Himaruya's Production Notes on Arthur
• A self-declared gentleman but on the inside he's punkish and grunge. A rainy island country that often yearns for the bygone golden years.
• Believes strongly in the existence of ghosts and spirits. Has a strange power such that even people who do not believe and cannot see them will be able to see them once they go to England. America is the exception.
• However, he makes fun of aliens.
• On the surface, he's a cynical realist. He's quite a romanticist before he goes to sleep.
• He's quite bad at expressing himself. He himself knows that people often misunderstand him, he uses this fact for self-deprecating jokes.
• He hates France. Although their rivalry is a material for jokes, he quite admires France's culture.
• He normally acts like a gentleman but once he gets some booze in him, he becomes an unstoppable, violent punk.
• The food he produces is quite terrible but he thinks he is quite good at it. He also knows that other people complain about it.
• His hobbies and interests are cooking, handicrafts, literature, punk rock, and giving scathing criticism on America's movies.
• He could easily be the most pitiful one in this webcomic.
• His temper was quite stormy during the decades after America's independence.
Official Profiles from Other Websites
(snipped from an anonymous edit)
http://sites.google.com/site/hetaliaindexes/simple-character-introduction England Arthur Kirkland, Age 23, 175 cm
A young man with an obstinate and sarcastic personality, who has lots of rain and was a former delinquent. He likes cooking but he doesn't have any repertoire, and his food isn't edible to begin with. He's good friends with fairies and ghosts, tries black magic and summoning and is a bit of an occultist. (Even though America calls them illusions...)
His drinking habits are strangely bad. He likes black tea and embroidery. Also, now and then he likes to paint portraits of axles. There's also that one bit about how, ever since forever ago, he's been fighting with France.
http://myanimelist.net/character/14795/United_Kingdom United Kingdom (アーサー・カークランド, イギリス) A rainy empire that was once a pirate, now a gentleman (?) Was once a subordinate of France, but after taking the top half of France's land and getting violent with him, it's spoiled their relationship and now they're fighting buddies. As a former pirate, used to torment Spain and set up colonies here and there and everywhere. Was a pretty violent little boy. Is cynical, hates to lose, and is slightly obstinate. Seems to be cold at first, but is surprisingly devoted to someone if he becomes friends with that person. Has a real potty mouth, but is not a bad guy. Loves spirits/ghosts, faeries, magic and legends to the point where he has a list of spiritual residents as well as ghost tours. Also, is a nation that keeps appearing on the news for stupid sex acts.
Hetalia volume 2. Scanlation from Hetalia @ Livejournal. ENGLAND [Official name] United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland [Capital] London [Official Language] English [Birthday] Unknown [National Flower] Narcissus Rose An obstinate person with a cynical personality who has had numerous rains and was formerly a delinquent youth. He likes cooking but he has no repertoire, plus the fact that his food isn't even edible. He has good relations with faeries and spectrums. Practices sorcery and summoning which makes him quite occult (thought America says he's just hallucinating). He has a bad drinking habit. He likes black tea and embroidery. Also, from time to time, he paints portraits of axles. Since long past, he has always gotten into fights with France. Ceras SanMarina 21:05, 25 June 2009 (UTC)
That little "Ireland" conundrum
I've noticed a bit of an edit-war going on in relation to the bit on his brothers, especially when it comes to the detail of Ireland.
What we do know: Himaruya did state that the other three brothers were specifically Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland (in a note about their eyebrows). Though England's very first profile (where he is listed outright as "The United Kingdom") states that he is the youngest of those four brothers, and the strips with the mentions of the brothers imply that he's the youngest.
But even with the author's word, this creates a bit of a problem since Northern Ireland (as people have pointed out) should technically be younger, as "Ireland" itself existed for a pretty long time and the division came in the 20th century. Are we supposed to expect that both Ireland characters would be twins, then, if "Northern" is counted as one of England's older brothers? The Japanese fanwiki on UK has some old notes by Himaruya on the other UK siblings (N.Ireland , Scotland, and Wales), but I've found that it's hard to translate them (and web translators are never too specific if you try and use those). There seems to be a question related to Ireland itself, too.
I kind of hope this issue will be cleared up in-comic someday, though I won't hold my breath too hard on that. I'd love to see both Irelands represented, and particularly as seperate characters (since it'd be too complicated to make them a composite character), with the Republic being the older one and Northern as the younger. It's possible that Himaruya may have changed plans as to the UK and Ireland age dynamics, but we'll only know if another fan asks him, I guess (or if anyone has good enough Japanese skills to request a clarification on their age differences in-series). Thoughts? Ceras SanMarina 03:21, September 9, 2009 (UTC)
- For now, I think it makes more sense if, since we're talking about the United Kingdom (the territory, not the character himself), to write in this article "N. Ireland", in the hopes of stopping this useless war edit, and, if Himaruya only creates a "Ireland" character, not differing he/she from another "N. Ireland" one, we just have to correct this page and end of story.
- But well, that's just an opinion. Hasu-hime 17:15, September 9, 2009 (UTC)
Yeah, that makes sense. And "Northern Ireland" was what was originally listed here too, before this whole edit-war (due to the aforementioned notes by Himaruya). I can understand people being frustrated or confused by the idea of N.Ireland being older than England, but waiting it out is probably all that we can do. Ceras SanMarina 21:37, September 9, 2009 (UTC)
Okay, since I'm the one doing the reverses, I should at least try to explain my reasoning...
