teakay: (Stressed Taiwan)
In case anyone is polling the Internets.

Some of it I found quite funny in its own way - "They had all become assholes!" "Where do you think they get extra-virgin olive oil?" "Dumbledora the Explorer!" "Woof!" "Your boyfriend or girlfriend or gender-neutral chibithing," etc.

Some of it got a kind of uneasy snicker - America's transition from "You can back me up" to "You can be the cannon fodder," Ukraine the juvenile megalomaniac, ETA: Lithuania's rant on Russification, etc.

Some of it I found... rather appalling - i.e. gratuitous Nazi references that A) are out-of-character and B) make no sense. Also France and England's Manipulation Activities, which were already pretty questionable in the original, become horrifying when one of the rumors they decide to spread about Germany is specified as being about the Holocaust. I am loath to shell out for a DVD with that on it.

So I guess what I'm saying is, I wish I could say I hate it top to bottom. I suppose at least my wallet's relieved.
teakay: (Im Yong Su poses in his sleep)
Recettalia (Recettear/Hetalia)

A while after Feliciano Vargas's grandfather vanishes on a would-be heroic quest, leaving massive debt in his wake, a strict and repressed fairy loan shark named Ludwig (Tear) turns up and helps Feliciano (Recette) open an item shop to raise the money to pay off the debt and keep his house while Feliciano makes various adorable noises. They are aided first by either Ivan the bescarfed northerner or Alfred the cheerful would-be hero with money management issues and a constant yen for food (Louie). Other adventurers include Arthur the surly child wizard (Caillou) and Erzsebet the lady thief who coos over Feliciano and questions Ludwig about the true nature of their relationship (Charme).

Alternately, Liechtenstein and Switzerland can play Recette and Tear. Poland is superficially similar to Euria but that probably brings an even bigger raft of Unfortunate Implications.

Inglourious Gauru (Inglourious Basterds/Werewolf: the Apocalypse)

During World War II, a group of Jewish-American werewolves Umbra-hop behind enemy lines to put the fear of Gaia in some rogue Get of Fenris. Gore and guts ensue. I would probably have more to say about this one except I've never actually watched the movie.

(no subject)

Tuesday, 11 May 2010 12:04 pm
teakay: (Cyric the Mad)
Well, back at home, unwinding, doing my summer reading for the senior seminar in the fall, waiting for grades to come in, etc. I've finally started chugging away (knocking wood) on a long-planned and abortively drafted World of Darkness/Werewolf historical fic which can be summed up as "Poke the Silver Fang: Hapless Lost Cub in Red Army Edition." All my research-paper-researching on the Winter War has further use.

And if you remember or care about the boggling quote on Hetalia from the last entry re: Soviet POW happy fun times, well, today I was browsing the main comm and came across a translation of a similarly-boggling deleted strip, in which Russia browbeats Germany into making the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and divvying up Poland.

Let me put it this way: There's not talking about certain subjects so as to keep things light, and then there's talking about it and screwing it up.

... at least it was a deleted strip, so chances are he realized the screwup.

The more I think about it, the more Unfortunate Implications there seem to be in Germany being just abnormally strict (and not at all sure about his boss) while Russia's a nutbar who threatens other anthropomorphic personifications with Siberia.

Coming up for air

Tuesday, 27 April 2010 10:48 pm
teakay: (Stressed Taiwan)
For another semester, I have conquered the temptation to do the presentation for my history research paper with the help of homebrewed Hetalia comics. It helps that my drawing remains generally primitive.

Cut for my tasteless sense of humor )

In related old-news, which particularly jumped out at me because of aforementioned history courses, I was Googling about and found an article on Hetalia that included a translation from a Japanese blog:

I read the Hetalia people are talking about. The relationship between characters personifying different countries was pretty amusing.
Good-for-nothing Italy that can think about nothing but good food. The Soviet Union, happy to be Germany`s prisoner.

*record scratch*

Not sure whether I should be exclaiming "Dear Lord, translator!" "Dear Lord, blogger!" or, which I'm most afraid of since I haven't read all the strips, "Dear Lord, Himaruya!"

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