Hetalia is a historical anime that pokes fun at history itself! By presenting various countries as people (and kids), this anime is a fun history lesson. Imagine a toddler Italy painting cute pictures like toddlers do and thinking to himself, “somehow, I feel so renaissance.” The toddler grows up to become a naïve pasta maniac and yells out, “pasta~!” during a serious meeting.
If any of that piqued your interest, then you’re going to love Hetalia! Not only are the characters over-exaggerated stereotypes related to each country, but their character designs also represent them as a certain anime archetype. The comedy is light and not offensive at all!
If you’re looking for something funny without any twists or turns, watch Hetalia to light up your day!
1. Release Order
- Hetalia: Axis Powers (2009-2010)
- Season 1
- Season 2
- Hetalia: World Series (2010-2011)
- Season 3
- Season 4
- Season 5: Hetalia: The Beautiful World (2013)
- Season 6: Hetalia: The World Twinkle (2015)
- Hetalia Axis Powers Movie: Paint it, White (2010)
- Hetalia: Axis Powers Fan Disc (2010)
- Hetalia: The Beautiful World Extra Disc (2016)
- Hetalia: The World Twinkle Extra Disc (2016)
- Hetalia: World Series Specials (2011)
- Hetalia: The Beautiful World Specials (2013)
- Hetalia: The World Twinkle Specials (2015)
2. Chronological Order
- Hetalia: Axis Powers
- Hetalia Axis Powers Movie: Paint it, White
- Hetalia: Axis Powers Fan Disc
- Hetalia: World Series
- Hetalia: World Series Specials
- Hetalia: The Beautiful World
- Hetalia: The Beautiful World Specials
- Hetalia: The Beautiful World Extra Disc
- Hetalia: The World Twinkle
- Hetalia: The World Twinkle Specials
- Hetalia: The World Twinkle Extra Disc
The recommended order for watching Hetalia is its chronological order. Seasons 1 and 2 are collectively known as Hetalia: Axis Powers, and Seasons 3 and 4 are collectively called Hetalia: World Series.
4. Quick Review
There is no definitive story in Hetalia. The episodes are more like one-shots that narrate mini anecdotes about certain characters. These characters are countries as people, and you’ll definitely recognize which country a character is representing.
The plot is full of comedic elements and will surely tickle your funny bone!
The characters in Hetalia are the most exaggerated stereotypes of all the nations. America is the one with a god-complex. Germany is stoic and serious, Japan is quite but has the weirdest interests, Italy obsesses over pasta, and so on. The way these characters interact with each other is where the comedy lies.
The animation gets progressively get better throughout the series. Although the animation isn’t super-amazing, it does have creative and cute character designs.
The soundtrack is filled with sound effects that are perfect for each comedic situation. There is no special melodious track, but the soundtrack fulfills its purpose.
5. About Hetalia
Hetalia was originally a Japanese webcomic, later adapted as a manga and an anime series by Hidekaz Himaruya. The anime depicts the relations among various nations involved in the World Wars by personifying them as humans. The characters are over-the-top and exaggerated representations of their respective nations, creating a light-hearted comedy.