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Hetalia: Axis Powers: Season 1

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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!

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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


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

Trailers


Product details

  • Actors: Clarine Harp, J. Michael Tatum, Eric Vale, Patrick Seitz, Todd Haberkorn
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: 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 76 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B003SPDSAS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,573 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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