Japanese: ヘタリア The Beautiful World
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 25, 2013 to Jun 21, 2013
Duration: 5 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 8.161 (scored by 7759 users)
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Jun 6, 2013
The art has improved drastically to the point where some characters are hard to recognize because of how much better they look. The only problem with the art is the backgrounds which are much less detailed than the characters themselves but this is only noticeable sometimes and isn't overall a detrimental flaw.
As always the story in the Hetalia series isn't really that great or really there isn't a coherent plot. The anime centers around charming character interactions and that can be just as enjoyable as a good story sometimes. It is nice though how historical facts are added in, making it a bit of an unconscious learning experience. You are having so much fun while watching that you don't even realize it.
I didn't really notice the background music at all and I probably wouldn't recognize a single tune if you played it separately from the anime. The voice actors in the sub and the dub are both excellent though. Some of the best. All of the countries seem to be perfectly cast.
The best part of the anime and really the point of watching it. All of the personified countries are funny, charming and interesting to watch. The character interactions make this series worth watching.
I loved Hetalia: The Beautiful World. It's really fun to watch and I hope that they make another series because I liked it so much.
I would recommend this series to comedy lovers or history buffs with a good sense of humor. There are a few flaws but it is an overall fun anime to watch, especially when you are feeling down. It's sure to cheer you up.
Mar 5, 2013
I LOVE the new animations! It is very refreshing but not so much that we don't know who the character is! Like France, he went through a HUGE transformation yet we still know it is France.
I also love that they are starting to add more characters like Romania, Mongolia, and General Winter! I also hope to see more countries (like coughcoughTAIWANcoughKOREAcoughcoughMEXICOcough) and I hope to see supporting countries get more screenshots (Seychelles, Turkey, Egypt, India, Hong Kong )!
The story is very exicting because it tells back stories of funny/scary characters such as Russia and Romano. I also hope to see China and how he came to be!!! It also adds to the enjoyment because if the W Academy setting! The characters in school uniforms look very good!
I also love the new episode that came out!(In America there is only six episodes TT^TT) It shows how Romano sees his life at Spain and how he really is a tsundere! ^ ^
I get LOTS of laughs and AWW moments from this and it is very fulfilling despite it being only 5 minutes! Its great to watch during lunch at school since it is so short. I can also watch many episodes and not get any leg cramps! YAAY!!!
Overall, I really enjoy the new season of Hetalia! It has great animation and a very humorous and cute story line and the length of the video is FANTASTIC There are new characters being added ( it doesn't seem rushed) almost every episode! I do love this anime and I hope there will be much, much more to come! read more
Jul 13, 2013
The story to Hetalia isn't exactly a plot as well as the previous seasons, each episode is different from the rest, and random. The series is a comedy, but the comedy is to make you enjoy yourself and have a good time. I do say that the historical facts are lessened a bit, some episodes are just random, others reflect on the nations' past and culture. I give the story a 6/10.
The art development for the nations are much more shining and more similar to different animes, but it does add its own charm. Despite the characters' new shiny appearance, the background isn't as well drawn as the characters. Art doesn't really matter, as long as the plot is good and strong, but still, we wouldn't want an anime with poorly drawn backgrounds right? 8/10
For sound, all I can say is that the ending theme is catchy, and that there is a lot of happiness to it. The only song that I can think of that is pretty nostalgic is the French song, but that's the only song I can think of. 7/10
The best part about Hetalia is the characters, and to say, I agree. The characters have their own unqiue-ness and quirkiness. But since the nations' personality and hobbies are based off of stereotypes, you might get a bit annoyed at first, but you can't help but to agree that the nations are rather unique and different. Italy's cheerfulness, Germany's serious nature, and France's romantic attitude, you can see how different they are. 9/10
Hetalia is full of happinessm though there are times when sadness fills in the room. You enjoy how funny and happy the show is, how the characters interact, and how each epiosde progresses. Hetalia isn't meant to be taken seriously, so all you can do is relax and enjoy its quirkiness! 9/10
Overall, I think Hetalia: The Beautiful World is a nice season added to the series. The art is much better, and the characters are still the same as ever! I recommend this show to anyone who's into history, and just wants some fun! read more
Jul 19, 2013
Story: Rating- Not Applicable
- Since Hetalia doesn't really follow any plot or have a presentation that has a purpose of following a sequential narrative, it will be only fair to put the story rating into "not applicable".
- The character illustrations and animation are crisper, more detailed and had a lot more differentiation than they got in the past seasons. The background is still a bit dull. However, it's good that it does compliment the main subject and makes good of its purpose of not taking the viewer's attention away from the characters.
- They still make use of the swirl and grunge-like type of textured backgrounds to aid the sudden mood change of a character. In the past, it is observable how it lacked artistry in its design but it's all nice to see that they had put a lot more effort in making them this season.
- In respect to the episodes with scenery, landscapes and architecture in them. It is noticeable that the illustrators still fell flat on these areas. The building awnings, doors and windows still appeared inorganic just like in the past seasons. Anyone familiar with the detailed Mont Saint-Michel would notice how the Hetalia version of it lacked architectural details.
- The voice actors are spot on for their characters and delivers quite great just like they always had. The opening theme is new and still grows a bit tediously annoying as time goes by and it might only make a viewer skip it out.
- It can be heard that there are quite a few new themes thrown in for the characters (like something that sounds like Mozart's Turkish March at one scene where Turkey was shown) but apart from that, they still used almost the same character themes for the most part.
- The new ending theme (Mawaru Chikyuu Rondo) was indeed fun, softer and a bit more balanced-sounding than Marukaite Chikyuu and Hatafutte Parade. However, it doesn't sound as catchy.
