I watched this latest episode of Hetalia on Youtube. I thought I had long since moved on from watching anime there but the site I direct download my anime from seems to forget that the latest episode of Hetalia airs quite often. I would be using BitTorrent but the University blocks file-sharing. I could scour the internet for loopholes in this but I’m afraid that if I do find one the secret police will come crashing through my window, although I’m sure my insurance should cover the window at least. If this was any other anime other than Hetalia I would be extremely annoyed but Hetalia is a webcast anyway. Guess what folks? The youtube stream is exactly the same quality of the download! I might try taking screenshots from youtube next time to see if the quality changes much.
Enough of my streaming exploits, onto this particular amazing instalment of Hetalia.
This episode of Hetalia was about one of my absolute favourite topics in history in the world: Propaganda! God, I’m such a history geek…I didn’t actually expect Hetalia to start covering this at all so I was delighted when I copped on as to what the topic of this episode was. The first part was the ‘paint Mount Fuji red’ campaign the Americans had to demoralise the Japanese people. Yet again, this is Japanese history that I’m afraid I only know a very tiny amount about (I tried Wikipedia but all I found out was that the forest at the base was a thrillseekers and suicides). I knew it existed and I knew it wasn’t very effective. The Japanese were widely patriotic nutters during WWII. Heard of Kamikaze pilots? Remember the fact that it took 2 atomic bombs to get them to surrender? Because one city reduced to rubble wasn’t enough. Yeah, I’m not being very politically correct here but it’s OK, this is Hetalia we are talking about!
Hurrah for political correctness!
The second chunk of the episode was penis jokes. However these aren’t just your average penis jokes, oh god no! These, like everything in Hetalia, are founded in historical accuracy. Nothing Hetalia has told us thus far hasn’t been grounded in fact so why are we stop believing them when they are referring to genitalia? That would be hypocrisy. So let’s trust the Hetalia author’s wide knowledge of international penile variances and conclude that Americans truly do have much smaller penises (the plural of penis…penii?) than the Russians.
(In case you were wondering, the Irish are somewhere in between the Americans and the Russians)
However my favourite part of the episode by an absolute mile was the depiction of the reverse propaganda with England and France in a version that could only possibly be thought up by Hetalia. That entire 2 minute scene was one of those glorious moments that Hetalia can occasionally produce that leaves me gasping for breath. The image of France and England dressed up in Men in Black costumes, spreading rumours that Germany does all these awful things (probably sexual, knowing France). Then France’s reaction to the idea of being mean to Italy (proving yet again that France is probably the unsung hero of this anime) and Germany being all moe yet again. Oh god, I laughed until I couldn’t breath. And there was me thinking the return of chibitalia had signaled a dip in form in Hetalia. Oh what a fool I was.
You can forget that propaganda is not just totalitarian regimes and that good old democracy’s engage in it too. So to finish up, and forgive me for being a history geek yet again, but let me post a youtube video of some American propaganda in 1946 that they showed to American soldiers before they went into Germany (if you’re impatient you can skip to 1:40 and watch til you get bored in order to get the point of the movie). Why am I posting this you ask? Because we all love political correctness here don’t we!