Hayate no Gotoku! – 18
Hayate and the gang are off to Hakuou’s seaside school, but Hinagiku won’t be joining them because of her fear of airplanes. This being Hayate’s first airplane trip, he finds himself airsick during the flight and throws up as he tries to thank Nagi for paying for the expenses. When they arrive on the island, they are greeted by a butler and manager named Schmidt who promises to help them create fun summer memories. However, it’s not until they start swimming practice at the pool that Schmidt’s methods come to light. He appears in a mecha that he calls a synchronized swimming manipulation machine and proceeds to capture all the students to force them to do a synchronized swimming routine. Of course, this didn’t create any fun memories for them, and Yukiji almost punches Schmidt, but she gets interrupted by the sound of the lunch bell. Schmidt says that they’re having a barbecue, however before they eat, he makes them change out of their school swimsuits into more suitable ones. Then, while they’re eating, Schmidt brings along the thing he has planned to make lunch a fun memory for them: a live alligator.
This alligator eventually returns to the wild after going on a rampage, and the students are given some free time. Though the others enjoy parasailing, diving, and jet skiing, Nagi stays on the beach for a walk with Hayate. It is because of this that the two don’t get eaten along with everyone else by a sea creature for what Schmidt calls a deep-sea outing. Later, during dinner, Izumi, Risa, and Miki declare that they don’t like this kind of seaside school and say that they want to go home, and when the others agree, Yukiji decides that it’s time to go. However, Schmidt doesn’t let them leave because he’s prepared a test of courage for them with tons of costumed helpers from around the world. When these costumed people attack, the butlers spring into action to defeat them all, though it’s Yukiji who ends up knocking Schmidt himself out. On the way home, Hayate get airsick again, and the girls realize that they’re not flying back to Hakuou because they’re passing over mountains. When Yukiji visits the cockpit to see what’s going on, she finds Schmidt in the pilot’s seat, and he says that if they hate the seaside school, then he’ll create a camping school for them.
This episode doesn’t offer much in terms of substance, but plenty in terms of anime references and fanservice. In particular, they make up for Hinagiku’s absence by randomly showings swimsuit shots of her whenever they get a chance, and Nagi even points out that there are some images unrelated to the story that they used. As for parody stuff, I noticed that the airplane at the beginning of the episode looked like it was a reference to one of the numerous Pokémon airplanes, there was the Lancelot/CODE GEASS/Orange reference in both Schmidt’s mecha and his eye-catch, Inukami! all over Hinagiku’s gaming scene, and way too many anime to mention in the fight scene at the end. Overall though, this was a fairly forgettable episode that didn’t have any big laughs.