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It has come to my attention that many people are beginning to leave the Hetalia fandom. The reason behind this is not because the anime/manga is bad, or it had been cancelled, or anything having to do with Hetalia in general.

No, it's because of the fans.

Nowadays, words like "hetaboo" and "hetafags" are what most people associate with the Hetalia fandom. "Why is this?" You may ask. Well, Hetalia fans (or "Hetalians") were not as decent as they once were.

Instead of being polite about their fandom, they shove it down your throat.

Instead of respecting ships they don't like, they bash on those ships, saying things like "NUUUUUU!!11! MY SHIP IS SO MUCH BETTER BECAUSE blah blah blah."

Instead of loving the show in general, they obsess over the pairings.

This, my friends, is the outright definition of "weeaboo".

If this sort of behavior continues, more and more Hetalian begin to leave the fandom. In fact, it's already begun. Hetalians have already grown tired of their weeaboo-filled fandom. They can't fight those fans, so they have no choice but to leave in search of greener pastures. As a result, the fandom begins to lose exceptionally talented people-- artists, writers, gamemakers, roleplayers, cosplayers... the list goes on and on.

What would happen to the Hetalia fandom if we lost such incredible people? Our fandom would become empty-- a hollow shell, a piece of nothing. No one would love it. No one would care about it. "Who cares about that fandom anyway?" They would say. "They're all just a bunch of weeaboos and faggots."

Let me cut to the chase: WE CANNOT LET THIS HAPPEN. It's just too much. I, for one, won't stand here and watch something I love to bits get ripped apart like this.

So, stand with me, and let's help this fandom. Bring it back to its former glory.

What's that you say? How?

Well, do anything and everything! Hunt down the weeaboos who try to attack! Convert them into decent Hetalians! Write! Read! Create! Just show your love for your fandom in an acceptable way!

With everyone's help, we can prove all of them wrong-- that we're not a "bunch of faggots and weeaboos". We are all simply a large group of people who enjoy one show, and who are not afraid to express their love for it.

Join me now in this little revolution. Let's save our fandom.

Copy and paste this into your profile, and add your name to the list, if you are a Hetalian who wants to save the fandom.

itsalollapalooza23, HetaRussia, Night-Chimeras-Cry, Tehnmah, ask-nekosouthitabby2, Ask--Prussiacat/ThePrussianDragon,NepetaLejion713, oOopurple5everoOo, you-will-NOTICE-me, Ask2p-Italy, AnnaTrancy, DeathBeGone, SonicWillRule, EulerStalker, Artists-Of-Himaruya, GYRHS,

Spread the word. Let the revolution begin.
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FlashLightSoarinDash Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
As I quote from my friend: "Raise the red flag. The war's about to start."
sourl Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
There is a new season now at least
although the coloring looks different
CaramelPeach Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is almost basically how i started to leave the fandom.

I was a little late into getting into it, honestly (It must have been late 2010, early 2011). I've been deeply into the fandom for a while (at LEAST a year) and I've had my OTPs, but I didn't obsess over them. It was at least half a year, maybe more when i realized that the fandom was taking a huge turn. Before liking the show, I saw that the fans really enjoyed it. It was hugely popular, and almost every anime fan I met loved the show. Which got me thinking "What's the fuss about?" and I watched Hetalia. Therefore, I got deeply into it.

Months after getting into the fandom, I'm talking with my internet friends and I make a Hetalia reference or two. The were just disgusted and rolled their eyes. 'I guess you just don't like the fandom, whatever.' I thought. But it wasn't just them. I quickly saw other people start to hate on the show. I rewatch episodes and try to think back on why I loved it so much...

When I go onto forums and stuff, I see topics about Hetalia, like "What do you think of Hetalia?" and such. People would reply back, commenting on how annoying the show is with the overused quotes, references, and pairings that the Hetalians would say. The next convention I go to, I decide to keep my eye out for those fans that say such, and sure enough, there were. I was annoyed myself. I felt ashamed. I look back on when I was a Die-Hard Hetalian, and I realized that I was turning into a weeaboo. I was turning into one of those "Hetafags" that people talk about. I didn't want to be that. I didn't want to be in a fandom that was looked down on. I left.

Don't get me wrong, I still respect you Hetalians and what your favorites are. I have even thought of coming back to the fandom recently. I missed watching the show and all my favorite characters. I miss cosplaying from the show...I missed being the happy fan that I was. But I don't want to be surrounded by those who are turning into Hetaboos or Hetafags or whatever. I want this fandom to stay strong. I want to come back to this fandom that isn't dying, but getting stronger and better to the state it was.

