Hayate no Gotoku!! 2nd Season – 13
The moment I’ve been waiting 52+ episodes for…
H-I-N-A Hinagiku! Hai Hai! *da da dun daa dun da daa*
Wait what? Hayate no Gotoku!! 2nd Season? Fans of the long running first series might be wondering why this super, unbelievably awesome, and way more entertaining than FMA-remake show isn’t being blogged. Well you count me in for that. The original series was one of those shows that you could easily pick up an episode of and enjoy (possibly even out of order) just because it was so quirky and random and didn’t really have any cliffhangers. Even if you weren’t really looking forward to the next episode, you could just fire it up when you’re bored and be entertained for a good twenty minutes or so. Any anime that can do that for me is pretty good in my books. If you haven’t seen the first series, I suggest you marathon all 52 episodes now. NOW!!!
*Ahem* /regains composure
Under J.C. Staff this time around, Hayate no Gotoku focuses on the relationships in the series and I’m admittedly eating it all up with a silver spoon (…and asking for more I might add). The whole “love pentagon” or whatever you call it between Hayate, Hinagiku, Ayumu, Maria, and Nagi is the real reason I’m watching this show. Using my plethora of anime knowledge prowess (i.e. lack thereof), I would say that Hayate x Hinagiku is the Harima x Eri of School Rumble — the best part of that series. All the comedy, side characters, and other happenings are just bonus. At this point, I would even go as far as saying that an episode without Hina is pretty disappointing on some subconscious level. Luckily, it seems like J.C. Staff caught onto her popularity in the original series and is milking it to the max now. The ending theme and the focus on Hina seem to indicate that anyway. No complaints here though. Give me more Hina/Itou Shizuka please.
Hayate screws up and the clock has to suffer. Way to go Hayate! /sarcasm
Shirahadori! (Blade Grasp!)
I guess it goes without saying that episode 13 was a long time coming for fans. Here on out, I’m really looking forward to all the “awkward” moments between our debt-ridden butler and the student council pres now that she’s FINALLY come to terms with the fact that she loves him. Speaking of which, Hayate can’t seem to do/say anything wrong to Hina — everything just wins him “meromero” points even when he screws up. Showing up late, apologizing emphatically, then giving her homemade cookies for her birthday because the thought is more important than the cost? I see Hina diving into Hayate’s pants already.
Nagi, your expensive watch just got owned. Meromero point GET!
Mmm, the real couple of the series. I have to say, they do look pretty good together.
Ayumu is my pick to help spice things up between these two (sorry Maria! I still <3 you Tanaka Rie), but I already get the feeling it’s going to be Nagi instead which is total crap because she’s not realistically any sort of competition. But hey, this is anime and we know Nagi probably has the best chance of scoring with Hayate so I’m prepared for that (shitty) ending. At least that doesn’t stop me from enjoying all the Hina/Ayumu/Maria stuff along the way. On another note, I’m starting to notice a trend with character personalities that I like. I hope this isn’t the masochist in me talking, but tsundere characters who are dishonest with their feelings are pure win (see Enomoto Kei, another Itou Shizuka character). In my defense though, even the seiyuus agree with me. (Tanaka Rie flips out about how Hinagiku still refers to Hayate as “Ayasaki-kun”… until this episode!)
“Daisuki da yo, Hayate-kun!”
Anyway, here’s my attempt at returning to some sort of regular blogging. If you like my awesome new (i.e. lazy) format and having a place to talk about our Meer Campbell cosplaying, Evangelion OP song singing, pink-haired tsundere, great! If not, well… you can bite me. :P
“Zankoku na tenshi no you ni, shounen yo shinwa ni nare~”