Hetalia is an Internet comic series with characters supposedly based on world history. Â The main title of the series is called Hetalia-Axis Powers and has become so popular that the comics intended for online viewing were adapted for release as standard comics or manga and/or anime series. Â The main cast of characters are given credit as the reason why Hetalia is so popular these days. Â These characters with different personalities are loosely based on the prominent countries that were involved in World War II. Â Countries like the U.S., Italy, Japan, England, China, Germany, Russia, and France all have corresponding characters in the Hetalia Webcomic and manga series. Â Each character representing each country has its own name and personality and holds some resemblance to what actually happened back in World War II. Â Countries like Germany and Japan, for example, are classified as part of the Axis group or the villains in the series. Â The U.S. and England, meanwhile, are part of the Allied Forces.
Some people have become fans of the Hetalia series because of the witty lines and jokes. Â Some comic book critics and reviewers point to the fact that the series appeals to many people because of the humor injected to seemingly boring historical events. Â Although not all situations in the series are attributed to actual facts, people from different countries can relate to the typical stereotypes of the various personalities from the main characters. Â People who may not usually like to read about politics and history are actually drawn to the series because of the clever storylines and funny take on various people’s stereotypes. Â Comparing the characters representing different countries is already a hot topic in itself, but when humor is infused, then more people get hooked, making the series very popular. With its popularity, the series has also been released in a drama CD format. Â A movie version was also made along with video game adaptations of Hetalia.