CanadiianSpoonIsFork Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I shouldn't be dragging myself into these kinds of things, but I'll go ahead and speak freely. I don't know who exactly is being targeted here, and i don't know what you're asking of them. I hear "weaboo" everywhere (not being said toward me personally) and honestly i find it not only annoying, but also very vague. What is a "weaboo"? Every definition i hear is different. It's a yaoi fangirl, it's a mary sue author, it's someone who thinks they speak Japanese, it's everything that sums up a disliked person in a fandom i suppose, isn't it?

Sometimes i wonder, am i a "weaboo"? Yes, i love yaoi. I like thoroughly appreciating male on male drawings and male on male writings, and normally only of Hetalia characters (that being my current fandom). Now, i don't go shipping everyone with everything that moves, nor do i rub my preferred pairings in anyone's face, but i still like to spread the love of my ships in conversation and such. I don't think that makes me a bad person though.

And sure i might dabble in the dark sides of this fandom, looking at R18 fanart and fanfics (but i am an adult), but that doesn't mean I'm a pervert whose only interest is in two characters having sex. For gods sake i love the show for what it is, for the humor and the storyline (for whatever storyline there is lol), and now i love it even more for the new art and the same obnoxiousness. I have to admit that my beloved OTPs make the experience of being a fan all the more great, but does that really make me so disliked, even if i still adore the show itself?

And it's not blatant porn that my interest lies in, it's the love and bond that make me think "god they're so cute together". Am i destroying the show in thinking two characters are cute together?

But I'm getting off topic. I just want to know if i am a "weaboo" for the things i love and the things i do. If i am, which i don't think i am, then so be it. I respect people and their opinions. But honestly, for the ones in this fandom who shove their opinions in everybody's faces (I'm not referring to the writer of this journal) and who don't respect others and who only care about porn and know hardly a thing about the show itself, if they are called "weaboos" and someone like me is a "weaboo", that's just not right. They should be the only ones referred to here, not the ones like me who moderately enjoy shipping and R18 art. It just seems like people are categorizing respectful people with disrespectful people, just because both people have pairings they like. It's just stupid. Can't i like a pairing without being called out as a "weaboo" and being seen on the same level as the ignorant ones who don't respect others?

See this is why i don't drag myself into these things, i go on a rampage. But really, i hate that word "weaboo" because it puts so many different people into one distasteful group, which is unfair. It's so vague and overly used and honestly i think people use it just to prove they themselves aren't what they accuse others of being. But i don't call people "weaboos" because i don't care. If all some fans care about is porn then i let them like what they want. If someone is trying to shove their headcanons down my throat i just listen politely and move on like nothing happened. Just ignore it, it's not that hard. Maybe that's why i don't know what a weaboo is, because i ignore the truly ignorant fans, which every fandom has. I think people just need to learn to ignore the people that bother them and move on. Ignorant fans will always be here, it's too bad but true.
Meriloid Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dreamydeer Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
it really pisses me off how so many people are fighting over ships. fictional characters. i mean oh my god they're basically doodles on a piece of paper. calm yo tits everyone. i agree with you, i feel like everyone no matter what fandom or if you're not in a fandom needs to just respect everyone. this is absurd.
MoonBeamDust Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Totally agree with you. But I would like to add my 2 cents to this. the weaboos in the Hetalia fandom are a minority. sure, they're probably greater than other fandoms but they seem many to us because idiots always speak loudest. Especially the Hetalia ones. Personally I have been seeing a lot of people leaving fandoms , not just Hetalia because of the fans. personally, I find that inexcusable. If that person wants to leave a fandom, that's ok. Its their decision. but letting other people ruin the fun for them is stupid. The reason why I have stuck with my fandoms till now is because I don't interact with many anime fans and I only interact with those fans that are decent (i.e I don't pay attention to fans that are "weaboos" as most people call them). I think the important part of being in the fandom is just enjoying your interests and celebrating a good work above all else. socializing is a just a by product and how you deal with it is your doing and the work itself.
To wrap up what I just said many weaboos don't really realize that they weaboo and the best way to deal with is politely and discuss with them why so and so is undesirable/offensive etc, like you said. Sadly, most of the time people are quick to judge weaboos and tend to be rude and aggressive. It is the internet afterall and all we can do is just tolerate each other..
MoonBeamDust Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
*and NOT the work itself (my bad)
Mezzochan Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Professional
Although I agree on what you say, I cannot support the use of the word 'faggot' here.
'Faggot' is an insulting term for a gay person, at least in my experience with the English language.
You gave a definition for what a 'weeabo' is in your eyes, and I think we can all agree that no-one in a fandom should behave like that, but I don't really get what you mean when you say that the fandom should prove that they are not a bunch of 'faggots'...

