Okay, so big news here. I’m still in the middle of writing up the Winter 09 Anime List so I’ve been at least trying to keep up to date on the new series-es.
So, if no one has payed any attention to the anime net sphere over the past 2 weeks or so, they wouldn’t know about the big controversy surrounding Hetalia.
Hetalia is a gag story on several political situations, covering a lot of World War II, with personified characters of countries, such as Germany, US, etc. Cue word: gag. Apparently, a lot of Koreans didn’t get it and found the character of Korea to be insulting, thus a petition to ban Axis Powers Hetalia was created online. So far, it has accumulated 15000 and rising signatures on the petition. The TV station that was supposed to broadcast Axis Powers Hetalia cancelled the airing of the show due to pressure and bad international publicity. However, in the anime’s website, it has said that it will still be distributed via mobile phones (sucks of us here in the West who have sucky low-tech cellphones).
Like DAMN. Before I get any hate messages, I want just want to say that Hetalia pretty much makes fun out of everyone. Even Japan is shown as an otaku boy, which I don’t think really truly describes a huge percent of the Japanese population. And Italy pretty much acts like an idiot-crybaby throughout the thing. I even bet those who signed the petition signed just to have something to argue about and not even know about Hetalia or even at least researched a bit of info on the situation before signing. I am aware of the tension between Japan and Korea. However, I just think its ridiculous that Hetalia gets cancelled over some nationalists saying its insulting to them when the whole series insults all the countries in it (via stereotyping and otherwise). It’s for gag.
That of course is my rant. I was trying to vent while being diplomatic and I know I failed. The Japan-Korea thing has been going on for quite awhile and I think nationalism had a big part on this controversy which I can’t argue with ’cause I don’t have a nationalistic bone in my body since it leads to argument and spending energy. Too late now though, since its cancelled. Oh, life how you disappoint me (in many ways other than cancelling Hetalia and Double Arts).
My Socials class was talking about how if Bush (yes current Bush) was the leader of China and SNL was a Chinese show, all the members of SNL would be hung… or something along those lines. Just goes to show how the ability to take jokes in Asia is way different than the West.
This whole thing is sorta giving me a sense I’ll do bad in my examination.
image from 和菓子菓子 on pixiv