Wait… how did something this blatantly moronic get censored?
Look, I get it – Koreans were mad because Korea was a seriously stereotyped and offensive character.
Except… that ignores that all the characters in this are seriously stereotyped and potentially offensive. Italy is portrayed as a brainless sop who loves pasta and leeches off of Germany. France is a bishounen who hangs around drinking wine and thoughtlessly opposing both America and Britain. America is brash, arrogant, and stupid (I’m beginning to sense a pattern). Japan’s a complete push-over. Latvia cries whenever Russia talks to him (the only thing that made honestly laugh out loud in the show so far). In fact, the only country that hasn’t really been negatively stereotyped thus far is Germany (I won’t be going into positive stereotyping here, as that generally only applies to Germany itself, and thus isn’t worth of discussion).
If the fact that the show itself is built on stereotypes isn’t enough, there’s the fact that it is a ragingly stupid exercise. Italy raises his hand and yells, “Pasta!” when asked his opinion on global warming – wait, that’s really the best you could come up with? I know you have five minute episodes based on a webcomic, but that really isn’t even all that funny… had he slipped on pasta and been prevented from answering, maybe I would’ve laughed, but that was just dumb.
Basically, the upshot of what I’m trying to say is that I feel like a lot of noise was made over something that is pretty forgettable and really doesn’t matter terribly much. I held my judgment until seeing a bit of the anime itself and forcing myself through some of the comic, hence my late commentary, but I’m not willing to commit to saying that that was a massive worth of effort – a whole lot of sound and fury signifying nothing. And, you know, if anyone I suppose could have any legitimacy in making a fuss over this (and this is still a stretch), you could maybe make the argument for Italians… except I’m pretty sure maybe about twenty-two and a half Italians are even aware of this (are we going to get a Silvio Berlusconi cameo? pretty please? I’d love to see him made fun of).
Anyway, the basic point remains – solid industrialized nations really shouldn’t be fussing around about total bits of idiocy such as this, especially when you consider how crappy the world economy is at the moment. And, hey, how do you think I feel? There’s no Ireland in this! Damn bitches, left the best part of the world out… and lord only knows they could’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of having an Ireland in this thing.