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hetalia a visit to the world

Updated on September 4, 2011

By now most folk know that visit my site that I like various forms of entertainment. This is an homage to one that caught my eye, thru a friend who recommended it to me via another writing ste. This particular web comic struck me as very over the top, highly politically incorrect, but hilarious. The japanese creator of this web comic, Hidekazu Hemaruya, must have some kind of poly sci or history degree because his view of world history rings thru this comic like a freight train and takes the viewer into his world with laughter, amazement, and an appreciation of that history. Let me explain... Hetalia means Incompetent Italy. The characters are actual representatives of the countries of the world. Instead of presenting a historical time line, the comic falls in and out of the time.  The first of the series is called Hetalia: Axis Powers. 

Japan: studious, introverted, wants to belong Germany: hard working, by the book Italy: loves pasta, girls and peace at all costs.
Japan: studious, introverted, wants to belong Germany: hard working, by the book Italy: loves pasta, girls and peace at all costs.
America: hamburger eating, idealistic, hero of the world England: bad at cooking, sees ghosts, austere France: romantic, loves making England mad China: the oldest, patient, great cook with wok in hand Russa: stern, believes in General Winter
America: hamburger eating, idealistic, hero of the world England: bad at cooking, sees ghosts, austere France: romantic, loves making England mad China: the oldest, patient, great cook with wok in hand Russa: stern, believes in General Winter
Chibitalia, the countries as children
Chibitalia, the countries as children

The viewer is drawn to the Roman Empire, represented by a very large muscular proud man who becomes grandpa to Northern Italy, a sweet cowardly, pasta loving, girl crazy, young man, and Southern Italy, a very live for today, for tomorrow we die, kinda a guy. The Holy Roman Empire also makes for a great laugh, as he sits like the vatican and wants the two Italy personas to join with him. Then you have the rest of the AXIS powers. Germany, big brother to the Italy, by the book, strong guy and Japan introverted, admires Germany for his efficiency and Italy for his artwork.

Then the Allies arrive. America, young, idealistic, with strange ideas that make the other older countries cringe, struggles to become the leader of the group which leads to chaos and hurt feelings.

England dressed like a conservative soul, follows his little brother America, fights with his arch rival France, and uses his polite ways to make the Allies get along.

France is all about love... and he loves to make England mad. He wants Italy for his pasta and his artwork.

China, the oldest of the group, wants everyone to eat together and become friends.

Russia: Loves China, although is rejected... Believes that General Winter will save them.

Canada: Brother to England and America, is mistaken for America by the others and almost appears ghostlike as no one can see him.

Remember these characters/countries are representations of the author's world view... and the view is Japanese. So this is a warning, do not take offense if your country has flaws. It actually is rather enlightening to see ourselves thru others' eyes. These comics are very fast paced. I had to pause it several times just to read the side comments as well as the subtitles. The music can get on ones nerves and be distracting. The jokes sometimes are hard to get just because of the background history that the viewer may not have. There is also a section called Chibitalia about when the characters were younger and cute. For older folks, who might understand this next reference, it is likened by the old Laugh In tv series, or Hee Haw series, vinettes that go by so fast you might not get the joke. Stay with it though, because it seems to be well worth the trip. I will always remember how America has to clean his storage shed... He keeps putting it off and putting it off. And when he finally gathers his courage, he finds his past... not so pretty. The scenes where France and England are fighting over America in his infancy are also amazingly clear and brings one pause, that save for one moment in history, Americans could have become French based, not english.

This web comic has become a manga, an anime and even a movie. The first book topped the manga best seller list in October, 2010. It has led it's satirical ways in the world of Cospay, to which my daughter, the next Ukraine, will be protraying at a convention coming up. It is about fun, and finding the humor and understanding in this world of chaos and misunderstanding.

hetalia fan made amvs.... canada

hetalia fan made amv...england

hetalia america... fan made video

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      Uchit 

      3 years ago

      I think you nailed it, anime can't aforfd to give up on half its potential audience. I'm struggling right now to decide if distributors are saying they've given up or if they are just admitting that no current female oriented show is performing as well as Naruto. I'm worried it might be the former because I think the info behind the quote came from funimation. The part of the quote about sports shows seems like a direct reference to funimation's failure with the baseball show Big Windup. After Big Windup Funi said they wouldn't touch another sports show. I hope they haven't made a similar decision to abandon women-oriented shows.

