Hetalia: Axis Powers (season 1)
- "Season 1" redirects here. For the first season of World Series, see Hetalia: World Series (season 1).
|Hetalia: Axis Powers Season 1|
|Japanese Season 1 DVD box set cover art|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Original run||January 24 – July 17, 2009|
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. The entire first season was released in one box set on September 26, 2012. The Volume releases were distributed by Muse in Taiwan and later repackaged into one box set, released first in Hong Kong where it was distributed by Kam & Ronson.
In the United States and Canada, Funimation Entertainment announced on January 8, 2010 that they had licensed the first two season of Hetalia, despite rumors that they had reportedly passed on the titled in 2009. The complete first season was released on September 14, 2010, and was later repackaged with the second season as a single release on March 6, 2012. The first release was distributed by Manga Entertainment in the United Kingdom and by Madman Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand.
Cast and Characters
- See also: List of Hetalia: Axis Powers episodes
|01||01||"Episode 01"||January 24, 2009|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|"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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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...|
|Japan (Region 2)||April 24, 2009|
|Taiwan (Region 3)||December 17, 2009|
|Japan (Region 2)||May 22, 2009|
|Taiwan (Region 3)||January 16, 2010|
|Japan (Region 2)||July 24, 2009|
|Taiwan (Region 3)||February 17, 2010|
|Japan (Region 2)||September 25, 2009|
|Taiwan (Region 3)||March 9, 2010|
|Full Season Releases|
|United States and Canada (Region 1)||September 14, 2010|
|United Kingdom (Region 2)||December 13, 2010|
|Australia and New Zealand (Region 4)||November 3, 2010|
|Hong Kong (Region 3)||October 19, 2010|
|Taiwan (Region 3)||January 24, 2011|
|Japan (Region 2)||September 26, 2012|
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. 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. Additionally, the second DVD volume debuted at number 2, selling 15,943 copies. It fell to number 13 on the week of June 2, 2009 where it sold an additional 6,305 copies. On the week of July 20, 2009, the third DVD volume debuted at number 4, selling 17,163 copies. It fell to number 16 on the week of July 27, 2009 where it sold an additional 5,413 copies. On the week of September 21, 2009, the fourth DVD volume debuted at number 4, selling 17,172 copies. If didn't receive a ranking on the week of September 28, 2009, but sold an additional 4,859 copies.
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