Thailand

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Thailand
タイ王国
Thailand Booklet.jpg
Character Information
Name ThailandFlag.png Kingdom of Thailand (ราชอาณาจักรไทย)
Age 22
Gender Male
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Gold
Debut Appearances
Volume Hetalia: Axis Powers Volume 3 (world map)
Volume 4
Strip Christmas 2010
Anime Gakuen Hetalia: Go Forth! Newspaper Club!! Second Half (cameo)
Voice Actors

Thailand (タイ王国 or タイランド, Taiōkoku or Tairando) is a supporting character in the series Hetalia: Axis Powers.

Attributes

A 'chibi' version of Thailand.

Appearance

He is depicted with wavy, dark brown hair comparable to Denmark’s and glasses. He is stated to look good in white, and looks to be around 22 years old.[1] His military uniform is a white jacket with matching slacks, and he wears a shoulder sash and medals. In his color chibi released on one of the playing cards sent out with the Official Artbook, he is shown wearing a white uniform with a yellow sash. He also carries what appears to be a Lai Thai Carving Knife.

Personality and Interests

He has the verbal tic of saying "Ana~",[2] and talks with polite, formal speech, starting and ending his sentences with either "um", or "hm", "araina" (อะไรนะ) in Thai [3]. He refers to himself as "jibun" (a slightly formal and old fashioned I), and he treasures his friends and family. He loves Pad Thai[3], and is known for cooking dishes that are either really sweet, really spicy, or really hot. When working, he devotes himself to it completely, and he'll counter things with unbelievably tricky diplomacy. Most of the time, however, he is said to be fluffy and carefree, and is very absent-minded.[1]

He fought on the side of the Axis Powers and after losing the war was one of the few Asian countries to retain his independence. After the war, he sent a lot of rice and an elephant for the children of Japan.[1]

He has a pet elephant named Toto, whom he dotes on to the point that it's a bit overweight and carefree.[1]

Although he hates monsters and ghosts, he loves gory horror movies.[4] He also seems to be a fan of anime, participating in group discussions about the subject.[5][6]

Relationships

Vietnam

Main Article: Vietnam

During one of the events in the 2011 Bloodbath, Vietnam goes to Thailand's house to ask him to teach her how to smile. As he is demonstrating a smile to her, she notices that he’s wearing a goofy looking T-shirt, causing her to unintentionally laugh and smile happily at the same time.[7]

Denmark

Main Article: Denmark

During the 2011 Bloodbath, he is seen chatting with Denmark about the Netherlands blocking Denmark’s attempt to visit Japan, stating that he is familiar with the Netherlands as well.[8]

Appearances

Manga

Thailand in Our Failure.

Thailand occasionally appeared in sketches on Kitayume prior to his debut during the Christmas 2010 site event, including sketches where he is shown saying "Ana~".[9] For his Christmas 2010 debut, like the other nations who hadn't been captured, he strips down to check and see if he has a marking important to the visiting nations from the parallel universe, but informs Sealand that he doesn't have it.[10] Later during the 2011 April Fools event, he is shown sitting outside holding Toto while England and France argue in the distance.[11]

He is profiled in volume 4 in both the book and the Special Edition Booklet, and makes a brief cameo watching Taiwan and Vietnam react to their retouched photograph in Ilha Formosa ~Beautiful Island~.[12]

In Volume 5 he is shown to be part of the Elephant Admiration Club with India.[13]

Anime

Thailand makes a silent cameo in Gakuen Hetalia: Go Forth! Newspaper Club!! Second Half as part of the Elephant Admiration Club alongside India. He also makes another silent cameo in Our Failure where he is seen by a window with his pet elephant.

Trivia

  • Thailand's verbal tic originates from a Thai particle used at the end of spoken sentences, "na (นะ)". However, when spoken quickly it sometimes sounds like "ana (อะนะ)", especially in a question. Use of the particle shows the casual and friendly relationship between speaker and listener since the particle isn't used in more formal speech.
  • His pet elephant is likely a reference to the high regard by which Thailand holds the animal. A white elephant appears on the flag of the Royal Thai Navy, and the "order of the white elephant" is one of the highest honors, bestowed by the king.
  • Thailand's design was based off of a Thai friend of Himaruya's.[14]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Himaruya, Hidekaz (November 26, 2010). "「Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs」でのイギリスいじりは異常" (in Japanese). http://himaruya.blog61.fc2.com/blog-entry-946.html. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  2. Hidekaz, Himaruya. "「なんか机の中の落書き晒してみる」 [Something Like Scribbles on a Desk Exposed]". http://www.geocities.jp/himaruya/rkgksarasi.htm. Retrieved November 1, 2016. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Himaruya, Hidekaz (February 4, 2009). "タイさん" (in Japanese). http://himaruya.blog61.fc2.com/blog-entry-467.html. Retrieved November 1, 2016. 
  4. Hidekaz, Himaruya (2012). Axis Powers ヘタリア 5 [Axis Powers Hetalia 5]. Gentosha. p. 81. ISBN 978-4-3448-1938-2. 
  5. Hidekaz, Himaruya (2013). Axis Powers ヘタリア 6 [Axis Powers Hetalia 6]. Gentosha. p. 117. ISBN 978-4-3448-1938-2. 
  6. Hidekaz, Himaruya. "クリスマス2011 [Christmas 2011]". 
  7. Himaruya, Hidekaz (2011). "2011 Christmas Event". p. 7. http://www.geocities.jp/himaruya/2011_12_7.html. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  8. Himaruya, Hidekaz (2011). "2011 Christmas Event". p. 6. http://www.geocities.jp/himaruya/2011_12_6.html. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  9. Hidekaz, Himaruya. "なんかアジアンな落書き [Asian Scribbles or Something]". http://www.geocities.co.jp/himaruya/caa.htm. Retrieved November 1, 2016. 
  10. Hidekaz, Himaruya. "ねこちゃんとクリスマス!クリスマス2010-2011 [Kitties and Christmas! Christmas 2010-2011]". 
  11. Hidekaz, Himaruya. "2011年エイプリルフール漫画ログ [2011 April Fools Manga Log]". 
  12. Hidekaz, Himaruya (2011). Axis Powers ヘタリア 4 [Axis Powers Hetalia 4]. Gentosha. p. 65. ISBN 978-4-3448-2233-7. 
  13. Hidekaz, Himaruya (2012). Axis Powers ヘタリア 5 [Axis Powers Hetalia 5]. Gentosha. p. 95. ISBN 978-4-3448-1938-2. 
  14. Hidekaz, Himaruya (November 6, 2014). "おまけ7 [Omake 7]". http://himaruya.blog61.fc2.com/blog-entry-1578.html. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
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