Hetalia (Web Comic) Anime Announced

Hetalia (Web Comic) Anime Announced

Unusually, a (popular) web comic has had an anime version announced, in what may be a first. Axis Powers ヘタリア / Axis Powers Hetalia is published on the author’s homepage (it should be said that the author, 日丸屋秀和 / Hidemaruya Hidekazu, does have experience as a professional mangaka), and is freely viewable, though a hardcopy manga version has also been published.

The comic is a comedic story of the WWII powers interacting, told through four panel strips, with the various characters each being anthropomorphised representations of their national characters.

I had a read, and it does seem quite amusing, though the art is rather scrappy and low resolution. The humour is at times insightful, though it is probably a bit less sharp than might be expected. Historically it also seems reasonably accurate.

It looks to be a very original premise for an anime, and I note with interest that no token female characters make an appearance, so it will be interesting to see how well this can be marketed; hopefully, it will be no great impediment to what could turn out to be a most original work.

I’m scratching my head trying to think of any other web comic anime… Is this a first?

Hetalia (Web Comic) Anime Announced


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    Comment by Anonymous
    09:18 03/06/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's so funny that Japan is a hard-working, inexperienced child *cough*shota*cough* and not a short xenophobic old pervert

    Who's the creator of this think he's kidding?

    Comment by mt-i
    01:48 25/07/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    The anime adaptation of Tonari no 801-chan was announced last week, I think, so Hetalia is not the first one :-)

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    Comment by Artefact

    Could be a new trend then, although probably not a long lived one considering the scarcity of quality long running web comics...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:48 02/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i'd like a sexylosers suicide girl anime please.

    Comment by mt-i
    01:53 25/07/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, the anime adaptation of Tonari no 801-chan was announced last week, I think, so this wouldn't be the first.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:20 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Could be a new trend then, although probably not a long lived one considering the scarcity of quality long running web comics...

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    Comment by Kaishu
    21:37 13/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ^lulz^

    A friend of mine is freaking out about this series, though I don't think she is aware that it was a web comic. This little bit of insight will be a nice piece of news for her.

    I think I'll also look into the web comic before I delve into the series. Thanks Artefact for this bit of info.



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