    • meow48 profile imageAUTHOR

      meow48 

      6 years ago from usa

      i hope that it will be good thoughts. fyi, this is a webtoon, an anime, and has been made into movies, and books. please don't take it too seriously. south korea has banned it because of the characterization of its country. so you won't be seeing south korea represented...at least in the anime. thankyou for stopping by.

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      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Your analogy of characters/countries will have me thinking for quite sometime!

    • meow48 profile imageAUTHOR

      meow48 

      6 years ago from usa

      thank you for the kind comment. it is rare that i get comments. take care and i will check out your hubs...

    • meow48 profile imageAUTHOR

      meow48 

      6 years ago from usa

      garsh,thanks. um, take care.

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      empire mike 

      6 years ago from empire, colorado

      i find this very fascinating and entertaining.

      i wanted to correct you on the comment you just sent to suburban poet. i recently discovered and truly believe we are all wonderful poets. that makes you one. you don't know me, but trust me on this.

    • meow48 profile imageAUTHOR

      meow48 

      6 years ago from usa

      eiddwen, thanks so much for stopping by and reading this. it is a fun anime, tends to be rather adult, and the viewpoint is definitely stereotypical, from the author's point of view, hope you check it out, take care.

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      Eiddwen 

      6 years ago from Wales

      A great hub; very original and very interesting.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

    • meow48 profile imageAUTHOR

      meow48 

      7 years ago from usa

      i am very glad you liked it. it is a fun webtoon.take care.

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, love the way that they see the rest of the world, I have seen a few anime films, I also watched on TV the other night how they hold events where everyone dresses as their favorite character! fascinating stuff, cheers nell

    • meow48 profile imageAUTHOR

      meow48 

      7 years ago from usa

      uriel, don't know if i am a freak, but i like it and manga and live action asian drama

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      Uriel 

      7 years ago from Lebanon

      OKII i saw your profile pic and went all DEATHNOTEEEEEEEEEEE crazy then i checked your profile saw hetalia and more anime :D so i had to stop by :D:D

      started hetalia a while ago, watched a couple of episodes and enjoyed it :D:D pretty awesome :D

      Great hub btw :D

      are you a fan of bleach naruto op or other animes? hope you could share your interest with me "D

      glad to find another anime-fan here [in my case it would be animefreak :D]

      Best regards Uriel

    • meow48 profile imageAUTHOR

      meow48 

      7 years ago from usa

      i will have to check it out... is it shounen or shojo again forgive the spelling... hey, do you know if there is really a live action naruto or bleach movie coming out? i heard that some american film company is talking about a deathnote movie.. have you heard anything about that and what are your thoughts about it? oh, and i wrote a third part on manga if you're interested in that. take care.

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      Freya Cesare 

      7 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      Not yet. But I wish there will be.^^ Want to hear "Pastaaaa???" from real person. the cuteness must be quite hard to imitate.

      Seven seeds is awesome! For something more lighter, Alice Academy or Gakuen Alice is fun too. But the Manga way better than its anime.

      Yamato Nadeshiko Sinchi Henge already have it's real live action movie but it seem failed to beat the manga. Chibi factor is the strongest reason, I think. Hard to imitate the chibi cuteness in real life form. There are so many great Manga and they are better than the anime.

      I hope you'll find your joy in it, like I do. ^^

    • meow48 profile imageAUTHOR

      meow48 

      7 years ago from usa

      i love skip beat, and kimi ni todoke, pardon the spelling. I also like the darker stuff, seven seeds is beyond imagination. i will have to check out yamoto... thankyou for stopping by, take care. oh one question though, is there an actual live action movie for hetalia???

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      Freya Cesare 

      7 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      Haha! I love this one. I think this manga is really smart and entertaining. It's unusual choice of characters indeed really brave and inspiring. And I really love chibitalia. Sooo cute! Hehehe. I would like to see the human person of Hetalia. Must be really fun!

      The most interesting part of Japanese manga is their ability to turn the worst into comical amusement. When it then, translated into Anime, of course it flowing very easy. But when it being translated into movie which starring by real human, they really trying very hard to keep this comical aspect, which is really far from normal appearance and attitude of Japanese people in person. I found that interesting.

      Thank you. By the way, did you read Yamato Nadeshiko Shinci Henge and Skip Beat?

    • meow48 profile imageAUTHOR

      meow48 

      7 years ago from usa

      don't be mislead, some of the material is rather adult themed....

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      katiem2 

      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Hetalia a visit to the world looks like something my daughter would like. She likes Japanese games, books and comics. I'll bring this to her attention. Thanks for sharing Hetalia. :) Katie

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