Hetalia: Axis Powers Episodes #13-16 (of 52) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Release Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Only Italy could be done in by the roughness of a cat's sandpaper tongue.

What They Say
U.K. is aggravated after losing to Germany, so the lad uses the dark arts to get his revenge. In a scary room, he chants a summoning spell and unleashes -ussia, the weirdest of all world powers!

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the way the war is going, it's little surprise that UK is getting a bit frustrated to say the least with how things are going. Being continually beat down by Germany, with Italy being as useless as he is, is rather embarrassing. What's worse is that he's now planning to get his revenge by going to the black arts of magic with the family history in order to deal with Germany, which involves essentially summoning Russia into play. With the history between Russia and Germany and Japan, it's an obvious ploy. Sadly, USA keeps showing up and disturbing things and UK even asks if he's got a grudge against him. Gee, I wonder...

Hetalia has played with the stereotypes from the get go and they ramp it up a bit in this batch when they have Germany head off to the supermarket when they do a "simulator" gag. Having him shop and pick up some sausages only to find the line filled with lazy Spaniards, lazier Greeks and then having to deal with Italians that either cut in line or talk loudly just pushes him to the edge. Add in an even more frustrated Austrian and you're pretty much waiting for everything to explode. It doesn't get that far and it ends a bit prematurely, but watching Germany's frustration has long been a fun part of the show. As was seeing him sling Italy over his shoulders and having to deal with Italy then patting his soft buttocks.

Japan gets a little time in the spotlight, or the sunlight, as he spends more of his time with Germany and Italy and comes across as a bit of a prude. Between the food and other cultural differences, as well as seeing both Italy and Germany sunning themselves, he can't seem to understand his allies or keep up with them. One of the seemingly new recurring gags involves storage room cleaning as we see talk about USA doing that and we even get a fun segment where the actors are speaking in awkward English about it. One rather amusing area has Italy visiting Japan's library where we see he's nowhere near the prude he seems to be, alluding once again to the differences in culture and what's considered acceptable to talk about.

In Summary:
While much of the show takes place in the present with a number of stereotypes played with, we do get a nice nod to the past as China relates a tale of a young Japan from years ago. It's cute to see Japan in this state and how China deals with it. The show plays fast and loose with a lot of things, as it should since it's a comedy and not a history course, The relationship between China and Japan is very amusing to watch much as are all the other ones. There's a good deal of fun to be had here but I'll admit that I wish there was more of Italy since I just love watching him and his practically effeminate ways. Though not as laugh out loud funny as some past ones, there's a lot to like here.

Features
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: 24
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Hetalia