As long as you take the 'f-word' out of your comments, I'm willing to join that list, but otherwise it seems questionable to me...
WakaLakaAlchemist Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Look, I'm going to be honest with you. It's not only the weebs that annoy people, and it's not just the pairing wars. It's when people tell each other what to think, and if you don't think the way they do, you're Satan. Just because people aren't weeaboos, they think it gives them the right to govern the fandom. And that doesn't only happen with pairings. It happens when people make an OC others hate and slam, or when people disagree about the anime, or when people just can't settle on what's canon. It's everything. Hetalia fans have become incredibly critical and bitchy. I've even noticed it on my page. If I say or draw something someone doesn't agree with or finds flaw with, they fly off the handle and jump to correct me, though a majority of the time, I'm not even in the wrong. They will do anything to correct people. People don't seem to realize that doing that makes them look desperate to seem intelligent, and it's irritating. When Hetalia was still in its early stages and tumblr was livejournal, things were a lot more tame. The fans were more mature and reasonable. Now everyone thinks they're Stephen fucking Hawking. I realize I sound naggy myself, but the more people do these things I've mentioned, the less likable the fandom becomes.
Julyjay10 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
the great thing about hetalia is the freedom given with stuff like pairings heck it makes genderswaps with official designs! But with the weeaboos (thanks for defining that~) they override this great freedom. At my school there is roughly 10-15 kids in a group who love hetalia and we do talk of major pairings we mostly agree on but if one of us started liking crack pairings the others would give them the respect we owe them. And we would not try to convert them otherwise. Like with the debates of fruk, usuk, prucan and frying pangle. We give respect and think from their perspective. So for the weeaboos they need to sit down and think about this. Will the world end over a pairing in a show when actual countries are fighting eachother? absolutely not genious.
animerocks4 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well said! :) I have a pic of Finland to finish one day, hehe.
Spadejo Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The beautiful thing about Hetalia is the fact that Himaruya gives so much fanservice among his characters, giving a basis for so many different types of pairings.

It really is stupid shoving pairings into other's faces claiming that it's the "best"

because really,

Himaruya can make any pairing possible.

And it's perfectly fine if you love your OTP,

whether it's GerIta, Spamano, PruCan, AusHun, PruHun, PruAus, AusSwis ((etc. etc. only naming those that come from the top of my head))

or if it's something that's not as popular like

GerChu, RusIta, AmePru, ((etc. etc.))

GO ahead and show your support. You have your own opinion, and no one can take that away from you.

So why do you have the right to take away someone else's by forcing your ship on someone?

On a side note:
My personal belief is:
*If I can respect your pairing, then I hope you'll respect mine. (Though I do get defensive over my pairings and I believe in the whole "one true love" thing. It's cheesy, I know : P))
*If you don't like the pairing, don't read, view, or watch whatever it is that features it. And certainly DO NOT BASH ON THE PAIRING. It's really stupid, and I never understood why someone would stick around and post hate comments

WinterLake25 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student General Artist
I've been a part of the Hetalia fandom for a while, and thankfully, I haven't seen too much of the dark side of the fandom. Sure, I ship everyone with everyone, but I also believe that you shouldn't push your own pairings onto other people. The reason I've stopped writing Hetalia fanfiction is that there are very few decent Hetalia fics out there these days, and I would get a lot of reviews telling me who to ship.

I agree with a lot of what's been said in the comments, though, amen.
andrielisilien Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Amen. I like Hetalia for the history and stereotype poking humor while fans take it too far. I've tried sharing Hetalia with friends and they admit that they are scared because of the fan-based work/writings/etc they see. :depressed:
ananomus111 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i actually have a freind that likes hetalia but wont cosplay it cus of the fandom
RockyGems Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student General Artist
There's always the people who just plain lost interest or outgrew it, of course.
crooked-clockwork Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013   General Artist
I don't have a very hard time ignoring the "dark side of the fandom", as I call it. I've only been into Hetalia for probably six or seven months, and I was afraid of something like this happening. The fandom is being taken over by the so-called "shippers" who destroy the fun for everyone. A lot of these "shippers" just like the yaoi and not the actual anime. I'm too much of history nerd (I love the references and the personifications due to the fact it helps me remember important events in history) to really back out of the fandom. It's pretty easy to ignore the obnoxious fan-girls for me, but I know it's different for others.

I so agree with this journal's purpose.

