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Hetalia World Series episode 9

Total random thought to start off this post: You know the Italian national anthem? The one that takes about 30 seconds before you’re able to actually sing anything (as someone who follows both international football and rugby, I get quite used to hearing their national anthem). Well in my head I used to sing the entire anthem repeating the word ‘Italia’ over and over again. Now though, I find myself repeating ‘hetalia’. So not only is Hetalia warping my knowledge of history, it’s warped the lyrics of national anthems! Not that I exactly sung it correctly in the first place.

When I saw Italy pull up in the car, a little part of me squealed in joy. Oh please, please, please make a reference to the driving habits of the Italians. And they did and I lol’d, but what made the whole scene even better was Japan’s reaction of making the safest cars. I seriously doubt that some Japanese engineer on a trip to Italy decided to create those ultra-safe Toyota cars based off batshit insane Italian driving, but I would love it if that was actually the case. The Italians truly are the most insane drivers I have ever seen though. To give you and example, let me share with you a story (I seem to spend more time in my Hetalia posts telling stories than commenting on the episode. Oh well~)

So a friend of my parents was in Italy, on her way to the shop or something. Then, from out of a side-street, a car reversing at it’s top speed ploughed straight into a parked car, quite badly damaging both the reversing car and the parked car. The guy in the reversing car then got out, yelled at the parked car for about 30 seconds, then got back in his car and drove off.

So yah, those wacky Italian drivers. Also, for some other advice, do not, under any circumstance, enter a roundabout with other Italian drivers. There is no protocol inside a large roundabout and it becomes every car for himself.

I’m a bit meh about the rest of the episode though. Rome and Germania (who is basically Germany except apparently replacing y with ia means your hair grows and you start wearing a toga) aren’t exactly the most exciting of duos. Chibiromano is still as badass as last time but I still have no idea what the history behind the whole situation is so a lot of the humour is lost on me. Still, he did decide to piss in Spain’s house. That’s the sign of a true man. One who is not bothered where the hell he does his business. I’d give you a brofist Chibiromano but you probably haven’t washed your hands.

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29 Comments

  1. luffyluffy
    Posted May 30, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Scamp, I just want to let you know, that I think your reviews make me laugh more than the episodes sometimes. Never change <3

    • Scamp
      Posted May 31, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

      I will change: I’ll get even better!

  2. heyheyho
    Posted May 30, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    “Romano” and “badass” in the SAME SENTENCE?

    • Scamp
      Posted May 31, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

      It’s now considered badass to be a slacker doncha know

  3. Posted May 31, 2010 at 4:51 am | Permalink

    i dont remember encountering any insane drivers in italy, but maybe i was just lucky. in peru, though, there are no such things as lanes…or traffic lights…or pedestrian laws, even though they’re there. im glad i survived that.

    and yeah, i lol’d at japan vowing to make safer cars. it must be ironic now considering the whole toyota fiasco.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 31, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

      I know, the Toyota thing added that extra layer of irony into the whole sketch. Maybe the Italian influence was finally seeping into him?

  4. Elysium
    Posted May 31, 2010 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    I laughed a lot during this episode. Japan, you should go to a rock concert… you’ll make a great headbanger. XD

    And I’d brofist Chibimano, even if he has dirty hands.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 31, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

      I was afraid his head would snap off the way it was flying around like that

  5. spesh
    Posted May 31, 2010 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    Hey scamp, love your work.
    Being half irish I’m looking forward to when Ireland finally shows up. I just wanted to know whether you had any opinions about what you would or wouldn’t like to see in an Ireland character. Also, would you have a problem with seeing parts of Ireland’s history hetalia-fied (say, in a ‘lol England is so funny’ way).
    Apologies for this comment having nothing to do with the episode but I always wanted to ask!

    • Scamp
      Posted May 31, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

      Yay, a new commenter! I love getting these~

      Being the totally un-politically correct person I am, there’s very little I would have a problem as to how they portrayed Ireland. I mean yes, if they said something like ‘ha ha Omagh Bombings’ then I’d be pretty pissed, but if Hetalia was that kind of show I wouldn’t be watching it.

      As for what Ireland would probably look like? Eh, I guess we’re famous for being a nation of inept drunkards. Honestly, considering we were rebelling for a few hundred years against British occupiers, it took us a hell of a long time to get anyone who knew what they were doing to muster together any sort of decent resistance. You know, there was one time in Irish history where a bunch of rebels gathered together to storm a castle, only to realise nobody had brought a ladder? Yup, we were pretty pathetic at rebelling

  6. Scheniziel Lackward
    Posted May 31, 2010 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    lol, i never knew italian drivers are like that, XD
    love your review, it’s funny~

    i just realize after you say it, chibiromano hasn’t wash his hands after pee, lol.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 31, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

      It varys from country to country in Europe. Germans are all driving on the uber-safe autobahns but the French are a bunch of loonies on the road.

      • Vinnie
        Posted June 1, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

        Speaking of that… the scariest experience of my life was not going on the SAW ride or going on 13 at Alton Towers.

