Posted by psgels on 3 February 2009 with categories: Hetalia: Axis Powers



Short Synopsis: Italy allies itself with Germany…
Episode Rating: 7,5/10 (Excellent)
I really hope that this doesn’t turn out into one really big mistake, but for now: why not? I’m going to blog this series. I’ve been looking for something light to blog since Bonen no Xamdou is about to finish, and this one can nicely fill up its slot. And besides, I’m feeling rather politically incorrect right now and the alternatives aren’t looking that pretty either. I’ve been considering to blog Kemono no Souja Erin, but episode four confirmed something that I’ve been suspecting all along: it’s simply a WMT-wannabe. It wants to create a dramatic climax in every single episode, and instead of letting events flow naturally, it throws in some random angry dragon or sickness for every single episode. I’d much rather wait for the real thing that airs in April.

Apart from Master of Epic, Hetalia is going to be the only pure comedy I’ve blogged, but it could be a lot of fun as long as it remains to be funny. Anyway, about this episode, it pretty much played on the uselessness of Italy in the first world war (which they indeed lost miserably ^^;). Seeing as Italy forms part of the series’ logo, “Hetalia” sounds awfully similar to “Italia” (Italy in katakana) and the voice actor of Italy sings the ED (which is horrible, by the way, the only bad part of this series so far), we’re going to see Italy’s incompetence back very often.

The third main character of this series seems to be Japan, which is a bit strange, since in World War I, Germany and Italy had an alliance with Austria-Hungary, while Japan sided with the Western European countries…

14 Responses

  1. kuromitsu says:

    “Hetalia” is, in fact, a combination of “hetare” and “Italy.” ^^;; I haven’t seen the anime yet (it’s so sad that I don’t have time even for such short episodes) but I love the manga and if the anime is anything like it then I’ll probably like it as well. I’ll probably watch all episodes when my country shows up (as a bonus, she’s going to be voiced by Neya Michiko, one of my favorite voice actresses).

  2. AlexS says:

    Although on the eve of WWI Italy had an alliance with Germany, at the start of the war they decided to side with the Allies (because of territorial conflicts with Austria). The battles involving Italy against Austria and Germany were quite fierce.

    It would have been good to provide some background on this anime, which seems quite random. I’m mildly aware that there is a genre of political anime (Obama-kun and Hillary-chan, for instance), but I wonder if they are subbed?

  3. AlexS says:

    Well, after seeing this episode, I think it’s so random it will be difficult to blog. Good luck to you.

    Also, I even saw Belgium in episode one, the Netherlands is really failing badly ^_^’

    In all fairness, they were quite nasty with Japan itself, so I guess it’s ok

  4. LOL! You haven’t posted impressios on episode one yet and now you posted episode 2 ahead xD haha!

    I’m glad you’re blogging this series. I knew that most of the series that I love are also ones that you blog xD Yaaay!!!

    about this episode, it pretty much played on the uselessness of Italy in the second world war
    ~ I think that episode was based on the first world war, not yet on the second ^^;

    The third main character of this series seems to be Italy
    ~ I think Italy’s the leading character (hence, his name in the title), while Germany and Japan are his fellow main characters. That’s why it’s Axis Powers Hetalia xD Hehe

    since in World War I, Germany and Italy had an alliance with Austria-Hungary, while Japan sided with the Western European countries…
    ~ I think they only showed a short part of WW1, to show how Germany and Italy met and became friends. When Japan shows up, it’s gonna be set in WW2. Most world war events in the manga were based on the second world war ^^;

  5. Lika says:

    Wow, I’m very surprised and happy that you chose to blog this! If you don’t mind, I could post here the author’s notes on the historical backgrounds behind each of the comic strips (or in this case, the episodes) for better understanding. (A lot of the jokes are much more funny once you know the actual history behind it)

  6. psgels psgels says:

    Sapphire Pyro: Ah, talk about typos. :P I fixed them now, thanks.

    Lika: Sure, go ahead. If it’s not too much trouble, it’ll be interesting to seethe author’s notes on the different kinds of comics.

  7. panaghoy88 says:

    In your monthly summary you gave this a low score. You even said that the producers got what they deserved because they are discriminating other countries. Well I watched the 2 episodes and didn’t see anything bad concerning the portrayal of other nations. It even had historical trivia. I’m glad you gave the series a chance.

