Every time they talk about getting Japan angry, I keep wanting him to turn green and rage like the Hulk.
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When Romano hits the road for a few days, Spain's concern for the little guy makes him decide to follow along. Unfortunately, Spain bumps into a certain blonde someone who seems interested in Romano too.
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One aspect I like to the show is the various incarnations of Italy we have, with the Holy Roman Empire, Romano and Italy itself, all of which have very different personalities. I like the stories about 'grandpa' that Italy comes up with at times and some of the history pieces we've seen and Italy himself is one of my favorites, if not my favorite, whether he's in his normal pasta loving form or his chibi form. Romano is the one that feels a bit odd at times with how he acts and reacts to things, but there's a nice little nod here as to how he doesn't quite fit in with the other two. There are similarities across all three of them though, but it's easy to understand why Romano isn't sure he's really a part of this family at times.
One angle that I've enjoyed from the series is the way the 'weaker' countries are often portrayed in their relationships with the bigger ones. That crops up again here as Finland and Sweden have hit the open road in order to get away from Denmark because of how they're afraid of him. Finland's kind of meek in general but he's even more nervous when he realizes that Sweden isn't what he expected, especially with that deep serious voice and a scary look that leads to what you can easily imagine is many viewing as the start of the show hitting the yaoi circuit in the fanfics. And it works too, considering the nature of both of them and the depiction of how Sweden is. Sweden's gruff style is a lot of fun to watch as he gets out further into the world and meets others like Latvia where everyone is simply afraid of him because of appearance alone.
The Hetalia world hasn't done much with holidays but they do tackle Christmas this time around, which is really amusing since it starts out with Germany waking up to find Italy in his bed promising him a present. A present that's in his pants. Italy's nature is so positive that he can't see what's wrong with his present which makes it even more amusing since he's sincerely doing something he thinks is good. Germany's so put off by it that it's hard for him to cope with it all, especially when Italy gets all cute and sad looking. The show does a nice job of showing off some of the other countries as well with a party being put together that highlights a lot of the little quirks of each of the countries and how they are as people, especially with American's grand nature about things.
Hetalia: World Series has several good episodes here as it deals with some of the characters we haven't seen much of, such as Sweden and Finland, making both of them characters we want to see more of. Italy and Germany have some time showing off as well, especially with Italy promising Germany that he has a package for him in his pants. The other main countries get touched on as well, such as Greece and Japan continuing to try and Hulk out while America shows off just how big he can go with events and the like. There's a lot to like here but World Series continues to feel like it's lost some of its bite and is meandering a bit instead of having some of the good focus that it had in the first series.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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