ritual, or get something even WORSE than what he expected?
14 14 "Episode 14" April 24, 2009
EP14.png The Germans' attempt at training the Italian Army doesn't go as planned, as they soon find that the men are quicker at the art of escape, rather than combat. Later: It's just another day in the life of Germany, as he attempts to brave the wait and chaos in a never-ending line at the supermarket.
15 15 "Episode 15" May 1, 2009
EP15.png Japan struggles to fit in with the Axis and their strange foreign culture and behaviors, while Italy attempts to help him adjust to life outside of his own land.
16 16 "Episode 16" May 8, 2009
EP16.png In a tale of times past, a younger China meets a strange small nation known as Japan. He takes it upon himself to try to raise Japan as his younger brother, but soon discovers that there's more to the growing youngster than he thought. And he may not be prepared to deal with the sudden changes...
17 17 "Episode 17: America's Cleaning Of The Storage, Part 1" May 15, 2009
EP17.png America decides to finally enter his long-abandoned storage room to clean it out, but the memories he finds in there may prove to be too hard to let go of.
18 18 "Episode 18" May 22, 2009
EP18.png The Allied Forces make their move and attempt to take down the Axis, but wind up constantly distracted by a "special guest" on the island, a supernatural stranger that Italy seems to know rather well...
19 19 "Episode 19" May 29, 2009
EP19.png The Allied Forces attempt to get back to business, despite China arriving late for their meeting. But little do they know, they have a surprise guest (or two) in their room, listening in on their "top secret" plans.
20 20 "Episode 20: America's Cleaning Of The Storage, Part 2" June 5, 2009
EP20.png The old musket in America's storage room brings back another memory of times long past: The Revolutionary War.
21 21 "Episode 21" June 12, 2009
EP21.png Sealand, the world's smallest "nation", attends a world conference in an attempt to be recognized, but finds that respect and acknowledgment from the others is harder to obtain than he thinks.
22 22 "Episode 22" June 19, 2009
EP22.png Holy Roman Empire gets ready to depart for war, but Chibitalia won't let him leave that easily, and not without one last gift.
23 23 "Episode 23" June 26, 2009
EP23.png Liechtenstein adjusts to her new life with her brother Switzerland. Elsewhere, Italy gets stuck in an embarrassing situation with his own brother.
24 24 "Episode 24" July 3, 2009
EP24.png While out shopping, Switzerland and Liechtenstein run into Austria, much to Switzerland's displeasure. Meanwhile, the Axis Powers are still deserted on an island, but come across a most unusual sight in the middle of a forest.
25 25 "Episode 25" July 10, 2009
EP25.png In a past tale, England raises the young America and treats him to his own "special" brand of cooking. Meanwhile, as the Liechtenstein and Her Beloved Brother arc comes to a close, Switzerland finds himself reminded of his lapsed friendship with Austria.
26 26 "Episode 26" July 17, 2009
EP26.png America unveils a new plane, much to England's chagrin and lets out a secret. Later, England uses Busby's Chair to get revenge on America during an Allied summit, only for Russia to sit on the chair first and destroy it by out-evilling it. England reveals his drunk side when in a bar with America (who England is trying to coax information out of). Then Episode 18 is continued, with England attempting to use Busby's Chair once the Axis are surrounded, although Russia sits on it yet again...

DVD Releases

Volume Releases
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Set details
Special features
Hetalia: Axis Powers Vol. 1
  • Episodes 01 - 07
  • 2-Disc Set (Limited Edition), 1-Disc Set (Standard Edition)
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 35 Mins
  • Languages:
    • Japanese (Linear PCM)
  • Subtitles:
    • Traditional Chinese (Taiwan Only)
  • Limited Edition Vocal CD (Japan Only):
    • Marukaite Chikyuu (Germany Version)
    • Marukaite Chikyuu (Piccolina Techno Remix Version)
    • Hetalia World Web Radio - Italy Side (Episode 1)
    • Hetalia World Web Radio - England Side (Episode 2)
  • Special Illustration Card by Hidekaz Himaruya: Poland
  • Bonus Video: Bob Shirohata White Flag Commentary
  • Textless Ending Song
  • Limited Edition Sticker Book
Release Date
Flag of Japan.svg Japan (Region 2) April 24, 2009
Flag of the Republic of China.svg Taiwan (Region 3) December 17, 2009
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Set details
Special features
Hetalia: Axis Powers Vol. 2
  • Episodes 08 - 13
  • 2-Disc Set (Limited Edition), 1-Disc Set (Standard Edition)
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 33 Mins
  • Languages:
    • Japanese (Linear PCM)
  • Subtitles:
    • Traditional Chinese (Taiwan Only)
Release Date
Flag of Japan.svg Japan (Region 2) May 22, 2009
Flag of the Republic of China.svg Taiwan (Region 3) January 16, 2010
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Set details
Special features
Hetalia: Axis Powers Vol. 3
  • Episodes 14 - 19
  • 2-Disc Set (Limited Edition), 1-Disc Set (Standard Edition)
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 32 Mins
  • Languages:
    • Japanese (Linear PCM)
  • Subtitles:
    • Traditional Chinese (Taiwan Only)
Release Date
Flag of Japan.svg Japan (Region 2) July 24, 2009
Flag of the Republic of China.svg Taiwan (Region 3) February 17, 2010
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Set details
Special features
Hetalia: Axis Powers Vol. 4
  • Episodes 20 - 26
  • 2-Disc Set (Limited Edition), 1-Disc Set (Standard Edition)
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • N/A Mins
  • Languages:
    • Japanese (Linear PCM)
  • Subtitles:
    • Traditional Chinese (Taiwan Only)
Release Date
Flag of Japan.svg Japan (Region 2) September 25, 2009
Flag of the Republic of China.svg Taiwan (Region 3) March 9, 2010
Full Season Releases
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Set details
Special features
Hetalia: Axis Powers Season 01
  • Episodes 01 - 26
  • 2-Disc Set
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 130 Mins
  • Languages:
    • English 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound
    • Japanese Stereo
  • Subtitles:
    • English
Release Date
Flag of the United States.svg United States and Flag of Canada.svg Canada (Region 1) September 14, 2010
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom (Region 2) December 13, 2010
Flag of Australia.svg Australia and Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand (Region 4) November 3, 2010
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Set details
Special features
Hetalia: Axis Powers Volumes 1 - 4
  • Episodes 01 - 26
  • 4-Disc Set
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 137 Mins
  • Languages:
    • Japanese (Linear PCM)
  • Subtitles:
    • Traditional Chinese
  • Vol. 1 - 4 Taiwan Edition Special Features
Release Date
Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong (Region 3) October 19, 2010
Flag of the Republic of China.svg Taiwan (Region 3) January 24, 2011
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Set details
Special features
Hetalia: Axis Powers Special Price DVD-Box 1
  • Episodes 01 - 26
  • 4-Disc Set
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 104 Mins
  • Languages:
    • Japanese (Linear PCM)
  • Non-stop Ending Song
  • Bob Shirohata Ending Song Commentary
  • Bob Shirohata White Flag Commentary
  • Vol. 1 - 4 Standard Edition Special Features
Release Date
Flag of Japan.svg Japan (Region 2) September 26, 2012

