Hetalia: Axis Powers
is a Japanese webcomic, later adapted as a manga and an anime series, by Hidekazu Himaruya. The series presents an allegorical interpretation of political and historic events, particularly of the World War II era, in which the various countries are represented by anthropomorphic characters. Hetalia is a portmanteau combining hetare and Italia. This is to make light of Italy's domination by neighboring states since the Italian War of 1521–1526.