Anonymous asked: Oh come on, Hetalia is 90% cutsey serious events. THE AXIS POWERS, THE BRITISH EMPIRE, THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE, ARE ALL PORTRAYED AS CUTE WACKY DOOFUSES WHILE THEY'RE INVADING COUNTRIES FFS.
anon, as I’ve mentioned it’s context. I said that imo, the whole Spain’s kid thing is not always offensive imo, it DEPENDS on the situation you’re using it in. I do enjoy the hilarious part of APH- I certainly doodle that a lot.
Yes, throughout history, invasions have been portrayed humorously in political cartoons- APH is not the first. But history is a sensitive topic, and while plenty of serious events, even invasions, can be lampooned, in my opinion, some are so traumatic and damaging that you cannot portray it in a manner that is treated as light-heartedly. And APH itself has precisely stayed away from portraying very, very dark events too lightly. The American Revolutionary War and Russia’s Bloody Sunday were portrayed with distinctly more serious tones in APH- so APH itself actually has a precedent for treating certain events more seriously- Himaruya is certainly conscious of that. And my point is that events like the Holocaust or the Spanish genocide of the Mesoamericans are two such events that should receive similar treatment.
Look, I feel the real value in APH is how people can extend it further and apply it to hilarious current events or alternatively, explore dark!hetalia. Yes, the series itself portrays things humourously, and I like that! But my point was that if people choose to extend that to other time periods, like during Spanish rule over the Latin American countries, it’s a period of history that you HAVE to acknowledge the dark side and it’s a disservice if we portray the conquest in a manner that doesn’t even hint that Spanish rule was really bad. It’s not that everything has to be so grimdark with no humour, I mean I think it’s fine if someone were to doodle Mexico casually reminiscing in a funny comic, “man, I had a horrible time in Spain’s house, I’m glad I left”. My point is that it would really be stretching accuracy if I doodled a comic that had colonial Mexico’s dynamics with Spain like America and England, even if I wanted to have a less serious take.
History is serious because it shapes the view of how entire peoples see themselves in the present and future, and while it’s not like fans should be expected to have PhDs in history, it’s good if people try to be conscious of the implications of what they portray when dealing with more sensitive events.
The notes accompanying the artwork are in Polish and I couldn’t hope to translate them accurately but I gather that this piece was inspired by The Battle of Monte Cassino a.k.a The Cassino Campaign, a battle lasting several months in 1944 which saw the Polish corps launch several arguably suicidal attacks on enemy forces before successfully capturing the area.