Hetalia: World Series (season 2)
|Hetalia: World Series Season 2|
|Japanese Season 2 DVD box set cover art|
|No. of episodes||24 + 4 OVAs|
|Original run||September 10, 2010 – March 11, 2011|
The second season of Hetalia: World Series, based on the webmanga Hetalia: Axis Powers by Hidekaz Himaruya, premiered on September 10, 2010 and concluded on March 11, 2011 on the website Animate.TV. It is also the fourth season overall of the anime series Hetalia. It follows the adventures of anthropomorphic countries as they live through historical events and interact with focus on differences in culture and positive and negative Japanese stereotypes of other countries.
Recurring storylines this season include the complicated relationship between Hungary and Prussia, The early days of Lithuania, The beginning of Poland and Lithuania'a alliance, and the end of the Sakoku policy in Japan upon the arrival of the Black Ships, as well as fictionalized accounts about the nations' pet cats, the eating habits of the Axis Powers, England getting captured by the Italy brothers and trying to escape, and the Axis Powers and Allied Forces of World War II having a standoff while stranded on one of the islands of Seychelles.
Four DVD Volumes containing episodes from the fourth season were released in Japan between March 30, 2011 and September 21, 2011. Each volume was originally released as a limited edition package containing a special CD with two alternate versions of the Hatafutte Parade theme song sung by a different character. The entire fourth season was released in one box set on December 26, 2012. Three extra episodes broadcast intermittently after the end of the season were included in the World Series Fandisc which was released in Japan on February 22, 2012, and was later included on the English release of the fourth season. An additional episode based on the Hetalia Fantasia Drama CD was released as a special straight-to-DVD Animate exclusive on September 25, 2012, but hasn't been included in any English release. The Volume releases were distributed by Muse in Taiwan and later repackaged into one box set, released first in Hong Kong where it was distributed by Kam & Ronson.
In the United States and Canada, Funimation Entertainment announced on July 30, 2010 that they had licensed the World Series seasons of Hetalia. The complete fourth season was released on July 3, 2012. This release was distributed by Manga Entertainment in the United Kingdom and by Madman Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand.
Cast and Characters
- See also: List of Hetalia: Axis Powers episodes
|25||01||"Episode 77"||September 10, 2010|
|Finishes the story of Boss Spain's Control of Southern Italy (part 2), as well as The Story of Italy's Big Brother: While Spain was able to rescue Romano in the past, he now finds himself unable to in the present (WWII). The Austrian Anschluss story is also concluded, with a visit from France.|
|26||02||"Episode 78"||September 17, 2010|
|Adapts Salted Salmon: Germany enforces a strict diet on the Axis, much to the frustration of Japan. In another story (If the World was All About Cats), Germany and Italy's cats interact.|
|27||03||"Episode 79"||September 24, 2010|
|The method behind the making of products in Northern Europe is showcased, with all of the Nordics (except Iceland) taking part. Meanwhile in a continuation of the Salted Salmon story, Germany has restricted himself from drinking beer.|
|28||04||"Episode 80"||October 1, 2010|
|Italy confronts Germany and Japan about their new diet in the conclusion of the Salted Salmon storyline. In another story (Chinese-style Mini Revolution) China is tired of acting as a servant to America, England, and France...especially France.|
|29||05||"Episode 81"||October 8, 2010|
|Adapts A Kind of Aristocratic Comic, as well more If the World was All About Cats.|
|30||06||"Episode 82"||October 15, 2010|
|The G8 discuss the possibility of new members. In a continuation of If the World was All About Cats, Japan's cat manages to successfully delay a ban on tuna.|
|31||07||"Episode 83"||October 22, 2010|
|China embarks on his "Age of Discovery", while Russia's cat attempts to make friends (in the final Catalia story).|
