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Kids Station Cancels Hetalia [Updated on Jan 23]

by dtshyk
Jan 15, 2009 7:02 PM | 95 Comments
According to Hetalia official website, Kids Station TV channel canceled the airing of "Axis Powers Hetalia". The anime will be available only online in Animate TV and Mobile Animate (mobile phone).

The airing date
Mobile Animate: January 24th (only for mobile phones)
Animate TV: January 26th, 4pm JST (January 25th, 11pm PST) *edited

The producer of Hetalia anime is now trying to find alternatives in order to provide the anime for those who don't have a broadband network environment.

Source: Hetalia Official Website

Edited on Jan 21st===========
Himaruya Hidekazu, the author of manga "Axis Powers Hetalia", thanked the fans for the encouraging emails sent from many countries: the nearest one was Taiwan and the furthest one was Argentina. He said Frontier Works, Animate and Studio DEEN will hold out to the end to air Hetalia.

The airing schedule of Animate TV online streaming has not been announced yet, but Hetalia will be shown at the Animate shops in Japan on Saturdays.

Source: himaruya's blog

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haha, koreans threaten cyber terrorism ...

Are koreans really that un-educated that they never heard of the Streisand effect?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisand_effect

Apparantly not!

"The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it."

Nothing justifies terrorism or attacks on another nation, be it real or cyber, makes no difference before court.

Edit: Just to clarify, technically speaking, i don't care at all what south korea thinks about Hetalia.. i just find this endless fascinating, because i can not follow the argument at all, it seems its a social "problem" koreans have, because i don't see any european nations blogos-sphere demonstrating against hetalia, even though they'd have a real reason

(I made my post with this edit alot less flamy, sorry bout that ;p)

Jan 28, 2009 1:45 AM by eRe4s3r

PF said:
I know that the older generation tend to have a racist bias over the Japanese for the atrocities that the Japanese in the past have done to the Koreans in times of war. I even see a twinge of slight racism from even my mother for the Japanese and sometimes I have seen her a bit disappointed/angry over my liking of anime.


I guess your mother hadn't lived the colonial period.
The generation which experienced Japanese colonial period is not so hostile to Japan. But of course there are always exceptions...

Jan 27, 2009 1:23 AM by rednaxela

Cihan said:
shinkeikaku said:
PF said:
Of course having said that, I don't think the mangaka should decide to make more jokes at Korea just for the sake of lashing back. I think that'd just help the protestors in their case of not wanting it to exist.
All the other part was mostly said elsewhere by others, so I'm not even getting into it. However, like everyone else not familiar with the material, you completely missed the irony of making Korea have a dual personality, which would make him a weaker version of the Japan character. The characters are pretty unique (and Korea practically never ever appears), so that wouldn't happen, but the statement was actually subtly funny in the this whole situation, whether intended or not.
Well maybe you're underestimating Korea's feelings for a pointless war that seperated millions of people and families and to this day causes great anguish in a nation renowned for its number one favourite genre when it comes to movies and TV: melodrama. Its a tragic nation that is technically still at war with itself so I'm sure you'll forgive them for not laughing at having their country depicted as a character with a dual personality.

Its like depicting an American character as having a dual personality while the American civil war still rages on. You just know it would piss off a whole bunch of Americans for making light of what they're going through. And thats the point I'm making I guess, Korea is halved and still at war, and this manga's just inflaming sensitive nerves.

Again, I'm not defending a ban, but the Korean character is not terribly clever writing to be honest and so I dont understand why other people are shocked at Korea's 'official' reaction. Asia is a bit of a powder keg if you didnt know, even a stupid little manga can make waves, you have to have some foresight before you do anything like this.
Huh? The dual personality has nothing to do with North and South Korea. North Korea doesn't exist isn't the comic. By resembling Japan's character, it would be a reflection of the whole "uriginal" idea that got people worked up in the first place. A sense of humor and irony is a nice thing to have.

Again, this was largely touched upon in the other threads as well. The other countries (including those who were at war and even Taiwan that was occupied by Japan and also had comfort women) are depicted and not getting all upset over a comic.

