It really is. It’s one of the worst fandoms out there.
Haikyuu!! fandom? So amazing.
Miraculous Ladybug fandom? Filled with so much love and warmth.
Merlin fandom? The fucking greatest.
But no, Hetalia is just this massive shitstorm of ship wars and cliques and just so much stupid, unnecessary drama. There’s very little warmth unless you are part of a clique. Almost every character is reduced to just one or two personality traits (ex. Poland) some of which were shown very little in the actual official material (POLAND)? There are still people who think it’s a good idea to put the characters into stories and art about recent horrible tragedies that happen in the world.
The fandom practically worships like 2 fic authors and maybe 5 or 6 artists and the rest of the people creating things are just fucked over into the shadows. Unless you have been creating stuff since the show started or you have this amazing artstyle and can pump out masses of fan art, you’re going to get nowhere. Hey, here’s this new writer who has amazing stories and plots and characterization! Nope you’d rather continue falling over yourselves at the feet of either someone who hasn’t updated in years or someone who keeps writing about the same exact thing, over and over.
The amount of feedback creators (and especially writers) get on their work is just laughably pathetic. Creators need feedback to keep up their motivation and inspiration, but trying to get it from the Hetalia fandom is like trying to find a four-leaf clover.
I’m not even going to delve into the 2Ps and the debacle that’s become of them.
The slightest differing opinion can set off the coldest, most brutal, just downright terrifying swarm of anon hate. A friend of mine almost killed himself last year because of a single, tiny mistake he made. Everyone is just so petty, so sensitive, so nosy about everyone else’s business it’s no wonder a lot of the rest of the internet looks down on it.
The Hetalia fandom could have been so great, spreading international love and connection, bonding people across continents and oceans, bringing humor to history. But somewhere, that went terribly wrong.
(There are some good parts to the Hetalia fandom. But the overwhelming majority is just utter shit.)
there are absolutely people who struggle with learning languages, or learning in general. but like…
i’ve seen how the curriculum is taught for other subjects. primary education in japan is excellent (imperfect, especially for areas with lower socio-economic demographics like where i live, but better than what i’ve seen in the states). they don’t even assign tests until the 4th grade in most schools. they teach you about ethics, arts, and holistic skills. they even promote critical thinking (unlike what mass western media will tell you…) ESPECIALLY in the sciences.
why isn’t english education treated the same? why is most material i get from japan sources really outdated and just plain bad? like they’ve never stepped foot in a classroom in their lives?
i have a feeling it’s because actual educators aren’t on board with creating the curriculum and it’s just a buncha government administrators. or the educators are used to teaching highly motivated fast learners. i guess it’s a universal problem.
i’m only one person. what are they going to do at my 3 elementary schools when english becomes a full blown subject that they have to teach 4-5 times a week? who’s gonna help the homeroom teachers? will i have to stop teaching 1st and 2nd graders to focus my attention on creating material for the 3rd-6th grade classes (who have mandatory english lessons)?
part of me wants to leave after this year but part of me wants to stay my maximum time until 2020 when all these changes will be fully implemented. because i don’t want to put this responsibility on a new person who may or may not have teaching experience/japanese proficiency.