Or you could call it Hetalia Axis Powers Season 2 episode 1 if you wish. That line is only there for people who decided to google the Season 2 option. From now on it’s just going to follow the numbering from last season. Heck I really don’t see why any place is classing this as a season 2. They didn’t even change the name of the anime so therefore it isn’t a second season. There, end of discussion.
Now lets get down to our good old weekly history lessons.
With no mention of the fact that this was a second season, this episode still felt slightly like it was returning to the basic Hetalia formula as a sort of re-introduction to the series in case that week long wait meant we had forgotten what this anime was about. Yup, we were back to Italy being absolutely hopeless at everything he does and this time with some historical reasoning to it. Italy sucked miserably during it’s desert campaign during WWII and actually lost battle to armies with no freaking gunpowder! And yes, Germany had to help him out on so many occasions when different countries attacked him, such as sending Rommel into Africa to help him. As for the Bulgaria gag, I think it was pretty obvious what was going on there.
And what a start to this season (not that this is a new season or anything), I absolutely loved this episode! It stuck to the basic Hetalia formula that made me start watching this series, back to focusing on what the title actually means. BTW if you still don’t know what the title means then you have some serious levelling up to do. It played on the relationship between Germany and Italy again, something that has been building up steadily over the course of the series. In many ways it’s better done than America/England relationship because at no times has it felt like the creators had to force the relationship to make it work. Germany/Italy is the basic straight man vs. wacky character. The tsundere and the idiot, like Nodame Cantabile or this seasons Sora no Manimani. I mean, who didn’t go ‘awwww’ at Germany’s “he’s my only friend”.
Plus there’s a new ending song sung by Germany, who is quite obviously less musically talented than Italy. I doubt they will use this same closing song for the rest of the series. Apparently every character has different character songs so my guess is they’ll use a different one every episode, or maybe spread them out over the rest of the series. Personally i can’t wait for Russia’s version, which will undoubtedly involve the massacring of kitten. Hey stop grinning! As Germany would say, this is all serious business to me!