Reception

On the week of April 21, 2009, the first DVD volume debuted at number 21 on the Japanese Oricon DVD Ranking, selling 7,494 copies.[10] It rose to number 8 on the week of May 18, 2009 where it sold an additional 8,538 copies, for a total 19,012 copies sold.[11] Additionally, the second DVD volume debuted at number 2, selling 15,943 copies.[11] It fell to number 13 on the week of June 2, 2009 where it sold an additional 6,305 copies.[12] On the week of July 20, 2009, the third DVD volume debuted at number 4, selling 17,163 copies.[13] It fell to number 16 on the week of July 27, 2009 where it sold an additional 5,413 copies.[14] On the week of September 21, 2009, the fourth DVD volume debuted at number 4, selling 17,172 copies.[15] If didn't receive a ranking on the week of September 28, 2009, but sold an additional 4,859 copies.[16]

References

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  2. "Hetalia Axis Powers (DVD) (Vol.1) (Taiwan Version)". YesAsia. http://www.yesasia.com/us/hetalia-axis-powers-dvd-vol-1-taiwan-version/1021537578-0-0-0-en/info.html. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  3. "義呆利 第1-4集 套裝DVD(缺貨)". Muse. http://www1.e-muse.com.tw/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=4780. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  4. "Hetalia Axis Powers (DVD) (Ep.1-26) (To Be Continued) (Hong Kong Version)". YesAsia. http://www.yesasia.com/us/hetalia-axis-powers-dvd-ep-1-26-to-be-continued-hong-kong-version/1023621615-0-0-0-en/info.html. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
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  7. "Hetalia: Axis Powers - The Complete Series (2012)". Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006MWA906/. Retrieved 2012-09-23. 
  8. "Manga Entertainment license Hetalia: Axis Powers". UK Anime Network. 2010-08-31. http://www.uk-anime.net/newsitem/Manga_Entertainment_license_Hetalia:_Axis_Powers.html. Retrieved 2012-09-23. 
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  11. 11.0 11.1 "Japanese Animation DVD Ranking, May 18-24". Anime News Network. 2009-05-26. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-05-26/japanese-animation-dvd-ranking-may-18-24. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  12. "Japanese Animation DVD Ranking, May 25-31". Anime News Network. 2009-06-02. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-06-02/japanese-animation-dvd-ranking-may-25-31. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  13. "Japanese Animation DVD Ranking, July 20-26". Anime News Network. 2009-07-29. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-07-29/japanese-animation-dvd-ranking-july-20-26. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  14. "Japanese Animation DVD Ranking, July 27-August 2". Anime News Network. 2009-08-04. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-08-04/japanese-animation-dvd-ranking-july-27-august-2. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
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  16. "Japanese Animation DVD Ranking, September 28-October 4 (Updated)". Anime News Network. 2009-09-29. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-10-07/japanese-animation-dvd-ranking-september-28-october-4. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
Hetalia: Axis Powers Episodes
Season 1 (Axis Powers) · Season 2 (Axis Powers) · Film (Paint it, White) · Season 3 (World Series) · Season 4 (World Series) · Season 5 (The Beautiful World) · Season 6 (The World Twinkle)
Season 1 (Axis Powers Season 1) Episode 01 · Episode 02 · Episode 03 · Episode 04 · Episode 05 · Episode 06 · Episode 07 · Episode 08 · Episode 09 · Episode 10 · Episode 11 · Episode 12 · Episode 13 · Episode 14 · Episode 15 · Episode 16 · Episode 17 · Episode 18 · Episode 19 · Episode 20 · Episode 21 · Episode 22 · Episode 23 · Episode 24 · Episode 25 · Episode 26
Season 2 (Axis Powers Season 2) Episode 27 · Episode 28 · Episode 29 · Episode 30 · Episode 31 · Episode 32 · Episode 33 · Episode 34 · Episode 35 · Episode 36 · Episode 37 · Episode 38 · Episode 39 · Episode 40 · Episode 41 · Episode 42 · Episode 43 · Episode 44 · Episode 45 · Episode 46 · Episode 47 · Episode 48 · Episode 49 · Episode 50 · Episode 51 · Episode 52
Compilation Episodes "America's Cleaning Of The Storage: Director's Cut· "Chibitalia"
Full Episode List