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Pixel Mari-tan Joins Hands With The US Military – Weird Wednesday

Posted on: August 4, 2010

Aww, Usa-kun...

This is Usa-kun. Get it? And no, he's not related to Hetalia.

Pixel Mari-tan started as a Moetan-style joke book about teaching Japanese students the kind of English you learn in boot camp. Most of its English lessons came straight from R. Lee Ermey’s mouth, for crying out loud. But the military-obsessed comedy kept growing in popularity, and now they have released a manga with the blessing of the Japanese Self-Defense Force and the US Military to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security Between the United States and Japan.

The story is about Arai Anzu (Alliance, get it?) and a boy named Usa-kun from America. It mixes comedy with international politics, using Usa-kun and Anzu’s home life to explain what alliances are, how democracy works, and how the American military operates.

It’s actually pretty funny, though it hasn’t been translated yet. Still, thanks to the wonders of manga, it’s easy to understand, so take a look and see the cutesified version of America’s military structure. As an extra bonus, this one doesn’t talk about sucking golf balls through garden hoses or steers and queers, unlike their other books.

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