Hetalia: Axis Powers Episodes #09-12 (of 52) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Monday, May 17, 2010
Release Date: Monday, May 17, 2010

The U.K. plays with imaginary unicorns. 'Nuff said.

What They Say
The Allies get together to split up their responsibilities for the coming war, which really just means: U.S.A. decides he'll be the hero and everyone else will act as his support. Meanwhile, isn't France dreamy?

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
World War II continues to move right along and the Allies are starting to get their act together, though it's all with U.S.A. setting things up so that he's in charge. His grand plan is quite amusing as he wants everyone else to be his backup. When they actually ask what the plan is, it's just for him to be the Hero and that's it. Suffice to say there are plenty of issues that go around, from how well scones are made to the American independence and the debt that's forgotten there while China slips in and sort of takes over a little bit. What's most amusing is that France gives everyone grief for their less than good looking uniforms only to be accused of being another Italy. Nothing is more damning than that at this stage.

When the second meeting is commenced, Frances is kept out of it and we get treated to a flashback of the last thousand years or so of his history. His view is that he's very strong, but every situation that comes up either has him falling for terrible traps, being led by a woman or having him beating up someone so puny or already beaten down that he really comes off poorly. On the flip side, Italy is finding himself totally out of the loop in the flashback scenes to an earlier time as he's happy at first to be living with everyone but is becoming tempted by the offer of the Holy Roman Empire to be a part of it again. The temptation comes in that Austria is becoming much quieter and wanting to be alone and things just don't feel right where he is. But Italy worries of what happened to grandpa Rome in the past happening again in the present.

U.K. take an odd turn as we see him playing with fanciful creatures of myth, but it makes sense you come across the scenes involving France asking him to marry him since that would help him out of a lot of problems. France is really having it hard during all of this and being rejected by U.K. doesn't help. U.K. does get out and about a bit as he goes off to spy on the Axis powers, who make a return after being mostly absent for a bit, and he sees the intensive training that they're undergoing. Or, when it comes to Italy, the intensive surrender training exercises that he's undergoing. As much as I do like the Allies and their diversity, I want more of Italy and his weak-kneed silliness.

In Summary:
Everything I need to know about history can come from Hetalia and that's all that really needs to be said. The show is a lot of fun and it's chock full of historical facts which we can all surely believe, since anime would never lie to us. It's just giving us a more creative version of events in a way that we can understand? I don't know which bothers me more; that there are people that think fans are like that or that there may be one or two fans who believes it. Regardless, this batch of episodes moves things right along and I'm continuing to laugh and smile throughout it, enjoying every minute of silliness.

Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

Mania Grade: B
Audio Rating: NA
Video Rating: NA
Packaging Rating: NA
Menus Rating: NA
Extras Rating: NA
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
Running time: 22
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Hetalia