The Pictorians have arrived from deep in space. They also have dangly glow-balls on their heads, which is kinda cool, but still. The freaky aliens are using use their crazy rainbow-beam-thingy to paint everything on Earth the same color: white! See, now the title of the movie makes more sense, right? Anyway, if the Pictorians are to be stopped, the Allied guys and the Axis boys - plus some new characters, too - must set aside their differences, unite against their common foe, and hopefully get together for a sweaty workout to make sure they're super-ready to save the world!
This. Was. AWESOME! Absolutely nothing to do with history but I don't care. I am willing to ignore history for the sake of an hour long Hetalia episode (essentially what this is). But why did the aliens get mad when England gave them scones? Scones are amazing! (Guess where I'm from) ^J^
Critic's Log: Earthdate - June 7, 2012. Review #7: Hetalia: Axis Powers - Paint It, White Hetalia: Axis Powers was a funny show, it got popular enough that Studio Deen decided to make a film based on the series, end result: Hetalia: Axis Powers: Paint It, White! I decided to watch this after watching the Axis Powers TV show, since the last two seasons of Hetalia are called "World Series". What did I think of this movie? You'll find out now. The story has a bit of a plot. An alien race known as Pictonians have invaded the earth and they assimilate the human race and painting them white (actually they are turning people into the white colored Pictonians you see in the movie, does anyone know what I am talking about?) Only the great nations are able to stop them... if they ever stop bickering with each other. How will they stop the Pictonians? If they don't think of something, the world will be pretty much screwed. Knowing that Hetalia is a show that has political and historical satire. Having the nations fight an alien invasion is kind of okay since this is the feature length film of Hetalia, and Hetalia doesn't give two fucks about storytelling anyway because the story is bouncing everywhere from one place to the other. If you liked The TV show, you'll like this. If you are starting with the movie, you probably have no idea what the hell is going on. Take my advice, start with the show. HETALIA! HETALIA! HETALIA! I already mentioned that Studio Deen is behind Hetalia. Need I say more? Well, maybe just a couple of things. When it comes to anime feature length films, they usually have better animation than the TV show. The Animation looks 80% the same from the TV show. There are some new animation effects but not used too much. There is one other problem I had with the movie; I'll get to that in a bit. HETALIA! HETALIA! The music isn't too special in the movie but it doesn't hurt the movie whatsoever HETALIA! The quality of voice acting is nearly the same as the show, you can't go wrong with either dub or sub in this series. They are both good. I still prefer the dub. HETALIA! HETALIA! The characters are still lovable and they haven't changed for the worse yet. HETALIA! HETALIA! HETALIA! If there is one thing I could not stand in this movie... It was the recycling of scenes from the TV show. the use of having the scenes jumping from place to place worked in the TV show, because the episodes only lasted 5 minutes, but to use the same scenes and put it into the movie just to take a brief break from the action...IS A BAD MOVE! It was the most hackneyed use of getting away from the action for a little bit. If you are planning on seeing the movie, get that fast forward button ready! The main plot isn't bad, the recycling of clips from the show... IS! I think Studio Deen was being both creative and lazy when they were making this movie... I have said enough about this, so let's move on. HETALIA! HETALIA! I just received intel that the reason behind the use of scenes from the TV show was because of a poll from the viewers in Japan. Well... I guess that is somewhat okay. But I still think it does not translate well in the movie, but since the movie is self-aware that it is strictly for the fans... My argument is now invalid. HETALIA! Also, Rome's rocking out moment was both Awesomely funny and stupidly funny at the same time. Prepare to laugh your ass off because here'e the FUNNIEST ROCK OUT EVER! \m/ If you know who The Nostalgia Critic is, I will say that this is a "Big-Lipped Alligator Moment". If you don't know who he is, then colour yourself confused. HETALIA! Hetalia: Axis Powers: Paint It, White is available by Funimation. I just want to make a quick note, The outtakes are kinda funny. HETALIA! HETALIA! HETALIA! With all that said, The Hetalia movie is strictly for the fans of the show (I just said that a second time). It isn't too bad. but it was a bit disappointing that some of the time of the movie was wasted on scenes that were recycled from the show (again my argument is invalid). If you are watching this with friends, you and your friends will have fun with this. HETALIA! I give the Hetalia: Paint it White! a 7 out of 10, it is GOOD! TO BE CONTINUED...MAYBE
I am a big Hetalia fan and when I found out that there was going to be a movie made, I was shaking with anticipation, but after finally watching it, it left me kind of disappointed. STORY (6/10) The main plot within the movie wasn't actually that bad--aliens(Pictonians) come to Earth, mess stuff up and the nations must band together or turn into faceless, formless beings. It could have actually grown into an impressive movie, as the show originally consists of clip-like episodes to begin with, carrying no real plot, but entertaining all the same. I feel that there was potential that was never uncovered; there could have been an awesome story with action, hardships, friendships and the ever present comedic element. Unfortunately, we got a story that was kinda generic, with, I especially didn't like, clips from the original show, which took away from the events of the main movie. The beginning is a mimic of the world meeting, having shots of each main character's face, as well as Germany yelling for everyone to shut up and even the climactic scene played out on the same trapped on an island scenario and during the dramatic scenes, why must there be a close up of every character? So, I do know that this movie was made for the fans, but I feel like this movie could have aspired to greater heights and reached out to more people, rather than settling for the fans they already had. I mean, if you haven't seen Hetalia, the movie may seem a bit confusing and this confusion limits the success and enjoyment to viewers. If we wanted to watch the show, we could have gone back and watched through it, we didn't choose to watch the movie in order to see something we've already seen, or at least I didn't anyway. ANIMATION (5/10) For me, when I hear that an anime is getting a movie, I instantly think: better quality animation. Naruto for example; when Naruto aired on Toonami, I was instantly hooked (I had already read part of the manga) and became a big fan. when I found out that Naruto the movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow was being created and would show in certain theaters in the US for a few days, I was jumping off the walls with excitement. The quality was amazing, being a step up from the show. Paint it, white, unfortunately is the same quality. There are more backgrounds which is nice, but staying with the show animation (which isn't bad) hints at laziness from the producers, but since they included the show exerts, I know they had to stick to a constant style. Also, combining 2D and CG never looks that great together (except in KARAS), which works ok with the pictonians,actually adding a bit of creepiness to how they move, but it's still doesn't fit that well with the regular 2D animation. SOUND (8/10) There isn't much to say about the soundtrack. It fit with the movie, being similar to the show's soundtrack, but there really isn't any redeeming qualities about it. CHARACTERS (8/10) The characters are fine as usual, being the same, lovable guys and gals that attracted people to the show in the first place. In the movie, they are still fighting and bickering, choosing to fight alone, only to realize that they need to work together. Another typical development, but hey, at least they learned something right? The main thing was that you got to see some of your favorite characters in a new kind of setting, not expecting much character development (I wasn't) as the characters are pretty much defined and are good where they are. OVERALL (6.5/10) Hetalia is one of my favorite shows for its characters rather than its plot, but I was really expecting more out of this movie than what I got. This movie could have been super great, but failed to go the extra mile as it only treated the current fans, creating a movie that was pretty much a recycle of the show, whether they literally took clips or created identical scenarios. I suppose a show like Hetalia, which carries no plot, just wasn't cut out to have a full length movie, where a creative plot was needed.
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