  8. psgels psgels says:

    panaghoy88: in case you haven’t read the comments of that post: I was basically being sarcastic, poking fun at everyone who got offended by this series and caused it to get cancelled. ^^;

  9. Chris says:

    The ending theme has a kinda weird cute thing going on, this episode wasn’t all that except for the rolling on the floor going “ene” was hilarious and the chibi was pretty charming too.

  10. Denizen says:

    Instead of doing episodic reviews, why not write down your thoughts for each episode and then compile it together and review a bunch of episodes at once?

  11. windy says:

    How come you’re going to blog his series, I thought you hated it , it received 1,5. Well, as for me I don’t think I’m going to watch it, even if it’s short, my first impressions were that it’s a really bad show, not that the comedy is’t good , it’s just that I don’t like this kind, so why go through the pain?! I’d rather watch smthg really good .

  12. psgels psgels says:

    Denizen: Nice idea, I might do that if blogging each individual episode becomes too much.

    Windy: actually, I used sarcasm in the January summary I posted, I actually really like this show. I can understand why one wouldn’t like it, but getting to the point of signing a petition to cancel it is really getting too much.

  13. kairòs says:

    “Anyway, about this episode, it pretty much played on the uselessness of Italy in the first world war (which they indeed lost miserably ^^;)”

    Actually Italy won the WWI, and then lost the WWII

  14. psgels psgels says:

    kairos: okay, that’s the last time I’m going to quote Wikipedia for these entries. Thanks for those corrections.

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  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 10:25 PM)
    @Kaiser: EoE is one my favorite anime of all time. Once you ditch the superfluous religious imagery the rest makes sense. Human Instrumentaly succeeds, everyone turns to LCL then the conduit fails as some reject it and regain form. Deep in the fiction end of SciFi, but makes in-universe sense.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 10:17 PM)
    I don’t want a happy ending, what I want is something I can wrap my head around at least.
    I’d doubt it’d be as disturbing as end of evangelion though.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 10:16 PM)
    Now does it have problems? of course. I mentioned the most prominent ones and their causes in my first comment. Does its issues outweigh the entertainment value? depends on your personality. Keep in mind that there is no such a thing as a universally flawless creation. Every anime/manga/film/book has a community of haters; some sincere and some are just attention-seeking contrarians.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 10:10 PM)
    It wouldn’t have been that hard for the 3rd movie to tie a nice bow on the events of the 2nd film and acted as everything was fine, that would’ve certainly pleased the masses, but that also would’ve made it a monument to artistic compromise. If you want feel-good material you’re barking up the wrong tree. Like Ramsey says in Game of Thrones “If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention”.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 10:06 PM)
    I reserve judgment on the entirety of the Rebuild movies until I see the final one. That’s the one that will either elevate it or completely run it into the ground. there are few who seem to understand what they were going for in 3.0 since yeah it wasn’t nearly as satisfying as 2.0 with it’s action-packed finale and Shinji finally doing something and saving Rei, but Eva is not about satisfaction but failure and loss.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 10:01 PM)
    I’m actually really looking forward to the 4th film.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 09:59 PM)
    I’ll admit it now as a mature adult, I was ragging against Eva too much for getting into an argument with a friend years ago when I was a teenager about it and he understood better than I did and I felt thick and that he picked up on it more easily than I did. He’ll be laughing/gloating when I tell him I gave the franchise another chance through the movies, this is still a joke among my friends about me and the show.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 09:54 PM)
    I’m recalling my brother’s vie on Eva the series vs the reboot:
    That he feels “The films are entertaining but un-neccesary because you don’t fix a piece of work that isn’t broken”
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 09:53 PM)
    Now the characters are emotionally a bit blank because that’s what Anno wanted. To show the mental isolation of the protagonist they needed to keep him separated and tormented. Liking/hating this is a matter of taste. Now we also have Kaji, Fuyutsuki and others to move the plot and Mari for lightening up the mood, the latter which I also didn’t enjoy, but it didn’t really ruin anything.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 09:47 PM)
    Now was Eva bad or good is matter of opinion that is completely separate from it’s ‘relevance’. I believe it was fantastic for it’s time and slim budget. The parts that were actually animated were done real well. The style was so influential the biggest company in the game right now (including Ufotable) copy and allude to it.

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