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art: Hoshitamago June 9, 2009

Posted by chiisai_hana in : doujinshi , trackback

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When I first approached the world of Hetalia doujinshi, Hoshitamago was the circle, it seemed. At first I didn’t get the hype. The art isn’t the typical “moe” style, which is what usually attracts me, and proportionally I found some of the scenes to be off. A couple months and many books later, the artist seems much more at ease with the characters and I have been converted to the Hoshitamago fanclub.

Like many other Hetalia fans, Hoshitamago’s focus is on the America/England relationship. But what makes this particular circle’s books unique is the depth and feeling behind the characters and the stories. Many of the books seem longer than a standard doujinshi, and the artist has done her history homework. In the end, there’s something inexplicably fulfilling about Hoshi’s doujinshi that compensates for any other criticisms one might have.

If you’re interested, joining the hetalia community on livejournal will allow you to access English scanlations of Hoshi’s books. I really can’t recommend the 11th fanbook – Netsuzoushita Kiss Line – enough. It deals with the changing relationship between a younger America and Imperial England in the weeks leading up to the American Revolution. And if you don’t mind Japanese raws, the community also has many of those available. The books are generally readily available for purchase too, though I’ve noticed recently that many popular sites like jpqueen have sold out of the older titles.

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