Oh my god, can it be? Is this Scamp actually on-time with a Hetalia episodic? Is he finally watching the episode on the same date as the rest of the world? Yay~!
inb4 someone points out that the raw was out two days ago and everyone else saw it yesterday.
1: Jokes that were never funny but they insist on repeating
2: Jokes that I understand but aren’t funny
3: Something I haven’t a clue what the reference to it is and isn’t particularly funny
4: Joke that was funny when it was first referenced but has been overused
5: A scene that isn’t trying to be funny but kinda works in a cute way
6: Scene I have no idea what’s going on but it’s funny anyway
7: Smart historical reference that makes me grin
8: Fantastic references to culture that make me lol hard
Cultural reference are generally funnier than historical ones I’ve noticed, although cultural references rarely work in non-serious terms, where as historical references can work without being funny. For example, in this episode we had a selection of five gags. China pirating Japanese products falls into category 7. Romano and Italy running away is a 4, as is England’s horrible cooking (they should have done a scene of England being captured but refusing to leave when American saves him because he likes the food so much. Then again, how on earth would England be captured by the Italian brothers?). The scene at the end of the episode with Japan glaring at China is a 3, while China and the Hello Kitty doll is a 2.
This was a perfect 8 though. I knew what was coming when Japan went on holiday with Italy (I think someone mentioned this scene in the comments) but seeing Japan wave his hands in the air yelling ‘pasta~!’ was too much for me to handle. But best of all was the Germans are Germans everywhere, because it’s so bloody true! Tourist jokes in Hetalia always seem to get me.
An episode requires at least a 7 to not be a dull episode, unless the entire episode is made up of something from tier 5. A 6 doesn’t make the episode but when added onto a 7 they work off each other to keep me in a good mood. 1 piss me off for obvious reasons but 2’s are annoying because they’re scenes that could have been funny but were done poorly. But so long as we have an 8 tier gag in the episode then it’s automatically a successful episode. At 5 minute episodes I’m just looking for a quick laugh and Hetalia delivers it quite regularly. Honestly, my day improves just that little bit by watching Hetalia. And then I come here and spend 6 times longer writing about the thing. One has to wonder why I do this…