Hetalia: The Beautiful World

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Hetalia: The Beautiful World
HetaliaTBWDVD1.jpg
Japanese Volume 1 DVD jacket art
No. of episodes 20[1]
Broadcast
Original channel Animate.TV
Original run January 25, 2013 - June 21, 2013
Season chronology
World Series Season 2 The Beautiful World

Hetalia: The Beautiful World, based on the webmanga Hetalia: Axis Powers by Hidekaz Himaruya, premiered on January 25, 2013 for mobile phones and animate.TV and premiered on January 28, 2013 for streaming on NicoNico Douga.[2] It is also the fifth season overall of the anime series Hetalia. 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.

Unlike previous seasons, the majority of the episodes adapted one chapter or story from the original source material rather than spreading them out over a number of episodes. Multi-episode storylines include a Gakuen Hetalia-set story with the Newspaper Club profiling the school's clubs for an article, the nations gathering to watch and compare the horror movies created by each country, and a misunderstanding snowballing into a date between Italy and Germany.

Four DVD Volumes containing episodes from the fourth season were released in Japan between April 24, 2013 and October 30, 2013. Each volume contained five of the originally broadcast episodes along with an additional unstreamed episode, and were originally released as limited edition packages containing a special CD with two alternate versions of the Mawaru Chikyuu Rondo theme song sung by a different character.[3] An additional unstreamed episode was included in the The Beautiful World Fandisc which was released in Japan on February 26, 2014.[4]

In the United States and Canada, Funimation Entertainment announced on January 18, 2013 that they had secured the streaming rights to The Beautiful World and would begin to simulcast the series towards the end of the month.[5] On December 14, 2013, Funimation announced that they acquired the Home video rights for the series, with plans to release it on DVD in Summer 2014.[6]

Contents

Development

Production and Casting

It was announced in the November 2012 edition of Comic Birz released in September 2012 that this season would be produced by a new staff and utilize a new illustrative style.[7] The staff will consist of director Hiroshi Watanabe, Series Composer Kazuyuki Fudeyasu, and Character Designer Mariko Oka.[8] In the December 2012 edition, it was announced that the series would premiere on January 25, 2013, and the eight main cast members from the previous seasons would reprise their roles.[8][9] Prior to the season's broadcast, other characters that were confirmed to appear included Prussia[10][11], Romania[10], Romano[11], Spain[11], Turkey[12], Ukraine[12], Switzerland, The Nordics, and Chibitalia.[13]

Promotion

Included in the Animate preview of the anime was evidence of Each Battlefield, Gakuen Hetalia: Go Forth! Newspaper Club!!, and Russia and Friends from Volume 4, as well as Though I May Depart, You Shall Remain from Volume 5[10]. These plots were later featured in the first five episodes of the series. Other announced plot points for the season included additional material from the published manga, New character introductions, Various holidays including Christmas, Germany losing his composure, France's loneliness, Comparisons between American and Japanese Culture, Scenes showing annual celebrations in various parts of the world, the Axis being good friends, and an episode showing the element of "Switzerland-ness".[13]

The title of the ending theme for this series is Mawaru Chikyuu Rondo (まわる地球ロンド), sung by Daisuke Namikawa. The "theme" (as in the motif or slogan) of this season is Kira☆Kira (キラ☆キラ, lit. Sparkle☆Sparkle), meaning that this series will be "sparkly" and emphasizing its newness.[14][15]

Cast and Characters

Starring Cast

Recurring Cast

Episodes

See also: List of Hetalia: Axis Powers episodes
No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Air Date
01 01 "Each Battlefield" January 25, 2013
EP101.jpg Adapts portions of Each Battlefield from Volume 4. Germany is shocked when he learns the truth about Ninjas and Italy shows off his new tank.[18][19]
02 02 "Gakuen Hetalia: Go Forth! Newspaper Club!! First Half" February 1, 2013
EP102.png Adapts Gakuen Hetalia: Go Forth! Newspaper Club!! from Volume 4.[20]
03 03 "Gakuen Hetalia: Go Forth! Newspaper Club!! Second Half" February 8, 2013
EP103.jpg Adapts Gakuen Hetalia: Go Forth! Newspaper Club!! from Volume 5.[20]
04 04 "Russia and Friends" February 15, 2013
EP104.jpg Adapts Russia and Friends from Volume 4.[21]
05 05 "Though I May Depart, You Shall Remain" February 22, 2013
EP105.jpg Adapts Though I May Depart, You Shall Remain from Volume 5.[21]
06 06 "Romano's Diary" March 1, 2013
EP106.jpg Adapts part of Romano's Diary from Volume 4 and Boss Spain Doesn't Understand from the webcomic.[22]
07 07 "Things that Often Happen When Rooming with an American" March 8, 2013
EP107.jpg Adapts Things that Often Happen When Rooming with an American from Volume 4.[22]
08 08 "The Gentle Fight Between Russia and I" March 15, 2013
EP108.png Adapts the story The Gentle Fight Between Russia and I from the original webcomic.
09 09 "At Netherlands'" March 22, 2013
EP109.png Adapts At Netherlands' from Volume 4.
10 10 "Turkey&!" March 29, 2013
EP110.jpg Adapts Turkey& from Volume 4.
11 11 "Our Failure" April 5, 2013
EP111.jpg Adapts the 2011 April Fools' Event from the Kitayume website.[23]
12 12 "Merry Halloween!" April 12, 2013
EP112.jpg Adapts the story Merry Halloween from the original webcomic.[24]
13 13 "Finding Santa" April 19, 2013
EP113.jpg Adapts the 2009 Christmas Backlog from the Kitayume Website.[24]
14 14 "Brother! We are...!!" May 10, 2013[25]
EP114.png Adapts Brother! We are...! from Volume 5 and Before the International Conference from Volume 4.[24]
15 15 "A bientôt! Until We Meet Again" May 17, 2013
EP115.jpg Adapts A bientôt (Until We Meet Again) from Volume 4.[26]
16 16 "What Italy Forgot" May 24, 2013
116.png Adapts Top Secret from Volume 4.[26]
17 17 "Hetalia of the Dead - First Part" May 31, 2013
EP117.jpg Adapts the beginning of Hetalia of the Dead from Volume 5.[26]
18 18 "Hetalia of the Dead - Second Part" June 7, 2013
EP118.jpg Adapts the rest of Hetalia of the Dead from Volume 5.[26]
19 19 "Keep on moving!! March Forward, Sealand!" June 14, 2013
119.png Adapts Keep on moving!! March Forward, Sealand! from Volume 4.
20 20 "It’s the First Anniversary! The Tripartite Pact" June 21, 2013
EP120.jpg Adapts It’s the First Anniversary! The Tripartite Pact from Volume 5.

