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    Scanlator masamune's Avatar
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    Hetalia: Axis Powers (or: Korea goes berserk over anime???)

    The anime adaptation of
    Quote Originally Posted by Anime News Network
    MANGA: Hetalia - Axis Powers
    Genres: comedy
    Themes: World War II
    Plot Summary: Italy, once home of the strongest empire in the world, has changed. This is the story of Italy, now a cowardly pasta-loving fool, and his friends (other personified countries of the world) as they live through strange moments in world history.
    Yes, that's correct folks. This anime (<Yukimura> "...basically a webcomic-turned-manga-turned-anime about the world's countries turned into bishonen and left to play out World History") is a comedy about world history, based somewhat largely on satirical characterizations of countries from around the WWII era.

    The first episode is subbed by GG
    GG - Hetalia Axis Powers - Episode 01 - Webcast

    It is a webcast (meaning low quality, because of the sub-story that is the real reason I'm bothering to make a post about this show: Korea's furious reaction towards the show that has resulted in it being pulled from Japanese TV stations.

    Basically, from what I'm hearing, Korea get all upset about how its country was portrayed in the show (although that character doesn't appear in the first episode at least) and brought some wicked heat towards Japan about it. The issue was even raised in official government meetings of the South Korean federal government. In turn, the Japanese network airing the show decided to cancel it, although web/mobile phone broadcasters are saying they'll air it.

    So, what the fuck? A ridiculously silly (if not a little irreverant) yaoi fangirl's dream come reality about poorly drawn bishounen earns the wrath of a nation and pressures it off the air? Have these Koreans even seen shows like South Park or Family Guy? Could this possibly be the best thing ever for Axis Powers' popularity?

    Wikipedia says
    ANN reports
    Korean Protests Call for Anime Cancellation
    Japanese Station Cancels Hetalia Run
    Some rather biased coverage:

    Actually, I'll say that the first episode was pretty entertaining in some regards. It surely is silly, and there's too many characters all at once, but, hey, that's the world in a way. Some of the jokes in the first scene were both pretty cleverly delivered and funny.

    [00:18] <masamune> this is almost actually keen political commentary
    [00:18] <masamune> wrapped in low-budget, yaoi fan catering bishounen
    [00:19] <masamune> it's like reverse inverse parallel Zetsubou sensei
    [00:19] <masamune> Reversed appeal / presentation. Inverse scope (the world and not Japan), but the same kind of deal
    [00:27] <masamune> the 'chibi' section actually does good show with the more recent history of Italy
    [00:27] <masamune> which is basically becoming enamored with its ancient glory and cultural prowess and becoming the bitch of wave after wave of invader

    The Earth has great beauty. The animals known as humans have acquired such strength that they even think about controlling this planet for themselves. From the point of a planet's life, the life of a living thing lasts no more than an instant. But, in the end, it is only themselves that humans can think of.

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    Sshheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee thsv's Avatar
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    The Japanese-Korean equivalent of a Redneck telling n***** jokes perhaps. Pity none of the articles tells us whether the specific problem was with the character's depiction or just them not being happy about being included.
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    If Pow wrote the manga it would be accurate as fuck lol. I stand behind Pow(while humping his leg) on this one.
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