Not having read the manga, I came to the conclusion that Hetalia could’ve been one of two things. It could’ve been sheer fangirl pandering or it could be a brilliant piece of satirical historical wit. Me being a bit of a history buff and someone who inherently loves any joke that is slightly dodgy and thought Ouran was a load of rubbish, you can guess what I was hoping Hetalia would be like.
But I guess my karma has changed and Hetalia is glorious. Well, except for 2 aspects. It’s only 5 minutes per bloody episode and a minute of that is taken up by the ending song! The other problem is the Koreans. Thanks to them being miffed that their country is made fun of in Hetalia (nobody asked Italy or France what they thought of how their countries were portrayed) Hetalia was not allowed to be aired on TV. So instead it’s only available as phone downloads which, for us westerners, means that the quality is awful as you can see from the screencaps.
But I’ve was at a bit of a loss at what to blog recently. Michiko to Hatchin hasn’t had any subs in god knows how long and wasn’t actually very good anyway. Then Hetalia raised it’s bishie, slightly racist head and, in only 5 minutes, shot up to easily my favorite of the season. So Michiko to Hatchin gets dumped and in strolls a bunch of personified nations bickering over global warming in a way only countries really can, which is go completely off topic and argue for the sake of arguing, such as France disagreeing with Britain since that’s what France always does. And then, of course, we got the star of the show…
Course I have no idea exactly how you blog something like Hetalia. But hey, we live and learn! I never knew Switzerland hated Japan expressing his own opinion (someone help me out with the historical facts behind that one?) and I never knew Germany defeated the nation descended from the great Roman Empire armed with only a stick (that was a real LOL moment). But best of all was the slightly dodgy joke that would have the Koreans in uproar: Russia and Lithuania
So I really do recommend watching this, even if it’s just to spite the Koreans. Besides, the last episode ended on a cliffhanger. Aren’t you just dying to see what that box of tomatoes are for?