Nothing spells fun and trouble like England being stuck in an Italian prison with Germany watching over him.
What They Say:
When China returns from his trip around the world, he's excited to show off all of the cute animals he collected during the journey. Speaking of cute, how adorable is it that kitty Austria doesn't want to get his paws dirty?!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Hetalia hasn't spent too much time with China this season so getting him for a bit is definitely fun, especially as it's during the period of discovery for them as they're getting all around the world. China's explorations, on 'unnecessarily huge vessels,' is amusing since they get around a lot and see a lot of sights. But they also bring back a lot of animals for the country to see and delight over, including a giraffe which seems to be a particular favorite. And understandably so since there's really nothing else like it out there. It's cute to see how China is about all of it and then to have that particular episode capped off with another Nekotalia piece where the relationship between Germany and Austria is simply too adorable. Germany is frustrated in just about every form it seems.
One of my favorite characters continues to be Sealand simply because of how it was created and the whole history of it, which this show got me to look at more. The character here is in a way far pushier and more annoying than most any other since he wants to be liked but hasn't a clue how to really do it. He's pretty out there with it and you can see how much he frustrates everyone else which explains why they ignore him. Italy is still my all time favorite though and these episodes have fun with him. Particularly when he ends up capturing England by accident and puts him in prison. There's a whole raft of jokes in there about Italian prisons based on what we know of Italy and England certainly makes the most of it. Italy and his older brother are just far too much fun to watch as they cope with this situation.
The whole prison bit is done well over a couple of episodes here as it does show him getting out and has a good bit of fun with the spy whose there to help him along afterwards. The way he works to fit in with everyone in Italy is amusing since he's delusional about these things but he still uses his skills to help out England. And surprisingly, even after England notes that the British ways don't work well in Italy, he still goes along with it and can't realize just how obvious he's really being to someone like Germany. The way these two play off of each other continues to be one of the best parts of Hetalia.
The return to focusing on some of the main players of the series is definitely welcome here and that it covers more than just one episode. England's problems in the Italian prison are priceless and his attempts at escape and blending in have the right amount of laughs and silliness combined with some mild snark. The look at Italian lifestyle from Germany's perspective is only a little more biting at times and England makes really good use of it. While I would have liked to have see Italy a bit more involved, showing off Germany and England here makes it all work very well and kept it fun and moving well. You have to feel sorry for both Germany and England as they go through all of this.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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