DVD Review: Hetalia World Series Season 3 Collection
Presenting each of the major powers in the world as characters on a reality show!
It is not surprising that Hetalia as a series is capturing great acclaim from viewers. It is a comedy, and they tend to provoke a feel good reaction in others. This one provokes a reaction for all the right and wrong reasons. If someone told you about a premise of a world where each country was a character with all the traits of that country’s people you probably wouldn’t believe it, but that is exactly what Hetalia is.
The characters have different temperaments, and depending on how they get on in the story, how other countries characters react to them. The interesting part of the story is that they don’t seem to concentrate too much on one set of characters, they all get a chance to shine, even the minor ones. In this third instalment of the series, there are some new characters that have been introduced to the already bulging cast; Greece, Switzerland, Turkey, Prussia and Canada, who gets his fair share of fun poked at him by the other cast members!
Each set of two characters gets a few minutes of on screen time where they can get to grips with the problems they face when meeting other characters which results in some very humorous sketches featuring China, Japan, Germany, Italy, America and England. It would be easy if the countries got on, but many don’t have that luxury and end up arguing all the time. For example, America and England are always at each other’s throats as they are so different in personality, whereas Japan and China are both thoughtful, and for the most part quiet.
One of the funniest parts of this anime is the sketches that involve Japan and Greece. They seem to get on well, even though they are completely different people with separate values. Japan admires the richness of Greece’s culture and history, while Greece likes to be cute and to like cute things, but there is a problem – Japan already has an admirer, and he is jealous of his friendship with Greece. Italy is best though, his interaction with Germany is truly comical, even if he does bring out the worst in him.
As it is an original idea for an anime, this one is the perfect relaxer from a hectic day at school or college.
Label: Manga Entertainment
Release date: 23rd July 2012
Running time: 130 mins
Director: Bob Shirohata
Sandie has a keen interest in Anime, Manga and all things Japanese. Her interests other than reviewing are Japanese Language, dress and culture, liking Harajuku Girls, Gothic Lolita, folding some neat Origami, drawing her own Manga characters, writing her own Manga stories and everything in between.