Episode 88

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Episode 88
Hetalia: World Series episode
Episode Information
Episode no. Season 4
Episode 12
Length 5:00
Original air date November 26th, 2010
Production Credits
Director Bob Shirohata
Hetalia Episode Chronology
Episode 87 Episode 88 Episode 89

The thirty-sixth episode of Hetalia: World Series (eighty-eighth overall) was broadcast on November 26, 2010. It adapts from Italy Tries to Teach Japan to Smile, the second part of I am Switzerland and 15th century Chibitalia from the third published volume.

Plot Summary

Japan's Emotions

Italy comments to Japan that he has never seen Japan be happy or angry before. Japan adds that it is true and says that "Japanese have a virtue and of being reserved and have the Bushido to follow". Italy interrupts and says that he really wants to see Japan smile. Japan turns and asks if he could do a peace sign instead of smiling. Italy said that's not what he meant. Italy then says he'll demonstrate for him. He says to "pretend to be flirting with a pretty girl, first say "Ciao!" while smiling. Then go to the prettiest and restaurant you know and talk to her by also using body language. Then when the mood gets really good, you grab her hand and stare longingly at her." Italy then comments that he hasn't made it that far before. He then tells Japan to try it. Japan then interjects and doesn't know what Italy is requesting from him. The latter then shouts that Japan became angry.

Out of Pasta

Romano is shown holding an empty jar that says "Pasta" and screaming that they have run out of Pasta and he can't eat lunch. Italy jumps in, terrified too, and also says that the wheat price is high and thus, the price of pasta too. Germany is shown saying that he can share his potatoes. Romano then interjects and says that he doesn't want the potatoes. Switzerland is shown as well saying that he can share his cheese. Romano refuses, screaming that the cheese "stinks" He then runs around and screams that all he wants is pasta. Spain comes to the rescue and says that he will support Romano.

Spain then chants "Fusosososo~" while opening his arms toward Romano. He then says that it is a magical charm that will cheer people up. Each time he chants, the camera zooms out from Romano and Spain.

Japan and Switzerland

Japan watches Switzerland practicing firing his guns. Italy shows up, scared. Switzerland tells him to not even think about crossing his territory. Japan thinks that Switzerland's image is different from what he had imagined. It then shows a scene of a mountain where it shows Japan singing to someone:

  • "O Vreneli, my pretty one, pray tell me where's your home~?"

Japan and Switzerland are shown to be wearing traditional Swiss clothing, though Switzerland is in a dress with a ribbon in his hair. Switzerland then sings;

  • "My home is Switzerland, 'tis made of wood and stone! It's filled with oh so many beautiful lakes and springs!"

The two then sing together "Yo Ho Tralla la la" and dance, with small goats flying around them.

Japan's scenario cuts off, and he smacks and scolds himself for being foolish. Switzerland wonders what Japan was doing.

Ban of the Boats in the Venice Canal

Holy Roman Empire (wearing a cloak as a disguise) is shown to be watching Chibitalia, though he insists that it's only an investigation. A man comes and asks if Chibitalia could help him with something. Chibitalia agrees and follows the man, Holy Roman Empire trailing after "her".

When they finally get to the scene, a large boat is shown to be wedged in between the walls of 2 buildings. It turns out to be the man's own boat, which causes Chibitalia be angry ever since all the rich people seem to be doing the same thing and blocking the canals. Chibitalia then decides to put a ban on big boats in the canal it won't happen again.

Holy Roman Empire nods his head in approval when Chibitalia refuses to let the man keep his boat large. But the man offers cookies to Chibitalia to try and convince him to keep his boat. Chibitalia becomes really happy and accepts the cookie, while Holy Roman Empire is shocked and hopes "she" won't be tricked so easily. When asked again by the man to lift the ban, Chibitalia says no, saying something along the lines "Something clearly bad still deserves a big no though!" which causes Holy Roman Empire to give a thumbs up.

Character Appearances

Voice Cast

English Dub Cast


  • Switzerland and Japan's scene is a reference to "O Vreneli", the most popular Swiss song in Japan which has given them the image of Switzerland.
  • Japan sung "Vreneli" which is the diminutive of the name "Verena".
  • The ending sequence for this episode features a group shot of the Axis along with a close-up shot of Japan.
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