So there was me on episode 51, acting as though that was the start of the third season of Hetalia. What with all the changes and breaks and breakdown in communication and total lack of subs, can you blame me for being confused at what bloody season we were on anyway. But no, as the title will tell you, we have finally begun the proper second season of Hetalia. With a brand new name, but not, unfortunately, a brand new ending song. I kinda wanted something new for each character to sing. Hetalia World Series begins~!
And we finally get to see the Chuck Norris of Hetalia! I actually did some preparation before coming into this episode by reading the Prussia entry on Wikipedia and by lord was it dull. I got about 2 paragraphs down before I glazed over and skimmed through most of the rest. I was totally failing to see any really interesting fact about the countries history that would make for an interesting Hetalia character (it’s kinda sad how I now look at history in terms of how it would work as a Hetalia sketch). That is, until I came to Otto Von Bismark and his grand plans. Only then did I see the aloof, ‘I am so mighty’ attitude that Prussia is apparently meant to have. And yes, I lol’d. Lets hope he gets his way with the anime staff (that came out wrong) and he gets some more screentime this season. Then again, the only screentime he got last season was him randomly leaping out of a bush, so we’ve already topped that.
Mind you, the rest of the episode was even funnier. America’s competitive streak against poor old Canada, who can’t beat America in any sport unless they cover the playing field in ice and snow first. Probably even funnier was Germany and Romano. I love the way Germany casually deconstructs the racist remarks of Romano by pointing out that most Northern Italians have German blood in them anyway…damn you Hetalia! Now I can’t say lines like that without getting weird images in my head!
One day I will get sick of Hetalia. With a new season just started I found myself wondering whether it’s really worth keeping with this for another season. Shouldn’t I just leave it while it still has it’s originality intact and it’s jokes are still fresh? Turns out no, Hetalia still has the capability to make me laugh out loud with frightening (in)consistency that most anime comedies could only dream of. And long may it continue. As long as this cheaply produced series keeps reeling in the cash for Deen, they will continue to pump it out. As long as there’s still strips to animate (and I gather there’s still plenty left out there) then keep on chugging these out. And to rake in the money they’ve made a movie, which there was an advert for at the end of the episode. And it included this scene.