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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 #41-44

Hetalia: Axis Powers Episodes #41-44 Review

By Chris Beveridge     July 12, 2010
Release Date: July 11, 2010


Hetalia
© FUNimation

The winning words are indeed, "Could you point me towards your bed?"

What They Say
It's an episode of psychological combat! While U.S.A. tries to come up with ways to mess with his opponents' heads, France takes it upon himself to spread scandalous rumors about Germany.

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Watching the countries of Hetalia engage in psychological games is very amusing as they aren't exactly the sharps tacks in the box. America's boss comes up with some doozies by intending to decrease morale in Japan by painting Mt. Fuji red only to realize that it's a damn big place. Even worse is when he has America order up a large box of extra small condoms from Russia not really realizing just how small twenty-five centimeters is. Other countries get involved in it as well with France and so forth causing trouble and even England spreading rumors to Italy, but performing psychological warfare on Italy is like shooting fish in a barrel when the fish is actually a whale.

Russia hasn't had too big of a role in the series but it gets expanded a bit in this batch as we're introduced to his two sisters, Ukraine and Belarus. They're polar opposites in terms of personalities with one lighthearted and fun and the other being scarily intense to the point where the whole room is dragged down with her. Ukraine's bounciness is positively hilarious though as it's all in her chest and some of it seeps into her head for her personality. She's even accentuated by a bouncing sound whenever she does anything even when not in the room as you can hear the bounce from far away. Belarus has a sort of horror movie feel to her with the quasi-royalty outfit that almost has her looking like a maid in some ways. With the long hair and dour look, she has a very meek aura about her until she goes psycho with a very low voice and intense presence, especially when she goes on about marrying Russia. There's a little epilogue about how the two sisters are in the present day which only adds to their cuteness.

The story of the two sisters goes on a bit more as we see how they get involved in things and Latvia gets a little envious about the whole situation. For Russia, it just continues to be awkward in general with his sisters as he wants to do right by them but they damn well scare him a lot for a number of reasons. Similarly scary relationships can be found between Switzerland and Liechtenstein as we learn that Liechtenstein doesn't even do its own border inspections. That can cause a lot of trouble and you can understand why Switzerland doesn't want to keep doing it and tries to educate Liechtenstein about it, only to run into more problems doing it. The two have a very cute relationship in a way but you halfway feel like Switzerland wants to just pummel the hell out of her sometimes which adds a little more edge to it.

In Summary:
There's a lot of fun to be had with this batch of episodes but I missed having some of the main players being involved. Italy and Germany have very small roles, but I love watching Italy interact with everyone and always want to see more. The psychological warfare angle was dangerously cute and surprisingly risqué in a way, but the main fun I had here was watching Russia going through the issues he had with his sisters. It took up the bulk of time and was well done, though there are other bits of fun to be had as everyone else gets a little nod here and there. Hetalia certainly enjoys playing with its cast in various ways and this set of episodes is no exception.

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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