And if Korea was so sensitive about the state of their own people (I'm guessing this is why you're talking about the divide?), what was that whole Tsundeban thing about then? Apparently some Koreans thought that was funny, despite their own people being held hostage, while others called for it to be policed. I think that would be a typical reaction for something like that, but Hetalia isn't nearly as tasteless.

Jan 26, 2009 8:00 AM by shinkeikaku

shinkeikaku said:
PF said:
Of course having said that, I don't think the mangaka should decide to make more jokes at Korea just for the sake of lashing back. I think that'd just help the protestors in their case of not wanting it to exist.
All the other part was mostly said elsewhere by others, so I'm not even getting into it. However, like everyone else not familiar with the material, you completely missed the irony of making Korea have a dual personality, which would make him a weaker version of the Japan character. The characters are pretty unique (and Korea practically never ever appears), so that wouldn't happen, but the statement was actually subtly funny in the this whole situation, whether intended or not.


Well maybe you're underestimating Korea's feelings for a pointless war that seperated millions of people and families and to this day causes great anguish in a nation renowned for its number one favourite genre when it comes to movies and TV: melodrama. Its a tragic nation that is technically still at war with itself so I'm sure you'll forgive them for not laughing at having their country depicted as a character with a dual personality.

Its like depicting an American character as having a dual personality while the American civil war still rages on. You just know it would piss off a whole bunch of Americans for making light of what they're going through. And thats the point I'm making I guess, Korea is halved and still at war, and this manga's just inflaming sensitive nerves.

Again, I'm not defending a ban, but the Korean character is not terribly clever writing to be honest and so I dont understand why other people are shocked at Korea's 'official' reaction. Asia is a bit of a powder keg if you didnt know, even a stupid little manga can make waves, you have to have some foresight before you do anything like this.

Jan 26, 2009 7:40 AM by Beatnik

PF said:
Of course having said that, I don't think the mangaka should decide to make more jokes at Korea just for the sake of lashing back. I think that'd just help the protestors in their case of not wanting it to exist.
All the other part was mostly said elsewhere by others, so I'm not even getting into it. However, like everyone else not familiar with the material, you completely missed the irony of making Korea have a dual personality, which would make him a weaker version of the Japan character. The characters are pretty unique (and Korea practically never ever appears), so that wouldn't happen, but the statement was actually subtly funny in the this whole situation, whether intended or not.

Jan 26, 2009 7:28 AM by shinkeikaku

Woo.
I want to watch this.

Jan 26, 2009 2:55 AM by LolitaDecay

I don't know what to feel about the Korean bashing since I'm Korean yet was looking forward to the release of this anime. First, it sounds like many are generalizing the Koreans from a few protesters and if that's the case, then we should generalize anyone and anything for the act of a few people. Koreans are always protesting something, espeicially many of the college students. I have seen and heard of college students wanting the US army out and have done a lot of protesting in order for it to happen. At the same time, I think Korea is just a bit touchy especially when it comes to the Japanese. I know that the older generation tend to have a racist bias over the Japanese for the atrocities that the Japanese in the past have done to the Koreans in times of war. I even see a twinge of slight racism from even my mother for the Japanese and sometimes I have seen her a bit disappointed/angry over my liking of anime.

Of course having said that, I don't think the mangaka should decide to make more jokes at Korea just for the sake of lashing back. I think that'd just help the protestors in their case of not wanting it to exist.

Jan 26, 2009 2:48 AM by PF

Nice update, I didn't even notice it until now.

January 26th..

Jan 24, 2009 5:16 PM by Kira01

Iahel said:
i think mangaka should use Korea character much more often from now on.
dual personality included.
lol, I actually like this idea. Maybe make him have a yandere personality. Oh wait, Japan's character is already kinda like that.. ;D

Jan 24, 2009 9:49 AM by shinkeikaku

i think mangaka should use Korea character much more often from now on.
dual personality included.

Jan 23, 2009 3:48 AM by Iahel

i got the news on mixi by a friend, i'm still shocked from that day...

:|

My country, italy, is actually depicted worse than korea... THEN WHY THE HECK ARE THEY COMPLAINING WHILE WE DON'T? :|
This is nonsense. I hope it's a korean joke.

