Is it normal to be worried about the fandom right now? Because I've seen so many people who say "Sorry I've just grown out of it" and what not.. It just makes me worry because I love Hetalia too much to let it go, since it made me smile in my darkest times. I feel like the fandom's shrinking and I can't even find the guts to talk to anyone in it without being an anon.
Mm… I won’t say it’s unrealistic to be worried for a fandom you love possibly loosing its relevance and thus disappearing, but - personally - I’m not all that worried.
I’ve been on this site since I joined the fanbase (heck, it’s the only reason I joined) and while I do see many people leave to join newer things, I also constantly see new people come to us. The shift in favorable topics may not cater to my interests but it doesn’t make me any less interested in the series and discussing it with fans.
What we have to realize is that everything at one point or another will be someone’s phase. Hetalia was a phase for many people - a lot of them young. If there’s one thing I can guarantee it’s that nostalgia is a strong force never to be reckoned with. They’ll be back. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) And so long as Hima keeps the series going the fanbase will never die. We are cinders waiting for a spark.
And, you know, if you’re worried there’s always trying to keep it afloat by making fanwork. Being anonymous is easy on the internet.