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APH - Fly Me to the Moon by FrauV8 APH - Fly Me to the Moon by FrauV8
America: "Wow! You actually made my rocket! That's so cool! Now build it for me!" :D

Germany: "You're so unreasonable..."

I'm debating whether if I want the Final Version's background invisible...
But until then, the PNG file will be posted in my Scraps ( [link] ). :)

Yes... this pic was a pain in the butt, and I'm still not satisfied with everything after spending so many hours Working on this.

The perspective of this pic was killing me!
I tried to fix all sorts of things, but apparently the more I tried to fix them, the worse they got. :X

As for the colors, I kept changing the hues until I found a combination that would be easy to the eyes instead of burning them with intense colors.

And that American flag - I had to fix it because the "Posterization" filter created broken black lines, so it was a pain patching them up with the Line Shape tool; the same goes for the German flag, but it only has 3 stripes versus America's lucky 13, so it was ten times easier and faster to fix.

Now about this pic...
With the G20 meetings currently going on talking about nuclear weapons and crap, the Cold War came quickly to my mind.

Basically the Cold War went like this:

America and Russia both defeated Nazi Germany, and both countries has no more enemies to fight with; both super countries want Germany's technology as the spoils, and ends up becoming enemies as they divide Germany into two with a wall - America (and England and France) gets Doitsu while Russia gets Prussia.
Then the Space Race begins (as well as the "my weapons are bigger than yours" phase), and it was a battle of which brother (Germany or Prussia) can build the best space craft and reach the moon.
In a space movie I watched (can't remember which one because I've watched so many - maybe The Right Stuff ), there was one scene a German engineer working for America's space program said that America's Germans will beat Russia's Germans, so that's how I got the idea for this pic...

Except we all know how America is in APH - "Look at what I did - isn't it awesome? I'm the Hero!" XD

And there's other things I want to mention in regard to this pic...

There's like little to no interaction between these two countries in APH - what's up with that?
America is always popping burgers in his mouth, and everyone knows they originally came from Germany.
During colonial times when an official language was being decided, German was almost picked because most immigrants at the time were coming from Germany - but by two votes, English won.
Or the invention of submarines - America had them first, but Germany really took off with the idea and created U-boats.
And the ideas of hot dogs, freeways, atomic bombs...
Weird - so much exchange of culture and ideas left unmentioned. XD

And the flags in the background...
In episode 35, America's flag dominated the other G8 members', so that's how I got that idea - and the fact that it's a blank space and I hate leaving blank spaces (originally I thought of making a poster of an evil-looking Russia trying to take over the world, but flags are fine XD ).

Okay... that's enough babbling from me. XD

Feel free to leave a Comment - let me know what you think. :)

(And please stop with the "Nazi" comments in regard to my avatar - it's a flag Germany would of used in WW2; it was even hinted in the APH web comic)


*Inked Rough: [link]

*WIP: [link]
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writinginsecret5 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015
very cool.
felicity-dream Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
So freaking cute! Love this picture, love the historical facts, and love this ship! Fantastic job!
AspiePie Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Student General Artist
We build you rocket.. You go into space.. Then we no get thanked!
Ww2fighter Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
America u can't make own shit can u after all it was the nazis who made NASA for u because your to fucking fat and lazy to do it your slef
HazelLevesque24 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Oh yay! I love Space Racey stuff! It makes my heart go yay!
Lycious Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice :D
xtremeit Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
it is really a good picture and it's good that you get the story with. bye the way are you aware that the first boss of NASA was a Former German scientist. and not only that it was he who invented the V2 rocket. that killed nearly 3000 people. and that was only the casualties for London.
FrauV8 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Ah, thanks. :D

Yeah, I had heard about that - it's actually one of many factors why I wanted this pic to show that it was the Germans who sent America to Space.
And the ex-Nazi scientists preferred the Americans over the Russians because they would get better treatment and less punishment if they helped them develop new technology. :XD:

I also thought about making a Prussia/Russia version of this pic since the Russians also took German scientists and patents to get them Space, but my art style has evolved a bit since I drew this so it'd look weird... well see. :XD:
Aellostriker2 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*done reading comment*