Jan 22, 2009 6:53 PM by Harumaro

Kyora said:
shinkeikaku said:
windy said:
@ people wondering if this will still be fansubbed: yes :)
YES! aarinfantasy is the BEST :) I hope they can get a good video source.

Ohh thanks goodness. T__T This was really the only series I was looking forward to for Winter 09. <3
best Winter 2009 show is saved. +.+

Jan 20, 2009 4:26 PM by Maora

shinkeikaku said:
windy said:
@ people wondering if this will still be fansubbed: yes :)
YES! aarinfantasy is the BEST :) I hope they can get a good video source.

Ohh thanks goodness. T__T This was really the only series I was looking forward to for Winter 09. <3

Jan 20, 2009 8:27 AM by Kyora

>eRe4s3r :
>I wouldn't know why you translate with japanese though, google offers korean to english translation for free

I needed to translate Korean to Japanese so that I read & understand well
google didn't act in my case, and I translated one by one at Translater site...

In the activity site, I felt, almost all they seem to have't read "Hetalia" actually, and seem to continue untill web-video be cancelled too
Although Korea doesn't appear...

well, though I guess It will be broadcast

Jan 18, 2009 9:11 PM by Hana-kei

shinkeikaku said:
windy said:
@ people wondering if this will still be fansubbed: yes :)
YES! aarinfantasy is the BEST :) I hope they can get a good video source.


That's some good news.

Jan 18, 2009 6:51 PM by Nayah

I wouldn't know why you translate with japanese though, google offers korean to english translation for free ;p And what you can read there is pretty much the usual , retarded. Just like every other internet petition's comments.

Anyhow, i will make sure all my DA watchers will atleast hear of this anime when its fansubbed, thats the outmost sympathy i can possibly offer to the japanese and the manga-ka who created the webcomic.. ;p

I guess what vytah wrote is 100% correct however, in a free society, its the right of a company to do moronic idiotic and retarded decisions all day long. Matter of fact, thats a good thing. They are a private company and they are only in the buisness to make money. (not that korean boycott would cost them any..) Still, its their decision and its to be respected.

And there is allways room for conversation. Just not on the internet.. because Arguing over the web is like running in the disabled olympics.... ^^

Anyhow, it would appear that koreans are indeed xenophobic. Who would have thought? Do they know what the more western oriented anime-ka say and think? Do they care? I wonder..

Jan 18, 2009 6:44 PM by eRe4s3r

According to this Korean's main activity and signature site, they are still demanding cancell untill broadcast be cancelled completely, though Korea doesn't appear in Anime

http://agora.media.daum.net/petition/view?id=65659

Language Japanese between Korean is close, so Translater work well
therefore, I can see what they are commenting...haha, they are extremely perverse and biased!
There is no room for conversation

Jan 18, 2009 3:03 PM by Hana-kei

This reminds me of similar cases in Poland.
1. Some book about Lech Walesa. The author has been condemned month before book hit the shelves.
2. Movie about defense of Westerplatte. It started by information that there will be scenes like soldiers drinking vodka. The director said that that's for the realism and he simply followed what survivors say. The conservatives made such a ruckus about that (it was about to stain an image of the heroic defenders or so), that the director has lost funding and AFAIK the movie has been cancelled (but I still hope not).
3. And one international case: Dutch song "Een bussie vol met Polen" ("A bus full of Poles"). Media were talking some b.s. about depicting us as drunkards and servants for Westerners, and that's all due mistranslation of lyrics by some internet wannabe translator.

But fortunately, such conservative nationalists are in minority in Poland, and the government NEVER deals with such things. Despite feeling being xenophobic and intolerant, we still don't have a protest group able to pull down a TV show from German, American, Lithuanian, Russian, Ukrainian or any other foreign station.

Hope some other TV station tries to make some cash from this controversial stuff and airs APH :P

But remember, it's up to Kids Station what to do with their airtime. They can stop broadcasting anything if they want, they're simply a private company. They're free to make silly moves and to upset people awaiting a new anime. The ones to blame are those who protested.

Jan 18, 2009 2:13 PM by vytah

windy said:
@ people wondering if this will still be fansubbed: yes :)
YES! aarinfantasy is the BEST :) I hope they can get a good video source.

Jan 18, 2009 1:18 PM by shinkeikaku