        I was actually an exchange student in France, and my student had gone to school for the day. Her dad was the only one in the house, and he saw I was a bit bored, so he took me to the supermarket. The terrifying part? He had a moped with barely enough room for him, let alone someone on the back. He made me hang onto this little bar on the pillion as we drove at incredible speed down the autoroute… without helmets. To this day, I’m terrified to even think of being on a moped in France.

        Also, you know some parts of Paris are like black holes when it comes to insurance? No company will insure you, unless you pay a HELL of a lot of money to them.

        Oh France. ;w;

      • luffyluffy
        Posted June 4, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

        I love France. <3

  7. Apollo Pompano
    Posted May 31, 2010 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    THIS.

    Yes. I laughed at how calm italy was when he was speeding between cars. And poor Japan.

    Also, I noticed that the episodes are getting subbed at lightning speed nowadays. I mean, 10 is already up as of a few hours ago. (But that new ending. Hm.)

    Your reviews always seem to make my day. Keep up with them!

    • Scamp
      Posted May 31, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

      Woah, 4 people saying my review was awesome? I must have done something right this week.

      It took me forever to even notice this episode was subbed. The DDL site I go to didn’t list it. Oh, to be able to torrent again~

      • Apollo Pompano
        Posted June 1, 2010 at 2:01 am | Permalink

        Yeah, the episodes seem to be following the usual monday release, but instead of the subs taking 2 extra days to get to us, they’re appearing a few hours afterwards.

    • Vinnie
      Posted June 1, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

      If you go on the LJ comm, someone called Spaceinvaderdud does them like… within a few hours after the raw is released. You can direct download them from there? ^^

  8. Soka
    Posted May 31, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    lol, I also encountered the most insane drivers in Italy. i was only a week, and I witnessed a guy going backwards a full street, a car accident in front of Victor Manuel’s ridiculous monument (I think it was my friend’s fault, because she’s hot, was preparing to cross, and the motorbike guy looked at her and crashed into the old guy, which is all also very Italian, now that I think about itXD). I also witnessed a guy falling asleep in the traffic-jam on our way to the airportXD

    As for Chibiromano and Spain…Romano personifies the south of Italy, which was under Spanish rule from the 1500s till the 1800s. We influenced the region so much that the Italian dialects there are understandable to us Spanish without a problem, in most cases, and some little islands in the south of Italy actually speak Spanish. Chibiromano’s behavior is more of a joke about southern Italians temper and unpoliteness in general than any historical reference, as the Italians didn’t give us problems in our rule (the French didXD)

    • Scamp
      Posted May 31, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

      I never knew that part of history. Thanks for that~

      I had even gone so far as to contoct a wild theory in my head that Romano being useless as a cleaner was a reference to the fact the farmland in southern Italy is pretty useless and wouldn’t be of much use to Spain at all

  9. luffyluffy
    Posted May 31, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    My town is populated by Italians(Italian’s who married GERMANS and Irishmen of all things) And the area is so saturated with them, they sorta make everything.. hectic XD

    SCAMPU~

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEYk7eW71vM

    • Scamp
      Posted May 31, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

      Woah, new ending! Listened to about 3 seconds before I decided to wait until I watched the next episode.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted May 31, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

        Wel.. the next episode is out XD IT IS MUCHO ENJOYABLE JA

        but the ending needs more Germany :I

  10. randomanon
    Posted June 1, 2010 at 3:05 am | Permalink

    Japan briefly got the Italy “ahoge hair and attitude” when the two of them went for a vacation in one story (with Germany freaking out). Totally explains Toyota. TOTALI.

  11. ksfwolfe
    Posted June 1, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    That car scene…I could watch that on a loop for about an hour. That, America tripping over a banana peel, and Russia diving from a plane could keep me alive, without food or water, for three and a half years. I SWEAR.

    The history about Romano and Spain can be condensed fairly easily: Austria was like, ‘look, Spain; I’ll give you half of Italy and you don’t attack me, yes? Cuz I’m kinda busy fighting several wars with Prussia so I cannot deal with you. Thanks.’

    And so Spain’s fate was sealed.

  12. Posted June 2, 2010 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    The driving scene was very much enjoyable, the moment it was stated Japan uttered a vow to make safer cars, my thoughts went to the same place everyone else’s went to: Toyota.

    But yeah, it’s nice to see Hetalia poking fun at Italy’s driving habits. At the very least, it’s finally a driving joke not related to “horrible Asian drivers”.

  13. randomanon
    Posted June 2, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    About Rome and Germania…

    Actually, I find their interactions bittersweet, because according to the author’s notes Germania killed off Rome at the latter’s decline.

    So yeah, dissonant serenity for me with that.

  14. 1911chevy
    Posted October 13, 2011 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    japan is so ironic especailly now. now most cars from japan have seatbelts coming undone and radiation. also italians dont drive that bad. however if they had japan or china driving then i hoe anyone else that was driving was clear off the road.

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