I apologise for this, but there shall be no screenshots in this review. This is because there is no download link to this episode. Downloads or torrents for the latest Hetalia World Series episodes no longer exist. To get subs I have to go to shady streaming sites with names like allyouranimezarebelongto.us and watch extremely crappy quality streams, which have the baffling ability to become even worse than what were originally webrips anyway.
So while I adjusted to the video quality, I was treated to some Germany being tsundere. All very nice and cute in it’s own way. I was pleased. Then came Chibitalia. Fair enough, time to skip that part but no! The only site that streamed the video was one of those awkward sites that don’t let you skip to parts of the video that haven’t buffered yet. So instead of skipping the Chibitalia part, it just jumped a few seconds to more Chibitalia. I was all like ‘nooo, stop doing this to me! Don’t make me watch it. If I watch Chibitalia then I’ll end up raging about it in my post. Don’t you know how bored my readers are of that by now?’. Every time I tried to skip that part it just jumped forward to more Chibitalia. The segment must have lasted 5 hours (rough estimation).
It did end though for us to get to Chibitalia’s awesome brother, Chibiromano. But then came the next problem. The Fansubs. They have decided, in all their wisdom that might just equal the collective wisdom of the entirity of Studio Deen, hat the best way to point out to the watchers that they’ve reached the punchline of a joke is to CAPATALISE EVERYTHING THEY SAY, EVEN WHEN THEY’RE NOT EVEN SHOUTING. France mumbles, I repeat, mumbles to himself about how he’d like to make chibiromano his ‘territory’ and the subs are in all caps. I know the idea of criticising fansubbers is tantamount to treason in the world of anime, with the standard retort of being ‘they’re doing it for free, they owe you nothing’. I’m writing on this blog for free. Those ads on the side have earned me a grand total of 10 euro, which is just about enough to cover the cost of the domain name, forget the cost of the host. That doesn’t mean I should still try my best to provide the best product possible.
The subs are distributed on the APH comm and are meant to stay there. It’s just quick-subbing to satisfy the fans immediately. :I
This pisses me off. Because the only people who are proper fans of Hetalia are in the APH communities already. Nope, there’s definitely not other casual fans, who are now baffled that the subs for Hetalia are only appearing in isolated parts of Hetalia communities. I’m not a fansubber but it annoys me when people take this exclusionist attitude towards their subs. In the past I’ve been pissed off at fansub groups who don’t want their work on streaming sites, ignoring the fact that a huge proportion of anime fandom, mostly silent fans, has no idea how to download anime. The attitude they take is, yet again, one of elitism. Those people are too n00bish to download anime so they don’t deserve it.
Sorry this post became a rant. If it was any other anime I’d have just ignored those subs and waited for better subs. It’s not like falling behind in Hetalia is a disaster or anything. Within an hour you can make it through over 10 episodes. But I’m blogging the show so I had to write something. I’m might get some angry retorts in the comments for this post. I say bring it on! If I’m going to write a post like this then I have to have the balls to combat counter-arguments as well.