I totally ship anything that can provide viable historical references. That stuff's the besssttttt.
NeoSailorCrystal Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hmm. Interresting idea. I haven't seen many of these fans in a while, but I'm thankful for that. Hetalia targets female teenagers, so excessive, over-the-top fangirls were expected. I just don't like how many people can act so stubborn and closed-minded regarding shipping; they feel as though it's their duty to enforce their pairing's popularity.
HeroicPlights Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know, I have a really easy time ignoring any part of a fandom I don't like. I just enjoy what I enjoy and try not to let other people's ways of enjoying things effect my own enjoyment. I've made good friends with similar interests through Hetalia, and I don't pay attention to the immature side, so I have a fine time.
I write and draw to contribute to the fandom in the way I like, and eventually it leads me to meet similar people.
Don't stress over people leaving and converting people into "decent fans." Just do what you enjoy, and stick with the people you enjoy. If you get overwhelmed or annoyed, take a break. Get off DA and tumblr for a bit and re-watch some episodes on your own, or go back to a great fic or piece of art that you loved. Remember why you bothered liking it in the first place. Sometimes online communities/fandoms get overwhelming or annoying, so it's okay to take a step back and away for a bit.
-shrugs- that's just how I see it.
If you worry over how others see Hetalia negatively, well that'll just make you miserable forever, because people are always going to find it annoying, the trick is not to let someone else's opinion influence your own.
I think of myself as a fan of Hetalia, not a member of the Hetalian race, so maybe my perspective is a bit different, I don't know.
psionicbird Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student Filmographer
I'd love to add my name on the list, but I rarely update my journal for the fun of it xD But yes. I'll help. :dummy:

When you say "talented cosplayers, artists and roleplayers and so forth" just consider the fact that they -- like everyone else in the world, I hope -- move on to other interests.
I have a good (really-talented) friend who used to be Hetalian a couple of years ago and she left because she got scared away by "the fandom". She confessed that she still liked Hetalia in general and up till now she still has a soft spot for some characters. (We're doing a frickin' art trade for Pete's sake)

Fans grow up and change but that doesn't mean they do not forget what they left behind. Heck, I still remember my Danny Phantom phase. *u*

Furthermore, some artists in my opinion, don't just stay on one spot, we explore other completely different things to improve skill. We can't just keep doing fan-art. Some of us who pursue the arts, work on other things and yeah, we can't keep up with fan art.

I'm sorry but I may I compare this to one fandom? Kay.
I realize Homestuck goes on head to head with Hetalia nowadays (there are plenty of fans switching here and there and it looks like a majority of Hetalians are moving to Homestuck</i> as they mature. It is clearly evident in so-called tumblr, a'ight?).
So many excel in fan art in that particular fandom. Know why?
1) Because the audience and the market is general; it's got games, video games and complexities that simply attract older-dudes-who-can-do-voice-overs, for example
2) The art style is MUCH doable for the fans, hence more paint sprites and so forth
3) And the author is more AWARE of his fandom. Constantly updating, he likes connecting with his fans. Hima isn't like that so much, eh?
4) Our fandom also leans more to anime. Oh-cruel-world, not everyone is in league with anime.
And I don't think we have enough games and animations on ours and you can make up reasons for that if you like.

So I compared these two, just to make my point. Forgive the fandom for what it is because of how it is and who its attracting.

Even if the first generation of Hetalians are moving on, just hold on tight and enjoy the ride as a younger generation takes over; no matter the naivety, they'll grow up and realize their mistakes --weren't we like that once? Geez. Oh yeah. Ooops.
Yes, we shall do our best to keep "them" under control (and start a dictatorship if need be. lol.) but wouldn't that lead to us to maturing, realizing and moving on as well? Does it revolve in a cycle? *le sigh*

Don't worry guys, I trust the fandom will regrow in years to come seeing that Funimation will be dubbing the new series in the future. That was a good move, I think. You know? Keep alive Hetalia in a few years? Yeah. for a wild ride? Here's a face we will find a lot as the years go on -> :iconharharplz:

And I will shamelessly advertise my APH Romania fanfic to kick this off. If anyone's interested, I'm hoping to get it running in these few months and put up some art for it too.
To help keep this Beautiful World in tact. ;)
Shizuri-chan Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm on your side! Hetalia must be safed ,becouse it's still a help for geoghraphy or history ! Not a simple Yaoi fu$k story!
PsychopathLuxray Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Argh! I agree COMPLETELY with this! I, as a Hetalia fan, support this.

