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Hetalia World Series episode 7

Look at le France. Isn’t he le fabulous? Why, he must be the most le fabulous character in Hetalia and nobody would dare to le touch him or le harm him with any pieces of cooking equipment now, would they?

I’m pretty certain I’m missing some historical reference here. As far as starting wars go, having God come to them in a dream and telling them to attack another country is one of the more rational and believable reasons to start a war that history often cooks up. It would be a very Hetalia like thing to do to depict a terrible holy war between France and the Austria-Hungary empire as God coming down to Hungary and telling her to hit France over the head with a frying pan. You can start to predict what jokes Hetalia can make out of any period of history, which I suppose explains why there’s so much fanfiction around the series.

Hetalia fandom in general is quite the phenomenal place. The main thing I keep noticing is how there’s actually rather little in the way of cross-over fans between Hetalia and anima fans. Hetalia is a fandom by itself, many of which barely pay attention to the anime. In many ways I’m tackling Hetalia from the wrong standpoint. I look at it from the perspective of an anime and spend my time comparing it to other anime when the truth is it’s more of a web phenomenon than being related to the world of anime and manga. I mentioned this before when talking about the phenomenal amount of porn for Hetalia and Touhou, but that really is the case with this series. So not only was I an outsider for simply being a male amongst endless armies of yaoi shippers, but I’m also an outsider in that I’m not a Hetalia fan, I’m an anime fan.

Speaking of shipping, after my many trawls through these bizarre conversations of what peoples favourite pairing is (shipping is something that inherently baffles me. I root for single characters, not couples) I noticed that almost nobody bothers shipping poor old France. It’s the age old thing that the person who wants everything gets nothing. Also, I’ve been thinking of what my favourite ship would be and I think I’ve come up with the answer: Benelux! The Netherlands/Belgium/Luxembourg is a real-world political arrangement after WWII to help their economy again and was the precursor to the EU. The moe factor of Luxembourg combined with the bossy lesbian tsundere of Beligum (ok, I don’t actually know if she’s a bossy lesbian tsundere but I like to think she is) and Netherlands is too busy building dams so he lets the two of them go at it.

What? I’m a guy. Did you really think I was going to pick USxUK or Germancest, did you?

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37 Comments

  1. luffyluffy
    Posted May 13, 2010 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    I. hate. USUK. and. I. Always. Will.

    It’s not even a ‘Special Relationship’ anymore, it’s just… ‘LOL 2 GUYS DOIN IT LOLOLOLOLOLOLO’

    Thats why I like Germancest. Lots of Berlin Wall angst and CHARACTERDEATH! *pushes up glasses*

    As for France, people generally ship him with England or Canada.

  2. Posted May 13, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    I used to love USUK, then it turned up everywhere and I got sick of the cosplaying lesbos making out with each other at cons.

    I’m not sure if you are being sarcastic about missing out some historical reference or not. :’D At least, I think it’s just presenting Hungary’s and France’s personalities on a silver platter…?

    >I’m not a Hetalia fan, I’m an anime fan.
    Glad you noticed that. :Y

    People ship FrUK, France x Canada, France x Seychelles (something I honestly can’t take seriously…even the “romantic” parts in the Gakuen Hetalia game were pretty cracky, and his end was supposed to have an implied rape scene), and I personally like France x That Kid (Jeanne D’Arc). >3>

    Holly Holland/Netherlands is a lolicon. Belgium is canonically described as “the normal one” but I prefer to think of her as how you think of her. And Hima better come up with a design for Luxembourg soon considering how we have a Monaco now or I will troll him with requests to finish Noto-sama 6 with my Noto-sama e-mail.

    Long comment is long.

  3. Posted May 13, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Nice to see World Series taking a turn for more fun.

    I don’t like US and there’s a lot better pairing for UK to go with (preferably France or Japan) o/
    But GERMANCEST IS AWESOME XD I think 90%+ of Hetalia fans agree with that one xD
    Belgium/Luxembourg IS darn cute, I’ll admit. Although I can’t see Belgium being a tsundere, just doesn’t fit the nation.

  4. Posted May 13, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Permalink
  5. luffyluffy
    Posted May 13, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    HELLS YEAH HOLLAND

  6. Posted May 13, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    PORTUGAL GOT FUCKING MENTIONED.

    But the kid in the strip is Osaka, okay? :Y
    It amuses me how everyone keeps thinking Tsuko is Portugal just because he’s the kid without the name and Portugal is mentioned in the text even though he’s wearing Japanese clothing.

