Hetalia: Season 3 ReviewElizabeth Williams
How does one describe Hetalia?
Imagine the countries of the world represented by anime characters. Anime characters whose personalities are caricatures of that country's customs, stereotypes, and traditions. If Italy could talk to Germany, what would he say? Would England and France be best friends, bitter enemies, or tumultuous lovers? Who would America invite to his Christmas party? Find the answers to these questions and more when you watch Hetalia: Season 3!
Hetalia can best be described as a series of short cartoons with recurring storylines. Even in season three alone, several different storylines take place. For example, Spain took South Italy (called Chibi Romano in the anime) as an "underling" and eventually fought off Turkey to protect him. In another storyline, Lithuania overheard Russia's plans to overtake Poland (to make it his vacation spot). Lithuania telephoned Poland several times out of worry to make sure he was okay Another running gag is Germany observing Italy and trying to find strengths and always being disappointed. This is because Italy is creative and fun-loving, while Germany is uptight and militant, therefore unable to see Italy's true strengths.
Hetalia is a satire of world history and foreign relations. Different parts of history are covered, but most of the countries' personalities are based on their status in the time period of World War II. Each country is personified by a character in the show, which is typically a young man. Military strength determines the character's size. For example, Germany is a big military power, so it is depicted as a strong young man. Principalities and colonies are depicted as children with the ruling country shown as a guardian. Countries that are divided, such as Northern and Southern Italy, are shown as siblings.
International relations are depicted as friendly or romantic. For example, America is on a lot of good terms with different countries, so the character has a lot of friends. When England was looking to make allies, he took a bouquet door to door, as if he were courting. When he signed a treaty with Japan, the characters acted like a young couple starting a promising relationship. Both characters were starry-eyed and blushing, which was amusing, to say the least.
One part of the show that made me laugh hard was when Spain was trying to protect little South Italy from Turkey. Turkey was trying to lure South Italy into the 15th century version of a kidnapper van. The fact that the writers could translate a piece of history into a kidnapping was clever and entertaining. Another thing I really enjoyed about this series was the narrator. She had a sweet sounding voice, but many of the things she said were rather blunt.
History isn't my forte, but I still found myself enjoying Hetalia. You don't need to watch all of the seasons in sequence for things to make sense, so it is a good series to jump right into. If you are into history, particularly World War II history, you'd get a kick out of Hetalia.
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I started playing games from a young age, but really got into it when Santa left a SNES in the fireplace. My other hobbies include reading, writing, gardening, and playing with my two cats.
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