Can much more be cuter than seeing England bringing flowers to Germany in an effort to be friends with him? Why yes, it's called Chibi Romano.
What They Say
England's ready to come out of his shell and make some friends. It turns out Japan's working on building some friendships, too. Unfortunately, Japan's boss might get in the way of a lasting relationship.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Hetalia's moving around the various points in time can make it for a fun show, though confusing if they aren't clear when certain things are taking place. This batch of episodes takes us back to 1902 when England was doing what he could to make some new friends and re-establish friendships elsewhere as he's concerned about how Germany and America are becoming more powerful. He does try to make friends with Germany first, but England is simply so tense and frantic at times that he's not able to approach people easily. When he visits Japan though, it's a bit different after the first introduction since Japan comes across as so calm and peaceful, which puts England at ease for a bit. Unfortunately, Japan has a boss who wants him to be friends with Russia instead and that goes to cutely complicate things.
Watching the two of them and the various back and forth that comes up is pretty amusing, especially when England starts teaching him some English. Japan's writings are a quick bit at the end of one episode, but there's a whole lot of hate in there for America from him which surprises England. Similarly amusing is when we see that Germany has been assigned to take care of Austria for awhile and bring him into his home. The orders, which Germany can't ignore, are even more priceless as it gives him the okay to beat him up. Such an assignment really gets to Italy though who doesn't want Austria to be annexed and has to watch Germany storm into Austria's place to do it. What's surprising to everyone is that Austria seems pretty cool with it, which is strange considering the fights that had gone on before involving Hungary.
The show spends some time in this arc dealing with Romano and Spain who are getting along pretty well while out on a walk with each other. Unfortunately, Romano gets pretty much abducted by Turkey who looks positively comical like this and certainly threatening to the child Romano. Little Romano in this form is so adorable and cute, especially with Turkey basically tormenting him and just holding him up with one hand. Spain's attempts to rescue him are even more amusing though as he has a bull go riding in to help out and he stands up strong to Turkey, who is actually pretty powerful at this stage of history. Spain comes across as pretty manly throughout this and it does a lot to elevate his position overall.
Hetalia has fun playing with a few different time periods this time around and working with some of the lesser used characters overall. A good chunk is given over to Spain and Romano which works out nicely, especially when we see Spain's wife getting all over him about helping out Romano and the cost of it. At the same time, I really enjoyed watching England trying to make friends and seeing the way Japan was learning English and what his first phrases were all about. While it's all decent fun, I have to admit I brightened up a bit more when Germany and Italy came into play with regards to Austria since I can't get enough of Italy and his way of life. This batch of episodes is good fun, though the scattershot nature of the stories keeps it from telling anything cohesive even as a secondary plot.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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