It appears that no DDL anime site like Hetalia (they must be run by Koreans) so I’ve finally given up and kept to watching this series on youtube. This also means the screencaps are from Youtube. While it may be far more difficult to take screencaps this way, I haven’t actually noticed any difference in the quality of the pictures. So yeah, Youtube FTW.
Now if someone was to ask me whether they might feel uncomfortable watching Hetalia I could certainly point to a number of reasons. Apart from the obvious heapload of potential hurtful comments towards different countries and societies that you might get buthurt about, there’s also the abundance of bishies and yaoi undertones present. However I never would’ve thought I would be warning them against this
*warning* the site I have linked above is TV Tropes, a horribly addicting site that if you visit you probably won’t leave again for the next 3 weeks so to save you from that peril, let me explain it to you. Gainaxing is the term used to describe the bouncing breasts of an anime character being animated separately so they seem to have a life of their own. The phrase is coined from the Studio Gainax and their usually well-stacked characters. And that’s what we’ve got going on here with Ukraine. She even comes stocked with her own bounce sound that sounds rather similar to what a rubber band bounce would sound like if played in reverse.
Sorry for going into a little anime-nerd lecture there. Then again I’ve been going on far too many history-nerd rants in this series so it’s a nice change. Besides, the history behind this episode was explained for a change so there’s nothing more I need to do. Although I don’t understand exactly why Ukraine has those melons anyway. Maybe Hetalia is trying to appeal more to its male audience. Yes, all five of us. Funny then how Belarus was by far the better character in this episode. Out of the four female characters that’s appeared so far in Hetalia (lets discount Joan of Arc for now) she’s been the best by far. Not by herself though but because of the effect she has on this guy.
Ah Russia. Apart from his epic Vodka dive from the plane, I felt he was a bit of a one-trick pony with his whole being evil thing. Turns out there’s something that even the most evil country in the world is scared of. Despite the two new characters, it was Russia that stole the episode hands down. Watching him randomly bully Latvia halfway through was probably the funniest part of the episode. At least until the joy of hearing yet another new closing song! I would rank him above Japan (obviously. I could sing better than that idiot) but below Italy and Germany. Of course, Germany would be ranked the highest of the lot. Every song in existence turns more epic once sung in German. Don’t believe me? Let me prove it to you with a german rendition of Pinky und Brain!