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Product Details

  • Actors: Clarine Harp, J. Michael Tatum, Eric Vale, Patrick Seitz, Todd Haberkorn
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,772 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Episode 2 commentary (Italy & Germany) - “The Flower Apron”

Episode 9 commentary (U.S.A. & Russia) - “The Cold War”

Episode 12 commentary (France & U.K.) - “Nice Dover”

Episode 16 commentary (Japan & China) - “Far East Brothers”

Commentary by director Bob Shirahata, Part 1

Commentary by director Bob Shirahata, Part 2

Commentary by director Bob Shirahata, Part 3

Director Bob Shirahata’s ED Sequence comments

Textless songs


Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Forget everything you learned in history class, and imagine all the nations of the world as cute guys hanging out on a wildly inappropriate reality show. Now, toss in every stereotype ever and prepare to pledge allegiance to your favorite superpower in Hetalia Axis Powers!

Maybe you’ll surrender to Italy’s charms. He’s a sweetie who’s always got a noodle in his mouth and he’s bff with blue-eyed Germany and shy Japan. Sounds nice, right? Of course, their friendship sort of causes world war II, but is that really such a big deal? Not if it means those adorable allies France, America, and England will be stormin’ the beach! No matter who comes out on top, victory is yours! Now ditch your textbooks and try to keep up, because history happens fast in Hetalia Axis Powers!

Hetalia: Axis Powers (2009) began as a web comic by Hidekazu Himaruya that was adapted first to a manga, then to an animated series. Hetalia depicts 20th-century history, mostly events between World War I and the end of World War II, as a series of misadventures enacted by adolescent caricatures of various countries. Italy is a coward who yells about cooking pasta; Germany demands order and insists on discipline; America talks while eating hamburgers. The ethnic humor grows thin when Italy joins forces with Germany, announcing, "You can order me around and I'll disappoint you," and Japan suggests "Axis" as "our team name." The last vestiges of taste fall by the wayside when Romano (Northern Italy) announces, "I've got a little surprise for you!" and Germany replies, "What is it, another Jew?" Apparently some people find this ethnic humor funny, but the series was cancelled in Japan when Korean protesters complained about the depiction of the Korea character in the print version. Twenty-six five-minute episodes of Hetalia fit on one disc; the second offers commentaries by director Bob Shirohata. But the material is too slight to warrant these lengthy analyses, and the results feel like an annotated biography of a mayfly. Next to Hetalia, Nerima Daikon Brothers plays like The Critique of Pure Reason. (Rated TV MA: ethnic stereotypes, profanity, cartoon violence) --Charles Solomon

Customer Reviews

The case was a nice plastic, the dvds were colorful, and the dub was great.
kayla low
While some people say that "How this show portrays history is inaccurate," it actually follows most of the textbooks pretty well.
Puzzle Master
The dialogue has changed to make things more offensive/funnier, which I love.

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116 of 120 people found the following review helpful By YayCake on July 22, 2010
I've been following the manga and anime since the series debuted in Japan. My biggest fear for the dubbing of "Hetalia" was that it would be stripped of everything not PC (which is literally the entire show). However, in the English version, the jokes are more offensive and the innuendo more rampant. The Japanese version skirted around any Nazi references, but the English version throws one in no more than a 2 minutes into the first episode. Couple that with America referring to Russia as "cannon fodder" and you've got yourself a winner of a show. If you're easily offended then this is obviously not the series for you, though I appreciate the culture clash and parodying of stereotypes. Of course, I also laugh at dead baby jokes.

Fans of the series might complain about the dialogue changes, which, from what I've seen, capture the spirit of the situation but contain altered jokes. Some of the voices are taking me a while to get used to, but overall I think the dubbing was well done. If I hadn't watched the Japanese version, I probably wouldn't think twice about judging the English voices. It's simply hard not to compare when you're used to something else.

I am impressed by the script changes and actually like the English dialogue more than the original. I'm basing my opinion on the few short clips FUNimation has put on YouTube, but I have high hopes for the rest of the series.
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107 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Complication on August 25, 2010
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An Obligatory Disclaimer:
I'll begin with an overly lengthy disclaimer: this show was NOT intended for those that are easily offended or upset by stereotyping, historical inaccuracies, or the trivialization of major historic events (also, homophobics beware: this show is laden with innuendo). Now, let me just say, to all the people that fall into these aforementioned categories but purchased the show anyway and now are complaining vehemently about it via review, this show is exactly what it makes itself out to be: a CARTOON. If you were looking for something serious, then good god what were you doing browsing through animated TV shows? Would you go to Spongebob for life lessons? No. Likewise, if you're looking for an accurate portrayal of historic events, go buy a historical reenactment. It's not rocket science.

That said, I'm going to attempt to answer some basic questions you might have as someone that is considering purchasing Hetalia: Axis Powers.

1.) I watched the Japanese version with English subs. What's new?
Aside from the fact that you can now listen to the English dub, the dialogue seems to have been edited rather severely while still maintaining the basic personalities of the characters. The English voice actors have also attempted to take on the accents of their respective countries, some more successfully than others. Happily, this version contains both language tracks, so if you get fed up with the English dub you can always switch back to the Japanese track.

2.) I'm new to Hetalia. It sounds interesting, but how do I know if it's for me?
Short answer? Google it. Just type in something along the lines of, "hetalia english dub episode 1.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Gina C. Hayes on July 28, 2010
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This anime is fantasic. The dialogue was changed a little bit from the original, however, I think it fits better for the english audience. The english voice actors did an amazing job with the accents. This is definietly one of my favorite animes and I dare you not to get hooked after the first 5 episodes.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Trinket on September 18, 2010
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Have you ever found history one of those subjects that you just never really caught on to? Are you a long time lover of history with a huge wealth of knowledge about other countries and their struggles and triumphs? Do you have a sense of humor? THIS IS FOR YOU.

I myself was never one to listen very well in history classes. My thoughts were what's in the past is in the past. Why bother learning every single detail if I'll never use the information in my lifetime? My grades were decent and I only bothered to learn the most essential parts of history. How could it possibly become something I could pay attention to? I tried to find a way. I definitely found it.

Hetalia is a five minute long episode series. In each season there are 26 episodes, and yes, there are 26 in this dvd set. the running time is just about 2 1/2 hours. It started as a web series in japan. It follows the lives of the major countries of the world and what they've been through in the past, as well as touching upon the little quirks of the people and places in each one. In Hetalia, the characters are each of the countries in a human form. Battles and struggles take place with the appropriate countries literally slapping or yelling at each other in hilarious ways, and along with the quirky adult humor the show succeeds in not only capturing your attention in a way a normal high school classroom never could, but also keeps it and easily puts more info in your head that you never knew you would from an anime!

The show stays out of the touchiest subjects in the japanese casted version. They don't mention events such as the holocaust and the gruesome aspects of war. The English cast is brilliant and has pretty much a version all their own.
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