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Hetalia Axis Powers - Complete Series 1 [DVD]

4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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  • Directors: Bob Shirohata
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Manga Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Dec. 2010
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00447C1CU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,521 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The World is on the cusp of war and all the countries of the world have been personified! Axis and Allied powers as well as all your favorite countries across time join together for a series of quirky vignettes. Cute, crass, colorful and funny, Hetalia Axis Powers is World History like you ve never seen it before!

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If you're easily offended you might as well stop looking now. This show basically pokes fun at stereotypes and cultures. It takes various countries around the world and anthropomorphizes them into humans. The setting begins at WWI/WWII, but branches out as the series goes on.
The characters are the Axis Powers (Germany, Japan, Italy), the Allies (America, England, France, Russia, and China) and many other supporting characters i.e the Baltics, Nordics etc. Each character has his or her own back story and relationships with other countries, often based on history (i.e. England being bitter at America because of the revolutionary war etc) A lot of the jokes have a strong sexual undertone (i.e. France takes his clothes off in one episode, although you can't see anything)

However, I think the English dub is hysterically funny. I haven't laughed out loud at an anime before, until I started watching this series. The accents for the characters are not perfect, but Funimation have made a good effort.
The Japanese voiceovers are ok, but I find the humour to be a little too quirky and "Japanese" for my personal taste. In this case, I think the English voiceovers improve on the Japanese ones (for a western audiences anyway). I recommend.
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`Axis Powers Hetalia' is a rather odd but brilliantly funny series of five-minute episodes about the anthropomorphised countries of the world. The twenty-six episodes on this disc mainly deal with the two world wars but there are also many detours into other periods of history.

The disc includes both the Japanese and English dubs of the series and while there are some differences between the two, I personally like the English dub best. The series can be extremely random at times and while it may not be to everyone's taste, it is still a nice light series that is somewhat compulsive viewing.
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Hetalia Axis Powers focuses on the personified versions of the countries in the world. All the characters have stereotypes that relate to their country so if you are easily offended by these then you shouldn't watch. However the stereotypes are never too offensive and are just part of the fantastic comedy aspect of the series
The series is also set around World War One and Two. It mainly focuses on the three main Axis Powers Countries: Italy, Germany and Japan. And it also focuses on the Opposing Allied Forces, made up of America, England, Russia, China and France. However, none of the countries are portrayed as Good or Evil.
This series can make your history lessons slightly more entertaining as you can imagine the countries as anime characters which can seem humorous.
The Series will also teach you some facts about Historical events but it doesn't mean that if you watch this series you will be able to achieve A*'s in the Subject as the anime is only loosely based on History.
This DVD contains the first 26 episodes of this wonderful series.
Just by watching the first 2 minutes of this series you will be able to tell whether you will like this anime or not.
On this DVD you can choose to listen to either the English Dub or the Original Japanese version. I have seen both and I personally prefer the Dub as the jokes are more suited to an English speaking audience. The English Dub is more offensive then the Japanese one though.
This series is perfect for fans of Yaoi and Shounen-ai as most the cast are male and there are some suggestive moments and although it may seem weird it's fun to pair the characters/countries up with each other. After you finish the series you do start thinking of the real countries as characters and when you hear things such as "England and America have a special relationship" you can't help but giggle a bit.
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By E. A. Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Aug. 2011
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World history tends to be kind of... dry. If you don't have much imagination, it just ends up being a big mass of dates and battles.

Too bad they don't show "Hetalia: Axis Powers - The Complete First Season" in schools, because it actually manages to present world history (particularly that of the World Wars) in a manner that is fun, quirky and downright bizarre ("I agree wis America." "ENOUGH or I'll beat you with my peace prize!"). And yes, most of the countries are represented by pretty young men.

Germany is searching through the woods for the descendent of the great Roman Empire... only to stumble across a naive, blubbering Italy hiding inside a tomato crate. He captures Italy, but is chagrined when Italy attaches himself like a limpet because "I get fed and nobody picks on me." They join forces with the very formal Japan, and the Axis Powers are born.

However, another alliance has appeared: the Allied Forces, made up of America, China, Russa, England and France. And as World Wars I/II rage, both sides must grapple with a cursed chair, England's bad cooking, supermarket lines, marriage proposals, being stranded on a deserted island, wok attacks, and cuckoo clocks... when they're not fighting one another.

Oh, and we get fun flashbacks to "Chibitalia's" childhood, when he was stalked by the Holy Roman Empire (uuuhh... baby Germany in a hat?), dragged into Austria's household, and ate churros.

"Hetalia Axis Powers - The Complete First Season" is one of those animes you shouldn't watch if you're easily offended. EVERYBODY in this show is a national stereotype who acts in a stereotypical way (ex: America is a bit arrogant and endearingly over-the-top, Japan is overly formal and can't pronounce Ls and Rs, Italy is obsessed with pasta, etc).
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