After his appearance in Hetalia being hyped up more than the Spanish football team at the world cup, it’s finally time for Prussia to take centre stage. Been compared in the comments as the Chuck Norris of Hetalia (although I think he has more in common with Hosaka with Minami-ke. Both rarely appear but are so convinced of their greatness and have huge fans because of it), it’s finally time for his part in history. Oh, and Austria and Hungary as well, because so far I’ve never understood why people liked those two.
First though, let me talk for a second about the Horrible History books. These were history books aimed at children that ran on the assumption that anything with lots of violence and toilet humour, both of which history has in abundance, kids would love. And boy did they ever. These books essentially turned me into a history nerd. Now replace ‘children’ with ‘teenage girls’ and ‘violence and toilet humour’ with ‘bishies and homoerotic tensions’ and you’re basically looking at the very reason why Hetalia is popular. History has plenty of interesting and funny stuff going on in it. It just needs the right medium to go through to reach certain audiences.
Generally Hetalia hasn’t felt like a history lesson because it keeps taking random pieces of history with no attempt to keep in chronological order and the humour is often based off cultural quirks rather than history itself. However the Austrian Succession is done entirely as a history lesson. I was meant to read up on the Austrian Succession before the episode but have spent my time listening to those vuvuzelas (and watching football as well I suppose, but it’s the vuvuzelas are the important part) so I have no idea what happens with this war. But this time I have no intention of reading up on it because when the episode ended I found, for the first time, that I was excited about the plot. I’m learning my history from Hetalia. Someone make Himaruya a history teacher. He’s wasted studying art design.
Also I can’t leave this post without mentioning this classic line.
And I’m pretty sure the line ‘Prussia can seize my vital regions anyday’ has been uttered by fangirls across the world. I don’t blame anyone who falls for those red eyes. I’ve been victim to those before.