I`m speechless...
Kazanblaze Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
ChronicKaos Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010   Digital Artist
Prussia and England? wonder America turned out "special".
ChronicKaos Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010   Digital Artist
I kinda picture Germany as Americas other parent. Though the world wars scarred him from being too open about it. Which is all too bad really.
FrauV8 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Lolz, in reality there's some truth to that - except Germany wasn't a country yet when America was getting started so Germany being a parent of America wouldn't really work in APH (but there was Prussia - and a Prussian did help America win his freedom against England aside from France :) ).
My brother joked that it's "Mommy England and Daddy Prussia" for America, while for Canada it's "Mommy England and Daddy France" though both America and Canada are twins. :XD:
(there are cases when there are twins born to the same mother with different fathers)

But Germany and America are about the same age in APH, and they could of been best friends until Imperialism and the World Wars occurred - then best friends again. :XD:
Namine-YaoiLover Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
I really love this picture for some reason! Well done! <3
FrauV8 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Dankies - I'm glad you liked it. :D
Yamidee Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
Haha, I love you for this one |D

Since I'm German myself and know about the interactions and ties between Germany and the USA (in the past and today), I agree with you about their behaviour in Hetalia... there is TOO less communication o_o
FrauV8 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist

Definitely - Germany and America shared so much with each other, even the really, really bad ideas (Hitler based all his anti-Jew/Roma/Gay mandates on America's 1920-30 Eugenics and Sterilization Laws; if it wasn't for Germany's Nazi movement, America may still be practicing those laws 'cause that was reason why he stopped sterilizing people and promoting racial purity :fear: ).
The only time the two interacted in APH was when Germany, along with N. Italy, gives America a car that runs purely on biodiesel for his birthday [link] .

It really doesn't make much sense why the two hardly interact at all...
(my brother jokes that the reason why they don't talk is because they're one 'person' divided into a funny half and a serious half :XD: )
Yamidee Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
Well, but there are lots of other countries who communicate sooo rare with each other... while the 'real countries' have so much to do with each other. It doesn't make sense at all! ._.

Funny half and serious half? Bwaha, that would be cool xDD
FrauV8 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Ja.. that's true.
But it's what the artist/creator wanted.

I know, and there seems to be some 'proof' of this idea of two characters actually being one:
Germany has a fear of ghosts just like America ([link] --> ■If You See A Ghost's Actual Form■).
In Episode 51 when America was watching his so-called 'horror movie' with Japan, the man in the picture and faint ghostly image in the TV screen both look awfully a lot like Germany ([link]), so maybe he's actually afraid of his 'reflection'? :XD:
The two characters are just a strange case in relation with each other (in the character notes, it's been written that America has 'mingled a lot with German people's blood' [link]).
Suzume-Chiyu Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009
FrauV8 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thanks. :D
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
Good picture and its right what you said. After the war, 700.000 much worthy patents were stolen from Germany by the USA and Russia.
German technology was high developed!

And to the immigrants, well I heard about 50-60 mio US-Americans are Germans indeed ;)
Aellostriker2 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this claiming makes me awfully dismayed; don`t tell me this include also the following: Levis jeans, mickey mouse, Pepsi/my beloved Coca-Cola! T_T, Superman comics, McDonalds, KFC, apple pie, Kellogs cereal:depressed:
FrauV8 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thanks. :)

I had considered in making a Prussia and Russia version of this, but I had just been too busy and lazy at the same time... :XD:
SwimmingDolphin Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
that is very good no joke i really mean it and i really like the show
Morrigansfury Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have to agree with Ludwig, Alfred is very unreasonable.
It was interesting to read that German was at one time considered a possible offical language for America, I never knew that part of my ancesteral heritage...
FrauV8 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Americans in general can tend to appear to be unreasonable - ie.
they often demand for things instantly (sometimes they'll even say "I want it here yesterday" XD ).

I kinda remember reading that in my one of my AP American History books, and my father had learned this when he was taking American History over 20 years ago. XD
Another big reason why German was under consideration to be the official language of America was that Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was the center of politics during early colonial times (since Washington D.C. wasn't the national capital yet), and Pennsylvania has a lot of Germans. XD

But 'Mommy' England really didn't like the idea of America speaking another language, so that's probably the real reason why he went with English only (that's a funny thought - England rigged the votes XD ).

