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Hayate no Gotoku!! 2nd Season – 23, 24

Episode 23:

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Sakuya turns 15 years old but the episode focused on practically everyone else but her.

 

Sakuya’s birthday and the “Ferris wheel” scene. Neither were quite what I was expecting, but it seems like we’re finally at the climax of the series. There’s no doubt about it now: episode 25 will be the finale of this second season. While it seems like we’re going to be left with another open-ended conclusion, things have been pretty entertaining along the way. In retrospect, I actually prefer things this way since it leaves the series open to a possible third season. All we have to check for now is some message at the end of next week’s episode indicating that a third season has gotten the green light. There’s a lot of hoping and wishing in that statement, but who knows — I was surprised that the 52 episode first season was popular enough to get this season produced.

With my short spew on the series as a whole out of the way, let’s see what actually happened these past two episodes.

 

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Behold! Student Council Vice President Kasumi Aika, whom I should know already but can’t recall for the life of me.

 

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This much malicious intent from the idea of selling off some school property. Imagine what would happen if you rubbed her the wrong way.

 

First off, we have the student council vice president Kasumi Aika showing her dark, sadistic, and opportunistic tendencies. Apparently she showed up in the first season as well, but I honestly have no recollection of her at all so this was all new to me. She’s played by Katou Emiri no less (Hiiragi Kagami in Lucky Star) so I thought I would’ve taken notice to her. But then again, I guess that was two years ago and Emiri was just making her big debut.

 

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If anyone ever saw all the stuffed animals in Chiharu’s room, her serious secretary-like cover would be so blown.

 

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This is way beyond a mere interest in cute uniforms. We have a serious obsession/fetish going on here.

 

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I love this pose and overly cute greeting. I wish I knew a girl who secretly hides a cute personality behind a serious one…

 

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…so that I can tease her in situations like this.

 

Next up, more Harukaze Chiharu (a.k.a. “Haru-san”) whom I’m growing more fond of the more I see her. It’s probably because she’s somewhat of a tsundere, except that her weak, soft, embarrassed side is actually a cheerful, cute uniform-obssessed, secret personality, which if exposed could result in the very breakdown of her character. It’s at her expense, but entirely for my own enjoyment so I loved how Aika realized she was Sakuya’s maid right away. That, and how she made special note of it to use against Chiharu in the future. All this when Chiharu didn’t do anything to get on Aika’s bad side. Oh the hilarity. :)

 

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Sakuya really enjoys a good laugh. And I mean REALLY enjoys.

 

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Too bad Wataru can’t deliver when he’s put on the spot. Cue missing finger part 1.

 

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This is what I love about Sakuya’s character. Childhood friend comes to the rescue. Aww…

 

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You can just sense Wataru’s heart being crushed as Isumi delivers the killing blow. “Your jokes suck Wataru.”

 

I was a bit surprised how much screentime Wataru got this around. Watching his embarrassed reactions in front of Isumi hasn’t gotten old yet, but having Isumi bluntly tell him that he sucks is a whole new level. If it weren’t for Sakuya comforting him a bit here, he may have gone off to kill himself for real this time. On a separate note, I chuckled at Sakuya’s comment about Wataru being a hero in his past life. I could be totally off with this reference, but Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru immediately came to mind because of Inoue Marina (Wataru) and Nakajima Saki (Saki)’s song on the Hayate no Gotoku! Character COVER CD — “STEP”. Despite how old that Sunrise anime is (aired in April 15, 1988), the opening song is actually quite catchy. Marina and Saki did an awesome cover of it too, which I recommend giving a quick listen to here. Since they’re singing in character, Marina’s using her deeper, boyish voice, which somehow fits perfectly.

You can’t quite put things into perspective without comparing it to the original by a.chi-a.chi though, so let’s take a trip down memory lane shall we?

 


“STEP” by a.chi-a.chi (Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru OP)

 

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Unexpectedly, Hayate shows Wataru how it’s done by sending the crowd into a riot one joke after another.

 

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Ayumu believes she can win Hayate over with a well prepared cup of coffee. That works… if she drugs him with it.

 

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This is what happens in the real world while Ayumu’s head is in la-la-land.

 

I don’t recall Ayumu ever reacting to a fantasy about Hayate in a strange manner, but add this time to the list. You just can’t help but stare at her blankly while “it” happens.

 

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Seeing Sakuya’s younger brother (Asato) and sister (Hinata) explains a lot about her personality…

 

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…but when you meet her father, you realize he’s the real cause.