    Hii spamming your comments~

  7. luffyluffy
    Posted May 13, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    … I-I thought he was Spain.. *hangs head*

  8. Posted May 13, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    E-exactly how? o n o Is it because of the Kansai-ben?

  9. blogger
    Posted May 13, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    USUK? In all seriousness, at the start, I was: =D, I love these two, can’t you just see the tension? And then after that I kind of got bored with these two. France does also get Spain and Prussia in some cases, and sometimes they are a threesome as the Bad Touch Trio. I started shipping rarer pairings after realising there was a whole load more potential. Mind you, France/everyone on the kink meme practically. I don’t really like GerIta.
    But… you have got me interested in all of the French-Hungarian relations.

  10. barak
    Posted May 13, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    It’s funny (and by “funny” I mean “sad”) how Scamp mentioning shipping in the post seems to have automatically triggered bashing of a ship and its fans in the comments. This is what I hate about this fandom, and I don’t even ship US/UK. (And frankly, other ships are not better in any way, so I’ve no idea why people are feeling so superior about not shipping it. My ships can get really batshit crazy or just plain annoying. But that’s fandom for you.)

  11. heyheyho
    Posted May 13, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    I read all this post in France’s voice, lol.

    …Also, WTF are you talking about, France x The world is everyone’s OTP, and it’s ttly canon. :|

    Oh, and Belgium isn’t that type, she’s supposed to be “the Ojou” according to the little information we have of her. Netherlands and Luxembourg are bros. Not that it stops anyone in shipping them…
    THEY ARE COUNTRIES, WHO CARES.

    …Also why is everyone discussing ships here, way to go guys.

  12. Posted May 13, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    And suddenly… Shipping! Everywhere!

    I’m more in it for the historical in-jokes to be honest, but hey.

    It’s really right what you said about the fandom though. It’s created its own mini universe somehow which is both good and bad. We’ve had more cross-overs with live-action TV shows than anime to be honest, which I think is a bit odd though I haven’t been in a fandom like this in ages. Something about it just sorta sucks you in.

  13. luffyluffy
    Posted May 13, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Nn.. Sorry about all the USUK bashing..

    I mostly had it ruined for me by my friend not shutting up about it ._. Constantly, it was just “LOL, USUK 8DDDDD”

    @Kiseki: I cant read kanji.. so I was going on appearances D:

  14. Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    I like USUK, I like reading the doujinshi and watching MADs/seeing fanart of it. I’m just sick of how it’s everywhere. D: (It wasn’t like I could buy them, but I was sorting through the doujinshi at my local convention to see if I could find something by a certain circle, and well, it was 75% USUK and 25% other.)

    @Luffy …I really don’t see how Tsuko looks like Spain though. (My friend just said that he looks like him.) Spain doesn’t have lashes and his hair is usually shaded darkly. orz I can see how someone could mistake him as Hinaji (Saitama), but, um, yeah. :V

  15. luffyluffy
    Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    Well.. Just in the face..

  16. Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    As a completely straight man, I have to admit US x UK is a pretty good pairing. The personalities play off of each other really well. That said, as much as I can get into shipping in other shows, I don’t see the point of it in Hetalia since there’s no real metastory where one pair of characters can definitively end up as a couple.

    Random order comment: Hungary will always be mai Hetalia waifu.

    I’m not sure what the historical reference might be, since the Austro-Hungarian Empire isn’t something I’ve studied much. But I welcome the strong return of France being fabulo-creepy with Italy and Austria, as well as the promise of more Japan and US skits. Definitely better than the last two or so episodes.

  17. Maya
    Posted May 14, 2010 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    I guess there’s no historical references behind it, but just a random joke?

    I like USxUK but, only as brothers, not as lovers. Same thing with Germancest.

  18. randomanon
    Posted May 14, 2010 at 1:45 am | Permalink

    France x UK is pretty popular in the JFandom.

    I am a pretty hardcore USUK shipper, but I won’t mind reading others (like US/Canada or UK/Portugal). And I very much ship France x The World.

  19. randomanon
    Posted May 14, 2010 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    BTW, Scamp, the France/Italy one was actually toned down. Studio DEEN steered away from the pedo joke and actually made a funnier one. XD

    Adaptation at its finest indeed.

  20. randomanon
    Posted May 14, 2010 at 2:00 am | Permalink

    This is the last! Honest!

