Hetalia Axis Powers – America and Friends

No sign of Axis Powers trio in this ep, as the focus shifts to America and his allies this time around.

The episode starts off with America deciding on each countries’ roles during the upcoming war, with America simply deciding that everyone’s on support and that he’s the hero – much to the dismay of everyone else, sans the constantly smiling Russia.

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A true hero!

Britain then argues with America on the latter’s lust for leadership, as the former tries to rub it in at how they helped America to be an independent nation. America on the other hand is just disgusted with the scones that Britain gave to him once.

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Guess he loves burgers more.

France tries to break up the fight and wants to let the meeting take place, while telling them to change their currenly uncool clothes with a rather uncool pose.

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France with the flashiness.

China gets into the mix and tries to decide on how the spoils should be split between each country.

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China takes over everything!

And resulted in a prompt response from America.

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JUDO CHOP!

Later on, Britain decides to choose Japan as their first target, with America trying to look for Japan on the map…which only has America in it.

Chibiatlia gave us another moment between Italy and the Holy Roman Empire, this time where Italy helps the HRE on how to draw. As usual, the HRE leaves embarrassingly during when Italy helps him out in handling the paintbrush.

The segment after the credits tells us a bit more on why Russia is rather calm and would rather be an observer of everything that goes wrong with the allies’ meetings. He then tells France at how he’ll probably won’t see everyone again…as he is anxious to see everyone beg for their lives.

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Be weary of the silent, smiling types. Always.

Hetalia Axis Powers – Get on the Phone!

Because Italy's in trouble for almost all of this episode.

Because Italy's in trouble for almost all of this episode.

Basically, yet another one-joke episode, which features Italy getting captured by the trio of America, Britain and France and calls Germany to aid him.

The first time around, America and co. try to let Italy spill the beans by making him do some chores (since Italy giving in so easily sounded so boring) but unfortunately, he failed at that. Britain sends a letter to Germany about the hostage situation, but tells them to provide good meals, soccer and women for Italy instead – which forces them to send Italy back to Germany via a package.

...Does this package say what I think it says?

...Does this package say what I think it says?

Second time around, France manages to capture Italy and sends him to the doghouse, literally. Britain then provides him some sort of food, which Italy detests and leads him to crying on how he’d rather eat potatoes. After which, he’s sent again via the same package.

Good boy.

Good boy.

3rd time around, Italy calls in to ask for help tying his shoe in North Africe, where England is also staying. It then turns out to be a trap, as England successfully captures Germany. Germany refuses to talk, as Italy is held and gunpoint and is scared for life, while eventually admitting to some rather disturbing private stuff regarding Germany, including his love for bondage and having “strange magazines and DVDs” (which weren’t even invented at the time!)

Chibitalia shows us some of Italy’s gluttony, in the fact that he’s still hungry even after a staff meal. This lets a passing by Britain feel sorry for him and gave Italy his meal. Which he hardly liked that much.

Fission Mailed.

Fission Mailed.

Austria then sent Italy into a holding cell for apparently stealing the food, whereas Britan takes pity towards him and tries provides him yet another, but that scary gaze isn’t really helping much.

Our last telephone related joke comes from Italy attempting to call Japan for help, with the latter just cooly replying that he’ll take the necessary action to do so.

Hetalia Axis Powers – Romano’s Day Out

Another pointless and somewhat funny episode of Hetalia this week. This could easily be split into two parts, but it’s mainly more or less the introduction of Italy’s bigger brother, Romano.

But before that, we get back to America and his allies, trying to work out a plan to defeat the Axis Powers trio. Unfortunately, nobody’s been able to understand what the plan is.

Since he's busy stuffing his face with burgers.

Since he's busy stuffing his face with burgers.

And then with lots of cola.

And then with lots of cola.

Italy introduces to Germany his brother Romano. He doesn’t seem to be as silly or easy-going as his brother, but the complete opposite. Angry at Germany tricking his brother into becoming his ally and letting him love Wurst more than he likes Pasta, his reign of raging terror comes to an end when a spying France pops out of a nearby manhole. Apparently France was planning a surprise attack on Germany, but it looks like it got foiled.

Better luck next time, France.

Better luck next time, France.

Romano tries yet again to taunt Germany by ‘giving’ him a fake mustache. Unfortunately, he’s too busy imagning the thought of giving him such a silly mustache that he wore it himself. Not quite funny of a scene, really. Romano gets embarassed and his brother comforts him by praising Germany’s good qualities, but doesn’t do it to his brother, much to the latter’s dissapointment.

It ends with another segment of Chibitalia, which is mostly about Chibi Italy helping out around one of the allies homes and gains another person fear (probably) aside from Austria.

Hetalia Axis Powers – Austria Cantabile

When we first expected it’d be an intro for the other countries in the 4koma series, we instead get an episode starring Austria.

First, we get to know of Austria’s discontent of Italy allying with Germany, to the point of actually getting mad.

And how does he get mad?

By playing the piano.

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Look at that rage!

After that, we get a little cutscene featuring the axis powers trio near the campfire again, with Japan trying his newfound delicacy – graham crackers and marshmallows. It’s so successful, that the spying group consisting of America and the rest of the countries want to try that too.

Next, Chibitalia, with more on Austria’s abuse of little Italy. Of course, the abuse stops when the little guy gets impressed by Austria’s piano skills.

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Despite the abuse, little Italy still recognizes talent.