 

Watching Nagi’s reaction to the sight of Sakuya and her crazy family was a pretty big sign of the things to follow. While I’m not big on the “oh I’m so rich, but so lonely” bit, Nagi has shown a genuine longing for her mother this season. At the same time though, her candidacy as Hayate’s future girlfriend is slipping rapidly. As shown in the opening, it’s as if Nagi’s content with keeping him around as a motherly figure.

 

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Hina never seems to show a lot of skin (e.g. bloomers), but her outfits are always pretty cute.

 

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The outcome that Hina envisions.

 

On the other hand, our remaining two competitors square off in the climactic showdown of the season! Ayumu vs Hinagiku… START!

 

Episode 24:

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“I’ve betrayed you. The truth is, I’m in love with Hayate too!”

 

So in terms of things not going as expected, 1.) I figured Sakuya’s birthday would have had a lot more to do with her, and 2.) this Ferris wheel confession would have been to Hayate and not Ayumu. I’m not entirely sure why I thought the latter though, but it was probably because of all build-up for this scene from the comments before. In any case, this is a monumental stepping stone going forward in the series; it’s just a shame there isn’t anything lined up anime-wise.

 

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J.C. Staff continues to impress with their take on the series. This scene was one of those moments.

 

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As Ayumu points up at the gigantic Ferris wheel, Hina thinks to herself, “This is where I’m going to die.”

 

Exactly how they missed a Ferris wheel on the same scale as the Cosmo Clock 21 in Yokohama is beyond me, but watching Hina’s fear of heights is oh-so-amusing. It’s definitely on the same level as Chiharu fearing her secret getting out.

 

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Tomboy-ish pose from Sakuya as she teases Hayate about the “cute” Haru-san.

 

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Ah A-tan. I hope to see more of you animated and voiced by the ever-so-awesome Kawasumi Ayako.

 

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Key tsundere point #32: Keep a tough exterior even when you’re scared shitless. Inner eye? Okay there…

 

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The more you try to deny it, the harder it is when the truth comes out. Hina would be so fun to toy with.

 

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Remember what I was saying about Sakuya’s father being dumb? Leave it up to Konishi Katsuyuki to fill that goofy role.

 

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Hina serenades us with her rendition of the Dango Kyoudai song. An embarrassed tsundere is the best tsundere.

 

Despite not having a lot of actual scenes this episode, the dialogue pretty much stole the entire show. I was eagerly clinging onto every word between Ayumu and Hinagiku, anticipating exactly how all of this was going to play out.

 

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I thought she was going to confess here. Boy was I relieved when it turned out to be an onii-san fetish. Wait a sec…

 

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We always knew Sakuya had a lot of spunk. Who would’ve thought that she’s got some tsundere in here too.

 

The best part of Sakuya’s birthday had to have been the scene between her and Hayate where she revealed her “longing desire” to have an older brother. It’s not often we get to see Sakuya put herself in a vulnerable position like this. I’m sure Hayate could’ve done a lot of “damage” by breaking the ice with a joke like Sakuya always wants him to, but he did the better thing by not crushing her delicate maiden heart.

 

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No reaction from Ayumu. “Oh you only like him. I thought you were going to tell me you slept with him already.”

 

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Don’t be fooled. This is Ayumu’s declaration that she’ll homewreck Hina if she ever goes out with Hayate.

 

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“Telling him that I like him first is like losing.” This is why Hina’s potential relationship won’t be going anywhere fast.

 

So after calming down a fair bit from being tricked into singing, Hina eventually ‘fesses up to being in love with Hayate as well. I honestly had no idea how things would go from there, but I certainly didn’t expect Ayumu to be totally cool about it. At the very least, I figured she would’ve been a little worried about having Hina as her rival. After all, Ayumu had already sensed that Hayate might like Hina in return. I guess she has an edge over the student council president due to the latter’s stubbornness with relationships. On that note, I still find it interesting how girls have to worry about confessing first in Japan, as doing so where I’m from is almost completely out of the question and would be seen as being “desperate”. It’s kind of sad how social norms completely govern how we think and act isn’t it?

 

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Being put on the spot, Hayate version. Cue missing finger part 2.

 

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Actions speak louder than words. Nagi still prefers Maria over Hayate.

 

As for Nagi, her worries about being alone and having everyone leave her eventually was pretty meager in comparison. It almost wasn’t even worth bringing up, except for the lead in to a possible “Sakuya nude show”.

 

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And with a mutual understanding that they can both go after Hayate, Sakuya’s fireworks break the awkwardness.

 

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Seeing as Chiharu isn’t exactly poor herself anymore, it was ironic to hear her talk about frivolous spending.

 

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What exactly is it that money can’t buy for Aika?

