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Hetalia Axis Powers episode 34

It might interest you to learn that I’m currently homeless. Yup, I’ve moved out of my parents house and yet to move into college accommodation. I’m writing this post underneath a bridge (wifi is everywhere!), curled up in my sleeping bag. Such is my dedication to Hetalia blogging.

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The above statement may be slightly exaggerated.

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This episode of Hetalia was a barrage of about 6 or 7 different gags piled into those 5 minutes. I don’t think there’s been a Hetalia episode with so much packed into it, not one stop for breath. Oddly, that left it a bit more disjointed an episode than usual. I hadn’t realised it until this episode, but it works better when a comedy sticks to a certain gag for a while rather than just jump about willy-nilly. Think about it, isn’t that what the best comedians do? They start on a subject and gradually drift onto other subjects. The important word there is gradually, not just leap from one gag to another with no real connection. Not that it was a terrible episode of Hetalia, oh god has it had worse. But this didn’t feel as well-planned as some of its other episodes. Maybe I should stop laughing at Deens directing in this series. *pfft* fat chance of that, oh Deen. You know they make such a bizarre mix of anime? Everything from Junjou Romantica to Higurashi, heck they even made the Kenshin OVA that’s generally considered the absolute pinnacle of anime. Plus have you seen what they’re doing next season? Some moe-blob nonsense that’s trying to imitate Lucky Star. Yeah Deen, you are one odd studio.

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Right, back to the episode itself. I’m not sure on the historical context between many of the jokes in this episode. I mean, I still loled at the history of Nikujaga (and loled even harder at England’s furious reaction at his botched beef stew) but doing my standard wiki-ing of Hetalia events, I found out that was exactly how Nikujaga was created. The amount of things you learn from Hetalia. I’m sure there was also historical reference behind Italy’s womanising around the world (lecherous Italian armies maybe?) but tossing out explanations for every single joke in Hetalia might take away from the humour that still manages to be funny without historical context. I may be a history geek who wants Hetalia to explain every joke, but at the same time I can accept that it might take away from the humour of the situation. This is meant to be a comedy folks, not a history lesson. Not that you can’t learn a hell of a lot from Hetalia, so long as you remember to take the Hetaliased version of events with a pinch of salt.

German workers party does not accept these horrible artistic creations

Russian workers party does not accept these horrible artistic creations

That brings me along nicely to my next little point. It seems so long ago now but remember the amount of fuss and scandal that appeared when Hetalia was first released? I’m not just talking about the Koreans getting it banned, if you cared to trawl across some of the forums or comment sites you saw some tremendous outrage from those folk who just could not take a joke. Took this comment off Star Crossed Anime blog (an excellent blog even if the writer has a rather eccentric taste) and it shows how crazy people got over this anime.

This anime, representing Nations with opposed degrees of virility… Systematically humiliating one nation and not the others… for being disunited during the middle-ages? for being poor during the industrial revolution? tss… tss… It is very silly and very poisonous.
In my country (which is not Italy), it is characteristic of the lowest cultural level and the lowest ethical standards. I am surprised you even mention it in your blog.
This anime is seriously evil. Seriously.
What do we do next? We take another nation and we show the character as systemically effeminate episode after episode? Who? The French? The Russians? The Viet-Namese? The Canadians? The British? And we make fun of their past economic difficulties too, like famine, industrial pauperism, financial crisis? Tss….

Now obviously I don’t agree with nutters like this (I absolutely hate political correctness) but you do have to remember that this stuff actually happened. Arm yourself with the truth my readers. The thing is, I’ve rarely, if ever, some across a totally incorrect version of history of Hetalia. The writer clearly knows their stuff and has translated it into one of the wittiest comedies in recent years.

Canada and Greece. Lulz for randomness

Canada and Greece. Lulz for randomness

I should finish on a lighter note though. Anyone who is reading a post on Hetalia episode 34 clearly finds this anime funny and isn’t insulted by what it portrays. So lets finish off with yet another MAD, supplied by Monsturr last episode, because I just can’t get enough of  Hetalia MADs. Them crazy Japanese have a hell of a lot of time on their hands to go making all these MADs. I’ve seen parodies for Hetalia for loads of series, although oddly enough I’ve yet to find a Cowboy Bebop or Neon Genesis crossover with Hetalia, which is rather odd. The best I’ve seen was the Ghost in the Shell version but I’m afraid that’s been taken down since. So I’m afraid you’ll just have to make do with a Hare+Guu crossover. Oh you poor things.

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14 Comments

  1. luffyluffy
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 3:39 am | Permalink

    FEAR NOT, IT EXISTS

    As for the episode:

    One: GERMANY LAUGHING
    Two: GERMANY GETTING A SAUSAGE
    Three: FUCKING CANADA

    WHY ARE YOU SO MOE CANADA, I MEAN, SERIOUSLY!! THE GUY IS MORE MOE THAN… THAN……… MIKURU ASAHINA!!

