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Hetalia World Series episode 3

So a named subbing group finally picked up Hetalia after it was left in limbo when gg dropped it. Rumbel are the guys who used to sub Gintama before it was picked up by Crunchyroll so I’ve had experience watching their work before. Gintama being the cultural reference laden piece of work that it is, their Gintama releases were traditionally full of translator notes. These can be both a good thing and a bad thing. The one that always sticks in my head was explaining to us that when Gintoki said ‘Dattebayo’ he was referring to the hit Shounen Jump manga Naruto that I’m sure is extremely obscure outside of Japan and any reference to it obviously needed to be explained to the ignorant foreigners. But hey, at least a subbing group has picked it up!

Greece….I didn’t get that much time…..to talk about you last episode…..because I spent my time…..typing like this. There’s something strangely moe about watching Greece be totally unfunny. As he fumbles slowly towards the punchline, like the fat kid at sports day, you find yourself urging him on, shouting words of encouragement, telling him to ganbarre! Then, as he fails miserably at making anyone laugh, you metaphorically pat him on the shoulder and congratulate him for doing his best.

As for Turkey, he might be a funny character in other circumstances, arguing with Greece is a futile comedic act. There was probably a reference to some part of history with all this but hell if I know. I only vaguely knew that Greece and Turkey don’t really like each other and that’s just from watching the Eurovision. Incidentally, the Eurovision also taught me that Germany really loves Turkey and gives them 12 points every single year, which when put in a Hetalia context makes it all the funnier. In fact, the entire Eurovision is like one big episode of Hetalia. Nobody actually watches the songs, they all show up for the hilarious voting patterns. Both Lithuania and Estonia gave Russia 12 points again? But what’s this, Latvia only gave him 10 points? Russia doesn’t look to happy with Latvia now, oh look at poor little Latvia quiver as Russia bears down on him with his sinister laugh. kol kol kol

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  1. randomanon
    Posted April 15, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Turkey kinda had Greece when the latter is a kid back then… they didn’t get along, which is quite an understatement.

    Anyways, this is apparently one of those strips that simply couldn’t translate well in another medium… though I admit the giant moussaka movie had me snicker a bit.

  2. blogger
    Posted April 15, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    I was a bit confuse when I saw the anime Turkey… I swear his skin used to be darker… but obviously not. I suppose to get the Turkey and Greece, you need to know a little bit about their history in real life back in the old days when Turkey was the Ottoman Empire. He looked after Greece and the two pretty much were at each other’s necks quite a lot. The combination did work in the original strips.
    I found this more interesting then last week’s and thank you for that awesome animation… I just think I’ll bookmark it now.

  3. luffyluffy
    Posted April 15, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    …. Once again, I love you!

    … Plushenko should have won :I

  4. Posted April 15, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never been quite sure…what is Eurovision? I have some awesome music from it…

  5. Posted April 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    @Blogger – Yes, I think Turkey’s skin was darker in the strips. Odd.

    I think they’ve played out the Greece thing as much as they could with these two episodes. Hope it’s back to the main characters again in the next episode!

  6. Maya
    Posted April 16, 2010 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    Janette: It’s basically like an European version of American Idol. Except instead of people wanting to be stars, a country picks a singer to represent them and then, compete with every other country.

  7. apollo pompano
    Posted April 16, 2010 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    Fffff. I’d have to say that part was better in the strips.

    Does anyone know WHY they fail to make tan countires their actual skin tones? That bugs me to no end.

    Greece… Don’t quit your day job.

    Awesome review as always.

  8. Posted April 16, 2010 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    this episode seemed more filled with moe-moe-ness as well, to me. greece x japan x turkey love triangle anyone? it was more amusing than the previous episode, though. i wish either turkey or greece had actually mentioned any historical event which would validate their hate for each other, lol.

    and…ROFL @ that link. holy crap im saving that and showing everyone i know. russia being gangsta ftw.

  9. Posted April 16, 2010 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    just found this when googling more russia stuff


  10. Maya
    Posted April 16, 2010 at 2:21 am | Permalink

    For me, this episode is pretty okay. And I see you’re joining us. B)

  11. Scamp
    Posted April 16, 2010 at 11:55 am | Permalink


    Yeah you can skip over looong pauses in manga format


    Back to the days of the Ottomen empire eh? I knew they were part of it and I knew in a vague sorta way that they didn’t get on but now I was to know why…

    @Jan Suzukawa

    Me too. Greece doesn’t really have the capacity to make jokes

    @apollo pompano

    Cuba had dark skin, as did Egypt when he showed up for all of 5 seconds but otherwise I can’t remember any others with dark skin


    Yeah, moe moe isn’t what I enjoy no matter what gender it involves. As for the link, I literally just googled kolkolkol and found that


    joining you? Should I be scared?

  12. heyheyho
    Posted April 17, 2010 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    …Nah, Egypt was white, too.

    Eurovision is actually like a giant event thing in the Hetalia Lj comm, like with the Olympics. I’m actually looking forward for the next one now, because at the first time all the jokes started I didn’t knew what was going on…
    But most of the songs bore me so much… It must be because of my Latin hot-blooded-ness

    or something

    Oh yeah that link…

  13. Scheniziel Lackward
    Posted April 17, 2010 at 5:23 am | Permalink

    finally turkey’s debut~
    i want to see his face… but it still don’t show up now, i wonder when will it show up…
    but it always been censored like there’s a flying cat (Greece cat) or stuff, lol~

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