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  • 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

Hetalia: Axis Powers Episodes #17-20

Hetalia: Axis Powers Episodes #17-20 Review

By Chris Beveridge     May 31, 2010
Release Date: May 31, 2010


Hetalia: Axis Powers
© FUNimation

The allies begin their attack but things simply cannot go as planned, for them or for the axis powers!

What They Say
U.S.A. is ready to clean out his cluttered storage room, but he may not have what it takes to let go of so many memories. Actually, he may need to worry more about letting go of some hamburgers.

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
America gets a nice bit of focus early on this time around as we see him going through his closet storage cleaning phase and having all sorts of memories. Since he hasn't done it in over a hundred years, there's a lot of good and bad in there. It's cute to see a young America child at home with England and getting some presents from him, showing their good relationship. When it moves forward some and we see England trying to get him to dress better and act more appropriate, it doesn't go quite so well. And there's also the memories of the revolutionary war that the two had which changed their relationship some, but seems to have worked out better in the long run.

The piece I love the most in the series so far, outside of numerous Italy scenes, is anything involving Roman Empire. It's really the only character that has a manly feel about him and stands tall with no real issues surrounding him, outside of the obvious disappearance. But that's in the past, much like America's memories, and the present is here as we see the allies making an all out attack on the axis. Italy's priceless as he's instantly waving a white flag and doing his best not to get hit. It's an amusing fight that turns surreal for a minute, so much so that it actually brings pause to the fight for at least a few minutes while everyone tries to figure it out, to no avail. We get so close to some really good fighting and comedy that I'd normally be annoyed at this kind of interruption, but it was just right and made me laugh at the absurdity of it all.

While the show has focused on the main allies, we do finally get to see Canada arrive briefly for a meeting with all the other members. Canada's hardly noticeable though and most of the leads just feel like there's an unearthly spirit or presence about the room and they can't quite figure out what it is. Poor Canada. At the same time, Italy is being run roughshod by Germany with all sorts of training to try and improve their battlefield morale and attitude. Unfortunately, even the arrival of a cute dog throws them into a tailspin and they flee like the knights in a Monty Python Holy Grail moment. Germany just has so little luck with these guys but he's becoming so used to all of it that he barely even registers their flight and return while lecturing them.

In Summary:
A rule to live by would be to not let Italy do, well, anything. Most especially not throw grenades, own a white flag or ask what's for dinner. The storage cleaning arc for America is pretty interesting but I hate that it's spread out so much, especially since the Revolutionary War segment is just a whole lot of fun to watch play out. It's like a relationship gone horribly wrong that's fought out in the rain and snow. Similar to the past shown for Italy and Roman Empire awhile ago, this one has the same kind of really nice sense of style and atmosphere to it with the drama ramped up nicely as it's all told through the whole countries as people gag. It's one of those things that works well, and has worked well for decades upon decades in political satire cartoons, and is just as effective here. It's one of the big reasons I do enjoy this show as much as I do.

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.

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