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義呆利 Axis Powers 1 (Hetalia: Axis Powers #1)

4.34 of 5 stars 4.34  ·  rating details  ·  8,428 ratings  ·  150 reviews
These hilarious 4-panel comic strips in which the world's powers take on ridiculous stereotypes have finally made their English-language debut! During World War 1, gruff Germany finds Italy hiding in a wooden box of tomatoes. Germany takes Italy as prisoner, but instead of war-like interrogation, Italy becomes more of the nuisance and unwanted guest. World War I quickly co...more
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Published May 20th 2009 by 原動力亞細亞有限公司 (first published 2008)
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Myurie has trailmix!
It's a cute manga that's set in World War 2 through present day that actually manages to amuse and both educate at the same time. The manga is about anthropomorphic personifications of some of the countries during World War 2, with adorable comic strips about certain events. The personifications of the countries somewhat poke fun at national stereotypes, such as America being loud, brash yet good natured and friendly, or Japan being the quiet but secretly-an-otaku, etc, without being super offen...more
Hera
Because of Hidekazu Himaruya's Hetalia, I aced my world history exams last term! I got a score of 4.0, which was the highest grade, and I enjoyed because I used the characters as a medium to understand the teachers lesson.

Teacher says, "Germany underestimated Russia's power"

I imagine, "Ludwig(Germany) being threatened by Ivan (Russia) saying, 'Kol kol kol kol..' "

Ooh. what a fun subject. :))

And even before our term on World history started, I watched hetalia, even if it's a parody on the World...more
Starbubbles
This was hilarious! It took me a while to read though, I kept forgetting which countries had which face/clothes. The book reads like a series of short stories.

I was surprised to read that personifying countries was a foriegn conceipt to the Japanese audience. If you look at Western art, all sorts of things are represented by other things. But it's even more surprising in regards to Japanese History. When WWII ended, America had issues determining who was to be held "responsible" for their conti...more
Grace
Axis Powers Hetalia Vol. 1. What did I expect? I'd heard alot about this before and at first I was quite indifferent about it but once it actually hit me, it REALLY hit. You know, like a bowling ball or something similar. Hetalia is impossibly hilarious and has the power to make you want to go and research history. It may not be something you can study from but it's something that will motivate you unwillingly. It's a deviation from classic mainstream manga and has it's own style that is evident...more
Choco
This is hilarious!

Well, it's full of stereotypes and some might find it racist, but if you don't mind that bit, it's quite funny.

I recommend watching the anime though, because they speak in accents, there's music, and there's color. Not that there's anything bad with the manga, but anime is much more fun. There's some history in it too, but you'll have to pause your video every now and then to be able to read it.

Go watch it now. It's funny as hell, and episodes are only five minutes long.

Here...more
124kafayat
Hetalia is like having fun reading and doing social studies at the same time; it is basically a bunch of little stories put together to make a collage of beauty. Yes, it is a confusing concept to totally grasp, but when you do, you will love the ideas, pictures, and vast amounts of personality put into this manga. The main characters include Germany who is a neat-freak and strict, Italy who is thick headed and loves pasta, and America who tries and tries again to be the hero of everything. The s...more
frangible-spiderlily
The premise drove me away faster than I'd like to admit.

However. It wasn't long before the art and favorable reviews drew me back. Historians around the globe screamed in agony on the day Hetalia: Axis Powers was released. Still, it's cute character designs and... originality drew many people in and would not let them go.

I don't like many aspects about Hetalia. For starters, just go ahead and forget about any variations in skin tone. The United States of America may be a melting pot, but Hetalia...more
Alex
Aug 15, 2009 Alex rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: manga fans, history buffs
A hilarious look at history that's neither politically nor historically "correct", but it's adorable and the personalities are scarily accurate.
Anna
Dec 14, 2013 Anna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of manga, history, and humor
Recommended to Anna by: A combination of boredom and Netflix
Ooooh I do love me some historical satire!



So this series primarily just follows historical events, but much of it is centered around the Axis Powers and Allies during WWII. But here's the twist... all the countries are living, breathing, human personifications. Each and every character is grossly stereotyped to fit their country and I couldn't be happier for it.

