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manga: Hetalia (Axis Powers) November 9, 2008

Posted by chiisai_hana in : manga , trackback

Hetalia is an increasingly popular web-manga which is slated to get its own anime sometime in the future. The main story is set during WWII, and follows Italy, Germany and Japan. It’s a historical-gag series that makes fun of the past by personifying the different countries and then playing off their stereotypes.

The manga appears to be targeting female fans (and doing a very good job of it) as the majority of countries were drawn as bishounen. Each country has its own personality and set of relationships, events usually referring back to a historical event. For example, in one comic the UK and Japan become friends, an indirect reference to their 1902 alliance. The manga has a ton of side stories and covers a broad historical range, some even in the present day. If you’re into the cute shounen ai-esque style, you should definitely check it out. You may even learn a little history along the way!

PS: UK is a complete tsundere who may or may not have a crush on America. Just sayin’

-> Official Site (Japanese)
-> ANN news release on the anime
-> LJ community for manga/fanworks

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