Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Hetalia Axis Powers - Episode 49

Hetalia: Axis Powers' latest episode deal with the enlightenment of Japan, as it moves from its previous state of isolation into a more open relationship with foreign powers.

Thus, this seismic shift in the country sees Japan at first shutting himself in and hiding himself away as France comes to visit, tempted only by the promise of a cute kitten (something which should perhaps be used more often in modern diplomacy... come on Iran, if you stop your nuclear programme we'll let you play with the kitten for a while!). Eventually however Japan gets over his previous aversion and tries to learn a little from France, albeit not too successfully if I'm honest.

That aside, this episode also sees Canada try a new way to get himself noticed, although to be frank anything Canada does is bound to be overshadowed when he hangs around with a cute, talking bear, which is far more interesting.

To be honest, by this point I'm never sure what to say about episodes of Hetalia any more - They aren't usually all that funny or anything, they're simply there. This instalment of the series was certainly there, that much I can confirm... it amazes me just how popular this show is to be honest, is it really worthy of another twenty-six short episodes once this current run (which has now been oddly elongated with big gaps between episode release dates) is over?


Anonymous said...

I agree with what you say, and I think describing the episodes as being just "there" is a perfect way to put it.

The problem with this show for me seems to stem from the fact that it is put together so haphazardly - there's no chronology to it at all. It's easy to miss so many of the historical connections because half the time you have no idea at what point in history you are meant to be.

I want to like this show because the idea behind it is really rather interesting. But the execution is baffling and frustrating.

Anonymous said...

I'm a Hetalia webcomic fan, and... yeah, pretty much agree with the post and the other comment.

I mean, each webcomic has the author notes explaining the historical contents and everything, but the anime is just so... random. Goddamn it, I want to like this too. D:

JW said...

I just finished watching the first episode of Legend of Koizumi! The same political premise but 3x more interesting and hilarious. Only 6 minutes of an episode but I lol'ed for all six.

KeyserSoze said...

The concept of this show had potential to be interesting, but then the Japanese decided to give it a go and as usual, they screw everything up. I would've given the Japanese a break if they ever owed up to the war crimes they committed during WWII, and if the series didn't have girly-men or promote rather than poke fun at stereotypes. So typical of a spiteful, self-loathing, hypocritical people.