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Axis Powers Hetalia
is a series about Axis Powers Hetalia people who are countries. Doesn't sound too strange until you realize that the series manages to be educational and gay. The best part? The author is male.
One of the girls who does appear is a total yaoi fangirl - she openly enjoys seeing her husband being molested by other nations.
It gets better: Hetalia was serialized in a seinen magazine (Comic Birz). Yes, the series known for its almost entirely female fandom can be called a seinen.
As an additional sidenote, said author was living in New York when he came up with the idea, which probably explains why it seems as though it's not quite expectedly Japanese.
Each of the countries' quirks is based on what the country is famous for.
Such as America and... Nantucket?
Switzerland and Lichtenstein are depicted as brother and sister, with Switzerland being extremely protective of her. In Japanese, they are voiced by Romi Park and Rie Kugimiya, respectively, similar to the relationship between their characters in Fullmetal Alchemist (Park as Edward Elric and Kugimiya as Alphonse Elric)
There's also Truth in Television, in that the two countries do view each other as "siblings" ( wir sind bruder).
Italy is a nihilistic Batman, aka the 4th Espada. He's also Eustass "Captain" Kidd, the Supernova with the highest bounty.
Estonia's character design was based on Himaruya's own looks. Not the hair and eye colors, though.
He also jokingly has called the character "the best character in the series"
For America's Maru Kaite Chikyuu they used the "Awesome" and "Music" straight from Lady Gaga's "Just Dance".
In the ending song from the movie, you can also hear him yell Yes We Can! at one point.
He explicitly says "Yes we can" in "WDC World Dancing", one of his character songs, too.
Banned in South Korea, for various reasons.
Romano/South Italy's character song actually uses the rhythm and tone of Tarantella Napolitana. Which makes sense given that when compared side by side, they sound exactly the same.
Poland's Maru Kaite Chikyuu incorporates elements from the Polish National Anthem.
Hey, It's That Voice!: In full effect when you realize that the Allies' meetings feature (in Japanese) Kamina, Sasuke Uchiha, Gluttony, and Vash. Not to mention that Hitsugaya is kicking around as Switzerland.
Not to mention Axis Powers Japan sharring the voice of Folgore in the Japanese version.
Also, the Elric brothers as another sibling duo, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
In the dub, however, the Elric Brothers are Greece and Sealand.
ROME'S VOICE ACTOR HAS BEEN PASSED DOWN IN THE FAMILY FOR GENERATIONS!!
Now I'm picturing Armstrong singing "Ren Ren Renaissance." THANKS A LOT.
North Italy is apparently heir to the throne of Xing..
In the dub: Karasuma's the hero!
In the original, Karasuma is Japan!
Dub: Germany is Isshin Kurosaki, America and Canada are Yuki Sohma, France is Scar and Russia is Kyo Sohma
All from Ouran High School Host Club: Tamaki is Greece, Kyoya is France, Hikaru is Italy, Arai is Russia, Honey is Hungary, Nekozawa is Germany, Kasanoda is Rome, and Akira is Japan. It might be easier to find Ouran VA's who aren't in Hetalia.
Also, Renge is Belarus and Shiro is Chibitalia, so I think you may be on to something.
Honey plays another cute little boy as Chibi America.
All from Baccano!: Isaac is France, Nicholas is Japan, Firo is North Italy, Dallas is South Italy, Claire is Russia, Huey is America and Canada, Czeslaw is Sealand, Ennis is Chibitalia, Ronnie is Austria, Elmer is Switzerland, and finally, Chane is Belarus.
Italy plays the bad guy with full of BANDAGES on his body!
Germany is also the guy who wields a giant sword in the sequel.
Japan plays the deputy captain of the Minerva
America plays Katsuie's protégé.
England learn how to use Kabara's pachinko balls to shoot!
France plays the guy who saved a baby from a bunch of evildoers in Changban and also he plays a quiet but calm strategist.
Dub: Russia plays a certain shrunk detective in his original form.
Russia plays a crew member of the Archangel.
China plays a member of the Seigaku tennis club.
That is to say China, the victim of an ever smiling sadist (Russia) shares the voice of another ever smiling sadist (Shusuke Fuji, who apparently loves to watch people suffer more than he likes disgusting "health drinks")
Watch out for France's Dunk Smash, Japan's Acrobatic Play and America's anime-only coordination!
France is Sebastian, who wants Chibitalia's soul.
Also from Black Butler: Mey-Rin is Belarus, Baldroy is Romano, Lizzie is Liechtenstein, Lau is Russia, Agni is Germany, Finny is Iceland, Will is Britain, Angela is Chibi Romano and Ash is Austria.
Actually Agni is Germany in both the Japanese and English Dub...
America is Soul Eater's Justin Law!
In the dub, Belarus has a pet panda! Her older sister was Ed and Al's mother and their only brother was a serial killer who developed a crush on Riza after she shot him.
Chibitalia ferries people to hell. And is a succubus.
Belgium and Liechtenstein were Idol Singers recruited by the Producer!
Not to mention that the italies are secretly Pokémon!
From the original Japanese version this time: America is a powerful onmyouji with a complex for his even more powerful little sister
Shori Shibuya is America in the original and Germany in the dubs.
Brothers Chris Ayres and Greg Ayres voice the two Japanese water spirits Britain encounters in Japan's hot springs.
In the original version of Bleach, England is Ishida, Germany is Chad, France is Shinji, America is Keigo, and Italy is Ulquiorra!
Kumajiro is actually an Ax-Crazy student participating in a tournament!
France uses powerful sun magic in his true form!
The fanarts of America becoming Kamina or vice versa, sometimes seen together, can be explained by having the same Japanese VA. Ditto with Canada.
In the English version, Finland is Kazu, while in the original Japanese version, he's Romeo.