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Hayate no Gotoku! – Heaven is a Place on Earth

OP Sequence

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OP: 「僕ら、駆け行く空へ」 (Bokura, kake yuku sora e) by 山崎 はるか (Yamazaki Haruka)

The OP is a concert scene featuring Suirenji Ruka, an idol who hasn’t shown up in the anime yet.

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「ハヤテのごとく! HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH」 (Hayate no Gotoku! HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH)
“Hayate the Combat Butler! Heaven is a Place on Earth”

It’s been a while since the 2nd season of Hayate no Gotoku ended, and I’ve been looking forward to the movie which premiered back in August of last year. The series has always been among my favorite harem comedies, so I watched this with high expectations, and all in all it provided what I was looking for. I had fallen behind on the manga for a long time and seeing all the characters again brought back the slightest twinge of nostalgia. Of course we have the titular Ayasaki Hayate the super bulter, featuring horrible luck, all sorts of crazy skills, superhuman strength, girly physique, and a gentle personality that attracts girls like flies to meat. Then there’s the heroine Sanzenin Nagi — the spoiled, otaku, tsundere ojou-sama who happens to be hopelessly infatuated with her Hayate.

As expected, the movie is a standalone story, following Nagi as she is duped into spending the rest of her summer vacation in the countryside for “rejuvenation”. Overall, it’s a pretty nice place, aside from the fact that there’s no iPhone signal, no video games, no TV, no anime conventions, and no Shounen Jump (the horror!). I have to feel for Nagi though, as truly humans cannot live without a working smartphone and a proper internet connection. Peaceful countryside? I’ll take the high-tech, high-speed city life instead. Unfortunately, Nagi’s pretty much stuck in the middle of nowhere a while and dying of boredom. On the flip side, some pretty weird adventures are in store for her.

The rest of the gang tags along too, including Hayate’s lovers Ayumu, Maria, Hinagiku (!!), student council secretary Chiharu, the three idiots Miki, Izumi, Risa, and also a new character Tsurugino Kayura, one of Nagi’s otaku friends. Basically, it’s more of the same stuff characteristic of the series, except packaged into a 60 minute movie. We don’t get anything “new” and there’s no real character development that we don’t know already, instead getting a lot of familiar tropes and devices. Aside from the plethora of random references, there are many scenes reminiscent of what’s been shown before, such as Hayate and Maria trying to keep Nagi in a good mood, Hinagiku getting her own shower scene with Hayate, and everyone else enjoying a relaxing retreat together. That said, the material isn’t bad at all, but doesn’t break ground or advance anything (Athena still fails to make an appearance aside from a brief shot in the opening). Still, there’s no shortage of rofl moments, and I won’t list them out here, but the screencaps should provide a good idea of some of the best ones.

It’s not all laughter and slice of life of course, as Hayate starts seeing a ghost dressed in white and the line between reality and dreams starts blurring. It becomes pretty intriguing quickly. Nagi, Kayura, and the three idiots get trapped in “closed space” (Haruhi-style), a strange amusement park in the middle of the forest. They are completely erased from the others’ memories and Maria becomes Hayate’s master. Traces of the past remain still though, as Hayate struggles to find out what he’s forgetting. As a result of his actions, poor Hinagiku thinks Hayate is leading her on and is left very confused when he runs off. I’m a huge Hayate x Hina shipper so that scene left me a bit disappointed, but all in all it still made for some very hilarious moments.

The ghost finally reveals herself as Hayate’s grandmother, and her only goal was to free Hayate from his debt and give him a future, even if that involved eliminating Nagi from the real world. As expected, the incompetent bunch are completely unable to make any progress towards escaping the park, even with the might of four iPhones. Luckily, Nagi’s cries for Hayate finally breaks the dimensional barrier and restores their memories. It’s definitely a little crazy how crying for Hayate always brings him to the rescue, and I swear it gets cheesier and cheesier every time. Everything culminates in a grand, over-the-top rescue with Isumi blowing up dinosaurs (yep), Hinagiku hacking through giant robots with her pink flower power, and Hayate leaping several stories up to the top of the Ferris wheel. The whole thing is just ridiculous, especially with Hayate flying off into the moonlight with Nagi in his arms, but you have to admit, it’s all still pretty awesome.

The movie ends on a uplifting note, as expected. Everyone wakes up in the ruins of the deserted amusement park, and in a sentimental moment, Hayate reveals that he had been there once before with his grandmother, which is probably why she chose it for the closed space. I’m pretty satisfied with the conclusion, the tone of which actually reminds me a lot of how the second season of the anime ended. The emotional view isn’t terrible, but a gag ending for once would have been pretty good too since the comedy really is the best part of show. I did enjoy the movie a lot though, and the rom-com, drama, and humor aspects are all done pretty well. The attention to character nuances and details made everything more positive, and they rarely failed to crack me up. If you liked the anime or manga, definitely don’t pass up on this one, and start looking forward to the third season of the TV anime as well. The BD release of the movie later this year will also feature some extra scenes.

 

ED: 「Heaven is a Place on Earth」 by fripSide

Epilogue

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No Hayate cross-dressing this time; I’m surprised :P

January 4, 2012 at 9:45 pm
31 comments »
  • January 4, 2012 at 10:16 pmOsoQuickly

    It was really exciting to see some of my favorite characters again, but the movie was kind of a disappointment.

