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

Hetalia: Axis Powers Episodes #37-40

Hetalia: Axis Powers Episodes #37-40 Review

By Chris Beveridge     July 05, 2010
Release Date: October 02, 2009


Hetalia: Axis Powers
© FUNimation

World War II takes a backseat as we go back to 1939 and then to the 17th century for some newborn America fun.

What They Say
Russia's heading over to Germany's place for a sleepover, and he's worried about what to wear. Italy's got some concerns, too. If his friends make new friends, will he be pushed aside?

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The lead-up to World War II has some interesting moments as we see here as Russia and Germany are becoming friends and Russia's coming over for a visit. Germany's trying to get his house in order to little effect while mostly trying to make sure they have some vodka on hand for their guest. Russia on the other hand is spending all his time trying to figure out the best outfit to wear for it and agonizing over it. All of this plays out as Italy overhears that his allies are intending to leave him out of something so he's panicking over that, especially as his older brother sagely says that it's a wise thing to do in war in order to win. Italy's meekness only continues to grow by leaps and bounds.

The bond between Italy and Germany is what's strengthened by this idea of Russia visiting as Italy writes a letter to Germany that only he can understand which is pretty significant in and of itself. The words that Italy sent him do have an impact and he sets out to make sure that Italy understands just how strong their relationship is by creating a pact together in the early days of 1939. Amusingly enough, it's a pact that's essentially signed in the form of a pinky swear over eating some really good sausage that Germany had made for him. The two have so many cute moments together with their very different personalities and approaches to things that it just makes me smile over and over.

When Hetalia shifts away from the World War 2 period is when I think it's a bit more fun in some ways. There's a segment in here where they go back to the early days of American in the 17th century where France and Finland are fighting over him as they're arriving in various waves to the country and all of them are staking claims of their own in what's billed as a custody battle. USA's view of others is amusing as he's not sure of any of them and they're all seemingly scary in a way. But as a little baby country, he's adorably cute as the others try to sway him to becoming theirs through charm and silliness. It's all something that works towards helping little USA grow up a bit since seeing all these blonde men around him makes it easier to deal with since they're not so scary when they act so silly.

In Summary:
The struggle over who owns America runs rather well since we see so many different blonde haired people trying to claim him as their little brother. There are some amusing squabbles over it because of the long histories and fights in Europe about things that most of them don't even remember anymore and America simply becomes a prize in all of it now. That it starts to turn to little grudge matches is very fun to watch and almost feels like a video game playing out as they fight in different places about it. All while America continues to grow up and takes it all in. It's certainly easy to understand why America would cry with the kinds of attention he's getting from everyone as they all come across as scary!

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook 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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