Spending most of its time in the past, Hetalia shows us some of the longer held relationships and how Poland is handling this whole World War II thing.
What They Say
During a tender moment of reflection, Liechtenstein recalls the heartbreaking circumstances surrounding her first meeting with Switzerland: a boy who would become like a brother to her.
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First meetings between countries/characters are always interesting and we get another rof those as Liechtenstein thinks back to when she met her big brother, Switzerland. It came at a time when Liechtenstein was almost ending as a country because of the depression, but the equally poor Switzerland helped her out as he couldn't leave her in such a state, giving her food and shelter that he barely had himself. Liechtenstein wasn't aware of this at first but she adored him for what he did to help her, something that only increased afterwards. The small episode, which is kept rather quiet and subdued, does a nice job of showing how some of them look after each other, especially a tiny country like Liechtenstein which at the time after World War I had barely 10,000 people to its name.
When the show shift backs to the World War II era, welcome after the recent excursions, it brings us back to many of the regulars, including an amusing opening where Italy's about to get run over by a tank and Germany panics pretty severely. What that shifts into is showing the long history between France and England and some of their more egregious issues, including the time spent back in the 11th century where France's style of long hair was considered the in thing to have. England's attempts to gain long hair isn't easy considering the religious side that's after him, but his hard work has some payoff but not in the way he had hoped. It's so adorable watching France help England with his hair, combing and treating it so that it looks good. The two have their rivalries, but when they work together it's very, very cute.
Watching France and England working together toward the start of World War II is just as amusing as they're trying to set up an alliance with Poland who just doesn't get that there's trouble brewing because of Germany. The situation is so frustrating that it actually pushes France to tears since he can't get the importance of it across to Poland. The fact that Poland is all excited about a new pony when you consider what's going on just has you reacting like England and France do. And England has another really bad reaction when he leaves America at one point when it was young only to discover that he's growing at a rate far faster than expected, especially now that America towers over England.
The relationships between the characters are what sells the show since they're just so amusing. Whether it's Italy sucking up to Germany or just being annoying to him or watching how America and England or France and England deal with each other, there's always something snarky enough to make it perfect. When you see England down for the count with death standing over him, it's no surprise to see America there trying to get a little more out of him before it's too late. Or that he uses such weirdly creepy yet amusing methods to revive England. For me, it always comes back down to watching how Italy handles everything in life and getting at least a few snippets of him in this batch makes it all good, but even better because of all the England material.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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