I’ve been afraid to come out and say this, but I can’t hide it anymore. People may hate me, friends may leave me, I may get grouped in with “those people.” But I don’t care. People can kiss my ass, because I am coming out. I’m coming out to the small world that is following me, and I do so bravely, unashamed, and unafraid of what people may think of me.
Everyone, dearest friends.
I am unashamed to say that…
I am a APH fan.
Why was that such a big deal? Why did I act like I was going to tell the world some big epic secret?
Because it is.
People that I know see or hear “Axis Powers Hetalia” and think, “those crazy weeabos that dress up like nazis and offend people.” But that’s just a small group of people, and because everyone thinks that Hetalia - or any other large fandom for that matter - is a horrible thing and that the fans are horrible, it’s hard telling people that you like something.
I’m less afraid to tell people my religion - which is Wiccan, by the way - than I am of telling people that I like Hetalia. I’m not an asshole fan, I respect it for the way that I view it, and it makes me kind of sad that I can’t tell anyone about it, because they instantly feel repulsed by the very notion that someone likes ”that show and manga.”
Hetalia is actually a very important fandom to me honestly. I met my closest friend in the world because of it. I took an interest in history, languages, cultures, and beliefs that I had never considered looking at before. I fell in love with history and culture, and the German language, and Prussian history, and English culture, and everything from one corner of the world to the other. It may be strange, but that’s the truth.
So go ahead and think that I’m a weeaboo and that I’m secretly an asshole that puts my arm in the air and makes fun of the suffering of entire nations. But the secret’s out, and you won’t believe how relieved I feel now that I can say that.