Anime Spotlight - Hetalia The Beautiful World

by Justin Sevakis, Jan 25th 2013

January, 2013 (Japanese Premiere)

Key Staff

Director - Hiroshi Watanabe
    (Orphen, Slayers movies)
Character Design - Mariko Oka
    (Hell Girl, Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan)
Animation Production
Studio DEEN



Story

The story of a loser and his happy friends across the world! This is a series of comical short stories centered around Italy, a bright, adorable lad who loves the ladies, his stern and earnest friend Germany, and others like Japan, England, America, and France!

Characters

Italy (Veneziano)
VA: Daisuke Namikawa
A cheerful little cry-baby Latin boy, who loves both girls and pasta. He often relies on Germany, but doesn't listen to him very much. He loves drawing, singing, and designing, talents inherited from his grandfather (Roman Empire).
Germany
VA: Hiroki Yasumoto
A diligent and honest, but worrywart of a young man. He abides by the rules and gives orders with seriousness at all times. He tends to believe in manuals, books and navigation systems unquestioningly… with sometimes disastrous results. He continues to cherish and care for Italy, although not without complaint.
Japan
VA: Hiroki Takahashi
The Eastern island country of Samurai. Since he is calm, serious, and a little square, he's easily annoyed by others. Good at machines and paintings, he has a unique culture and atmosphere about him, due to having kept himself in isolation. Other people find it near impossible to determine his opinions.
America
VA: Katsuyuki Konishi
Very positive and active, and bursting with frontier spirit, America loves heros, justice, freedom, and hamburgers. Recently, he hasn't had many friends other than England and Japan, since he doesn't care much about others. Replete with UFO encounters and relationships with aliens, he is no less strange than England.

England
VA: Noriaki Sugiyama
A stubborn and sarcastic, gloomy dude. He's on good terms with fairies and ghosts, magic and spiritualism. A very bad drunk, he also loves tea and embroidery. Although he fights with France, he gives him credit for some of his achievements.
France
VA: Masaya Onosaka
An affectionate snob, who's a bit of a free spirit. He loves anything beautiful, and takes pride in the fact that the beauty of his language and artistic talent is No.1 in the world. Although he fights with England, he gives him credit for some of his achievements.
China
VA: Yuki Kaida
He is actually the oldest, and at times, seems not of this world. Despite his age and his own claim to being the oldest, nobody would ever believe that he is. He owns villas all over the world. Excellent at drawing beautiful woman, but when drawing animal characters, they look a little lame.
Russia
VA: Yasuhiro Takato
A huge northern country who loves Vodka. He has both a rural purity and a childish mercilessness. He dreams of living under warm sunshine surrounded by sunflowers one day, but nobody knows when his dream will come true.

Cast

Italy
Daisuke Namikawa
Germany
Hiroki Yasumoto
Japan
Hiroki Takahashi
United States of America
Canada
Katsuyuki Konishi
France
Masaya Onosaka
China
Yuki Kaida
Russia
Yasuhiro Takato

Staff

Director
Hiroshi Watanabe
Series Composition
Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Character Design
Mariko Oka
Animation Production
Studio DEEN







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