With a few new characters introduced and some fun time spent with Italy, we get another batch of cute and fun episodes about counties trying to get along. Sometimes.
What They Say
Sealand has a lot of heart, but as the teeny-tiniest nation in the world, he's having a tough time getting the other countries to recognize that he even exists.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Slowly but surely we're getting more time with other nation characters as time goes on and this batch of episodes introduces us to a rather cute one with Sealand. Essentially a manmade location in the ocean created during the war, Sealand is an upbeat and energetic young man of a country the size of about 207 square meters that has a population of about four. There are grand plans in Sealand's mind to become huge and rich over time so as to challenge England after England abandoned them and watching how Sealand is so earnest in this quest is far too cute. It's a nice little diversion that adds a bit more to the overall cast of characters and the world.
The flashback material we get elsewhere that deals with Holy Rome leaving little Italy at home so he can go off on his own is pretty amusing. He's a bit mocked for what he takes with him since there's a lot of paintings to move but also because some of them are really cute paintings of Italy. Italy is obviously saddened by the loss of Holy Rome since it's such a good friend that's going, but you can see the pain of the loss on both sides. Italy's such a little cutie and so honest and earnest but it also explains easily why he's such a wuss in the World War II period where he practices showing off the spirit of Italy by working so very hard at waving a white flag. Germany's mental sigh can practically be felt around the world.
In addition to Sealand, which did lead to some fun reading online afterward, we also get to see Switzerland and Liechtenstein get involved. The two of them have a nice familial relationship with each other and it starts off with Liechtenstein cutting off her hair, something that concerns her older brother Switzerland because it's very unlike her. There's a nice relationship between the two though because she cut her hair, she's now being easily confused for a boy because of her body shape and how much she looks like her brother. It's a simple and cute episode that deals with these two, but it's beautifully balanced out by Italy giving a very bad impression to Germany that he's being... um, abused by someone in his bed and he needs Germany to help him before something is put somewhere.
There are a couple of nice moments that takes us back a bit to earlier instances. The island gag continues on though it changes it up nicely as it turns out that China uses it as a vacation resort island so there's a convenience store of sorts there that Italy has been getting food from while Germany and Japan spend their time fishing and eating fish. The supermarket gag comes back too as we see Switzerland and his little sister at the market where they run into Austria. Switzerland's having trouble there tough since there's so much he wants to try and have, giving off a very greedy feeling when it comes to things like cheap cheese. Switzerland isn't a character that I've gotten a handle on yet and he feels a bit too brusque, but I love his little sister as she brings some much needed cuteness to the series.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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.