Critic's Log: Earthdate - June 7, 2012. Review #6: Hetalia: Axis Powers
Please Note: The use of the asterisks in this review is for satirical uses, use your imagination while reading this. Also, excuse the use of “HETALIA!” throughout the review. This will be my first time using this type of satire in my reviews, so if you find this a little odd, please bear with me.
Italy, once home of the strongest empire in the world has changed, now Italy is a coward who loves pasta and his friends as they live in strange events in world history. If you don't know what the hell I am talking about, give the show a try and you might understand it to a certain point of view. Have some pasta and Gracie!
I really don't have much to say about the story because There isn't much story involved in Hetalia because IT BOUNCES FROM ONE PLACE TO THE OTHER AND!!!... *A Gun is pointed at my head* ... Um, because it is a show full of political and historical satire. *Gun has been put away*. *I sigh* This is an anime that you might vant to turn your brain off and just accept it for vhat it is. You might not even like it, but that is up to you Dumbkophs!
If I have to be technicar (technical), Studio Deen is responsible for the animation here and knowing Studio Deen has quite a numbel (number) of some known animes, this one is a bit diffelent (different) from the rest. Every episode on this show only last 5 minutes, that is because this is the only anime from Studio Deen that happens to be an intelnet (internet) series. This is also Bob Shirohata's first time directing an intelnet series and it should be made perfectly crear (clear) that style over substance is the way to go and it is excusable since it is an intelnet series. The animation on the other hand isn't pelfect (perfect) and does have some hit and miss featules (features) *Two guns pointed at my head* b-but the animation is quite cororfur (colorful) and makes the "Chibitalia" segments really cute. *Guns are put away*, Bakame! And please excuse my engrish
The characters on the other hand are probably what contributes to some of the weirdest concepts I have ever heard for an anime. Characters named after countries? WAS SOMEONE HIGH COMING UP WITH THIS!? Well, since it is an internet series, who knows and who cares? *Three Guns pointed at my head* Okay, since it is an internet series... anything can happen. *the guns are put away*. The characters are funny in this show. Italy is a pussy, Germany is fine, Japan is alright, America is a loudmouthed idiot (Now I sound unpatriotic and DAMN YOU JAPAN FOR GIVING AMERICA A BAD NAME!), China is funny in some parts, Russia is awesomely funny when you see his bad side. His big sister Ukraine has big boobs and his other sister Belarus... Well, she loves her big brother Russia. See the following clip.
That's right! She has the hots for Russia!
INCEST! (RED ALERT! RED ALERT! RED ALERT!)
England is alright, and France is gay... I mean lovey-dovey (I meant his personality which I do have to say one thing... *RED ALERT SOUND* YAOI ALERT, YAOI ALERT!) HAHAHA! SOUND EFFECTS ARE SO FUN TO USE!
The Soundtrack in the show ain't much, but due to the length of the show, there isn't much to say about the music in Hetalia, but there is one thing that does need to be said. The ending theme song. IS THAT THEME GONNA GET STUCK TO YOUR HEAD!? if you see the show long enough, this one WILL get stuck to your head. To make it more extreme, they made more than one version of the same song. It is a really catchy theme, now if you'll excuse me, I want to enjoy my tea and biscuits.
As far as voice acting goes, The Subtitled Version is pretty good. The English Dub on the other hand is just as good. To my surprise, the script of the dub has the spirit of the Japanese script but has some slight script changes and a couple of added dialogue just for the American release. The Dub is funny and worth listening too. I am not saying the dub is better than the subs here but it does fit the show a little more. I think it all depends on preference. You can't go wrong with either version. I might as well mention the casting. Daisuke Namikawa and Todd Haberkorn are great as Italy. Hiroki Takahashi is great as Japan, Christopher Bevins also speaks good Engrish while voicing Japan. Hiroki Yasumoto is good as Germany while Patrick Seitz is fricking wunderbar as Germany. There are some worthy seiyus and Dub actors to mention... Katsuyuki Konishi is fine as America, and Eric Vale plays a good stereotypical America. Masaya Onosaka is good as France and J. Michael Tatum surprisingly plays France way too damn well. Noriyaki Sugiyama and Scott Freeman are fine as Great Britian/United Kingdom/ England or whatever the bloody hell they call him. Yasuhiro Takato is alright as Russia but I love the "Kolkolkol" line he pulls off. Jerry Jewell is good as Russia as well. As far as some of the other extras, it was nice to hear Romi Park and Rie Kugimiya as Switzerland and Liechenstein. As far as The Dub goes, Chuck Huber was funny as Austria and Chris Sabat sounds like he had lots of fun playing Rome.
I have to be perfectly honest. I prefer the dub of Hetalia a lot more than the subbed version for one particular reason. The accents for all the characters. The subtitled version is good, but it does miss the proper accents that the English Dub has.
I am not an anime purist. I like watching anime on either English or Japanese, it makes no difference. I'm Bisexual... I mean Bilingual when it comes to anime. if you got a problem with it, I will smack you.
(Narrator) Fun fact: The Fullmetal Cowboy is Straight. Okay... Was this necessary to even bring up in the first place? Oh right, it was to clarify that he was not bisexual. It was a joke on Francypants.
Hetalia: Axis Powers is available from Funimation, The manga that came before the anime was available by Tokyopop but then got picked up by Right Stuf, so it is available. The Hetalia movie "Paint It White" and The second series "World Series" are also available by Funimation. I wonder if the discs were made in China.
With all that said, Hetalia: Axis Powers is a funny show and to my surprise it has some educational value to it. It has quite a fanbase in The US, I went to Sakura-con just recently and noticed that there were a lot of people that liked the show, as far as demographics go. It seems that women like this show a little bit more than men do, but that didn't stop me from watching it. If there is one thing I don't like about this show... IT IS THE FAN BASE! *A Bunch of guns are pointed at my head, locked and loaded* Okay, okay... I'll admit that I do like the show, but I don't understand why a lot of people enjoy it so much. *Guns are put away*. If you want me to compare Hetalia's popularity, I can name just one show... one show that I would like to make a comparison. That one show is My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic... Now hold on for just one damn second! I know that these shows are obviously not similar to one another. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is super-popular and yet has a strong fan base, Hetalia is exactly that way too in the Anime Fandom. Here's an odd comparison of these two shows
Hetalia = The characters are mostly male, and most of the fan base is female.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic = The characters are mostly female, and most of the fan base is male.
If that isn't comparable, shoot me now... WAIT! I TAKE THAT BACK!
(Some random person) "Ha ha ha, you watch a show that's for little girls!"
KOL KOL KOL KOL KOL KOL KOL KOL KOL!!!
Back to the topic... it is a funny show, you might like it... you might not. It's got funny characters, funny moments. The theme song is catchy as hell and the animation is okay for the most part. It would have made a great kids show if they dropped the swearing and some suggestive and sexual themes, but I guess it is what it is. I give Hetalia: Axis Powers a 7.5 out of 10, It is GOOD!
Also, I like the TV show My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. I think it is awesome and hilarious, so that obviously makes me a Brony.
TO BE CONTINUED, Maybe...
Thank you for your time and here is a little treat for you...