We move into yet another scene featuring Austria, this time complaining to Germany how he shouldn’t throw his underwear when it’s still wearable. Now we get to see the fellow’s tailoring skills, with the results hardly impressing Germany.

Finally, the Axis Powers have a minor discussion, again related to Austria’s whereabouts. Turns out he’s been there all along, playing the piano on top the ocean.

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Don't tell me how the piano managed to float.

Keep on playing, Austria. Keep on playing.

Hetalia Axis Powers – Pasta, Pasts and more Pasta.

As we seen in the last episode, our heroes Italy, Germany and Japan went on some southern island. While at first, you’d think it’d be a decent vacation for all 3…

..This SOS message says otherwise.

..This SOS message says otherwise.

In a jarring change of pace, however, we then get to see Italy’s preperations to be Germany’s ally.

Which was a baggage of food. With lots of pasta, of course.

Which was a baggage of food. With lots of pasta, of course.

As for Italy’s weapon of choice?

A surrender flag. Apparently, works great with girls.

A surrender flag. Apparently, works great with girls.

Well, at least he’s got a backup weapon.

...I don't think Machiavelli's any better, though.

...I don't think Machiavelli's any better, though.

We go back to the island as Germany and Japan notice Italy’s “chart for understanding the world’s relations” via a number of chibi heads. A few moments later, we witness another form of Italy’s creative talents.

A pasta sandcastle. The guy sure loves his pasta, doesn't he?

A pasta sandcastle. The guy sure loves his pasta, doesn't he?

Yet another change of pace as we head into the regular Chibitalia segment, where we have an earlier look at chibi Italy’s creative prowess.

He was born to draw, I tell ya.

He was born to draw, I tell ya.

In the last scene, Japan suggests a team name for our trio – Suujiku, which means “tying our houses together, as the world revolves around us”. The rest of the teammates approve, with Italy’s vision of the term being rather imaginative.

He's sure happy being the center of the world's attention.

He's sure happy being the center of the world's attention.

Seems like the next episode will introduce the rest of the countries, wonder how weird/funny they’ll be.

Hetalia Axis Powers – Meet Japan

Episode 4 is more or less an introduction episode – and this one features one of Germany (and at the same time, Italy, considering how he’s still hanging around Germany)’s allies – Japan.

After a brief introduction, we get to see how Japan proves it’s worth as an ally by providing the construction of U-boats to aid them during the way. They can’t pull off the real deal, but…

..he does offer them a limited time only mini boat collection!

..he does offer them a limited time only mini boat collection!

But that’s not all! The little boats can then transform into a massive robot that can probably do some generically cool massive robot type stuff.

Japan continues to impress.

Japan continues to impress.

After a somewhat disturbing onsen scene, we get into the Chibitalia segment of the show – which more or less features an emo Spain and the start of the Italian Wars.

Austria's sure got that little guy good.

Austria's sure got that little guy good.

The episode later on ends with Germany overlooking Japan’s calm characteristics and Italy’s constant blaring of the wotd “pasta” – and will seem to continue into next week’s episode, as it becomes apparent that the trio are stuck in some kind of southern island.

Hetalia Axis Powers – The start of a beautiful friendship. Or maybe not.

He looks pretty baffled.

He looks pretty baffled.

And he’s got every right to be, considering how hilariously stereotypical Italy’s song dedicated to him is.

This week’s episodes builds up the relationship between Italy and Germany as allies. Mainly by having the ever so cheery Italy aiding Germany’s predicament (or rather his own, seeing as to how he and his family are poor) of building cuckoo clocks for France. The reason? Because France apparently threw all the blame towards Germany for the mess that is WW1.

Time passes on and WW2 arrives. Germany seems to have the advantage of attacking France and almost taking over Paris, that is, until Italy pops up again and asks for both countries to be allies.

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Quite the cheery fellow, that Italy.

After much reluctance, Germany agreed – but in the end, that just made his stomach ache worse than before, thanks to Italy’s pasta spam.

Hetalia Axis Powers – Italy getting pushed around

So in this week’s episode of Hetalia we learn that Italy (aka what was in the mysterious tomato box) at the time of World War 1 was pretty weak. I suppose that’s where the title of the show came from. He’s so weak, that even when Germany wants to let him escape, he just goes off to talk to some women and comes back into his cell.

Just a silly boy who likes pasta, eh?

Just a silly boy who likes pasta, eh?

Apparently also a proof of it’s weakness – and despite it’s developing culture – it gets kicked around by the rest of it’s neighbors.

They didn't call it the boot-shaped country for no reason.

The boot-shaped country gets booted around.

Hetalia Axis Powers – As short as Chibi Italy.

Pastaaaaaaaaaa

Pastaaaaaaaaaa

If there’s one flaw that Hetalia Axis Powers has then it’s not the stereotyping of most of the world’s nations, but how incredibly short the episode is. I mean in the 1st episode, we’ve barely got a quick introduction to most of the characters with a line or so of dialogue, with the exception of the ditzy America (with voice actor Katsuyuki Konishi speaking REALLY fast) and incredibly serious Germany, a to-be-continued scene featuring Germany discovering a box of tomatoes during World War 1 and a cute little scene about Italy’s childhood – then pop, it’s the ED theme. You also get to know a bit of history on the way too, so free education alongside entertainment. Yeah. But aside from the airing duration and transitions between each part, it was decent in general.

I don’t think it might be hard to follow this one, unless the online streaming will somehow get stopped with all the controversy going on recently.