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Hetalia World Series episode 15

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.

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28 Comments

  1. blogger
    Posted July 9, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    I get a whole load of my anime from those shady sites because the school doesn’t block them…

    As much as I’m not particularly bothered about the fansubbing in general, the capital letters hurt my eyes after a while. They didn’t have to make France and America shout. They really didn’t.

    I didn’t realise that Chibitalia would take so long! Even though the episode was only five minutes long, I really do wish that they hadn’t spent half of it with that…thing that calls itself a baby

    • Posted July 10, 2010 at 12:12 am | Permalink

      …You have to consider how Hungary and Prussia only look slightly older, and Hungary’s already growing boobs.

      I’m waiting for either the Turkey or Venice strip for Chibitalia. Moreso the boat one due to HRE’s thumbsup.jpg.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 11, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

      I could join in with your dislike towards Chibitalia…but I musn’t.

  2. luffyluffy
    Posted July 9, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    http://www.animecrazy.net has them and you can skip around

    DUB NEWS!!

    Dub voice actors are coming out everyone! Here are the clips:

    Jerry Jewel and J. Micheal Tutam as France and Russia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoeCZf9zc1A

    Patrick Seitz as Germany: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTmN22hduQ4

    Christopher Bevins as Japan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6mnGGHROcA

    DIS IST VONDERBAR JAPAN <- That line sold me.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 12:39 am | Permalink

      I will also say, I wasn’t that thrilled with this episode ether.. so it’s alright Scamp..

    • Elysium
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 7:11 am | Permalink

      … oh my. D:

      Well, I can agree that capitalizing the text even when they’re not shouting is annoying. :/

      As for Chibitalia… I can only hope they animate that strip with Turkey. It’s the only time Chibitalia’s badass. THE ONLY TIME.

      Since I basically stalk the Hetalia community and don’t download them from torrents, I never really noticed that. D: And now that I’m searching for them, I see that there aren’t any torrents for World Series that go past Episode 13. What happened, now?

      • Elysium
        Posted July 10, 2010 at 7:14 am | Permalink

        … that wasn’t supposed to go there. WHY DOES IT LOOK LIKE I REPLIED TO YOU?! D:

      • Posted July 10, 2010 at 8:13 am | Permalink

        You forgot about his good decision-making skills and ability to resist candy when it comes to being boss. Although that one won’t be animated for a while.

      • Elysium
        Posted July 10, 2010 at 11:04 am | Permalink

        Oh yeah, I forgot! :D And he scared his older self once. I found that awesome. ^^;

  3. Posted July 10, 2010 at 12:03 am | Permalink

    The Hetalia LJ comm is basically the APH database for everything. The Japanese stalk it (to the point that it has been featured on TV?), FUNimation stalks it, and Tokyopop stalks it. (Though, it seems that they’re stalking as guests…or so we hope.)
    Though I wouldn’t recommend stalking it. Nowadays it’s all fanshit.

    It looks like the person who always does the raws post is a member of Rumbel. Hmm.

    If I can’t force you to watch Ashita no Nadja, can I at least force you to watch episode one of Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes!? I mean, just to make fun of the new girl’s hair! Or at least for the furry penis!

    • Scamp
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

      I like the new legendaries. Hopefully they’re the only two new additions. It gets kinda silly when you have 35258590902 legendary pokemon

  4. Posted July 10, 2010 at 2:16 am | Permalink

    I’m following Hetalia, but since I’m not blogging the show I’m content to wait for Rumbel’s version to eventually surface on Tokyo Toshokan – as a result I’m a week behind orz. Still its better than subjecting myself to eyecancer, raeg inducing streaming sites and capslock subs! XD

    The isolationist bubble the Hetalia fandom seems to exist in baffles me

    • Scamp
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

      Anime fandom also exists in an isolation bubble. So do many quarters of the anime blogging sphere. Elitism is everywhere, just often you don’t notice when you’re inside it yourself

  5. Scheniziel Lackward
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    ah, i see! that’s why i still haven’t found torrent download for hetalia… maybe i should watch it on youtube?

    sorry but i want to say that english dub version is sucks…
    love the japanese dub, because they have a really ‘great skill’…

    • luffyluffy
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

      Wow.. From all the buzz I’ve been seeing, everyone’s been really loving the dub..

    • Scamp
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

      I suppose I should mention round about now that I’ve seen the dub and IT IZ WUNDERBAR!!!

      • luffyluffy
        Posted July 10, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

        FUCK YEAH >:D *highfive*

        I’m gunna pre-order it tomorrow, all the buzz around from fans is HUGELY positive, so it seems like it’s going to sell.. Besides, you can tell that FUNi are really trying their hardest to make this good, you know?

        And ZAT IS VONDERBAR!!

      • luffyluffy
        Posted July 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

        I should add, It seems like Hetalia is turning into a Baccano! reunion.. Russia is Claire, France is Isaac(Which is funny because his Seiyu, Masaya Onosaka ALSO voices Isaax /D) Hungary is gets Chane, and knowing out luck Italy is gunna get Jacuzzi or something~

    • Scheniziel Lackward
      Posted July 11, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

      sorry i’m late at replying :(
      eh? really? not all hetalia fans like it though, some of my friends doesn’t like the dub version, because we even don’t know what are they talking (holy crap they’re speaking hell to fast!!)
      also their voice are too ‘down’ i guess, not really fit the character well (especially england…)

      i’m sorry deen ( ‘ A ‘ ;;) *bow deeply*

  6. Posted July 10, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    this episode was meh. i dont even remember what happened. *watched it a couple days ago*

    but the dub….

    GERMANY = WIN. absolute perfection. russia isn’t scary enough though ;( his accent sounds translyvanian @___@

    • luffyluffy
      Posted July 11, 2010 at 3:14 am | Permalink

      I hear Scottish from Germany, and Spanish from Russia </3

      • Posted July 11, 2010 at 7:33 am | Permalink

        spanish accent? far, FAARRRR from a spanish accent.

        germany says “ze” instead of “the”, so i cant see scottish there XD

      • luffyluffy
        Posted July 11, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

        Naw, in his clip when he goesd “NOOOO CHITCHATTING ON SIDE DEALS”

        I only hear the Scottish in the “NOOOO”

  7. randomanonymity
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    Ummm, I guess it’s too late to suggest to get an lj account and join the comm (because really this is the reason I got my own lj TBH)?

  8. Posted July 13, 2010 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Er, I don’t know how helpful this will be, because the quality isn’t the BEST… but I have a site where you can download individual episodes as they’re released, and they’re always on time!

    http://www.tegmentum.net/hetaliaeps.html

    I hope it helps; I really enjoy reading your Hetalia blog.

    In other news… I’m so sorry you had to sit through this particular Chibitalia segment. Hahah… The whole time I was shouting “Pull him by the ankles HRE!!” Even though I’ve read the manga and knew the lame punchline.
    Chibi ass. Now THAT’S what we’ve been waiting for.

  9. Tomatobot
    Posted July 16, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Forgive me but have you seen this review yet? I got shown it today and it and its responses brought laughter, unintentionally or maybe intentionally:
    http://www.animeglobe.com/articles/2010/07/16/news-articles/492-hetalia-axis-powers-review/index.html

    • Scamp
      Posted July 16, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

      le sigh

      To be fair, the guy seems to have missed the point of the show while the comments are almost entirely made up of one person who had a mentally scarring experience with a bestiality doujin.

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