|32||08||"Episode 84"||October 29, 2010|
|Sealand attempts to befriend Iceland. In another story (Can't Escape From Italy), England winds up a hostage of the Italy brothers.|
|33||09||"Episode 85"||November 5, 2010|
|The continuation of Can't Escape from Italy.|
|34||10||"Episode 86"||November 12, 2010|
|Concludes Can't Escape from Italy.|
|35||11||"Episode 87"||November 19, 2010|
|Germany and Italy find that they've once more become shipwrecked on a mysterious island.|
|36||12||"Episode 88"||November 26, 2010|
|Chibitalia puts a ban on boats in the Venice canal. In another story, Switzerland turns out to be a lot different than Japan had thought.|
|37||13||"Episode 89"||December 3, 2010|
|The audience learns a bit more about the art of punchlines. Meanwhile, in the distant past, a young Lithuania meets a mysterious little boy...|
|38||14||"Episode 90"||December 10, 2010|
|Prussia finds a wounded Hungary in a bush (The Awesome Frantic Me).|
|39||15||"Episode 91"||December 17, 2010|
|Continues the second part of The Awesome Frantic Me.|
|40||16||"Episode 92"||January 14, 2011|
|A young Lithuania is given advice by Hungary in dealing with threats in Europe (Eastern Europe While Totally Being Pushed Around By Poland).|
|41||17||"Episode 93"||January 21, 2011|
|The younger England learns about France's new fashion trends (Medieval England's Clothes and Hair: The Revenge).|
|42||18||"Episode 94"||January 28, 2011|
|In more segments of Boss Spain and Chibiromano: Spain fights France in the Battle of Garigliano. Meanwhile, a young Romano becomes embarrassed and shy when Belgium comes to visit.|
|43||19||"Episode 95"||February 4, 2011|
|15th Century Europe: Lithuania is brought to meet Poland, as their bosses decide to marry (The First Time the Poland Rule was Used).|
|44||20||"Episode 96"||February 11, 2011|
|Continuation of Lithuania and Poland's story.|
|45||21||"Episode 97"||February 18, 2011|
|The Allied Forces decide to track down the Axis Powers in United States of Hetalia 2.|
|46||22||"Episode 98"||February 25, 2011|
|America decides to make friends with whales, but must convince Japan to come out of isolation first (Black Ships Have Come!).|
|47||23||"Episode 99"||March 4, 2011|
|Continuation of Black Ships Have Come!|
|48||24||"Episode 100"||March 11, 2011|
|Seychelles wonders why other countries are fighting on one of her islands in the conclusion of United States of Hetalia 2.|
|49||—||"Extra Episode 1"||March 25, 2011|
|The first special episode broadcast after the finale of the second season of World Series featuring the Nordics. (Chatty Nordics) Iceland has a DNA scan done and is revealed to be the other Nordics' youngest brother, as he had suspected. This leads Norway to request that Iceland start calling him "big brother" like he used to as a younger country.|
|50||—||"Extra Episode 2"||July 22, 2011|
|The second special episode broadcast after the finale of the second season of World Series. The nations of the world celebrate Halloween, and Germany and Italy look back on days gone by.|
|51||—||"Extra Episode 3"||September 16, 2011|
|The third special episode broadcast after the finale of the second season of World Series. China is worried the other countries will try and invade his in order to get to his opium. In another plot, America Mapquests how to get to Germany, and Russia has a slight problem with a polar bear. Also features adaptation of "Previously in Hetalia."|
|52||—||"Hetalia = Fantasia"||September 25, 2012|
|A Special Direct-to-DVD episode based on "Hetalia Fantasia."|
|Japan (Region 2)||March 30, 2011|
|Taiwan (Region 3)||August 17, 2011|
|Japan (Region 2)||May 25, 2011|
|Taiwan (Region 3)||September 19, 2011|
|Japan (Region 2)||July 27, 2011|
|Taiwan (Region 3)||October 17, 2011|
|Japan (Region 2)||September 21, 2011|
|Taiwan (Region 3)||November 16, 2011|
|Japan (Region 2)||February 22, 2012|
|Full Season Releases|
|Hong Kong (Region 3)||February 28, 2012|
|Taiwan (Region 3)||April 24, 2012|
|United States and Canada (Region 1)||July 3, 2012|
|United Kingdom (Region 2)||December 10, 2012|
|Australia and New Zealand (Region 4)||October 24, 2012|
|Japan (Region 2)||December 26, 2012|
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