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Hetalia Axis Powers episode 48

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 Now that’s generally not a very good move anyway, but what it also did was take away the historical references behind its story very early on.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?

Definately swine flu, considering it's England

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21 Comments

  1. Posted December 25, 2009 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    I guess it’s bad news for you that there’s extra strips of Chibitalia here and there.

    This wasn’t actually part of the linear Chibitalia storyline though. :Y

    I hope season 3 animates the Boss Spain strips (with Chibi Romano), you won’t die of diabetes though. They’re hilarious. Since it’s, erm, Romano. (I’m waiting for the day I see Romano Torpedo animated.)

  2. Scamp
    Posted December 25, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    @Kiseki

    ZOMG, FIRST HETALIA COMMENT ON CART DRIVER!!!

    *cough* anywho, if Deen start having chibitalia flashbacks then I might just strangle someone. Possibly myself

  3. luffyluffy
    Posted December 25, 2009 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    So, all Hetalia posts are over here from now on? Alright!

    … So, does anybody else not get the sex joke? The thing with Italy’s hand when Germany jumped up is supossed to be something dirty but I dont get it… XDD

    But Germany’s “WHAT THE HELL DO YOU WANT WITH ME?!” was awesome… Speaking of Ludwig.. am I the only one captivated with his voice? .. I started Kyouran Kazoku Nikki just because he voiced Teika the Lion… and Teika has his own ending… and I CANT STOP LISTENING TO IT. GERMANY COULD READ THE PHONEBOOK FOR ALL I CARE AND I’D STILL LISTEN TO EVERY MOMENT OF IT!!

  4. ksfwolfe
    Posted December 25, 2009 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    until I find out how to log in…no icon. ;_;

    Oh ho ho…first time commenting on your new blog! Thought you could be rid of me…hmmm…

    @luffyluffy: don’t worry; I could listen to Ludwig recite TV Guide and not get tired. :D

  5. ksfwolfe
    Posted December 25, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Hey! Look at that! Icon!

  6. ateos
    Posted December 25, 2009 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Hello again, felicidades por tu nuevo blog Y Feliz Navidad

  7. Scamp
    Posted December 25, 2009 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    @luffyluffy

    I sometimes watch anime just because someone is voiced by Noto, such as Emna Ai in Hell Girl. Oh, and I’ll also watch any english dub with Crispin Freeman (Hellsing = fucking awesome)

    @ksfwolfe

    Haha, I can finally see what your picture is of. I lol-ed

    @ateos

    Feliz Navidad!

  8. Humanity_Cat
    Posted December 25, 2009 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Eh, mine as well keep the old username, yes? ^ ^ I never figured out how to do an icon in the first place so I’ll leave that spot plain and naked.

    Ah, yes, I remember this strip…..Austria and Hungary are so cute together… you do have to wonder….how is it that they could have never noticed it…after all those years. I guess if Chibitalia didn’t come as a baby, they would have changed his diapers, but still…all those years.

    I really want to see the end of the whole Russia-Germany pact (can’t remember name), but they never got back to it…and considering that there are only….four episodes left, I don’t think there’s much hope for my wistful thinking. (Which means Russia probably won’t get his waterpipe until next season! T.T )

    The part about America and England was okay…nothing special compared to past episodes, though. I did like Death’s bone cracks whenever he nodded though. XD

    Also, what was up with Italy slapping Germany’s hand back and forth…? And if Germany’s so prim and proper, why did he just go and state the obvious? (‘What do you want?!’) Questions? I think so!

  9. Humanity_Cat
    Posted December 25, 2009 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Aw, it cuts off part of my name anyways…..:( So maybe I will change it. If you see posts by ‘Roshon’, that would be me.

  10. luffyluffy
    Posted December 26, 2009 at 2:50 am | Permalink

    I used to talk Steve Blum for a while… Then Yuri Lowenthal~ And Crispin….. if Hetalia gets dubbed and Crispin isnt Germany it’s automatic shit.

  11. gw_kimmy
    Posted December 26, 2009 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    chibitalia suddenly evolving into italy confused the hell out of me at first. i also hope this is the end to chibitalia, but it worries me that holy roman empire probably evolved into something else too and might come back XD

    i lol-ed at america’s reaction to england’s sickness. especially the part about england owing the US money. isnt england nearly dying a harkening back to that time in the war when england had almost nothing left and then the U.S stepped in? unless the version of history i was taught was severely skewed…-____- (entirely possible, sadly)

    i agree that germany’s voice is the greatest thing ever and that steve blum’s voice is gold to any anime dub. i cant find another dub voice that i like as much or better except MAYBE scott mcneil or kirby morrow…or brad swaile…or ted cole…or brian drummond D: *hopeless gundam wing fangirl*

  12. Posted December 26, 2009 at 9:13 am | Permalink
  13. Scamp
    Posted December 26, 2009 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    @Humanity_Cat

    To get a picture, type ‘Gravatar’ into google and follow the instructions. Your picture should then appear whenever you use your e-mail. As for the name change, if you hover your mouse over the name, the missing part of the name appears. But you can change it if you want anyway

    @gw_kimmy

    I actually generally don’t pay attention to VAs. There’s a bunch I’ll instantly recognise but very soon I’ll instantly forget who voices them as they become the character they’re voicing. Except Mamiko Noto. No matter who she voices, I’m all like ‘ZOMG, NOTOT!!!’

