Presenting: Gakuen Hetalia's Christmas!
This episode gives us an idea on how different nations spend their Christmas. Nice timing for this episode to show up when their war just ended (or had a truce) few episodes ago because of Christmas. So cute that their school's also called World W Academy. Haha!
I love it when Ludwig's wearing his glasses~
Ludwig: And so, this month's World W Academy's Wall Newspaper is. . .
Wall Newspaper . . . reminds me of Wallstreet journal . . . parody?
Ludwig: going to do an article about each nation's Christmas, okay?
Feliciano: Va Bene! Hmm~ It's going to about Christmas this time~ Sounds interesting~
Kiku: It does sound like good material..
Feliciano: Last time, it was about each country's beer.
Feliciano: Using "investigation" as a cover, Geez, Ludwig
Drunk chibi Ludwig is adorable~
Ludwig: Ahhh *cough* Okay first, Feliciano, what do you do during Christmas?
Feliciano: At my place, we watch illuminations
Feliciano: then we bake a turkey
Feliciano: then we give gifts to people who we feel we're indebted to.
Feliciano: What about you, Kiku?
*Kiku: Let's do our best in the Christmas Sales War!!!*
I see that in so many anime/manga . . . seems like a Japanese tradition indeed.
Christmas is for couples in Japan, daaaw~
Vash: Tell us your own opinions Kiku!!
Vash: We spend our Christmas with family!!
Generous of Vash to answer them even if he wasn't interviewed yet. How the heck did they know what they're talking about in the first place? Eavesdropping? LOLz~
Vash: I'll excuse myself for now!!
Ludwig: Uhh...Should we put that in the article?
Kiku: *takes note*
~ AMERICA'S CHRISTMAS ~
Alfred: Christmas party? Well, we celebrate that with a BANG!
I just love this look/pose~
Alfred: First we watch illuminations from a building to our house. Then we make snacks of Christmas colors!!
Alfred: I attempted to bake a cake this year! Wanna try it?
Kiku: Nah, we're fine, we're fine.
Ludwig: Ah~ My stomach doesn't feel well today so...
If Arthur = cooking FAIL; Alfred = baking FAIL. Oh you two are so the same. Hahahaha!
~ RUSSIA'S CHRISTMAS ~
Ivan: But December 25th falls in our calendars on a weekday. January 7th is Christmas but if you compare it with New Year, celebrating it isn't as lively.
Ivan: By the way, an old man that creates miracles called Ded Moroz appears. We display a lot of Old Man Ded Moroz dolls for decoration.
Feliciano: Ehh~ That's so cool~
Ivan: And then there's a story that dolls come to life when it strikes midnight on December 25.
Ludwig: Don't scare us!!!
Oh an adorable nation-tan is hiding~
Ludwig: Jeez, It's not about horror stories you know.
Feliciano: Waaah~ I'm scared!!!
~ CHINA'S CHRISTMAS ~
Yao: Decorating Christmas trees is prohibited by law, aru
Feliciano: Eeh, is that so...?
Yao:Yes.. the trees are easy to burn so they banned it, aru
Yao: We tried to learn from Hong Kong but...then we eat pizza, aru. It seems strangely different, aru.
Kiku: I think doing it your way is fine as it is.
More of that hiding adorable bishie~
Feliciano: Ve~! I'm kinda surprised there are a lot of Christmases I don't know about~
Ludwig: Yes, Interesting, isn't it?
Ludwig: Hmm~ We've gathered a lot of interesting data...
Ludwig: Alright!! he's up next!
~ FRANCE'S CHRISTMAS ~
Francis: Hmm what? You want to spend Christmas with me?
Ludwig: I didn't say that.
Like Alfred, Francis also had some sexy pose~
Francis: Well, our Christmas (which is better than Ludwig's) is gorgeous and romantic!!
Ludwig: And the big difference is...?
Francis: We treat Santa Claus with some wine!
Kiku: So S..Santa drives while he's drunk when giving presents to the kids...
Francis: ...So, do you think you'll be able to write a good article now?
Kiku: Ah..yeah. There sure are a lot of interesting Christmases around the world, huh?
Feliciano: Francis nii-chan, if you see Santa drunk again, take his picture for me!
Ludwig: Alright!! Go to the next one already!! The next is going to be the final and most important article!
Arthur seriously looks like an idiot in the whole episode....
But he's adorable that way. Hahahaha!
~ FINLAND'S CHRISTMAS ~
Tino: Ehh? Is it okay for me to have the biggest portion..? Uwaa, what do I do..? I'm you know...not very good at explaining...
Kiku: I knew you'd be last
Feliciano: Let us hear a lot of stories about Santa-san please!
Tino: Aah, Santa is already too famous so...what about I tell you of Christmas Sauna? Before Christmas, everyone goes to sauna.
Ludwig: Tino must've felt really light-hearted.
Tino: Then the leftover flames are used to melting the liquid form of such is then used in Fortune Telling for the New Year.
If I didn't know it was Sauna, I would've had perverted thoughts seeing Tino being happy and saying MOI MOI while naked.... LOLz~
Ludwig: Recycling huh...that's wonderfully environment friendly.
I first knew about Ludwig's environment friendly stuff from Alfred's birthday. Oh I can totally imagine Alfred's birthday to be animated like in these two most recent episodes~
Feliciano: Thanks!! We'll be able to write an interesting article with that~!
Ludwig: Okay! First, an accouncement. After writing the article with all these information, our mission will soon be over.
Feliciano: Ah, that's right! We never got to hear what Ludwig's Christmas is like!!
Ludwig: Uhh. At our place, the Christmas Market is pretty famous.
Ludwig: Then we eat snacks, then we make adventskranz.
Ludwig: And so, I have a question...
Ludwig: That is... Do you guys have plans for Christmas...?
Blushing . . .daaaw
Feliciano: None of course!!!
Feliciano: *being ever so adorable*
Ludwig: These members again...
Feliciano: Ahaha, I can't wait ~ I'll get your presents ready~!
Kiku: Yeah, let's have fun this year again!
Arthur thinks he has successfully escaped....
or so he thought....
Kiku: Ahh, phew. You finally settled down...
Kiku: So, about Christmas...
Arthur: Ahh. . .
I honestly do not get why Arthur is frightened to be interviewed. My guesses are: 1) He's shy or simply doesn't like being interviewed 2) There's some embarassing Christmas tradition in the British culture (is there?)
Anyway, it was a wonderful episode~ I love it when Hetalia explores different cultures~
I think the real start of the second season of Hetalia was in episode 30, because from that episode a certain set of strips gets animated in a whole episode . . . animation quality is good. . . . and there are no recycled scenes. I guess they have higher budget now after emptying the pockets of a lot of fans. Haha! The Hetalia anime staff seriously knows fanservice . . . without being disgustingly/disturbingly perverted.
Note: Text of dialogue translations are based on scanlations. . . . not 100% copied though.
Notice: I don't know if I can post the larger versions. Do you guys want them? If they're not wanted anyway, maybe I shouldn't bother. There's already someone at the Hetalia community who had been so generous to upload screencaps of each episode in better quality anyway. Ehehehe.
[ CHARACTER NAME LEGEND ]
~ I prefer human names because using their country names would be . . . kinda awkward ~
Axis Powers: Feliciano (Italy), Ludwig (Germany), Kiku (Japan)
Allied Forces: Ivan (Russia), Yao (China), Francis (France), Arthur (England), Alfred (America)
Others: Vash (Switzerland), Tino (Finland)