Hetalia-Season One (2010)
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Editor's NoteThis set from the politically astute anime series HETALIA AXIS POWERS includes episodes 1-26 of the show, presenting each of the major powers in the world as characters on a reality show - from the shy Japanese guy, to the passionate Italian. Each character both satirizes stereotypes about their home country, and challenges preconceived notions about nationhood and politics.
Have you ever found history one of those subjects that you just never really caught on to? Are you a long time lover of history with a huge wealth of knowledge about other countries and their struggles and triumphs? Do you have a sense of humor? THIS IS FOR YOU. I myself was never one to listen very well in history classes. My thoughts were what's in the past is in the past. Why bother learning every single detail if I'll never use the information in my lifetime? My grades were decent and I only bothered to learn the most essential parts of history. How could it possibly become something I could pay attention to? I tried to find a way. I definitely found it. Hetalia is a five minute long episode series. In each season there are 26 episodes, and yes, there are 26 in this dvd set. the running time is just about 2 1/2 hours. It started as a web series in japan. It follows the lives of the major countries of the world and what they've been through in the past, as well as touching upon the little quirks of the people and places in each one. In Hetalia, the characters are each of the countries in a human form. Battles and struggles take place with the appropriate countries literally slapping or yelling at each other in hilarious ways, and along with the quirky adult humor the show succeeds in not only capturing your attention in a way a normal high school classroom never could, but also keeps it and easily puts more info in your head that you never knew you would from an anime! The show stays out of the touchiest subjects in the japanese casted version. They don't mention events such as the holocaust and the gruesome aspects of war. The English cast is brilliant and has pretty much a version all their own.