Japan lecturing China on copyrights is worth the price of admission alone.
What They Say
Japan's electronic gadgets are really selling well, but he's falling behind in manufacturing. China seems to think he can help. Later, it becomes clear that Japan might be spending a little too much time with Italy!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Hetalia plays with the inter-country relationships pretty well in general and this batch of episodes starts off with the good bit of fun where China wants to get in on the manufacturing game by duplicating what Japan does so they all gain. That leads to a brief lecture that really does come down to a whole lot of blah blah blah to the ears of many. Italy's older brother is doing his best to get him ready for things that are happening and shows him the best ways to appear non-threatening, which isn't hard at all. Italy's starting to rub off on others though and seeing Germany realize that Japan may become useless because of this is very amusing. Japan calling out the key phrase of Pasta! is almost required viewing.
When the show dabbles more seriously in the past, it's both amusing and al ittle chilling as you wonder how things will play out in this form. Prussia's grudge against Austria is getting more pronounced and we see the royalty of Austria dealing with the situation as a carrier bird has brought the warning. The brief history lesson is definitely useful as it's done in a cute narrated way that sets the stage nicely as well, and explains away the tensions that everyone is feeling. There's a definite cowardice among many though about getting into this fight since they all have other things to do that are music related. The results of it, with Austria in uniform, faces off against everyone who pretty much look like they came with a pitchfork mentality.
Where things get really amusing is when Hungary enters the picture and decides that it's going to aid Austria in this fight with a fair bit of brutality to it, enough so to push away the alliance that came after Austria. Hungary fights so hard that it actually pretty much frightens Austria a lot which makes it easy to see them being a bit nervous about everything. Seeing Prussia's reactions to the loss is even better though as he does his best to convince himself that he actually won in the end. The power of self delusion is one of the greatest things people have.
Hetalia : World Series has a bit of fun with some of the newer characters such as Austria, Hungary and Prussia, but I miss the material we were getting before that involved the Axis characters the Allies dealing with them, especially Italy. Italy and Germany get their time in the sun here with Germany worried about how they interact, but it's not what I was hoping for overall. The show spends a fair bit of time hopping around different periods in time and settings, including a visit to Roswell which brings small silver aliens into the series. It's certainly amusing, but I'm not quite sure it's exactly what I was looking for out of this kind of series. On the plus side, the language the aliens use explain exactly why this is a TV-MA season.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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