But if we did spoke German, we'd all still have to learn English because of England and Canada, so almost everyone would be bilingual and possibly 'smarter' XD (it's been proven that people who learns more than one language has increased brain function).
But once WW2 came around, we'd probably be really pressured to join Nazi Germany, and the world as we know it would be so radically different. :dead:
Morrigansfury Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes that is weird to think about
VMenFangirl Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
what an awesome and very interesting pic!!! :iconx3v2plz: Is so rare find pics with these two

FrauV8 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thanks. :)

It is very hard to find America and Germany together in regards to APH - ie. despite being next to each other in the G8 scenes of the anime, they still don't interact with each other.
VMenFangirl Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
you´re very welcome!! :D

Yeah, that´s true, woould be so cool if they could interact more with each other :D
akugirl Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
so cute XD
Poor doitsu always having bosses with unreasonable demands XD

I like your art style!
And I am definitely putting this in my favorites!
FrauV8 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Exactly. XD

And thanks - I'm always glad to hear that. :D
But like any aspiring professional artist, I'm always trying out different styles that way I'll be more versatile when it comes to creating stuff. XD
akugirl Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Hobbyist Writer

Too bad Russia keeps stealing his tech during the cold war though...

very cool. I am going to have to raid your gallery then ^.^
My art isn't too good yet...
But I'm working on it...
Soon as my artists block wears off *is frustrated about that*
kiju-chan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is wo~onderful, Frau-sama!I still just love your art style! It makes everything seem more real than anime while still keeping its charm! *Also, HI! It's been ages!*
Ally is drawn cute here, as usual, but the true star of this picture is Ludwig, no matter how small the German flag is. His facial expression and body language are somehow livelier and more unique than America's.
Huh... the terms in which I usually speak of America are rather harsh. Namely, "idiotic", "overly-patriotic", "pushy", "bossy", "stupid", "psuedo-Machiavellian", and the most recent "Looks good in a dress". So... QUESTION FOR FRAU-SAMA!
Is it treason against the United States (where I have lived a fair amount of my life)to suggest that any representation of it should be a cute, hinted homosexual who occasionally cross-dresses? *randomness over*
Sorry for the rambling comment! My brain hath been fried by the prison known as AP European History. Take care of yourself and continue being awesome~!
FrauV8 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thanks. :D
(and Hallo as well! XD )

I think America/Alfred is trying to overcompensate for his inability to be intelligent like his European-counterpart with his oversized flag, and feeding him fast food (nobody can resist a burger and cola these days, even if they hate America XD ).
But I don't think America will ever learn that he's not as awesome as he makes everyone thinks he is.
(ie. For an immigrant America is smposively the 'Land of Opportunity," but for a citizen who's from a family that has lived there for most/all of their lives... "Get me outta here!" XD )

I don't think it'd be offensive/treason to have America depicted in such a manner (makes me think of Bugs Bunny all of a sudden XD ).
"It's a free country" they always say; also, isn't practically every guy in APH is kinda homo/bi already since there's a lack of girls? XD
Even I admit for saying bad things about America - but that's because I know this country could be a hell of a lot better that it is (that's my way of showing my love for America XD ).
So really... I don't think most Americans would really care unless they're really uber conservative and can't take a joke (this is where I hate Political Correctness - it's like you can't crack a joke without offending somebody these days).

So long 'til next time - and good luck with that class (my High School offers AP World History instead of AP Euro History - very lucky that I squeaked by with a 3 on the AP exam when I took it, especially when that year the test was mostly on East Asia :) ).
LordOfPastries Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, why doesn't Germany and America interact more ><

I really like how you incorperated actual history in this. I mean I like some Hetalia fanart, but a lot of it just comes of as shippings or chibis *shrug* I can tell you put a lot of thought in this.
LordOfPastries Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
P.S. I hate it when if you happen to b fascinated by Nazi's you're labeled as one. OTL
FrauV8 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I know... there's only one instance when they do really interact in the web comic that comes to mind:
America's Birthday when both Italy and Germany give him a new car that runs on biodiesel; Germany tells him to start using green power, and of course America disses him and gets chased by an angry Doitsu
(which is true - America refuses to give up oil despite having natural gas, nuclear technology, and other environmental friendly methods of obtaining energy; Germany and France, on the other hand, is 60-80% clean energy with nuclear and biodiesel technology).

