Things You May Not Have Noticed: England and the Japanese Spirits
The episode where England visits Japan is one of my favorites, probably because we get to see your poor Englishman’s playful and gentle side, and not to mention the huge Brotp that a lot of people see with England and Japan thanks to this episode (and HetaOni). But, the episode does take a turn half way through.
As we know, England is sensitive to spirits and fairytale creatures, and while at Japan’s house, he immediately picks up on the local spirits, hearing a ghost girl laughing, and even waving to a “mountain god” as Japan put it. But, even though it is his country, Japan doesn’t notice them.
This is explained to England later, when he goes to take a relaxing bath after the long trip, where he finds the two Japanese spirits sitting in the water. As we know from the episode, England talks to them, and the spirits explain the Japan used to be able to see them a long time ago, but in time, their existence became “nothing but a silly superstition”, and now, Japan no longer believes in them, therefore, doesn’t see them.
England, obviously, seems to feel bad for them, but I really think this must have been a scary wake-up call for him.
England sees his fairytale creatures, ghosts ad spirits all the time, even in episodes and comics that are centered around modern day. It is an everyday thing for him, and he clearly enjoys their company more than most humans, and even most nations. These aren’t just creatures, these are his close friends.
And there, right in front of him, is a nation who is thousands of years older than him who had stopped believing in his friends, showing England that this might happen to him if he doesn’t pay attention.
Gee, I wonder why England gets so frustrated when other nations tease him for believing in his “imaginary friends”.