No, seriously. I love satire and parodies because I have this terrible guilty pleasure for the bittersweet candies of offensive humor. H...more
Alysse
Hetalia Axis Powers, or APH for short, is a comidic parody of history, revolving around the personifications of countries. Orginally based off a webcomic by Hidekaz Himaruya. The story mainly follows the Axis and Allied powers of World War II, but often branches off to other events, time periods, or countries. Don't look for any cronological consitancy here, often jumping from ancient times to modern day and everything in between. Many countries within the series, their personalities having basi...more
Emmy Lou
Nov 05, 2011 Emmy Lou rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nexla Bridgefare
Recommended to Emmy Lou by: Ariel
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

I've seen up to episode 36 of the Axis Powers series, so I was really looking forward to the manga. It wasn't up to my expectations, but it was still good. My favorite thing was the side note about the icecream in America.

"In America, there are ice cream trucks patrolling neighborhoods all the time. Even without going to the store, customers can score a variety of flavors in bright reds, blues and beyond. As if that's not enough, the calorie-starved consumer can even buy...more
Jody Mena
This book is beyond hilarious, it takes political satire to a whole new level - along with cultural stereotypes, but it was still really funny! I laughed all the way through! I love the anthropomorphic allegory in which each nation is a character in the story, it just makes it all the funnier to see watch the character development. The actions and developments were exponentially funnier because it is all parody. My personal favorite was Finland showing up at the end dressed as Santa Claus... I a...more
Lily
Everyone is SOOOO CUTE! Especially Italy!

I watched the whole anime and it was AWESOME! They are only 5 minutes and about 17 seconds long, but...totally worth it!

I found Germany and Italy's friendship absolutely ADORABLE! Random Side Note or RSN: wouldn't it be WONDERFUL if my name was Isadora! There would be sooooo many puns using the word adorable! Anyway it's time to go BACK TO THE REVIEW! (couldn't help it sorry) I'm actually rooting for GerIt...or whatever crazy name people living in their b...more
Hillary
Oct 20, 2010 Hillary rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Older teen girls
Recommended to Hillary by: Older teen girls
Perhaps my expectations were too high, but after hearing how funny and un-PC this was I thought I'd be rotfl. Unfortunately, it was not so for me.
Several teen girls expressed their utter love for this title saying that it also makes the reader want to learn more about the countries and wars/battles mentioned in the book. However, not one of them Googled anything themselves so the whole "educational" slant was a sham. To me, the fem-boy personifications of countries fail overall because world co...more
Deirdre
Hetalia: Axis Powers, Vol. 1 tells the story of WWI and WWII with anthropomorphic personifications of countries, and the various conflicts in the war told as conflicts between people. It's a very interesting idea, and actually pretty funny (and yes, I even learned things! For example, I hadn't known that British intelligence supposedly hired Aleister Crowley to cast a curse on Germany). The characters/countries are all very stereotyped, but I think they're stereotyped pretty equally. (: I found...more
Tria
"VODKAAAAA!!!!"

I know, some of you would be like "this isn't history blablabla" but if you really think abouf it, some traits, events, acts, are rather logically representing each countries. For example, the easiest one: Italy and Germany's bromance = their sercure alliance during WW2. Some may have been exaggerated, but some may have been correct, like how Belarus really want to marry Russia = how people in Belarus want to be a part of Russia.

Anyways, I recommend this whether for pure entertain...more
Mad
This manga is insane. It made me laugh so hard I almost died by choking on my milk (I was eating Oreos at the time, while I was clicking away and that turned out to be an unwise decision; milk always goes well with Oreos, if you're wondering what it has to do with my milk). Thankfully I managed to survive the ordeal and read more.

I don't really think there's a plot they're following. It's mainly just about the characters who are people named and based on countries. I think it's a pretty sweet an...more
Adila
Just so the world knows, Hetalia is my most favorite manga ever. It is WW1 and WW2 plus some other random times in history, where each country is represented as a person who carries out all of their country's stereotypes. Though it may be about some serious times in history, Hetalia puts it together in a very funny way. I know some people may find it offensive to certain countries (I know Korea was especially offended and requested that it's character not be included in the anime), but it is goo...more
Taylor




Note: This review is for the series in general, not just the first issue! :D

From England's John Bull, France's Marianne, to America's own Uncle Sam, country personifications are nothing new. Political cartoonists have used them to poke fun at stereotypes and national policy, like the famous 1898 cartoon depicting imperial powers Britain, Germany, Russia, and Japan dividing up a pie labeled "China." While national personifications have been mainly used for commentary and satire, Hidekaz Himaruya'...more
afortunado w
The reason I love this series, absolutely love this series, is not because its great art (no, not at all) or its great plot (it's basically a collection of short stories of history, anyway). It's because its background, its character. You hate history lesson? Try this one out! If you love this series, you will love history (any nation's history). Believe me. History will be so much fun after you read this manga.

