Because of some presumptive complaining, Hetalia Axis Powers had it’s television run canceled. The bruha-ha helped ensure that when this series was released over the net, even more people would watch. Which is what happened, the website hosting this show crashed from the high demand. I can’t help but think the tv people should have realized that the publicity would ensure a large audience and stuck to airing this, especially if the complaints are unfounded.
The question now is Hetalia Axis Powers any good?
Rating episode 1 – 10/12 A
Rating episode 2 – 10/12 A
After two episodes, I’m going to give Hetalia Axis Powers a preliminary passing score.
The show takes the various countries of the world and anthropomorphizes them into people and gives them a personality that matches the stereotype of that country. For example, Italy likes wine, women, and pasta as well as being artistic. The setting of the show primarily takes place during the time between the world wars of the 20th century but will slide back further in history.
I don’t know how the manga and web comic compare to this anime but I don’t see how anyone could objectively be offended by this. It seems more good-natured then anything else; I certainly wasn’t offended by the US character from episode 1, if anything, he seemed like a pretty good representation of my country.
Given that each episode is only 5 minutes long, the fact that each episode made me laugh several times is a good indication of the show’s quality. The joke that made me laugh the hardest was in the first episode when the countries were discussing how to deal with global warming and France disagreed with America because France always disagrees with America which made America angry. The joke was funny to see and it’s impact was even greater because I wouldn’t expect it in an anime.
The show does have room for improvement and I wonder if the humor will become repetitive over time. How many times will Italy say “Pasta” before I get tired of it? For right now though, it’s better then I thought it would be and definitely funny enough to continue watching.