I think I must have died and gone to heaven. After probably the best episode in the season, they go and top that by announcing a new season on ANN. Squee you Hetalia fangirls, I command you all to squee (and if you are like me and one of the few males who watch this show, you may roar in manly delight).
I’ll focus on the prospect of the new season later but for now lets celebrate the fact that Hetalia managed to clear up all my problems from the last episode in the space of 5 minutes. First of all, NO CHIBITALIA!!!!!!! It hope this isn’t a once off thing and they return to it in the nest episode because the difference it makes to have no chibitalia is immense. If you don’t agree, let me point out that it basically doubles the time spent on the main storyline, which is almost as good as a new season.
Not only that, but Deen explained a joke! The whole France, England scene was funny-ish but I was trying to guess what it was a reference to (my guess was the league of nations or the EU). Then Hetalia explained the historical fact, being something about France being so weak that it felt it needed to join with England. I have to admit I had no idea that had ever happened but once it was explained, suddenly the entire scene was so much funnier. I watch every episode twice (bar last weeks) and this scene is even better the second time round.
Ah, we’ve barely had any Axis laughs in the last few episodes and it was great to see them back in form, although I wish gg subbed what it said on Italy’s chest. Any guesses? I’m guessing ‘I surrender’, or possibly ‘I love Pasta’. Then to top it all off, we had Japan being funny for the first time since his introduction with his whole ‘that was my first time’ gag. Besides, anything is funnier when Italys dopey face in on screen.
The new season is apparently another 26 episode series, which is basically 6 normal episode lengths when you take into account the 5 minute per-episode. Looks like the Koreans can’t do anything about the wild popularity of Hetalia, although I’d dare say they would try. Maybe that’s why they are building those missiles. One problem the new season could have is simply trying to keep the jokes fresh. That’s what can happen in a comedy second season, it’s what happenned to School Rumble. The great thing about Hetalia is if things are getting stale, there’s always a new country they can introduce. Korea maybe?