First of all, Ceras, I'm not certain that the constant additions of "Northern" are due to Himaruya's statement alone. As I noted in my last reverse, all of these additions are coming from UK IPs. Unfortunately, you can't rule out that an RL political statement is being made here. It's a touchy subject, and has been since 1690. This is probably the reason why Himaruya hasn't included a canon Ireland; he does go out of his way to consciously avoid controversy. I think the last thing we all want to see here at the wiki is RL politics intruding. The people upset about Hungary/Prussia were bad enough.
There's also RL history to consider, as you said, Ceras. Technically, there is no way that any Northern Ireland character could be older than England (unless that Northern Ireland character was, in fact, Scotland, which works from a purely historical basis). My suggestion is that if we leave in "Northern Ireland", let's pull the word "older" out of there. It's still canonically accurate and is now historically accurate. Most people's main problems with "Northern", including mine, were on that basis. We're kind of conditioned in this fandom to go by the rule of thumb that unless Himaruya states otherwise, RL history is canon.
Based on that rule of thumb, I think it's a fair compromise to have either "Northern" or "older", but not both. At least until Himaruya says otherwise.22.214.171.124 01:16, September 10, 2009 (UTC)
I heard a weird rumor lately: someone said that the reason why Portugal is completely absent from Hetalia is because it would mess with England and America's relationship. Besides, the series mention that England was quite lonely, however he has been Portugal's ally from nearly 700 years (I think they would be considered childhood friends), someone said that Hidekaz Himaruya is worried that Portugal would make England less tsundere and annoy the fans. Can someone confirm this? (and yeah I'm Portuguese! I really wish this isn't true, I obviusly want to see my country in the series T_T) --Kai Maciel 20:36, December 28, 2009 (UTC)
Where did you happen to hear that? I'd love to see Portugal too, they're definitely one of the European nations that needs to be represented. Himaruya did say in some '07 trivia that he wanted to draw Portugal and their complicated relationship with Spain eventually. Of course, it's been two years since, but he seems to have stalled or held off on a lot of things he planned from that time (Buon San Valentino continuation, the rest of Seven Years War and Boss Spain Doesn't Understand, Chapter 6 of the webcomic, etc.). You could ask him about Portugal and their relation to England on his mail form, I guess, though if he answers it or gets it is another question. Ceras SanMarina 20:53, December 28, 2009 (UTC)
I heard it in Devianart in a comment (I really can remember where though...) do you know where I can find Himaruya's mail? I guess it wouldn't hurt asking him. --Kai Maciel 21:00, December 28, 2009 (UTC)
Sure! It's right here: https://www.gentosha-comics.net/himaruya/form_mail/ It's a little tricky to navigate at first though: The first box is for your name, then your e-mail address in the second. In the third, you pick your age range. The fourth box is for the type of mail you're sending, you'll want to pick the second option ("Question"). Then you just pick a title for your message and then put your text in that box. You click the left button at the bottom, and then you click the left button when it brings you to a preview of your message!
It's best to write in Japanese if you can manage, though it seems he will answer English mail (as evidenced by one of the recent requests he took). Good luck! Ceras SanMarina 21:07, December 28, 2009 (UTC)
Thanks! I've sended it! I wrote it in English because I was afraid to use a internet translator, I hope he understands that (and answers **crosses fringer**)--Kai Maciel 22:18, December 28, 2009 (UTC)
Psst... just a quick update, for anyone looking at this... As of now, Himaruya is working through eventual designs for a Portugal. 126.96.36.199 20:53, 24 December 2010 (UTC)
The fan girl in me is really telling me "don't you dare do this", but I noticed that there's a huge difference in size when comparing the America Relationship section to the others on the page...to the others on the site...it's HUGE. We have pages for this sort of in-depth stuff. IMO the Relationship sections should be brief summaries. At least briefer than this, unless you're going to have this much in all of them.
So should we shorten it or extend the others? Or what?
Now if you excuse me, my inner-fangirl is going to kill me. See ya.
~ FangzV ( Flame at me here) as said on
That WOULD be something to wonder about. I admit that I haven't been editing the relationship sections here in a while and just sort of letting stuff slide except if it's clear vandalism or something, but we probably should trim some of them down. Especially since it's like America/England (or US/UK, Joker, etc.) seems to get all the attention from editors and that's just not fair. Ceras SanMarina 20:34, January 24, 2010 (UTC)
I was sort of wondering, since he's both England and the United Kingdom, does it really make sense for there to only be an icon of the Union Jack next to his name and not an icon of the English flag as well? I personally think it would make a lot more sense for there to be both flags there. I understand if it's not possible to have two flags there, but it just seems more logical to me to have both. RayquazaMaster 20:56, November 25, 2012 (EST)
well at the mo. im not sure weather to do this but if any one knows when iggys birthday is please put here because i (as a brit)am annoyed that his birthday isent on here so poeple out there HELP PLEASE — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk • contribs)
- Himaruya never gave him an official birthday. That's why nothing is listed here. Also, please remember to sign your posts. Icelilly (talk) 12:08, 15 January 2013 (CST)
I've heard it was mentioned at a few cons, but I found this [brief clip from Tekkoshocon] where Haberkorn explains that he was originally England, and was recast. Apparently Haberkorn recorded all his lines for England for the first season, before Italy's original actor left the production (Haberkorn has never identified the man) and he had to take over Italy's role, and was competing with Vic Mignogna over it. MetalPapillion (talk) 16:54, 2 November 2013 (CDT)