Very important announcement regarding Hetalia here folks. This is the last episode of Hetalia that airs in its normal weekly fashion. The next three episodes air on these dates:
50: Streams on January 8th.
51: Streams on February 26th.
52: Streams on March 5th.
I was tipped off by Kiseki on this news and later had the news confirmed by our good old fansubbers gg. This slows the pace down before the third season kicks off in Spring, where I assume the normal airing schedule will resume. Actually now that I look at the dates, basically all that’s happening is a hiatus between 8th Jan and 26th Feb as the next episode airs a week later anyway. A month and a half break from Hetalia would probably do us all good anyway.
For now though, lets get back to normallity, which in Hetalish means ‘the continued bastardisation of international history’.
This episode was a bit of a shock and do you know why? It was an episode about Japan that was actually funny! This was classic Hetalia episode. I knew enough about Japanese history to understand the jokes but the episode threw me enough morsels to go on my usual post-Hetalia wikipedia trawl. This episode left me spending the most amount of time trawling the internet after the episode since the Sealand episode because I’d never done any sort of proper reading about Japanese history before. Oh sure, watch enough anime and some parts of their history gradually seep in but only in a vague sort of way. It certainly showed that Japan had quite a bit of history of xenophobic-behaviour, refusing to let traders into their country and restricting them to little islands off the shore of the mainland. That was before this guy came along…
It’s one of those things you start to notice as you learn about history of different nations. At some time or another in their history some sort of change in the country will be inspired by the French. The English were constantly trying to mimic the french style of dress and etiquette, as shown by Hetalia, something they certainly still do today. The American Revolution was totally inspired by the French (which I must admit I was hoping would be worked into Hetalia somehow). Heck, if your country has a tricolour as its flag then you’ve been inspired by the French. There’s just something about the French that leaves you in awe, even if most countries don’t want to admit it. England in particular is definatley tsundere for France. I’ve been to France…3 times, twice to Paris and once down south. Paris is pretty cool and every third shop was a sex shop (I was 12 at the time and found this fact the funniest thing in the world…still do actually) but down south was quite possibly the most boring place on earth, and I’ve been to Iowa.
Since the end of the Cold War, the new country to follow has been America. I’m sure History students in the next century will look back and think ‘wow, people sure seemed to like America’. Which, as we all know, just isn’t true. I’m sure you Americans out there know that as well. An awful lot of countries, in particular Europeans, hate America. Except are totally fascinated by what goes on there. A bit like Big Brother, nobody actually likes the show but for some reason everybody watched the thing. I dare say that was the same with France. Nobody liked them and their posh, poncy ways and yet everybody still ended up emulating thing. America is the new France.
Except for Canada. Canada, who goes out of his way to prove that he’s not America. Canada, who throws a maple leaf on everything and everything just to prove that he is not America. Canada, who…who is he again?