African War Front! Part 1
| African War Front! Part 1|
|Hetalia: The World Twinkle episode|
|Episode no.||Season 6|
|Original air date||August 6, 2015 (US/Canada)|
August 7, 2015 (Japan)
|Ending theme||"Hetalian☆Jet" by Daisuke Namikawa|
|Hetalia Episode Chronology|
African War Front! Part 1 (アフリカ戦線！その1 Afurika Sensen! Sono 1 ) is the sixth episode of Hetalia: The World Twinkle, and the one hundred and twenty sixth overall in the anime series Hetalia. It was released early by Funimation to their subscribers in the United States and Canada on August 6, 2015, and was broadcast on August 7, 2015. It adapts the entirety of the African War Front! Part 1 chapter from Hetalia: Axis Powers Volume 5, and uses two strips from the Hetalia-like Column ~World(?) Cuisine~ feature from Hetalia: Axis Powers Volume 6 as eyecatches.
Italy calls Germany, sobbing, and asks for help as he is surrounded and punched by numerous kangaroos. Alarmed, Germany asks where he is, and Italy tells him he's in Australia as one of the kangaroos bites him. Germany yells out his name in frustration.
After the opening credits, Germany walks down the street and narrates that he's having the biggest problem he's ever had. Italy calls out from behind him, and pulls up in a small tank. He excitedly talks to Germany and offers him a ride home in his L3. He bangs on the tank and says it fun to sit next to him and Germany should get in. However, he hits it too hard and creates a huge dent, breaking it. He throws a sandbag on top of it and muses that it'll be fine if he just covers the damage. He asks Germany, who by now has become so stressed that he's holding his forehead with his hand. He states in narration that the problem is that he's Italy's friend.
In a library, Germany decides to learn more about Italy by utilizing the wisdom of his ancestors. He reads a chart in the book, and indicates that he's German and that he has friends, and the book directs him to war strategies with two or more countries on another page. It states that he should foster the bonds with his allies and utilize teamwork to create an offense. Italy calls out, and Germany looks up to see Italy spinning an incredibly large pizza dough while he talks about how stretched out it is. Germany flips through the book, musing that there's nothing in there on what he should do if his ally is a complete airhead. He grabs Italy in a headlock, and Italy yells out that he's scary.
An eyecatch comic called Neapolitan Spaghetti that doesn't exist in Naples appears onscreen. In it, Japan offers Romano some of his "Naporitan" - a dish made to mimic the Naples dish spaghetti napolitano, but arranged in a Japanese style of cooking. Romano had heard of it and seems intrigued, but in the next panel seems to have a strong reaction to it that Japan can't figure out the meaning of.
Germany explains that Italy is a really sloppy guy, as Italy tells him that he hasn't prepared anything but will fight together with him anyway. Germany grimaces, but carries Italy on his back through a wooded area as the other man says that he feels like something good might happen if he stays by Germany's side. Germany says that's a random reason, and thinks to himself that even the reason they became allies was random. After getting off Germany's back, Italy holds off a white flag and says he's off to the African front. Germany quickly stops him, and thinks that if he stops watching him for more than a second he wanders off somewhere. Instead, Italy decides to lie down on the ground and take a nap next to a cat. Germany scolds him, though he admits to himself that he can't bring himself to hate Italy, which might be one of the latter's good traits. While Italy remains asleep, Germany sighs.
An eyecatch comic called Hiyashi chūka ~I tried to chill China~ appears onscreen. The title refers to the fact that there are a number of reinvented made-in-Japan Chinese dishes such as "Hiyashi chūka", which are chilled Chinese noodles. In it, Spain wonders if Japan has chilled Spanish food too. China ponders this, referring to it as "chilling the country of passion".
Elsewhere, England asks what the current status of Italy is. A soldier explains that, according to reports, Italy has been loafing around and advancing at a sluggish pace while complaining about the canned rations. England smirks and says that he's a worthless, slow-footed dolt. He puts down his tea, and, surrounded by his magical friends, declares that he'll have to make a move against him and that no one can stand against the Great British Empire. A fairy remarks that his monologue is rather loud, but, undeterred, England declares that he'll crush him before the afternoon tea is ready. At that moment, Italy sneaks around in the background poorly disguised as an elephant. England notices him right away and Italy makes noises and states that he's an elephant. England says that he's like a moth to the flame and immediately begins chasing him. Italy cries that England saw through his disguise as he runs away, and England says that he's just going to get captured anyway so he should stop. While England mocks him for being slow, he eventually tires himself out while Italy continues to run off into the distance, much to England's confusion. The narrator explains that the Italian army was slow to advance, but in retreat they were able to move amazingly fast.
Italy, now sobbing in a puddle on the ground, calls Germany and says that England is scary and he could meet his end here. Germany says this is what happens when you go to Africa without thinking things through. He says that he's heading to Italy's location now and to stay put. Italy perks up and says he'll stay where he is. Germany puts on his military uniform and looks on with determination. Some time later, he reaches the desert and asks Italy if he's okay. Italy exclaims that was fast, but is immediately terrified by Germany's demeanor. He has literal steam coming off his body and calls out to Italy in a deep voice, and it is revealed that the temperature is 45 degrees Celsius. Germany collapses onto the ground and Italy calls out in concern. As an eyecatch of Italy runs around the desert in his elephant disguise, the narrator explains that unlike Italy, who has a mild climate and similar temperatures to northern Africa, Germany is a much colder and cloudier place, making his warm uniform ill-suited for this environment. Back in a tent, Italy fans off Germany and asks him why he came wearing so many layers. Germany seems to have a realization, and is shown in a lighter uniform with shorts. Italy asks if he's gotten the hang of it now and Germany says yes. An eyecatch shows Italy and England in their uniforms and explains that they both wear shorts as well.
- Kangaroos (non-speaking cameo)
- South Italy (comic eyecatch only)
- Japan (comic eyecatch only)
- Spain (comic eyecatch only)
- China (comic eyecatch only)
- British Soldier
- England's Magical Creatures
- Italy: Daisuke Namikawa
- Germany: Hiroki Yasumoto
- England: Noriaki Sugiyama
- Fairy: Noriko Shibasaki
- Soldier A: Keikou Sakai
- Book Narration: Yuki Kaida
English Dub Cast
- Italy: Todd Haberkorn
- Germany: Patrick Seitz
- Britain: Taliesin Jaffe (credited as "T. Axelrod")
- Narrator: Jamie Marchi
- Japan: Christopher Bevins
- Extras: Sarah Wiedenheft, Andy Haskett, Kaitlan Estes, Courtney Stringer