Hetalia: Axis Powers (partially found live recordings of stage musicals; 2015-2018)
A collage of the DVD covers of the Hetalia stage shows. (Top row: Hetalia ~Singin In The World~, Hetalia ~The Great World~. Bottom row: Hetalia ~In The New World~, Hetalia FINAL LIVE ~A World In The Universe~.)
Status: Partially found
Comment: The first musical has been uploaded in its entirety to Bilibili, while only clips from the other three are avalible.
Hetalia is a webcomic/manga turned anime dating back to 2008. The series is a comedy about human personifications of countries during World War II, though most of the series doesn't tie that heavily to it. While Hetalia died out for the most part in the U.S. minus its recent comeback, it stayed alive and well in Japan, garnering four stage shows, once a year from 2015 to 2018. While these are incredibly popular even within such a big fandom, they aren't very well documented, leading to them becoming partially if not entirely lost.
Hetalia ~Singin In The World~
The first and most well documented of the four musicals, ~Singin In The World~ first premiered on December 24th, 2015, and ended production on December 29th, 2015 after 11 performances. Like most of the musicals, the actual plot is unknown, however we have small hints of what it might be, thanks to people posting about it and the Hetalia archives. It seems to be much like a longer episode of Hetalia, even including the Chibitalia segments as puppeteers for Chibi Italy and Holy Roman Empire are listed as cast members. The cast was announced on October 2nd, 2015 (minus Ryōta Obigane as Finland in a cameo near the end of the production.), containing the main Axis and Allies characters, plus the character of Austria, most likely picked for his association with music.
- Italy: Ryōki Nagae
- Germany: Yūichirō Ōmi
- Japan: Keisuke Ueda
- America: Ryūko Isogai
- England/UK: Daisuke Hirose
- France: Juri Aikawa
- Russia: Yūki Yamaoki
- China: Taishi Sugie
- Austria: Takuya Kikuchi
This is the musical with the most amount of content around it, not only having the most specific merch for it, but also being the only one to be uploaded in full, albeit to a Japanese site named Bilibili, which uses .flv files. This rip comes from a DVD of the musical, released on May 25th, 2016. While all the musicals got these DVDs, this is most likely the easiest one to come across and the cheapest.
Hetalia ~The Great World~
Following the success of ~Singin In The World~, the next year Hetalia ~The Great World~ premiered on November 10th, 2016, and having double the performances as ~Singin In The World~ at 20, ended on November 27th, 2016. Most of the previous cast returned, minus Yūichirō Ōmi as Germany who was replaced by Yūsuke Ueda, Takuya Kikuchi as Austria did not appear, and Ryōta Obigane as Finland did not appear either. Takeshi James Yamada was also added to the cast to play Spain. The plot of this one is relatively unknown as well, however it can be presumed to be similar to ~Singin~, albeit without the Chibitalia segments.
The DVD of this was released February 22nd, 2017, and while a rip of it did exist on Bilibili, it has since been taken down and is unretrievable via WayBack machine due to how the site works when archived.
Hetalia ~In The New World~
The following year, once again, a new musical called Hetalia ~In The New World~ was produced. It ran from July 15th, 2017 to August 2nd, 2017, ending after 23 performances. Like before, the previous cast returned minus Takeshi James Yamada as Spain as his character wasn't involved. However, Takuya Kikuchi returned as Austria, along with Gaku Takamoto being introduced to play Prussia. The plot is once again unknown, yet can be presumed to be similar to the other two.
Even though this musical got a DVD release as well on November 29th of the same year, no full rips have ever appeared of it, only small segmented clips uploaded to YouTube.
Hetalia FINAL LIVE ~A World In The Universe~
The following year, ~A World In The Universe~ was produced as the final in the set of the four Hetalia musicals. Running from March 17th, 2018 to March 21st, 2017, this show only had 5 performances and was known for being the most expensive ticketwise. The entire main cast from all three prior musicals return, adding to its sendoff nature.
Unlike the other musicals, this one has a concrete description of its plot for the most part. It's been described as "A collection of songs mostly from the last three musicals, with the only new content being two or three new songs and new skits inbetween." A DVD containing performances from both theaters was released on September 7th, 2018, but no rips of either have ever been uploaded, most likely due to how costly it actually is, selling for upwards of $200.
- The Bilibili upload of ~Singin In the World~. Retrieved 18 Nov '20.
- Hetalia Archive's index of the musicals. Retrieved 18 Nov '20.
- Hetamyumusic, a blog focused on the Hetalia musicals that contains unique clips and info. Retrieved 18 Nov '20.