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Hetalia Axis Powers

Alternative Titles

English: Hetalia Axis Powers
Japanese: ヘタリア Axis Powers


Type: ONA
Episodes: 52
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 24, 2009 to Mar 5, 2010
Source: Web manga
Duration: 5 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.841 (scored by 59,295 users)
Ranked: #7542
Popularity: #290
Members: 119,259
Favorites: 4,210
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Based on a popular web-released manga series by Hidekazu Himaruya, this has been described as a "cynical gag" story set in Europe in the years between WW1 and WW2 (1918-1939), using exaggerated caricatures of the different nationalities as portrayed by a gaggle of bishōnen. For example, the Italia Veneziano character is into pasta and women. The Deutsche (German) bishi loves potatoes and sausages, and Nippon is an otaku boy. Installments of the manga have jumped back and forth in setting from the ancient times to modern-day geopolitics. The manga's title comes from the Japanese words for "useless" (hetare) and Italy (Italia).


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Characters & Voice Actors

United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Sugiyama, Noriaki
Sugiyama, Noriaki
North Italy
North Italy
Namikawa, Daisuke
Namikawa, Daisuke
Konishi, Katsuyuki
Konishi, Katsuyuki
Iwamura, Aiko
Iwamura, Aiko
Takato, Yasuhiro
Takato, Yasuhiro


Shirohata, Bob
Shirohata, Bob
Marchi, Jamie
Marchi, Jamie
Huber, Chuck
Huber, Chuck
Namikawa, Daisuke
Namikawa, Daisuke
Theme Song Performance

More episodes Episodes(0/52)

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Opening Theme

"Hetalia no Ooinaru Sekai (ヘタリアの大いなる世界) (Hetalia, World's Greatest) by Conisch (コーニッシュ)

Ending Theme

#1: "Marukaite Chikyuu (Italy version)" by Daisuke Namikawa
#2: "Marukaite Chikyuu (Germany version)" by Hiroki Yasumoto (ep 27)
#3: "Marukaite Chikyuu (Japan version)" by Hiroki Takahashi (ep 30)
#4: "Marukaite Chikyuu (Russia version)" by Yasuhiro Takato (ep 43)
#5: "Marukaite Chikyuu (United Kingdom version)" by Noriaki Sugiyama (ep 46)
#6: "Marukaite Chikyuu (France version)" by Masaya Onosaka (ep 47)
#7: "Marukaite Chikyuu (America version)" by Katsuyuki Konishi (ep 49)

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Nov 23, 2015
I found out about this anime through memes, which lead me to believe a lot of things about it that weren't true.

But despite that, I was pleasantly surprised by just how entertaining it was!

Story - 7
Because each episode is only 5 minutes long, there isn't that much of a focus on the story. The episodes are pretty well written, but they're nothing special. I liked the WW1 theme at the beginning, but as the story goes on, this theme is sadly lost.

Art - 8
The art is unique, recognizable, and fits the characters really well! The animation is average, however.

Sound - 8
The voices fit read more
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Jun 23, 2010
When I first heard of this series, it was from my anime-obsessed friend, who had recently turned me over to anime and manga. Now, this was at three in the morning, mind you, and I didn't feel like reading the manga, so I searched for the anime. Upon finding the first episode, I had to pause it every few seconds to read what they were saying, because it was going by so fast. After a minute or two, I decided, 'Screw this, I'm going to sleep'. About a month later, I decided that I would really try to watch the anime. Once I got past read more
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Feb 18, 2009
NOTE: I do read/follow the scanalations so while I do not think there are any spoilers, it will probably make my review a bit biased.

Story: 9
The series is definitely interesting and unique, but there really is not an overlying story or plot. You're not really going to find much in plot development or anything, as it is more about relaying historical events with a heavy basis on character relations.

Art: 7
While cute (especially with the Chibitalia moments), the artwork and animation is not really all that special. Also, the fact that it is only a webcast (thus far) is not really helpful.

Sound: 7
The voice actors generally read more
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Mar 27, 2010
I jumped into Hetalia Axis Powers with high hopes. Online friends and real life friends gave the series such high praise. They swore that Hetalia was one of the best anime they'd seen. At appearance, Hetalia looked as good as they said, with a great set of beginning episodes. As the series progressed, however, I began to feel that Hetalia was just an over-hyped series that didn't deserve the credit that it was getting.

At first, I loved the story. With every country represented by a single character going through the events of World Wars I and II, what wasn't to like? The beginning of the read more
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Anime: Ouran Koukou Host Club
Although their plots are very different, both offer the same type of humor. The characters fall under certain stereotypes, as well. In Hetalia, the characters are stereotypes of the countries they represent. In Ouran, the characters fall under stereotypes of different types of men that would appeal to girls. And of course, both contain plenty of bishonen, but do appeal to all demographics.  
reportRecommended by shadowsirenv
Anime: Azumanga Daioh
Both Hetalia and Azumanga Daioh have this sort of short episodic nature about them with each episode being cut into smaller episodes. It is a lot of fun but there are times where you will scratch your head as some of the jokes did not translate well to English if you are watching the dub. Still, sub or dub, both of these anime are pretty good. 
reportRecommended by angelsreview
Anime: Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou
Hetalia and Danshi are both very very comical.

Hetalia is historical and a whole parody of countries, while instead Danshi is slice of life and a strong parody of "normal" high schoolers
They are both short series (Hetalia has around 50 episodes of ONAs who don't last more than 5 mins, and Danshi is a short tv-serie who counts barely 12 eps of 20 mins each) so you don't need to spend a lot of time to complete either of them.

If you are searching for a smile or you simply like to laugh then both series are very highly recommended ;3 
reportRecommended by EtnaEraclea
Anime: Suzumiya Haruhi-chan no Yuuutsu
Both are funny ONA's. Hetalia is so much better, though. I guess it depends on your sense of humor and how much you tolerate overrated anime. The point is that they're funny and really cute and they have chibis.  
reportRecommended by VampiressMiharu
Anime: Chi's Sweet Home: Atarashii Ouchi
short episodes, comedy the protagonist is not very intelligent and both are very imaginative
chi doesn´t have ending, hetalia doesn´t have opening 
reportRecommended by wabowser
Anime: Miracle Train: Oedo-sen e Youkoso
Even though Miracle Train has just been aired, it kinda reminded me of Hetalia.. and here's why: In Hetalia there's bunch of guys presenting countries and in Miracle Train, bunch of guys are presenting train stations. I think that's the only common thing between those anime's. And they're both really enjoyable. ^^ 
reportRecommended by Kaminodeshi

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