 

If anything, I was more intrigued by Aika’s comment about how there are some things money can’t buy. Judging by her cough, I suspect that either she or someone close to her is sick or terminally ill. Regardless of what it may be, it has piqued my interest enough to want to see her arc animated.

 

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This would’ve been a decent scene to wrap up the season with, but I’m glad there’s a bit more to come.

 

So yeah, this latest episode was probably the highlight of the season. If I’m not mistaken, the next and final episode will focus primarily on Nagi and Hayate home alone with our pigtailed ojou-sama sick in bed. Will this be Nagi’s opportunity to regain some ground against Ayumu and Hina? Perhaps, but it doesn’t change the fact that we need a 3rd season!

September 13, 2009 at 5:51 pm
39 comments »
  • September 13, 2009 at 5:58 pmShin

    Yes, we need a third season… and fast!

  • September 13, 2009 at 6:04 pmJason Isenberg

    Hayate 3rd season will come. This show is way too epic for words.

  • September 13, 2009 at 6:13 pmbrianleung8912

    hina’s sense of winning or losing reminds me of hikari from special A @@” in any case, ayumu’s reaction was to be expected, who can be mad at hina afterall >:)

  • September 13, 2009 at 6:16 pmdszx

    Wait, it’s ending? Wut

    I haven’t been watching (Stopped after 13 =P) but I’m reading.

    They have so much material to cover. They could go for 26 more episodes on what’s in the manga right now.

  • September 13, 2009 at 6:20 pmGundam 00

    maid outfits… MOE!!!!!!!!!

  • September 13, 2009 at 6:23 pmnyaa

    wha?…so there’s no hayate’s past arc afterall

  • September 13, 2009 at 6:26 pmJdw67

    Uh…3rd season please K? thanks bye!

  • September 13, 2009 at 6:40 pmawesomness

    Where is it confirmed that the 2nd season is 25 episodes?

  • September 13, 2009 at 8:10 pmdivine

    awesomness:
    The narration for the preview of the next episode.

  • September 13, 2009 at 8:51 pmKagekyuubi

    When they do animate the third season, think they’ll start off with the truth of Hayate’s past and go through the mood whiplash early or they’ll wait till the middle of the season to do that?

  • September 13, 2009 at 10:38 pmd

    lol, hayate with a code geass pose in the preview

  • September 13, 2009 at 10:40 pmNeziak

    No possibility that this season is longer than 25 episodes? Well if it is really just 25 episodes then it definitely needs a third season.

  • September 13, 2009 at 11:31 pmPutang

    LET THE RISE OF ATHENA BEGIN!

  • September 13, 2009 at 11:56 pmKaris

    3rd Season JC Staff! Pronto!

    Or better yet; a movie about the EOTW.

  • September 14, 2009 at 12:01 amHolding

    Its a good thing you blogged this series..^_^

  • September 14, 2009 at 12:04 amStan

    Id rather have the 3rd season begin with the Mt. Takao arc. They can do the reintroduction of characters and continue on with the story smoothly from there. Plus I dont want to miss any Izumi screentime on that arc.

  • September 14, 2009 at 12:10 amGame8910

    Kawasumi Ayako did a PERFECT job at her Athena bit there, I cannot wait for a third season and a possible Athena arc adaptation, JC Staff I am counting on you!!!!

  • September 14, 2009 at 12:36 amciq666

    ah, Alice-chan in wonderland – good ending for a season
    here’s hoping for season 3! :D

    @Divine: (just in case ppl don’t want to read this)
    Show Spoiler ▼

    Did they skip the part about Mikado giving the stone to Aika? Anyways, “Money can’t buy happiness” is probably what Aika meant or at least that’s my speculation.

  • September 14, 2009 at 1:10 amDave

    Hinagiku is mai waifu!!

  • September 14, 2009 at 2:18 amStan

    @ciq666
    That part where Mikado gives the stone to Aika is during the Mt. Takao arc. So I guess they;d be showing that in the 3rd season.

  • September 14, 2009 at 2:58 amExia

    I wonder when a third season would be “realistically” scheduled in the future.

  • September 14, 2009 at 3:04 amciq666

    @Stan
    thanks; now I remember, but wasn’t the Mt. Takao arc supposed to be before the Ferris Wheel? oh well, can’t wait for season 3 :)

  • September 14, 2009 at 5:07 amAnonymous

    can’t wait for season 3 and A-tan >_<

  • September 14, 2009 at 6:55 amBROOKLYN otaku

    wow!!! dat whole ONII-SAN sakuya part Tripped me OUT!! i thought she was gonna turn around any sec and say “kidding kidding”. i must watch twice

  • September 14, 2009 at 9:10 amStan

    @Exia

    Realistically speaking, maybe during spring time of 2011. That way, the manga has advanced, meaning more progress and more developments, who knows, maybe there can be closure by that time.