    Scamp, you really should also take a look at Nyotalia in Pivix. The JFandom love the genderbending ones its fantastic.

  21. fable
    Posted May 14, 2010 at 3:53 am | Permalink

    I thought the original manga version France/Italy part of this episode was much, much funnier, (also creepier) but w/e. Especially with ominous music. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHwXCdZvgjc

    Prussia/England is a cool pairing, as well as England/Canada and Prussia/Germany. Norway/Iceland, Sweden/Denmark, France/England, America/Germany… I could go on but I won’t. Too many characters you can combine together.

    @Scamp: France is often shipped with England or Canada and those are both pretty popular pairings.

    lol, did you mix up Luxembourg with Liechtenstein? Completely understandable, but I paused for a moment when I saw that pic with a baffled expression.

  22. Elysium
    Posted May 14, 2010 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    … oh god Fable, I loved that fandub. XD

    As for UsUk… I’m not really a fan. The pairing’s alright with me, but I’m more inclined on seeing it as a parental pairing than a… romantic one. >.<

    I do love FrUk though. Yes. :D

    And we're almost done with the BeNeLux! :D All we need is Luxembourg. LUXEMBOURG.

  23. Posted May 14, 2010 at 5:11 am | Permalink

    France wants to belong to EVERYONE. That’s his “pairing.” ;)

    US/UK seems to be the standard, most accepted ship for Hetalia. Oddly, I really like the het pairing of Austria/Hungary. So the first minute or two of this ep was full of win for me. ;)

  24. luffyluffy
    Posted May 14, 2010 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Something tells me that Scamp needs to read the Christmas Rampage…

    Oh, and have I ever mentioned the collective hatered for Austria? it gets really bad.. FUCKING AUSTRIA(Note: Not Fucking, Austria.))

  25. Scamp
    Posted May 14, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Ah the world of shipping is something I will never truly understand. I understand the theory behind it, just not the motivation behind those who actively engage in it. Any man who says they ‘ship’ don’t understand the true meaning of the word. All you need to see is how people get angry at how someone trashes someone elses ship to see how SRS BSNSS this part of fandom is.

    Anywho, replies replies. Been a long time since I’ve gotten this many replies on a Hetalia post.

    @Kiseki

    Isn’t Seychelles one of the few female characters in Hetalia? *goes for a quick google check* ah, so she is! Still prefer Belgium myself. Or genderbent US and UK

    @luffyluffy

    Hetalia is the only anime where saying that a certain character dies isn’t considered a spoiler. Actually that’s a rather amusing image. It’s like someone going ‘no guiz, don’t ruin the end of WWII for me! I had only reached the battle of Stalingrad!’.

    @Aorii

    Maybe not a tsundere but certainly a bossy character who France constantly picks on

    @blogger

    Saying you don’t like GerIta is like dismissing the entire concept of Hetalia. I don’t know if this is true but it really does feel like the entire concept for Hetalia simply came out of whatshisface’s confusion at why Germany keeps saving Italy and deciding it must be because he’s lonely and Italy is the only person who wanted to be friends with him.

    @barak

    And maybe I should be relieved I’m just an anime fan and not a Hetalia fan. Then again, express your love for Code Geass is some anime places and you’ll just get a load of people going LOL CODE TRAINWRECK

    @heyheyho

    Yeah but because he’s shipped with everyone nobody gets excited about it. At least, that was the impression I got from reading posters.

    And yeah, the ojou suits Belgium rather well

    @Siri

    I wonder if Hetalia has served as a gateway drug for anyone not into anime? Probably very few because you could quite easilly stay in Hetalia fandom only because of the amount of fanmade material there is

    @ExecutiveOtaku

    Never really been a fan of Hungary. In fact, there’s yet to be a Hetalia female that’s really appealed to me. I’m not that much of a fan of the moe moe kyun Liechtenstein nor of the Yandere Belerus. Big boobs are nice but that’s all Ukraine really is. That’s why I’m pinning my hopes on Belgium.

    @randomanon

    I have indeed taken a look at those genderswapped Hetalia, although my current favourite genderswapping is Durarara. ShizuoXIzaya never looked so hawt~

    @fable

    Yeah I mixed them up :(

    Still, I’d say Luxemburg wouldn’t be that much different from Liechtenstein, although probably a bit of the posh moe in there.

  26. randomanon
    Posted May 14, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Hmm, my fave genderbents are Russia and China, oddly enough.

