Hetalia is making a big comeback right now, with Hetalia World☆Stars planned for release this spring. This weekend, original webcomic creator Hidekaz Himaruya revealed that there’s another, similar project incoming: Prime Minister Club (Souri Club), in which Japan’s leaders get the same bishonen treatment.
The announcement was made via Himaruya’s Twitter account, and noted that the series will run in Shueisha’s monthly shonen manga magazine Jump SQ. Given the character designs and the “Club” label, the assumption by many is that it will recast these characters as high school age club members.
— 日丸屋秀和 公式 (@hima_kaz) November 27, 2020
There’s been a lot of excitement brewing on Twitter, as Hetalia fans look forward to meeting a new cast of characters. However, many are concerned that Prime Minister Club is coming at a bad time, as global and local political tensions are riding especially high. Some class the upcoming series as propaganda for creating likable characters based on politicians, and fear that it will overly romanticize them while glossing over real historical issues.
So far we know very little about the new manga, save for the theme. We don’t know which leaders will be depicted, or from how long ago, though that information looks to be coming very soon. Regardless, many consider the concept to be poorly timed on principle; but others are already in love with the art and ready to find out who’s who in the new manga.
Prime Minister Club debuts in Jump SQ‘s February 2021 issues (on newsstands January 4), with more information in the January 2021 issues (on newsstands December 4).
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