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