    But yeah on GerIta… now if only Germany shuts his rational part of his character and be himself, and Italy not freaked out just because Germany makes the effort to be nice to him (man, those training regiments must have been quite an impression), maybe their canon UST might move a step forward.

    Alas.

  27. luffyluffy
    Posted May 14, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    GerIta… it’s kinda.. well, for me, it makes for good fanart, but for real, serious fanfiction and an OTP, I’d never support that. Germancest fills that void.

  28. Scheniziel Lackward
    Posted May 15, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    wow, i don’t know that Hungary-Austria have a bad relationship there, hahaha. wonder when will Lux­em­bourg come out?
    maybe as you said, it’ll be rather same with Belgium? lol

    pick the Germanchest, lol

  29. Scheniziel Lackward
    Posted May 15, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    sorry for the double comment, but is this really hetalia?
    http://www.geocities.jp/himaruya/bal.htm

  30. luffyluffy
    Posted May 15, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Most likely /not./

    Himaruya writes several /other/ comics besides Hetalia, but his drawng style tends to make alln the characters blend together..

  31. blogger
    Posted May 16, 2010 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    @Scamp
    Am I? I suppose so… But I’ve found that over time, I can accept it, but not like it.

  32. randomanon
    Posted May 16, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    @Scheniziel Lackward: It’s Barjona Bombers, another comic.

  33. Anonymouse
    Posted May 16, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    Copypasting what I wrote from Wiki because it bears repeating for you stupid shipping fanshits:

    You know this show was introduced to me sometime last year and I didn’t think too badly of it as a show, but then as always the awful yaoi fantarts went ahead and ruined it for me per usual. It always happens to a show with more than 4 men in it.

    Tbh the show or manga is not for me. I don’t feel it’s entertaining enough to keep me as a fan of an original series and also not serious enough to give off a legit historical feeling to it. The show and manga itself though is not a problem for me, it’s the fans who create tasteless art, especially art that invades other fandoms who want nothing to do with this show (The recent invasion of Touhou and Sailor Moon is quite disgusting, I’d rather not be searching danbooru for the series I like only to get overly buff men in skirts). Or the ones that go ahead and flood forums that are supposed to be about all anime and manga with a yet another thread about Hetalia when there are 5 other acceptable ones already on the page.

    It seems the characters of this show have now morphed into gross bishonen stereotypes of countries. There are female characters that I’m aware of but they either just look like reverse traps or are never mentioned more than once. The problem lies within the fandom and the show itself to an extent. The creator is feeding the batshit insane fat fucks with fanserivce and stupid things instead of making it a serious series.

    Even I like to troll stupid fangirls once and awhile either cause I’m disgusted by them or cause it’s funny

  34. randomanon
    Posted May 17, 2010 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    ^ I dunno about you, but hetalia has pretty good tasteful fanarts.

    Like the Vancouver Olympics, The Fall of the Berlin Wall, a year ago Hetalia fans celebrate the founding of the United Nations, and give a couple of weeks from now, an explosion of fan stuff for the World Cup 2010 (this is me hoping Hidekaz introduces South Africa).

    I get the hate of this series, really. But I disagree with the trash talk that’s not completely true.

  35. Scheniziel Lackward
    Posted May 18, 2010 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    i just found something, here :
    http://www.mediafire.com/?lq9ksjdpyso
    my friend’s said that this is hetalia’s visual novel, i already play this game, but it’s espanol, and i don’t understand it.
    does anyone know for the english version?

    @randomanon : oh ic, thanks for the info :)

  36. Posted March 14, 2011 at 1:38 am | Permalink

    I HATE us/uk.The main fanbase for it is a bunch of rabid otaku chicks who enjoy incest/pedopheliac couples which really kill me.And personally there are so many people England who could be paired with,Nigeria[[oc]]i mean seychelles for instane[I be a hypocryt and cant spell]
    They can be friends but when they start dating is when i break americas arms.I support plenty of yaoi couples but NOT including me england.
    Here,try some Turkey/Egypt

    • Posted April 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

      Whoa there, are you a hater? I don’t like a lot of anime pairings, including Ishihime from Bleach because of my own twisted desires to get Ishida…. somehow…, but I don’t bash the people who support it. “Rabid otaku chicks who enjoy incest/pedophiliac couples”…. Don’t you think you are being a hypocrite there? Just stay away from any kind of fandom if you don’t like rabid otaku chicks. Kolkolkol.

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