So I was looking at Chartfags Amazing Chart for the upcoming spring anime season and I noticed an anime called ‘Hetalia Axis Powers’. I’d never heard of the anime before but I figured it must be pretty popular since this is the third season of it’s airing. So when the first episode of the third season began I went and watched it. It was only then did I realise that I had, in fact, watched the previous 50 episodes of this gloriously funny and notoriously borderline racist anime already.
So this episode was based upon the fact that Americans love to watch scary movies even though they’re scared shitless and hate the actual viewing experience. It’s something of a test of manliness. What surprised me most of all was that I’d always assumed that this was a worldwide phenomenon but apparently it’s not the case in Asian countries, an even odder case when you remember how many creepy Asian horror movies that make their way across the East/West diving, more so than perhaps any other genre other than martial arts and animation. In fact, what made me laugh more than anything in this episode was how cringe-worthingly true to life it was. Why the hell do we sit through those horror movies anyway when we clearly don’t enjoy watching them?
But this made me cringe and snigger even more so. Why do we get so freaked out by creepy movies but love blowing crazy mutant monsters apart on video games? Anyone who’s played Halo knows how creepy the Flood are and yet you have huge fun blowing their heads off with energy swords. I’m with you on this one Japan. Why on earth do we think that way?
(Two possible captions for the above picture: 1: This is what happens when you watch too much anime, or, for Mushishi fans out there, America just learned how to close his second eyelids)
Not a whole lot else happened in the episode (you forget how short 5 minutes really is) but it really is great to see Hetalia back again.I admit, the announcement for a third season had me thinking ‘do they really need another season of this?’. In fact, that thought is still going through my mind because you have to have pretty exceptional creators to go for this long without getting stale, especially for such a gimmicky series like Hetalia. We shall have to wait and see but for now it’s great to see them back in action once again~