It’s hard to believe that Hetalia turns 10 years old this year. It’s gone by so fast.
And it’s incredible that after all these years, the fandom’s still pretty strong. Not as gargantuan as it once was, but it’s still got a pretty dedicated fanbase. And despite various ups and downs and a fandom quarrel here and there, it’s remained a pretty solid community. I’m still very happy to be a part of it.
And after all these years, thank goodness, Himaruya is still going strong. He started the series when he was in his early 20s, and now he’s 30 and still drawing the manga. Hima’s such a nice and giving person, bless his heart.
We as a fandom have been privileged to have so much fun material come out from him. From the webcomic, published manga volumes, blog sketches, games, events, and more. And he’s never let the fame and popularity of Hetalia go to his head, either. He comes across as very humble, even now.
It really has been a busy decade. We as a fandom have also seen anime, merchandise, a movie, a musical, and more. Plus, we’ve had thousands of cosplays, meetups, cons, and lots of fanmade material. And it’s only going to continue.
So here’s to a fandom that’s stuck with Hetalia through it all. The good and the bad. The heartbreaking, heartwarming, and the strange. We adore a series that celebrates humor on an international level and has given us some wonderful characters. Let’s continue to keep calm and carry on from here on out. Make pasta, not war~!
Someone had the audacity to comment with guilt-trippy “stop being dishonest with your family by hiding in the closet” messages on my comic strip so I just wanted to let you guys know that there’s no shame in waiting for the right time (or just not coming out at all if it’s that bad).