Hetalia talks about World War II (sometimes about the modern age, sometimes about the...more
Brittany Pesch
Hetalia is about personified nations and how they "live" during World War One. Italy, Germany and Japan (Axis) are learning to cooperate in order to win against the allies. The book is interesting and amusing. Italy is a weak, pasta loving italian. Germany is a hard willed, combat perfessional. Japan is a onigiri loving person.

I recomend this book for all ages, it's really cute and addictive. Its a really fun book to read, and you don't really want to put it down.
Danielle
This is my go-to manga if I'm in the mood. It's quick, it's unique, it's funny. It's also not for everyone. The thing with this manga is you either love it or you won't want anything to do with it. I, for one, absolutly adore it.
Warning: The fanbase for this manga is a frightening place, but (if you liked it) you will quickly become addicted.
Noran Miss Pumkin
I got this copy used - to see what all the hype was about. Tokyopop is promoting this like a nobel winner. Well is Sucked so bad--I did not finish it! The stereotype, the poor drawing, the concept is lost on me completely. Maybe, because I am a baby boomer, or I know a lot of WWII. If anyone wants this--just email me for free.
Lord
This manga is sooooo hilarious. It's similar to South Park. If you have no sense of humour, stay away from it. If you're too pride of your nationality, stay away from it. But you will miss a big lump (although the number of pages is not that great) of silly humour and also some history lessons.
John Egbert
I want to give it five stars because I enjoyed it so much, but I just can't. *hangs head*

Aw, what the heck!

*rates five stars anyways*

I'll write an actual review later, when I write my D Gray Man one.
Kaylee~
So hilarious! I absolutely love Italy! (and of course America because of his love for food, escpecially donuts!)
I salute a goodday to you.
PASTA!
Sarah
Hetalia is a fun, cute, stereotyping manga. It parodies and stereotypes nations in a humorous manga. Despite it being full of handsome men and some fan service here and there, many straight males find themselves enjoying it as well. It's adorable and sweet and a good manga to read if you like to relieve stress, relax, and read. Though, this isn't a manga for the easily offended when it comes to countries of the world. I must warn you though, pick up this manga and you'll never wish to put it dow...more
Miranda
Let me just say, I absolutely LOVE this series! The way Himaruya introduces the characters was wonderful. He addresses the separate stereotypes for each nation in a very humorous way. In this first volume, I adored seeing the colored pages. I would go back to those pages just to look at the artwork there!

I love the way Germany is just like "I'm surrounded by idiots" all the time and looks really cool. Seeing as I'm American, you don't see Germany looking cool in most things over here. I also lik...more
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
This manga is hard for me to write about. I liked it, for many of the same reasons I liked the anime. It's funny, the characters are appealing, and it makes history and the relationships between countries more interesting and memorable, even for someone like me, who had to struggle to remember anything for history tests. However, I read a review that said this manga has "a strong whiff of pointlessness," and I think I'd have to agree with that. I didn't dislike this volume nearly as much as some...more
Yolanda Chu
Out of curiousity, I looked this manga up today and...goodness gracious. Goodreads does indeed have EVERYTHING on it, eh?

This is the only manga I have read in the series, I got the "stories", if you like, from watching Anime series. why only watching the Anime? well, it's approximtely 5 minutes per episode, not much allusions was made in the episode and the jokes are simple enough to understand. Easy entertainment of the day. Not to mention, I WILL NOT waste any money on buying the whole series...more
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Hidekaz Himaruya (日丸屋 秀和 Himaruya Hidekaz, born May 8th, 1985, in Koriyama, Fukushima) is the creator of the series Hetalia: Axis Powers (originally titled Axis Powers Hetalia in the webcomic run). He is sometimes affectionately called Papa Hima, by Hetalia fans.
Himaruya started the original Hetalia webcomic while he was attending Parsons School Of Design in New York City and continues the series...more
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