    And that’s NOT random, actually, the next episode will be an animation of the “Fly, Canada-San Fly!” strips

    CUBA WILL YOU BE FEATURED? NOBODY KNOWS~

  2. luffyluffy
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 4:06 am | Permalink

    taadaa, MAD DUMP TIME

    NGE^ Note Japan as Rei

    Geass^ Note Japan as C.C.

    Blood+^ Note Japan as Saya

    Lucky Star^ More Japan being a woman

    Sengoku Basara^

    ONE OF THE FEW WHERE JAPAN ACTUALLY ISNT A DAMN WOMAN

  3. Humanity_Cat
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    I think I nearly died of lolz on the last part with Greece and Canada, I mean, I like seeing Canada in general, but when Greece casually walks by with one of his cats hanging down his shirt? XD

    The randomness was a little…maybe not annoying, but…whatever. I’ll give up on a word.
    It took me like 20 seconds to take in the abrupt change to the Japanese stew thing…

    Ah Russia…XD Maybe that was a metaphor for how Russia wanted to solve the world’s (blackboard) problems…

    He’s still missing his waterpipe though…how sad.. :(

  4. luffyluffy
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 6:26 am | Permalink

    “Nande?”
    “Canada dayo~”

    I’ve been saying that over and over XD

    It’s sorta like how me and my friend like to say “PRIMA! *jazz hands*” XD

  5. cutepiku
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    ARE YOU FOR SERIOUS, LUFFY?!

    THE NEXT EPISODE.. IS CANADA CENTRIC?!

    *fangirl heart attack*

  6. luffyluffy
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    OH HELL YES IT IS! FOUND OUT 3 WEEKS AGO ON HETAWIKI

    http://hetalia.wikia.com/wiki/Hetalia_Archives

  7. Posted September 17, 2009 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    I loved the comparative drawing styles bit, especially China’s version. And America daydreaming about getting to the meeting first.

    That ‘controversy’ stuff you quoted was ridiculous, as were the protests from South Korea when it first came out. The series pokes fun, but never in poor taste. Everyone gets made fun of pretty evenly, and it’s just a comedy for Char’s sake!

  8. Humanity_Cat
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    There is a Hetalia Wiki?! Hurra….*sneaks off*

    Lolz, the drawing part cracked me up…XD It took me a while to figure out that America was daydreaming….I thought that had been what happened, first, lol.

  9. Posted September 17, 2009 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    @luffyluffy

    Meh, most of those were pretty crap, appart from maybe the Basara one. The absolute best one I saw was a ghost in the shell one but it’s been taken down since then.

    @Humanity_Cat

    I know what you mean about the randomness. It can be funny but overdoing it would get annoying and just end up being randomness for randomness sake.

    Wait…America was daydreaming?

    @ExecutiveOtaku

    There were even more nutter comments from people who didn’t like Hetalia but that was my personal favorite. People will complain about anything. Apparently people even complained about minesweeper because it was hurtful to people who had family members die in minefields.

  10. KSFWolfe
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    CANA-DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    America…leave the art to England, plz. ^^

  11. luffyluffy
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 3:31 am | Permalink

    I liked quite a few of those D:

    And that Geass one was absolutely amasingly done :p

    Though, I was using it more as time for me to joke about how Japan is such a damned woman

  12. Posted September 20, 2009 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    ’m sure there was also historical reference behind Italy’s womanising around the world (lecherous Italian armies maybe?)
    I’m not sure, but that could be related to a joke written on the author’s blog about the fact that every italian war movie is about a guy who falls in love with a local girl.
    (But I’m italian and I don’t know what movies Himaruya is talking about…)

  13. Humanity_Cat
    Posted September 21, 2009 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    Er….I thought he had been….maybe not, maybe he did.

  14. Posted September 22, 2009 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    HAHA yeah, I remember when I had found out that Hetalia had been done by the same people that did Junjou Romantica… lol’d so hard. Deen really does have the weirdest, most scattered genres of anime it’s almost laughable. Like seriously. From BL’s to Historical comedy, seriously wtf? (apparently, acording to AAN, they also did parts of the new FMA… wut? xD)

    But I loved this episode completely, just because I have the manga from which all their episodes sprout and can remember reading each one and laughing so. freakin. HARD. But Hetalia does that to you. And how can you not laugh at Germany patheticly trying to speak Italian? (the animators and seiyuu made that A MILLION TIMES BETTER to watch… laughed and laughed I did xD) Hope Hetalia can keep this up! :D

    and wtf Greece xD

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