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Somewhere Sweden is doing a perfect evil laugh. :XD:

Lately a lot of people have drawn their versions of Sister Japan, so I thought it was about time I introduced her before too many people got disappointed that she doesn’t look as awesome as they imagined.

She’s very polite and quiet, but underneath it all she is quite the fangirl.

Belgium is well known for it’s comics and candy/deserts, so he is a geek with a sweet tooth. :D


19th July 2010

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Brogard

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5 months ago #9451577        
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We're famous for our comics? I would have said we're famous for our beer, chocolate, waffles and fries :P

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RedMane

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I didn't expected the "Belgium" character to be a geek with a sweet tooth, but i'm glad it's not a vulgar/blunt farmer with a beer addiction XD

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9 months ago #9413776        
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Netherlands' and Belgium's reactions are just perfect!
We really feel like Belgians are weird. They speak weird, but usually win in our language competitions. We always make jokes about them being dumb, but we employ them for things like measuring our country. We want to see them as our weird little brother, because we usually only think of the Flemish part of Belgium...



9 months ago #9407909        
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I have grown up in Québec loving Belgium comics and Belgium chocolate. Maybe Sister Canada/Québec should be trying to get Belgium's attention one day.

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4 months ago #9466105        
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>Thank you for noticing me, Lady America
Senpai has noticed you, Sister Japan. :D

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kate

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I would like Netherlands/Belgium!



1 month ago #9488695        
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Belgium's a geek with a sweet tooth. Well, I don't know about the whole country, but I resemble that remark. :-p



1 month ago #9487159        
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I'm so used to Belgium being a girl! XD



3 months ago #9472455        
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Norway is the only one with fish

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Hinoron

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4 months ago #9465216        
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They don't, in fact, call homoerotic comics or media "Yaoi" and "Yuri" in Japan. At least they haven't since the 1970s. Most Japanese younger than their 60's have no idea what westerners are talking about when we mention these two words. "BoysLove" and "GirlsLove" (yeah, borrowed English) are the most up-to-date terms for that stuff I've heard. Slightly older and still recognized are the terms "shonen-ai" and "shojou-ai", which will probably be understandable forever, because they literally mean "boy(s) love" and "Girl(s) love" in Japanese. Pretty much only westerners use Yaoi/Yuri these days, to describe Japanese homosexual cartoons.

The origins of "Yaoi" and "Yuri" are kind of interesting though, even if they're obsolete as terms used *IN* Japan. Yuri (which is a common girl's name in Japan, meaning "Lily") just happened to be the title of a popular magazine featuring romantic relationships between girls and women (aimed at female audiences, they weren't particularly graphic or sexual). Yaoi started out as an acronym: "YAma nashi, Ochi nashi, Imi nashi" meaning "No climax, no punchline, no point" (early Yaoi manga aimed at female readers was pretty much all romance and building tension, minimal actual sex). However the Fujoshi (female yaoi fans) had their own acronym that was a lot funnier: "YAmete, Oshiri ga Itai " "Stop it! My butt hurts!" ^_^ These terms pretty much fell out of common usage in Japan by the 80s, however.

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