Ja... there's not a lot of APH Fan Art that have much historical reference... it's mainly Yaoi, chibis, and other miscellaneous stuff (not to say that's bad, it's just so much of it XD ).
And despite all the hard work and thought I've put into this, I knew it wasn't going to be popular anyway (like it matters anymore - this place is biased, plus it's people with connections).

*sigh* I could easily end this Nazism crap by changing my Avatar, but I don't want to - I spent a lot of effort making it, it's my favorite character, plus it's historically accurate taking in account that APH takes place during WW2 and Germany was obviously depicted as a Nazi in the web comic/anime (a reluctant one, but still a Nazi).
Also, I'm not the only one who made Doitsu with this symbol in the background and is getting annoyed with people b*tching about it: [link]
People just need to grow up and shut up about things they don't fully understand.
LordOfPastries Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
haha. Its kind of sad when one of the ONLY times they interact is for America's birthday. "oh so NOW you pay attention to me?" :p

And it really is a shame you don't get more coverage. I love the intersting take you give Hetalia :D I do think that there is too much yaoi/bishie/chibi w/e for a series that's essentially about history. haha.

haha. Yeah I posted a comment on that stamp expressing the same thing. I mean, you worked hard, and its accurate to history! You have a lot of patience though, I'd change my icon by now. xD
Yogaji Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
Yaoi/moe version of the Cold War... wow :o
EwaGladka Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009   Writer
Really good pic :D

"There's like little to no interaction between these two countries in APH - what's up with that?"
And what's with the interactions between Germany & Poland? :X (c'mon, what the hell is with the webcomic about WWII, in which Poland & Germany never meet?!).
We have instead interactions between Greece & Japan or Latvia & Sealand :XD: (I wonder how many Latvians know about the existence of Sealand ;>;).
FrauV8 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Especially with Poland and Germany being neighbors and not to interact at all, geez...

And even if it's not WW2 anymore, everybody encounters everyone else whenever there's a UN/EU/G8/G20/G25 meeting, or in the 'War Against Terrorism' in Afghanistan and/or Iraq (another instance where Germany and America are interacting with each other - they're actually allies in this conflict).
America and Poland also interacted with each other and had signed some kind of pact to establish an Eastern Europe defense system against missiles (which Russia obviously opposed).

Seriously... what the heck are you thinking Hidekaz Himaruya?! XD
EwaGladka Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009   Writer
Mr. Himaruya thinks that the countries closest to Poland are Baltics :XD: Well, Lithuania was Poland's partner during times of Commonwealth (but frankly, Liet played secondary role in it), but then they started to dislike each other (especially during interwar period). Even now they threat each other just like neighbours ;> (and there are even almost none polish stereotypes about Lithuanians :XD:). And Latvia & Estonia - well, for average Pole they're just foreign countries (and ofcourse there are no stereotypes about them).

There's nothing about the relations between Poland and Hungary (it's so amazing friendship), Ukraine (Cossacks' rebellions, Euro 2012 and other stuff) or Czech Republic (well, he doesn't even appear in Hetalia :(), and very little about the relations between him and England or France :( .

Well, that was a complain :XD:
Fortehideki Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know you mentioned this already but... that cup looks like its falling off a table!

PS. Got to admit tho, youre getting better at this.
Nikolicious Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWESOME PIC!!! :iconrlyplz::heart:
man, i love the coloring so much!! :love:
ahahahah and with the "nazi" comments :XD: i think its because of the NAZI sign on it...:lmao:
:hug: germany is getting americanized.:love:
keep on your art plz! =D
FrauV8 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thanks. :D

Ha - you actually read all of my comments! XD
I noticed that most of those who whine about my Avatar don't read my comments so they don't understand why I have it.

And yes... Doitsu is turning American in this pic. XD

I'll try my best to post up new pics when I can - College's a pain in the arsche right now. XD
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