    @ciq666

    Yep, the Ferris Wheel happened before Mt. Takao. Ferris Wheel scenes happened at chapters 144-147 while Mt. Takao arc happened during chapter 148-153.

  • September 14, 2009 at 9:45 amasdf

    So I guess they won’t get to the part where Hina lost.

    Thats unfortunate.

  • September 15, 2009 at 1:49 amselo

    third season indeed, this one went by so quick and it was awesome :(

    More hina please!

  • September 15, 2009 at 2:40 amciq666

    @Stan
    ah, that’s right; Distance arc then Mt. Takao arc

    then (hopefully) skip some chapters to EoTW arc. ah, wait, don’t skip Show Spoiler ▼

    3 seasons doesn’t feel like it’s enough to animate the main plot line along with the funny and entertaining side stories

  • September 15, 2009 at 2:24 pmKinny Riddle

    While I don’t dislike the fillers and constant 4th-wall-breaking moments of the first series by SynergySP, I find myself loving the second series by JC Staff.

    Maybe it has something to do with all episodes shown thus far has been straight from the manga, and they’ve all contributed to characters’ relationship growing even more so than the first series ever did.

    I never saw Nagi as a serious love-interest candidate for Hayate. For me, he probably looks to her like an important little sister he needs to protect at all cost, but lover? Nope.

    While Ayumu and Hina are main candidates for Hayate, he also has an ambiguous crush on Maria (as noticed by Ayumu herself), but without spoiling anything, from my impression of what I’ve read so far in the manga, the enigmatic A-tan simply wipes all competition out of the way.

    25 episodes would be a good time to stop, as we’re now reaching chapter 120-130, while the latest manga chapter is now at 241. Any more episodes and the source material, which is the main driving force for this season, will dry up.

  • September 15, 2009 at 2:26 pmSirMuffin

    Oh god… I really want to see Athena… I’ve heard so much about her! Hopefully they’ll introduce her early on in the 3rd season and spice things up from the beginning…

  • September 15, 2009 at 2:34 pmKinny Riddle

    Gonna write this in a second post as it’ll be too long-winded in one post.

    Divine, looks like I wasn’t the only one to think of Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru when Saku made that remark on Wataru being a hero in his past life. I used to fervently watch that series on TV when I was a brat.

    Another observation I noticed on this second season is JC Staff is now strictly sticking to the manga timeline (5 months since Hayate met Nagi in Christmas), disregarding the awkward continuity of the first series (which seems to cover more than a year).

    I wonder who or what led to JC Staff replacing SynergySP to do the second season? Regardless, it was certainly an excellent decision. (No disrespect to SynergySP, who did a great job)

    JC Staff can now proudly boast: All Kugimiya Rie loli-tsunderes belong to us. (Shana, Louise, Taiga, and now Nagi. )

    PS It’s just so fun to see Chiharu being teased to hell by Aika. :)

  • September 15, 2009 at 4:19 pmdivine

    Kinny Riddle:
    I haven’t actually watched Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru myself, but it’s good to know that I’m not the only one who felt that was the right reference.

    I could use some more Chiharu teasing right now. I have this thing for Fujimura Ayumi characters after watching her play Shimizu Raimei in Nabari no Ou.

  • September 15, 2009 at 10:43 pmhayate

    tnx everyone for our show!

  • September 16, 2009 at 1:41 amDashXFox

    Dude are you kidding? Do you have any idea how much manga they have to cover? They’ve already started animating it. They dare not stop. Here’s to seeing the EotW arc =D

  • September 16, 2009 at 4:51 amarlulez

    there must be a season 3! i want too see athena in action hha

  • September 16, 2009 at 10:18 amStan

    @ Kinny Riddle

    We are not reaching chapters 120-130. We are already at chapter 146, with chapter 147 about to air at friday night.

  • September 19, 2009 at 5:39 amLucky Channel

    The necklace Aika has is the kingstone (correct me if the name is off) anyway Hayate got one too, remember Nagi’s grandfather gave him one early in season one. They bring you much misfortune etc. Izumi purified it quite a bit. There are only a few Kingstones in the world. They are still a mystery, but is a major plot device.

  • September 19, 2009 at 11:35 amzodanhko

    Been waiting for the official appearance of A-tan, can’t wait for season 3.

  • September 19, 2009 at 11:40 pmjho

    Two series that were must watch for me every week this season. Hayate no Gotoku 2nd Season and Requiem for the Phantom. No doubt in my mind that these two are the creme of the crop.