Seeing as it’s the end of August, now would be the perfect time for another Hetalia Christmas episode! Shut up, don’t question the collective intellect of Studio Deen. I’m sure they know what they’re doing.
Now I do love Christmas, I will admit that. Every other festival seems to base around ‘ooh, it’s *insert festival name here*, let’s get drunk!’. I guess that’s what you get when you live in Ireland, our national holiday is known worldwide as alcohol appreciation day. Christmas is that day where everyone just lazes around in perfect contentment, stuffing their faces with chocolate and any alcohol that’s consumed only adds the the general feeling of doziness. That said, did Hetalia really need another Christmas episode so soon after the last one? What’s the bets they’ll have another one before the end?
It wasn’t a bad episode though. OK, the only moment that I actually laughed out loud was Japans ‘Ganbarre’ for selling Christmas merchandise (so true!) but I had a big, silly grin plastered across my face for the entire episode. You could call this episode educational if you really wanted, but the stories were Hetaliased versions. I seriously doubt Christmas was banned in China due to flammable trees. Although when you consider what else they’ve banned, combined with exactly how scarrily flammable christmas trees are, maybe it’s not so unbelievable after all.
Germany, Italy and Japan spending Christmas together. Instant doujin fodder.
Talking about doujins, I saw the stats for the most popular doujin inspiring material (right phrase?) for the most recent comifes in Japan (don’t know what Comifes is about? Watch Genshiken). Women have far better taste then men in Japan. All the most popular male doujins were stupid moe shows like K-ON and Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. Girls, on the other hand, were choosing Code Geass and Gundam 00, although easily the most popular for yaoi was Hitman Reborn. I wish I’d saved the page I found those stats, I would love to show them to you, but it seems Japanese girls really like Hitman Reborn. In the ‘most desirable anime husbands’, 4 out of the top 10 were from Reborn, including the overall winner. BTW, why are all female doujins yaoi? Do they not like romantic ones between a man and a women? I’m afraid I’m not that knowledgeable on the topic of doujins.
Chances are we’ll probably see another Christmas episode in the future since there’s still even more Christmas material left unadapted from the manga. If they do another one, I’m hoping that for the ending song, they go all out and sing a horrible engrish version of Jingle Bells…sorry, I mean Jinger Berrsh. Wouldn’t that be just fabulous!