America! Fuck Yea!

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So love it or hate it Hetalia is still going strong in anime culture after all these years.  To be honest, I am not the biggest fan of it but I can appreciate what the creators have done in terms of presenting the nations in a historical light.  I wanted to focus on America after hearing his American voice actor, Eric Vale, speak on him.  To paraphrase, he said he wanted to embody America as cool, cocky, and arrogant and while this may have been how American soldier’s entered the European theater, this attitude was quickly put in place after fighting veteran German units on the march to Berlin.  See, for the early years of World War II, America was supporting the Allied powers with both supplies and finances.  During this time America was gearing itself up for total war manufacturing.  The State Department worked with major manufacturers to retool their facilities to create everything from parachutes to ammunition.  By the end of the war, American manufacturing was incredibly efficient.  American industrialists applied assembly line production techniques to everything from planes to boats.  It has been argued by many historians that it was American (and Russian) mass production that overwhelmed the German army.  In short, Eric Vale’s cocky attitude is perfect for depicting America in Hetalia.

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