    @Kiseki

    Ah…that actually makes a lot of sense. I thought it was weird they were going to wait three months to air the next season. I guess this is a smart way of keeping momentum going. Thanks for the find

  14. blogger
    Posted December 26, 2009 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    I quite enjoyed Italy’s voice breaking and I loved the whole America/England interaction, especially the end ^_^
    I really didn’t get the Italy and Germany bit though, but although the helmet part was amusing, I would like to see some more Allied meetings…

  15. Humanity_Cat
    Posted December 26, 2009 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    ~Scamp
    Eh, if I ever get to it, I’ll take your word. It took my a few months to start downloading the longer animes I watch after you had posted how for me, haha.

    ~Kiseka
    Oh dang, well, I guess I’ll have to survive those cruel weeks.

    ~Blogger
    I would too….I feel like I haven’t seen China in forever. :(

  16. Scamp
    Posted December 26, 2009 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    @blogger

    With all the characters Hetalia has its no wonder characters can get ignored for long periods of time. What I’d wish for is that they would stop returning to the same gag again and again

    @Humanity_Cat

    Downloading anime is one of those hopelessly confusing things. Gravatar is one of those that are so easy you actually feel dissapointed by the end that it was as easy at it is

  17. Humanity_Cat
    Posted December 27, 2009 at 5:21 am | Permalink

    It’s pretty easy, but I would keep forgetting to do it..haha.

  18. kunikochan
    Posted January 11, 2010 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    I noticed in your super long post a while back that you noticed my not commenting. Well that made me feel special xD So I felt the desire to start commenting again (except now, I’ll MAKE time, Trig homework be DAMNED)

    This episode was actually an instant fav for most fangirls (including myself, although that might be because I’m a pretty hard-core USxUK fan >w>;;) because a) well, it was rather America/England no matter how you look at it and the fanbase for those two is quite large and b) Italy discovers he’s actually a boy. While in a dress. That’s it really xD We fangirls are simple creatures. But fangirlling aside, there wasn’t anything particularly special about this episode except fot the fact that now, FINALLY, the nightmare that was Chibitalia has come to a close. At last. I really hope to never see that again. It’s sad too, because the ONE THING Chibitalia was ment to do (induce diabetes) not only FAILED after 4 seconds, but it had the opposite effect and had me gagging and wondering why I was wasting time watching it. As much as I love Hetalia to pieces, Chibitalia was a HUGE mistake animation wise. Though I have to admit, I really, REALLY laughed whent they finally animated the ‘Italy instant puberty’ scene. That was awesome xD

    btw, totally off subject but is this now your permanent blogings spot for Hetalia?

  19. Scamp
    Posted January 11, 2010 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    @kunikochan

    When I saw the name on the ‘recent comments’ I was all like ‘kunikochan…why does that sound familiar’ until I saw the picture and I was all like ‘OH YEAH!’.

    Yeah, this is my permanent blogging home now for everything. I decided I wanted to fly solo from now on so welcome to The Cart Driver!

  20. kunikochan
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Heh heh, yep I’m back! Hopefully to stay this time too ^^

    Okay cool, then I shall start coming here :)

  21. Posted April 26, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    Late comment from a new reader here, asking a question because I’m genuinely curious; what is it that makes you hate the Chibitalia segments so much?

    I just really don’t understand the mentality. Countries, just like people, were young at some point. This is why things like Chibitalia episodes exist. There are also chapters that have mostly been unanimated involving Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, and Prussia as children. (At least one of those probably won’t be animated, either. Actually, any of the ones involving little Hungary will most likely go ignored because Studio DEEN really seems to hate her. At the very least, I can’t see them animating the strip where Prussia asks Hungary if she has a penis, and she claims she does, but even if she didn’t, it’d grow in eventually) Would those infuriate you, too? Or is it just Chibitalia and/or Holy Roman Empire that piss you off?

    You’ve said it’s because it’s not about historical references or humor. Fair enough, except that it is still referencing history, albeit not as directly as other segments. It’s more a vague sort of thing detailing how things were for countries that were controlled by the Hapsburg Empire. And yes, it is supposed to be cute moreso than funny. Most good comedy series have things like that, though. For example, Azumanga Daioh. Sakaki’s run-ins with cats weren’t so much funny as they were cute, particularly with Yamamaya. It’s there to balance things out; good comedy series typically have downtime. As for not being funny, there are other strips like that, though they haven’t been animated. For example, the first strip I ever read was the Bloody Sunday strip about a Russian rebellion, though that was obviously far more serious than Chibitalia. Again, though, balance.

    I understand the complaints, but I don’t understand the violent reaction. The episodes are 5 minutes, and there’s only one or two Chibitalia-only episodes, after all. Personally, I’m more irritated that DEEN can’t seem to tell a coherent story and they take longer arcs like this, America’s storage cleaning, or the stuff with Liechtenstein and tack bits and pieces of them onto the beginning or end of an episode here and there, rather than just do a couple episodes in a row entirely on the arc and be done with it. It’s jumpy and weird regardless of the subject matter. But that’s just me.

    In short, it doesn’t have to be your cup of tea, but I don’t get the “THIS IS AWFUL I WANT IT TO BE GONE FOREVER” level reaction here. It seems like overkill.

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