It's pretty stereotypical and moe.
Hetare (Japanese stupid, idiotic) and Itaria (Japanese for Italy) make up the title "Hetalia."
It's mainly focusing on Italy's cowardice in WWII.
Personally, I love Hetalia.
I think it's a great doorway for people to get interested in History and the world.
Plus it's pretty damn funny and the dub for it isn't even that bad. Personally, I prefer it over the Japanese version because the accents really give it life. And what not.
I also like it because it makes Japan /not/ seem like the best country EVARRRR in anime.
Though, basically everything comes with some crazy ass fandom. The phrase I DESPISE is "I learned my history for Hetalia!"
Hetalia is NOT a substitute for a history book.
I also just don't get the pairings.
I don't know about you, but shipping two countries together is just /wrong/
Perhaps I could understand the whole Poland/Lithuania or Austria/Hungary to an extent since they were 'married'
Well, Prussia x himself is fairly understandable.
All the characters are the stereotypes of their countries. Such as Alfred(America) is often seen eating cheeseburgers, Heracles(Greece) loves cats, Feliciano(Italy) is addicted to pasta, and the most infamous one: Francis(France) is the extreme bisexual hopeless romantic.
It was originally going to be aired on TV, but Korean protesters found its portrayal of the Korea character(Im Young Soo) to be offensive.(So it was canceled.)
"Its so cute how Greece always is cuddling his kitties!"
"Francis has to stop groping people." (Also true facts...)
It's movie is coming out on June 5, 2010.
2. My fav. character is either Italy, Austria, Germany or Prussia
The series presents an allegorical interpretation of political and historic events, particularly of the World War II era, in which the various countries are represented by stereotyped anthropomorphic characters.
It's a comedy, and historical genre.
Another Awesome Hetalia Fan: Yeah, me too, I love Romano and Poland, too, though!
H8tr: HETALIA SUCKS. DUMBO. I'M STUPID.
Some feel that the show is educational to an extent, although not much is done educationally other than references to events that coincide with the episode's plot.
The fandom is often criticized for using stereotypes to define the characters' personalities and the way that counties are stereotyped.
The episodes in the anime are short: Most last around five minutes. An episode usually consists of one or two groups of characters with a small plot.
Person 2: I like Hetalia, although the stereotypes annoy me.
Person 3: I hate that gay piece of crap. It should have been canceled a LONG time ago.