Extra Episodes

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Air Date
"Buon San Valentino - First Part" April 24, 2013 (DVD Release)
TBWExtraEpisode1.png Adapts the beginning of the webcomic Buon San Valentino.
"Buon San Valentino - Last Part" June 26, 2013 (DVD Release)
TBWExtraEpisode2.png Adapts the rest of the webcomic Buon San Valentino.
"The Centennial Gift" August 28, 2013 (DVD Release)
TBWExtraEpisode3.png Adapts The Centennial Gift from Volume 4.
"Liechtenstein and the Hedgehog country" October 30, 2013 (DVD Release)
TBWExtraEpisode4.png Adapts Mr. Hedgehog from the Volume 4 Omake Page on the Kitayume website.[27]
"I Was Overwhelmed by Heroines" February 26, 2014 (DVD Release)
TBWExtraEpisode5.jpg Adapts I Was Overwhelmed by Heroines from Volume 4.[28]

DVD Releases

Volume Releases
HetaliaTBWDVD1.jpg
Set details
Special features
Hetalia: The Beautiful World Vol. 1

Further Details To Be Announced

Release Date
Flag of Japan.svg Japan (Region 2) April 24, 2013[1][29]
TBWDVD2.jpg
Set details
Special features
Hetalia: The Beautiful World Vol. 2

Further Details To Be Announced

Release Date
Flag of Japan.svg Japan (Region 2) June 26, 2013[1]
TBWDVD3.jpg
Set details
Special features
Hetalia: The Beautiful World Vol. 3

Further Details To Be Announced

Release Date
Flag of Japan.svg Japan (Region 2) August 28, 2013[1]
HetaliaTBWDVD4.jpg
Set details
Special features
Hetalia: The Beautiful World Vol. 4

Further Details To Be Announced

Release Date
Flag of Japan.svg Japan (Region 2) October 30, 2013[1][29]
HetaliaTBWExtraDVD.jpg
Set details
Special features
Hetalia: The Beautiful World Extra Disc

Further Details To Be Announced

  • Textless Ending Song

Further Details To Be Announced

Release Date
Flag of Japan.svg Japan (Region 2) February 26, 2014
Full Season Releases
HetaliaSeason5FuniDVD.jpg
Set details
Special features
Hetalia Season 5 (The Beautiful World)

Further Details To Be Announced

Further Details To Be Announced

Release Date
Flag of the United States.svg United States and Flag of Canada.svg Canada (Region 1) July 22, 2014[6]

Reception

On the week of April 22, 2013, the first DVD volume debuted at number 5 on the Japanese Oricon Animation DVD Ranking, selling 6,276.[30] It fell to number 7 on the week of April 29, 2013 where it sold an additional 962 copies, for a total 7,238 copies sold.[31]

References

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Hetalia: Axis Powers Episodes
Season 01 (Axis Powers Season 01) 01 · 02 · 03 · 04 · 05 · 06 · 07 · 08 · 09 · 10 · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15 · 16 · 17 · 18 · 19 · 20 · 21 · 22 · 23 · 24 · 25 · 26
Season 02 (Axis Powers Season 02) 01 · 02 · 03 · 04 · 05 · 06 · 07 · 08 · 09 · 10 · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15 · 16 · 17 · 18 · 19 · 20 · 21 · 22 · 23 · 24 · 25 · 26
Season 03 (World Series Season 01) 01 · 02 · 03 · 04 · 05 · 06 · 07 · 08 · 09 · 10 · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15 · 16 · 17 · 18 · 19 · 20 · 21 · 22 · 23 · 24
Season 04 (World Series Season 02) 01 · 02 · 03 · 04 · 05 · 06 · 07 · 08 · 09 · 10 · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15 · 16 · 17 · 18 · 19 · 20 · 21 · 22 · 23 · 24
Season 05 (The Beautiful World) 01 · 02 · 03 · 04 · 05 · 06 · 07 · 08 · 09 · 10 · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15 · 16 · 17 · 18 · 19 · 20
Extra Episodes and OVAs 01 · 02 · 03 · 04 · 05 · 06 · 07 · 08 · 09 · 10
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