Can America convince Japan to give them most-favored-nation status and a host of other requests?
What They Say:
America's still looking to befriend a whale, but his self-centered abrasiveness is really starting to get to Japan. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the obnoxious Westerner is leaving the East anytime soon.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The early adventures of America meeting Japan and working with him to deal with whaling requests is pretty amusing, especially as America is so enthused about the world and wants to show much of it to Japan. He's just as outgoing as he is in the present and has plenty of attitude and confidence, but isn't quite like he is in the present day. Japan just wants to be done with it though and hopes that they'll go home so they can get back to doing what it is they do without anyone watching. America's pretty straightforward though with what he wants and his list of requests ends up being read as more of a list of demands that must be met or the scary Americans will butcher them all.
Of course, America is still pretty young here so having him playing with a white whale is rather adorable even as England catches him doing so. Even the whale is warmed by the moment as the two try their best to become friends again, but America is above all else a bit of a childish jerk so he goes in an expected direction there, which means that England can only laugh about it. America hasn't changed much overall though as we see a present day scene as well with America and Japan together in the Tokyo Tower where he's jumping and skipping over the most basic of things, which just embarrasses the heck out of Japan. The two certainly have an awkward relationship over the years but it's one that continues to be a lot of fun to watch.
Spending some time with familiar countries in the World Series season of the series has been rather welcome. I like the other countries but for the most part they tend to lack a certain resonance that the main ones did from the Axis Powers series. There's things to like and certain gags work well, but World Series has been weaker because of the lack of a central storytelling focus, such as the World War II angle that we had in the previous seasons. This episode has some good stuff that shows off the relationship between Japan and America in the early days and certainly has some very cute moments involving a whale and showing just how little America has grown up over the decades. Plenty of smiles to be had here and some good laughs at that as well.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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