"This story will not have a happy ending, love. I just can't see it on the horizon, and anything that I can't see isn't there."
-Summary for Yellow's Arc
Seven Little Killers is a Axis Powers Hetalia fanfiction written by Lucky-Angel135 (a collaboration between luckystars135 and AngelWhoIsNotASerialKiller) that plays as a dark murder mystery romance.A short summarization: In a somewhat altered universe, all seems peaceful until a nation-killer rises, shocking all the countries of the world into a paranoid hysteria. Italy, Germany and Japan team up to solve the case, while America hides some shady secrets about his home life with his boss and brother, China is forced to face a destructive force beyond his denial, and England and Japan attempt to keep their fellow countries sane despite their own inner demons. Nevertheless, as the world begins to crumble around them, it may prove difficult for the nations to keep both their lives and reason as faceless villain Black and his devoted seven followers start the process of the world’s end.Despite the bucket-loads of Nightmare Fuel here due to extreme amounts of gore and violence, it's truly a work of art, and is now all but exhalted in the Hetalia fandom as a brilliantly written mystery that keeps its readers on their toes.WARNING: Since the story does revolve around murder and mystery, spoilers run rampant here.This fanfiction provides examples of:
AbusiveParentsBoss: America’s boss. At least, that's what we're supposed to think originally. In retrospect, he was the only one who could control America. In retrospect retrospect, I still can't believe that America let him get away with it for Canada. (Not mindfucking enough for you? It could be worse. No, seriously. America and Canada swap places at least 5 times already, still counting. Without reading Blue's eye-opener arc, go back and try to figure out which one was which one. It's IMPOSSIBLE.).
Anyone Can Die: Holy god. NO KIDDING. Switzerland dies in the first chapter, and things get much, much worse. Fast.
Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Even though Japan clearly states his desire to kill America after he and the other killers had completely ruined his family, they get back together after America reveals the truth behind who Blue really is and chooses to save Japan over his own brother. Even while America claims that he was the true killer and Canada was merely his puppet, Japan keeps loving him and sees him as the victim.
Enfant Terrible: Little Nussia (New Republic Of Russia), originally a cute sickly boy, becomes this after China’s forced to kill him and he comes Back from the Dead. Huh. I always thought that was just China hallucinating...
Everyone Is a Suspect: Somewhat Averted. Characters like China, Russia, Japan, Italy, Iceland, and all the killed nations are most-definitely not part of the killers. Otherwise, it’s played totally straight and falls into Wild Mass Guessing.
Well, unless some of them are acting or faked their deaths...
Shout-Out / Sincerest Form of Flattery: While the authoresses didn't explicitly state that they took inspiration from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, they have said that they have watched it in some author's notes (or the profile; forgot which one). It even has started into an odds border that they have not included kills from Umineko yet. Some kills and/or events taken directly from Higurashi (as of now) are:
The entire Blue's arc is a Homage to Watanagashi-hen/Meakashi-hen. This includes the punishment game, although in this one poor Japan has to bear Fingore even more Gorn than the real one and Mind ScrewyTwin Switch.
The question Blue asks Vietnam and his subsequent reaction is suspiciously similar to the one Takano asks Satoko in Minagoroshi-hen.
Blue (to Vietnam): ''What is the difference between a toad and a frog?
Heck, they even quote the game at the end of the first Blind Chapter of the Blue Arc.
"Someone. Please solve this case. It's a pathetic and heartbreaking case. So please..."
After Japan killed America's Boss, Finland delivered the same speech to the killer just like how Takano Miyo delivered to Keiichi in Tatarigoroshi-Hen.
There is a Shout-Out to the most terrifying scenes of Onikakushi-hen during England's dream, wherein America and Canada innocently arrive to eat some food with England. All is fine and well, until England bites into his burger and the needle pierces his tongue... some mad laughter, dead eyes and being constrained by America later, Canada brings out the meat cleaver...
After this scene, the shout-out is even acknowledged:
He needed to stop watching Japan's horror anime before going to bed, especially if it revolved around psychotic children with cleavers and needles.
The duel between Russia and China directly references two infamous fight scenes from Higurashi. Firstly, Russia knocking papers up in the air to blind his opponent is directly referencing Shion doing to same to Rika in Meakashi-hen, and the duel itself directly references Keiichi and Rena's fight on the school roof — the dialogue at the end is almost word for word:
Denmark being forced to kill Norway to save Iceland’s life.
Romano’s death is pretty depressing, too, mosly because we get Italy and Spain's reactions to his death.
Russia's reaction to China's unresposiveness. You just want to hug him.
Su-san's speech to Finland when he finds the latters dead body. Made even worse by the severe and abrupt Genre Shift, where Iceland and himself fly a plane (although neither of them can actually fly) and, of course, England's journal, to Italy and England trying to hide Finland's body from Sweden when he asks where Finland is. He then questions what Italy is hiding. Japan's broken "He's hiding Finland's body, Sweden", does not help matters in the least.
Theme Naming: Every chapter in the Blue arc is named after a publicly known serial killer, while those in the Yellow arc are named after torture devices.
Ungrateful Bastard: Many examples, but the most noteworthy would be Canada to America, who chose Japan over him.
Unwanted Spouse: China’s rather reluctant merge with Russia starts as this, as he only agrees for the sake of the betterment of his people. It’s only until Russia tries to kill China for standing up for Lithuania that they actually start getting along, and eventually fall in love.