The early days of World War II are grounds for an ample amount of humor, Hetalia style.
What They Say:
Germany and Italy fail at sneaking around in the bushes. Later, after the Japan joins his Axis buddies on the beach, he's compelled to make a journal entry about Italy's peculiar habit of walking around without pants.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The partnership between Italy and Germany continues to be unusual but there's just such a good deal of fun about them. A small clip shows them watching outside of England's camp plotting what to do, but Germany can't really do anything since he has Italy with him and he knows that any plan will fail horribly with him around. Italy's not much help and in fact his time there with Germany has done nothing but draw attention to them by the English soldiers who wonder just what it is they're up to. Thankfully, even though the pair gets lost, Japan shows up to help out but is completely flummoxed by some of the more liberal European ways. Italy wearing just his jacket and nothing else makes for an uncomfortable Japan. And rightly so!
With this going back to the earlier days of World War II where Italy and Japan met for the first time, the opportunity for misunderstandings is grand. The group really is fun to watch since Italy so very much doesn't fit in with the other two. His light nature, inability to fight well and the desire to surrender easily is the opposite of the other two. The fact that he's always smiling while the others are either straight faced or grimacing makes him stand out all the more. So having him trying to get Japan to smile is an effort in futility. Of course, the fact that we do see him smile, sing and dance with Switzerland only makes it all the more bizarre. It may be a dream sequence but damn if it isn't a hundred percent hilarious to watch.
Hetalia has some fun in my favorite period of history with them, though I do want to see more of them in present day, but working through some early WW2 stories. Italy continues to be my favorite character of them all so having him feature so prominently in these makes it even more fun. The Chibitalia sequence didn't do all that much for me this time though as it ends the 36th episode, but the core of the two episodes worked great and left me smiling throughout. The Axis characters continue to have such a great relationship with each other that I can't help but grin and smile throughout all the troubles that they have.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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