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[ profile] hazel_belle, you just got me hooked on Hetalia Axis Powers.

Hetalia is a cracked Japanese webcomic view of history, with countries as characters. There's an anime too, but I have not watched it - yet.

So far, I've read the main WWI - WWII story and half of the the extra stories.

It involves pasta, bratwurst, exploding chairs, bad driving, and tearful farewells with panties. oh, and Chibi Italia/Holy Roman Empire is a pretty big ship.

quotes and other info:
- American War Movies: They are fighting the Russians when suddenly aliens attack, so then they band together with the Russians to exterminate the aliens.
- Feeling quite scandalized by the matter, France and Spain would often call out "Stop making passes at Italy!"
-Russia is ONE SCARY GUY. He also declares his hobby as partioning Poland.
- Wikipedia has this under China: He is a big fan of Hello Kitty and tends to end his sentences with the suffix -aru, a Japanese stereotype of how Chinese people speak, however, he replaces the customary -aru with the suffix -ahen, which means opium, when speaking to England, as a reference to the Opium Wars.

2010-01-31 13:05 (UTC)
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Yesss... thank you for the link! I spent quite a bit of last night listening to someone describe Hetalia Axis Powers and I was amazed. It sounds both delightfully cracky and interesting.

2010-01-31 19:59 (UTC)
by [identity profile]
you're welcome! and it is.

2010-01-31 13:31 (UTC)
by [identity profile]
Russia is ONE SCARY GUY. He also declares his hobby as partioning Poland.
Sorry, the history geek is emerging out from me.

This sounds SO FUNNY.

2010-01-31 20:00 (UTC)
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it is funny, but in a really weird and random way. History geeks would like it.

2010-01-31 13:34 (UTC)
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I can't believe you got into Hetalia; it's almost horrifying.

Hey, don't diss on Russia! I like him! And his vodka!

I refuse to take part in this live-action casting business.

2010-01-31 20:00 (UTC)
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Russia is kind of awesome

2010-01-31 13:39 (UTC)
by [identity profile]
How's France? A womanizing romantic bastard who likes to drink wine and scorn everyone?
I suggest Vincent Cassel or maybe Guillaume Canet.

2010-01-31 20:02 (UTC)
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France hits on everyone, haha. In one of the strips, France starts the modern Olympics because Greece mentions that the ancient Olympics were done naked.
Vincent Cassel probably looks more like the character.

2010-01-31 17:00 (UTC)
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I've heard a lot about Hetalia. Both positive and... not. XD But I agree the idea is cracky and fun.

Do the actors have to be from the countries they're portraying?

England: John Simm
Scotland: There's no bio, so I guessed and went with James McAvoy
I want to say Tom Felton for one of the more brooding, Scandinavian countries...

I can't think. I suddenly feel like I've never heard of more than a dozen actors. O_O

2010-01-31 20:17 (UTC)
by [identity profile]
well, some of the negative things probably came from misunderstandings. The most controversial strip, about England and France spreading lies and propaganda about Germany, actually references events from World War I, not WWII. South Korea banned the anime for a while because they thought the Korea character was a negative stereotype, but I don’t see the Korea character falling into the negative stereotypes that sadly exist in Japan to this day . He’s actually kind of cool and all of the characters are more or less stereotypes anyway.

John Simm might fit! I haven't read a strip with Scotland yet, so I'm not sure about McAvoy.

2010-01-31 20:28 (UTC)
by [identity profile]
Yeah, I said JM because he's one of two famous Scottish actors I know. :S

2010-01-31 20:39 (UTC)
by [identity profile]
Hetalia fandom is crazy.

2010-01-31 20:44 (UTC)
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I was looking at some of the comments, and I can't believe how seriously some people take their ships...

2010-02-01 00:40 (UTC)
by [identity profile]
I only know about Hetalia from [ profile] fandomsecrets, but now I'm confused. Is there an animated show?

Anyway, I had no idea the countries had names, although from the little I know, it would make sense instead of calling each other by country names hah.
Also, alien? Like outerspace alien?

2010-02-01 01:01 (UTC)
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there's an anime based on the webcomic-turned-manga

yeah, when the anime started, they gave them names, and the names started popping up in the webcomic afterward. It's a bit confusing, but helps when there are so many versions of Italy running around.

yeah, an outer space alien. He pops up now and then.

2010-02-03 05:46 (UTC)
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OH SHIT HETALIA. I've wanted to read it for the longest time (odds are good I discovered it on TV Tropes?) because it just sounds so cracked-out, but I've never gotten around to it. I'll have to put it on my list of things to do now...I didn't know there was an anime, though.

2010-02-03 08:14 (UTC)
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I read it all in about three days, using the links posted above. Just remember that they all read right-to-left, and read the comments for clarification and lulz.

Besides, it has Canada jokes (

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