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Hetalia: Axis Powers is a multimedia project taking in an online web comic, a series of manga comics and an anime series and motion picture. The Hetalia: Axis Powers series began life as a web comic that depicted the events following World War I leading up to World War II with the countries of the world drawn as adolescent youths.

The original idea behind the series was the depiction of the stereotypes of each nation of the world leading up to World War II as the personality traits of adolescent children. For example, the character depicting Italy is cowardly and eats pasta continually, with the United States depicted as obnoxious and hamburger eating. The interactions of the characters reflect the relationships between the countries during historical events; in the later of the five seasons historical events across larger stretches of the 20th century are depicted.

An animated series has been produced depicting the events of the web comic and manga series of Hetalia: Axis Powers. The first season took the form of 26 five minute episodes directed by Bob Shirahata originally commissioned by the Japanese Kids Station network. Before the first season could be aired in Japan it was cancelled following complaints about the negative stereotypes of characters depicted in Hetalia: Axis Powers. In particular, Korean protesters made strenuous attempts to ensure the season was not shown in Japan.

Two seasons of Hetalia: Axis Powers have been aired in North America on the Funimation network. A full length movie called Paint It, White! Was completed in 2010 and distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Funimation.

Hetalia: Axis Powers is a Anime series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (134 episodes). The series first aired on January 24, 2009. It has moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.4.

Hetalia: Axis Powers is available for streaming on the FUNimation website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Hetalia: Axis Powers on demand at Crunchyroll Amazon, Hulu, Crunchyroll online.

6 Seasons, 134 Episodes
January 24, 2009
Cast: Yuki Kaida, KISHOW, Katsuyuki Konishi, Hiroki Takahashi, Noriaki Sugiyama
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Hetalia: Axis Powers Full Episode Guide

  • While waiting at camp, Italy tells Germany that he's bored and wants to try acupressure.

  • Canada and his neighbor America. Many people think they look alike, but what about their personalities?

  • While attending a meeting can be a lot of work, Russia enjoys seeing his... friends...?

  • When England and France are both at a meeting, things don't seem to get done.

  • Little America becomes friends with a boy named Davie.

  • Sealand continues on his trip to search for new friends. Who is he going to meet next?

  • Sealand goes out on an adventure with Seborga and Wy to find new friends.

  • Denmark and Norway fight together against Sweden.

  • As usual, Italy is sobbing and calling Germany for help. What trouble is he in this time?

  • While England is fighting in Africa, America comes to help him.

  • Finland introduces the Nordic states. Meanwhile, Estonia asks his buddy Finland to help him become part of the Nordic states.

  • The development of good field rations was something that both the Allies and the Axis Powers put a lot of effort into during the war. What kind of food did they have? What are their current field rations like?

  • The G8 nation-cats gather again today to discuss household policies as well as the trading of canned cat food.

  • The Allies are still stranded, but they soon discover that their deserted island isn't so deserted. Later, a holiday leads to wartime ceasefire between England and Germany - and the ceasefire leads to a soccer game in the snow.

  • America's still looking to befriend a whale, but his self-centered abrasiveness is really starting to get to Japan. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the obnoxious Westerner is leaving the East anytime soon.

  • America travels to the land of Japan in order to become friends with some whales - or something like that. Anyway, when the boys from the west come ashore in the east, awkwardness and tea drinking ensues.

  • When a couple of the Allied boys get stranded on a remote beach without their friends, their survival depends on desperately scavenging the savage jungle to - Oh, wait. Nevermind. America's got candy bars and lunch meat.

  • Poland puts on a brave face for his negations on a matrimonial alliance with Lithuania, but his demands regarding a particularly sensitive piece of property are way out of bounds!

  • After an interrupting bull turns the tide of a war, the saga of Boss Spain and Chibi Romano continues! Can Spain deal with the struggles that come with taking care of little Romano? Also, can Spain get his hands on a yummy churro?

  • In today's fashion-centric episode, England is uncomfortable with France's willingness to dress in girly clothes. Later, England's awkward feelings only multiply when codpieces come into style.

  • Lithuania's neighbors won't stop picking on him and the situation's got the little guy pretty stressed. Later, America longs for the convenience of all-night convenience stores. Also in this episode: Turtles, turtles, and more turtles.

  • Stunning developments concerning Hungary's ample front are revealed, and disaster ensues when Italy borrows Germany's car without asking!

  • Japan and America ponder one of the most important questions of the modern age: How many french fries are found in the perfect order of french fries? Also, Prussia takes a leak and Hungary gets all hubba-hubba.

  • A mysterious encounter in the falling snow only leads to more mysteries. How mysterious, right? Later, Italy gets punched in the stomach and Russia eats the end of the episode! Also - CAT STAMPEDE.

  • In this episode: Italy attempts to make Japan smile! Later, a pasta shortage leads to the possibility of stinky cheese for dinner! Also, Japan and Switzerland sing and dance together in the snowy Alps!

  • Germany and Italy fail at sneaking around in the bushes. Later, after the Japan joins his Axis buddies on the beach, he's compelled to make a journal entry about Italy's peculiar habit of walking around without pants.

  • Germany explains why he's always able to stop England from escaping the Italian prison. Of course, after Germany explains it all, England might have a better chance of finally getting away. Meanwhile, ROCKET PUNCH!

  • England gets a new wardrobe and some shiny shoes. He looks pretty slick, but there's no guarantee that his new duds will help him get across the border. Later in the episode, the world comes to an end - unless it doesn't!

  • Sealand's trying to make friends, but he might be too pushy to pull it off. Meanwhile, England manages to escape an Italian prison, only to end up in the hands of Germany! Speaking of Germany, did you know he has a dog?

  • When China returns from his trip around the world, he's excited to show off all of the cute animals he collected during the journey. Speaking of cute, how adorable is it that kitty Austria doesn't want to get his paws dirty?!