The crazy fanbase just get off my nerves... but I try (unsuccesfully) to ignore them and just keep in the fandom. If I like the anime is for the humour and the historical references (I'm a History nerd so is one of the main reasons why I loved the series), not for the yaoi or shit like that. Some fans need to calm down and relax. It's just an anime, not a religion. :iconfacepalmplz:
TionneDawnstar Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
I left the fandom because I was treated extremely badly by these sorts of fans. I make Shimejis, mostly Hetalia ones, and I was being abused so much I gave up making them, and the fandom all together for months. Once Beautiful World started I got pulled into it yet again, but I'm not as avid and excited as I once was. I don't create as much art as I did, and with roleplaying, I only play with other fans I know won't abuse me. I feel like once I step out of this comfort box I will be attacked again... I don't even do anything weird and stay away from most ships. I don't know if there is any saving the fandom to be honest. It's like the Black Butler fandom, I fell out of that because people were just crazy and took it too far... It's sad.
Francchi Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
While this is all true, people complain for the so called hetalia weaboos but I haven't seen people like this in forever; It's an episodical occassion I see some 13 year old girl drawing some silly or possibly offensive things with use of hetalia characters; But what I usually see are sane and nice people who watch Hetalia for fun facts and laughs. I think it's the fault of most people who leave the fandom. They're exaggerating SO much. I've seen people who, despite the fact they like Hetalia, abandon it because "the fandom is so shitty and I'm too mature for that; I'm going to watch serious series you probably never heard of." And force themselves onto bandwagons like some popular nowadays TV shows.

Besides, if something bothers you in fandom, like, for example, some pairings, you can simply avoid it, like I do. You can like the series and create fan stuff without getting into pairing wars or hating some characters and stuff. The fandom is huge and there's always plenty of people who think the same as you.
5Qui99L3 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I agree. The deeper I got into the fandom, the weirder I felt, and it already got to a point where I'm hesitant to admit I'm part of this all. Now, I'm guilty of shipping some of these yaoi pairings, but that's not the main reason for me to like Hetalia, and I certainly don't bother enough to participate in flamewars about it. I know people tend to overreact when something they love is being tackled, but it's those reactions, the "love-it-or-die"s and the occasional historically or politically very unsensitive (to the point of being distasteful) fanart that give us a bad reputation.

I really think we should be a bit more polite and careful about our beloved fandom - we do care, after all.

P.S.: I'm not saying that crack fanart is taboo. In fact, the less serious we are about our fandom, the less "dangerous" it is. Just... don't be earnestly, honestly serious about your historically incorrect ship-soaked fanart. Please don't.
SPINNY-chair-HERO Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
we're not the only fandom with weebs and hardcore yaoi shippers tbh
there are other factors affecting the fandom changing too
y'know like changes in interests?
Vanity-808 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Amen!!! :iconfuckyeaguyplz:

I mean seriously, I don't think Himaruya wanted his story to end into bromances and poop and besides what happened to ''respecting others' opinion''?

To confess I ship most, if not all, yaoi and straight pairings but I don't rub my pairings at other people or force them to ship it (aside from my sister but that's for teasing purposes)

I really hope that the fandom would be restored to its former glory without the repetition of the weeaboos and poop. :iconsomuchwin-plz:

Now, back to watching re-runs :iconrainbowpukeguyplz:
nerdymoosechild Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Those three comments ^^^
Same here. *still watching it my guilty pleasure I love history*
cdblue Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist
I always say it's the fans than ruin the fandom (some but not all). Thats the primary reason why I gave up on hetalia a year ago. There are two main reasons why I left; one, the parings. It makes no sense as why the only thing you were able to absorb from the show was to pair every country. What really got me was when I saw both China and Russia's leaders paired up because of the show (when you start playing with real life political shit like that, it's time for me to bounce out) and taking an atlas and saying it's and orgy party.

The second is motivational posters/screencaps. I don't understand why DA allows this in the first place. I don't understand why the people who make these actually think their captions are legit, and I sure as hell don't understand why some groups allow them when its straight up copyright ( I also hate the MMD, save that for youtube).

I remember when we had great artist, cosplayers, ect. I remember how we took hetalia and made it something more that what it was in a good way. I miss the old hetalia, but I don't know if the fandom (mostly on DA cause pixiv still keeps it's true) can be saved. Either way, I don't think I will be claiming myself to be a hetalia fan any time soon again.
PurpleAsteroid Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Agreed. Plus the fans that consider France as a rapist ad Spain as a pedo. Honestly, I'm beginning to worry that most people who aren't in the fandom thinks it's made up of weaboos and yaoi-obsessed fangirls. Which is not cool.
AnnHolland Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I totally agree with you, I also love hetalia because of the show, I want to save the fandom too
shall I make a journal concluding this for the group hetalia-romance?
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