Hetalia: Axis Powers (now available on Netflix Instant) is an over-the-top allegory of world history and politics where the cast are personifications of countries and regions. With each episode averaging about five minutes in length, Hetalia breezes through its subject matter, rarely disrespectful and never reverential. You may not get all the references, but you’ll probably laugh, and maybe you’ll end up wanting to learn a little something too. No mean feat in 2012.
Both positive and negative stereotypes form the core of each character’s personality, although these stereotypes comes from a Japanese perspective and so sometimes can have interesting variations on what some of us accept as stereotypes from our own cultural perspectives (China’s place as a prominent member of the Allies is part of this). Still, cod philosophy aside, there are many funny, charming and interesting characters on the show, so let’s take a look at some of the best.
(This is certainly no definitive list, seeing as I’m leaving off China, who really should be on the list, Spain, Roman Empire, Greece, Switzerland, Netherlands, Lithuania, Poland and many, many others but it’s a good snapshot, I believe.) Continue reading The Top 9 Characters From Hetalia: Axis Powers