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
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. According to Amazon Prime Japan, the plot of the musical is much like a longer episode of Hetalia. It focuses on Germany trying to get the World Conference underway while the allies and Italy cause trouble. It even seems to include 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 greatest amount of available content. Not only does it have specific merch, it is also the only musical to be uploaded in full, albeit to a Japanese site named Bilibili, which uses .flv files. However, this still makes it the only one you can watch outside of Japan for free, albeit with you having to provide your own subtitles. This rip comes from a DVD of the musical, released on May 25th, 2016. While all the musicals were released on DVD, this is the cheapest and likely the easiest one to come across.
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. 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, once again taken from Amazon Prime Japan, seems to be that the Axis have split ways after the war and are trying to go back to their normal lives. However, the combination of missing that former connection and the discovery of Prussia's diaries lead them to reunite.
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 have been 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 doesn't have a unique plot to it. 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.
After their original theater runs, the shows became incredibly hard to find. Even though there are DVD releases of all four exist, their rather expensive nature makes them hard to find, with A World In The Universe often running for $200 and up.
There have been some reruns of the shows, although none have been captured. As a celebration of Hetalia's return in 2020, Niconico reran one of the musicals a week for five weeks, however only premium viewers could see the last half and no recordings of this exist. The musicals also re-aired on Line Live once a day for a week, though the app is Japan exclusive and once again, no recordings exist.
- The Bilibili upload of ~Singin In the World~. Retrieved 18 Nov '20
- Hetalia Archive's index of the musicals. Retrieved 18 Nov '20