Okay, some good news this week for all of the squealing fan girls out there. As you might already know, we got the Hetalia Axis Powers anime in stock a couple weeks ago. Now you will be super thrilled to learn that now the manga is here. The book by Himaruya Hidekaz and brought to us by TokyoPop finally makes its debut in the states. This is one of those titles that you people have been begging me for way before they had plans to release them. I’m taking a second to remind people that just because it exists in Japan already, and you are watching or reading it online, does NOT mean that it is available in English (or for that matter, caught up with what you’ve been seeing in Japan). Seriously. But I digress.
Back to Hetalia. 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 comes to an end, but World War II is right on its heels! This time, Italy tries his best to become friends with Germany. They soon befriend Japan, and the three of them form the Axis Powers. Meanwhile, America, who loves heroism and hamburgers, tries to form a treaty, as Great Britain reminisces about when America was his loving child! World War Two was never this funny! Continue reading