TV Series, DVD, Director: Bob Shirohata, Distributor: FUNimation
All right, I’ll keep this short. I love a good comedy. But despite its addictive theme song, Hetalia: Axis Powers is hardly noteworthy. Its re-enactment of historical events is not only vague and tenuous, but also entirely devoted to the comedy of stereotypes.
Now, I can understand the creative license of reshaping and reinventing history; creating a skewed world is essential to Hetalia’s narrative structure. But if every joke and comic interaction is grounded upon cliché stereotypes, one gets bored very fast. Don’t get me wrong, there are a few good jokes. The repetition, however, is annoying.
Yes, I understand that World War II Italy is often perceived satirically as apathetic and cowardly. But after an episode or two of that, I’m cool.
Oh, and apparently Korea wasn’t so cool about their character in Hetalia.
Anyway, Hetalia: Axis Powers is good for a quick burst and a quaint smile. But over the long run it’s simply flaccid and can’t go the distance – how’s that for innuendo!