26 September 2012

Wednesday Anime - Axis Powers Hetalia Part 2 - U.S.A. and Canada

Another personal favorite of my mom - U. S. of A.!

Basic Statistics:
Name (Human name): America/Alfred F. Jones
Age (by physical appearance): 19
Gender: Male
Birthday: July 4
Hair Color: Blond
Eye Color: Blue
Height: 177 cm (5’9.6”)

He has short and dusty blonde hair with an **ahoge, representing Nantucket, sticking up and blue eyes. He wears a tan uniform and a brown bomber jacket with the number ‘50’ on the back (representing the fifty states). His glasses represent the state of Texas. America is often seen holding a hamburger or a large-sized soft drink (usually cola) and flashing a ‘thumbs up’.

(Note: **Ahoge is similar to a cow-lick. And I’m pretty sure that a lot of you know what a cowlick is.)

Personality and Interests:

Alfred is a cheerful, energetic and somewhat conceited young man who is obsessed with heroes, justice and freedom. He has an annoying habit of sticking his nose into everyone’s business, which make it difficult for him to make friends. He especially loves eating hamburgers and junk food, to the point of breaking into tears if he doesn’t get one, and can even eat strange and (almost) inedible-looking things due to inheriting England’s sense of taste…or lack thereof because as a child, he grew up eating England’s food (Poor kid.) Alfred is also known for not being aware of how “the atmosphere” is when he’s around others (at one point, he was told to read it.) He and the personification of Italy share that same trait and thought that it was a book and made a pact together to find and read it. It has been noted that it’s not that Alfred lacks the ability (unlike Italy, who clearly lacks the ability) to “access the situation”, he simply chooses not to. 

On multiple occasions in the comic, it has been shown that when calm OR serious, Alfred can become very logical, reading further into things than he usually would, and can actually read the atmosphere. His hobbies are sports, games and making movies. Furthermore, when he introduced himself to Japan, he stated that his hobbies were “quick-draw, archaeology and adventures” which Japan misinterpreted (to him) that Alfred’s hobby was lechery. Notably, he also possesses an abnormal amount of strength, shown that even as a child, he easily swung a full-grown bison around (much to a shocked England) and once seen running around, dragging a heavy Rolls Royce that belonged to England, behind him for an hour in order to ask permission to borrow it. In a crossover game (also made by the same mangaka), he was able to stop a car with the heel of his foot.

Alfred is shown to be ignorant of the geography outside his own home, believing that maps of the United States constitute the “world map” and that he can simply get to other countries by car travel. Also, he was shown becoming concerned about his weight and it is mentioned that he has invented strange diet machines as well as becoming obsessed with exercising (in which he became paranoid about his rising weight, as he was unaware of his building muscles…typical.) Aside from being afraid of ghosts and weighing scales, he’s scared of Marmite. It was also revealed that he has at least 238 weaknesses, one of those being Dora the Explorer (I’m sorry…what? I’ll pretend I didn’t know that). As he is obsessed with heroes and happy endings, he hopes that his future would also be that way.

Though he is friends with an alien named Tony and other weird creatures, he doesn’t believe in England’s magical friends, faeries or unicorns, except on Halloween. 

It was also mentioned in a Hetalia Christmas event, he was jealous of all the kids in his country that get presents from their fathers. That may have stemmed from (or referenced) to his fast growth (as a nation) and young age, and how he missed out on a lot of his childhood things by growing physically mature so quickly, as well as what seemed to be the lack of parents for most of the nations, even if he was practically raised by England (on a more brotherly relationship) and having a brother, namely Canada, who was raised by England AND France.

Along with USA, of course, we can’t forget his dear brother: Canada!

Basic Statistics:
Name (Human name): Canada/Matthew Williams
Gender: Male
Birthday: July 1
Hair Color: Dark blond/ Blond Orange
Eye Color: Violet

Matthew’s hair is wavy and most of the times depicted as two-toned; lighter blind on top and more of an orange (or darker blond) shade on the bottom and tips. He has violet eyes and sports a curly ahoge off the top of his head, just like his brother: Alfred. 

He is always seen wearing a heavy tan winter coat and pants as his military uniform, though when dressing casually, he’s usually shown wearing a hoodie (sometimes with the Canadian flag emblem on it) and a pair of jeans. He wears glasses like his brother, yet he also sports a pair of goggles on his head at times.

Often drawn a little shorter in his fanarts, the official art of Canada makes it rather clear that he’s either the same height/build as his brother or very close to it.

Personality and Interests:
In contrast to his loud and obnoxious brother, Matthew is calm, shy, sensitive and hates fighting (yet it’s said that he’s a really strong fighter!). Despite that, often confused or mistaken for his brother, he always manages to find himself in trouble for some incidents or whatnot that his brother has caused. When not being mistaken for Alfred, almost all of the other nations tend to forget of his existence and because of his invisibility; he once got sat on by Russia, mistaking him for a ‘comfy’ chair. He is rather passive aggressive and was once even able to make Alfred cry by arguing with him for three hours straight and pointing out every single one of his faults. Matthew is also said to love maple syrup as in one chapter, he offered some to Alfred for his coffee. And according to the mangaka, he always has been a skilled tactician. 

Matthew also has a pet polar bear named Kumajirou, who (unfortunately) always forgets his owner’s name. In return, Matthew always forgets Kumajirou’s name as well.

Next issue will be the 2 Italy characters. Watch out for it!

(Photo credit: all photos from kitayume site)

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