- The characters are still funny and in-character as they have ever been. In respect to the real main characters, each of them still holds this strong and noteworthy personality that is unique to them. It is also great to see that France's character got a lot more depth this season than in the past. There were a few new characters that had a debut appearance this season.
- Hetalia: The Beautiful World is still effectively comedic like how its precursors were. It still makes watchers laugh their hearts out loud and as a bonus, it even includes a few more surprising scenes that are fanservice-like (i.e showing of skin etc).
- Overall, it is still an excellent watch for those people who have always enjoyed what Hetalia is— a silly, lighthearted allegory of different cultures, historical trivias and world views that will add a little bit of knowledge in a fun way. It is also recommended for people who appreciates this type of work and to those who are open to see an animation work that is a bit different from the others. However, to those who take a little harmless national and cultural satire a bit too seriously, I will only advise you to pick another title.
Aug 5, 2014
Story: 6 - fair
Let's get this straight: hetalia is the most plotless anime I've ever seen. If you're looking for an anime with a plot; turn back now, hetalia is nothing for you
The idea behind hetalia is that every country is represented by a person (most of them are male). You could go all ways around and make a brilliant plot for the series, but (unfortunately) they didn't do that. Hetalia chooses to show us random events of the countries' lives. Some of these events are historical accurate, others aren't. It is kinda nice to see the historical events you learned about at school in an anime. And they did a splendid job to exaggerate and put these events into a funny situation. Most of the episodes are a caricature of historical events that have taken place. And you can learn something from hetalia, but… yes, there is a 'but'….because of that caricature-character the series got, you don't know what has taken place and what is just the result of the authors imagination. It was hard for me to rate the story, because there isn't one. I had my doubts between 'pathetic' and 'fair'. I chose to give it 'fair' because, well…hetalia is funny
And because it is funny and because I like the idea of nation being represented by characters and because I've managed to watch all of the 20 episodes of this season I will rate enjoyment as 'very good'. It would be a lie to say I didn't enjoy watching hetalia
art: 6 - fair
no, I do not like how hetalia is drawn. But I still rate it as 'fair'. Why you ask? Well, because compared to the previous seasons the art got better. It became less childish and flat, but it still isn't to my taste. I also noticed a few mistakes in the series. A good example is episode 2. Romania doesn't appear often, but when he does, please take a good look at his eyes and compare them every time you see it. Like I mentioned before, the most characters are male. That is the formula for getting tons of fangirls, but drawing them like this won't help you reach that goal. Still hetalia has a lot of fangirls. Why? Fan art of course! This anime is the only anime I've seen until now (and I've seen a lot) where the fan art is better than the actual thing. Fan art is the reason why I love the hetalia characters. And I often catch myself thinking when looking at some good pictures 'why didn't they draw the actual thing like this?' Seriously, the art could've been better.
sound; 5 - media core
In my opinion, the all famous Marukaite Chikyuu is annoying as hell and Mawaru Chikyuu Rondo doesn't do a better job than it's predecessor. But considering the anime itself, I wouldn't know which ending song would fit better. Perhaps hetalia is made for an annoying ending theme.
Now about the seiyuu. I don't have many complains about the japanese version of the anime. I do think some voices don't fit the characters (Russia's voice for example). And I do think sometimes the voices lacked emotion. Let's take for example Daisuke Namikawa. He had the roll of Veneziano Vargas aka North Italy. Compared to his previous works, Mikage Celistine (07-ghost), Waver Velvet (fate/zero), Isana Yashiro (K Project), etc, he could've done better. I'm sorry for saying this, but I really do think so. But the japanese seiyuu did on the overall an okay job.
Now the english dub… I seriously hate it. Except for America's voice, all of the other voices don't fit the characters AT ALL. It's hard to ignore the annoying accents that are meant to be funny, but actually make it harder to fallow the anime. And all of the Eastern nations have the same accent. And look at our favourite red-eyed albino, Prussia. Wasn't his voice in the japanese version annoying enough? If you're planning to watch hetalia, I say watch the subbed version, not dubbed
Characters: 9 - Great
Hetalia is full of stereotypes. Not exactly in the way like 'tsundre, yandre, playboy, shy person' though you can find aspects of those stereotypes in hetalia too. Hetalia shows us stereotypes in a more 'russians drink vodka, only americans are invaded by aliens, englishman can't cook, italians love pizza and pasta, etc'. Those stereotypes make this anime. They're meant to be mocking and that makes the characters hilarious. Of course not everything is true about the stereotypes. I'm russian, but don't like vodka at all and I don't smile all of the time (far from it). I never met someone with polish roots who likes to cross dress. Not all the Indians are belly dancers. But I was shocked how many stereotypes were true and how good the characters fit the by them represented nation. I happen to live in the Netherlands and I can say that those guys are greedy as hell (if you disagree look at the tax system)! Lithuanian people aren't too fond of Russians. In Brugge, there is a chocolate store on every corner. Italians are great at making pasta. There is a Chinatown everywhere. There are a lot of cats in Greece. And I've met a Swiss guy with exactly the same personality as Switzerland (that was just scary). Though there are some things that I don't understand. Like why is Latvia a kid? The smallest of the Baltic States is Estonia. And there are of course annoying characters like New-Sealand and Poland (nothing personal)
But, to make my point clear; most of the characters are just awesome
enjoyment: 8 - very good
overall: 7 - good
Hetalia isn't my favourite anime and will never be, but it's nice to watch something so random once in a while. It's funny and easy to fallow (not the dub).
But if you, like me, like the idea but want something with more plot, I would recommend to google some fan art. What makes hetalia awesome is that you can love it without watching the anime. Internet opens a great world of fan art, fan fiction, yaoi, yuri, meps, amvs, doujinshis and a lot of more. You can find something to your taste with the same theme there. But if you in for a 5-minute laugh, watch the anime read more