Anime Review: Hetalia World Series Episode 1

(Originally published on Livejournal on 4/25/10)

Anime Review in a Minute:
Hetalia World Series

What This Is All About: I am going to attempt to watch at least the first episode of every anime show of the new season that is subtitled. The review will be divided into three short sections: “The Elevator Speech”, a quick two-to-three sentence synopsis of the episode; “The Skinny”, my initial reactions, and “The Verdict”, a simple Pass/Fail grade that determines whether to continue to the next episode or not. For those with a passing grade, I will follow-up later with the second or third episodes for a re-evaluation.

The Elevator Speech: This is the third series in the short-format gag series, Hetalia. Each of the characters are (primarily male) anthropomorphic representations of countries, taking on some of the characterizations and prejudices of each of those countries, using silly humorous short stories as analogies to events from the early twentieth century. In this episode, Prussia reads his diaries, remembering back when he tried to help out Hungary but it backfired on him. Then we get Romano getting all racist, complaining to Germany until Germany puts him in his place. Finally, hyperactive America plays the role of unintentional bully in a game of catch with the weak Canada. Fun times, fun times.

The Skinny: I had seen a few episodes of Hetalia when it was a new, fresh concept a year ago, so I knew what this was all about. And with a new series one year later, what do I find? More of the exact same thing. It might be an interesting idea if the jokes were actually funny, but it’s all so painfully dull. The only saving grace is that the episodes are only about eight minutes long, so it’s over quickly.

The Verdict:

More Info:
An Online Review:
Hetalia on Funimation:

The Scorecard So Far (first episodes only):
Thumbs-up: Working!!, Angel Beats, Kaichou wa Maid-sama, K-On Season 2, Heroman, Arakawa Under the Bridge, Giant Killing
Thumbs-down B Gata H Kei, Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan, Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou, Mayoi Neko Overrun, Uraboku, KissXSis, Senkou no Night Raid, Ookuku Furikabutte Season 2, Hime Chen Otogi Chikku Idol Lilpri, Shin Koihime Mousou Otogi Tairan, Ikkitousen Xtreme Xecutor

Up to bat next in the lineup (not necessarily in this order):
– Jewel Pet Tinkle, Tales of Symphonia: Tethe’alla, Haiyori Nyaru-ani, House of Five Leaves, Rainbow Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin, Major Season 6, The Tatami Galaxy

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