It’s taken 48 episodes of blood, sweat and tears but finally we have witnessed the end of an era. Much like how people celebrated the fall of the Berlin Wall as the modern world maturing, I shall today celebrate the maturing of something else. For this is the last time we ever have to watch Chibitalia. Rejoice!
So in this episode we saw chibitalia finally grow up, hear his voice break and for his adopted father to realise that he was actually a boy. This (hopefully) marks the final appearance of chibitalia in this series. This will probably be the last time I’m going to get to talk about it. So instead of my usual joking about and pretending it doesn’t exist, I’m going to give my real opinion on those chibitalia segments.
Chibitalia started off way back in episode one as a cute side story about baby Italy sometime after the Rennaisance. The thing about chibitalia that made it different from the normal Hetalia segments was that it never tried to be funny. It’s only aim was to induce diabetes. Now that’s generally not a very good move anyway, but what it also did was take away the historical references behind its story very early on. It became no longer a parody of a historical tale and a story about the characters. Congratulations, you’ve now managed to get rid of the very two things that made Hetalia awesome. And then it dragged. Oh boy did it drag. The other short side stories, such as America’s storage cleaning or the Liechtenstein story, never overstayed their welcome…ok, actually they did but never to the extent that Chibitalia did. The sheer fact that it’s taken to episode 48 for this beast to finally end should give you an indication of how much it overstayed its welcome, especially when you consider it wasn’t that welcome in the first place.
tl;dr Chibitalia sux, thank god it’s over.
The rest of the episode was sort of meh. As great as it was to finally see Italy and Germany again, there wasn’t any ‘new’ stories started that directly parody historical incidents, which is what generally makes an episode of Hetalia hilarious. Unless Italian soldiers were genuinely afraid of putting helmets on in fear that they would get smaller. I’d find that impossible to believe until you remember that the Russian soldiers really did think that the snow was soft enough that they didn’t need parachutes. I mean, I know we have the glories of retrospect and wikipedia but they hardly believed that, did they?
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