Hetalia: Axis Powers Episodes #33-36 (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Release Date: Friday, September 04, 2009

The world continues to spin as the various countries fight the war in the past while touching upon their present day situation as well.

What They Say
Germany and Italy spend a beautiful night by the campfire, and when a shooting star flashes through the sky, Germany makes a wish. Actually he makes a lot of wishes, and they're all about Italy.

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Something that's been lost at times is the actual war itself but we get back to that a little bit as the numbers of soldiers involved gets mentioned while Germany and Italy are off at the African front. The pair are having a little quiet time after getting beaten back a fair bit during the day in the various battles and it's very frustrating for Germany having to deal with the eternally optimistic and spirited Italy. Germany's tough love still isn't having an effect on Italy since he's doing his best to try and get him to toughen up and not be a crybaby but he has to continue on with it because it's so important. Italy's not the best partner in this war in general and for someone like Germany it's made even worse because of how Italy acts all the time.

Germany does try to loosen up a bit though when he visits Italy and enjoys its beautiful days which are seemingly endlessly full of sun. He tries to act like an Italian while roaming the streets but it just makes him look decidedly scary and creepy which unnerves most everyone else out there. Food is the main bit of the day as we get a nice little side piece involving Japan as well, but it's fairly insignificant overall as he entertains. The real fun is in watching the Allies segment as you have America coming across England doing a bit of artwork kthat's the cause of trouble among the group. Sometimes little things can make friends feel really awkward around each other. American's grasp of the situation and the way he handles it is amusing, but it's all capped off with how China takes it to a whole other level.

A modern tale is included in this batch which is a lot of fun as we get a new G8 conference happening where everyone is getting together. Or at least they thought so but one of them is missing as Canada is nowhere to be seen. And that's the problem because Canada is there but nobody can actually see him since he's so ephemeral to everyone. There's a really amusing moment where they're doing the headcount and America just bursts out by saying it doesn't matter who is missing as long as he's there. Spot on perfect in how that is played out with the flag size and the tone of the actor during it. There's a nice little segue elsewhere as well that has France lamenting things while in Greece only to get completely excited when he learns about the Olympics of the past and how it'd be filled with lots and lots of naked, oiled up men. It gets him so excite he just has to get... naked. Very naked.

In Summary:
Hetalia continues to have a lot of fun with its cast of characters and the stereotypes that come with them. You have to be able to laugh at the stuff since there's the kernel of truth (or more) in each of the characteristics that the countries display. This batch of episodes was fun as it dealt with the past as well as the present, though I do enjoy the present more in a lot of ways because it's seeing the countries interacting after such dire acts of war in World War II. It's also amusing to see how both of the countries deal with similar situations such as the whole preparing for winter where you have the classic case of one of them being far better prepared than the other, which leads to a good bit of fun as America spends his time hanging out with aliens, watching TV and playing games. Japan just never seems like he has fun though.

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: 22
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Hetalia