Right, with these episodes I’ve cleared my backlog and can get back to actually blogging this sporadically hilarious anime properly.
Not only was this episode incredibly cheap to produce, it was absolutely hilarious and marked Hetalia’s return to form. There are several times while watching Hetalia that I think ‘if I was to recommend Hetalia to someone, this is what I’d show them’. Other examples would be Germany’s shopping trip and the episode that spent the entire thing making fun of France. While it’s true that a lot of these jokes have been done before, I can’t think of any TV show that’s done them as well as Hetalia does, albeit inconsistently. Umm…not much more to say about this episode. Why does China fight with a wok anyway?
This episode was great for so many reasons. First of all, it was the first time I’ve seen China actually being funny! Chinese folks running into Europe and America to build Chinatowns and overcharge foreigners, such as racist stereotype and yet so true. Plus, any of those training scenes with Italy and Germany make me laugh, and it immortalised the line ‘the English are coming!!!’ in my Hetalia viewing. Finally, Canada. Just hilarious. This anime keeps jumping between the downright brilliant to the just-plain-dull. If it just had more consistency it would be one of the all-time comedy anime greats.
The grenade gag is one of the oldest tricks in the world. I’d say it was invented before the grenade itself was. And yet I still laughed…I’m so easily amused. Anywho, what this episode did was finish off the America’s storage cleaning thingy and amazingly enough, it was actually quite good. Not funny, but quite touching for Hetalia. Now if they had just kept it to one or two episodes then it would’ve worked far better. Right, and with that I’ve caught up with the releases. I’ll be back to one-episode per week, and this will probably continue on all year since the second season is starts as soon as this one finishes. Which is a shorter wait than the Eden movies anyway…