    • January 5, 2012 at 8:21 amBenigmatica

      Agreed! The bad character design and no Wakamoto narration voice makes me sad!

      BTW Divine, are you gonna blog Mardock Scramble?

    • January 6, 2012 at 5:32 ambillng

      Yeah, it was just a lot of random events and I didn’t even laugh or crack a smile :/

      Stone face :l

  • January 4, 2012 at 10:22 pmPikachu

    Yeah, it was good and I liked it too. But I thought that was his mother; well that proves that I didn’t read the manga or I just forgot. Thanks for the summary and review of the movie.

    • January 4, 2012 at 10:26 pmPtolemaios00

      His mother and father has always remained face-less with a kanji character on their face instead.

    • January 5, 2012 at 3:11 amProoof

      yea hayate’s parents were huge assholes

  • January 4, 2012 at 10:24 pmPtolemaios00

    The soundtrack was awesome. Maria acting as Nagi was hilarious.All the new characters got a cameo too. Ruka love =)

  • January 4, 2012 at 10:44 pmXellos-_^

    Want A-Tan

  • January 4, 2012 at 10:52 pmThe Moondoggie

    I missed Hinagiku so much!

    Maria is still my #1 waifu!

    • January 5, 2012 at 3:52 amNhelraios

      Same here, It was really nice seeing Hinagiku animated again.

      On an unrelated note, anyone else getting Error 404 in the OP snaps?

  • January 4, 2012 at 10:55 pmDa5id

    “2012 will be my year!” -Hinagiku Katsura

    • January 4, 2012 at 11:03 pmThe Moondoggie

      Could be a foreshadowing of more appearances in manga. Or even a new anime!

      • January 5, 2012 at 12:49 amDa5id

        Actually, they announced a 3rd season back in August. What I’m referring to is the annual female anime character popular contest called Saimoe.

        Can Hinagiku win her 3rd Saimoe crown?! Find out in July!

      • January 5, 2012 at 12:59 amThe Moondoggie

        Oh Ok… I stopped following Saimoe after Azusa won in 2010(this year it’s Mami), and ISL is confusing to follow. :/

  • January 5, 2012 at 1:21 amCroos

    so thx you Prooof. >.<

  • January 5, 2012 at 1:55 amYukipon

    Muteki senpai!

  • January 5, 2012 at 2:12 amLitho

    Was okay. Not the funniest Hayate ep I’ve seen, but entertaining enough if you downgrade yourself to the “lowest-common-denominator” for a short time.

    I expected a whole lot more jokes and gags, tbh.

  • January 5, 2012 at 3:00 amHagiri

    This is more like ‘The Disappearance of Nagi’

  • January 5, 2012 at 3:26 amRakkyo

    Dammit Prooof, you made it sound so good.

    Should I wait for the BDs or get the DVDRip?

    • January 5, 2012 at 4:14 amProoof

      it’s not amazing or mindblowing, but I liked it still :)
      up to you whether you want to wait; I’ll probably check out the extra scenes when it does come out

  • January 5, 2012 at 3:38 amIncognito

    It’s been a while since I saw Hayate and company, so I’m just glad to see them again in this movie. (Hinagiku especially. ~<3) But there was something missing… And then it hit me.

    Where’s Norio Wakamoto’s lemony narration?!

    *sigh* I guess he’s still busy supervising that survival game… Oh well.

    • January 7, 2012 at 7:21 pm0927123

      Good catch!

  • January 5, 2012 at 4:31 amDivine

    My apologies to anyone who wanted to vote for the Hayate movie in the year-end poll. With this manga-bundled DVD release, it should’ve been considered for 2011. I thought the “+99″ extended BD/DVD release with 8 minutes of new footage due out in February was going to be the first BD/DVD release. I plan to include that in the 2012 poll.

  • January 5, 2012 at 8:52 amLone_Wanderer

    It seems they reverted back to 1st season art/drawing style & color/toning. I personally prefer the 2nd season style’s better, though I disliked it at first. :)

  • January 5, 2012 at 10:37 amsuff

    Who is that woman doing the Unlimited Blade Works? Nagi’s sister or something? (Or mom?! Hahaha~~~)

  • January 5, 2012 at 2:36 pmMrRei

    Prooof! It’s quite nice too see you blog something else again.. XD

  • January 5, 2012 at 7:04 pmRayzorexe

    IMO the art style of this movie is pretty similiar to how the manga is being drawn these days plus this movie was done by Manglobe as oppose to J.C.Staff in season 2

  • January 5, 2012 at 11:38 pmJason Isenberg

    Dude seriously? You actually blogged the movie I watched a few days ago just to see if there was anything Hayate online. I saw this watched it, then today I see you blog it. So freaking weird lol

  • January 5, 2012 at 11:42 pmWhee

    Almost forgot all the casts’ voices… man;
    First I thought the ghost was Hayate’s mom so I got really confused -_-
    Still ridiculous and hilarious. Nice :)

  • January 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm004samro

    I swear I read somewhere that this movie would adapt the
    Show Spoiler ▼

    Oh well, I still like this movie. I marked when Hina whipped out that sword. I was like “I know where that sword’s from”, for those who read the manga so far. XD

  • January 6, 2012 at 7:46 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    OooooooOoooH!! a HAYATE movie!!! ..and one that covers most of the stuff in between last series till…MAN! i’ma have to save this one, Like a GOOD FART!!!