Hayate no Gotoku!! — Final Thoughts

Hayate no Gotoku!! — Final Thoughts
ハヤテのごとく!!

Hayate no Gotoku!!The first series of Hayate the Combat Butler left me with mixed feelings as it was at times brilliant and at times it was very tedious. The story flow of the first series bothered me, but since there were those who encouraged me to read the manga, I discovered via the manga the true brilliance of the title with Hata-sensei clearly weaving a fun, funny, and interesting tale. So when Hayate the Combat Butler “2nd Season” was announced, I planned to watch it but I wasn’t sure on how good it would be. Fortunately, the anime production team decided that since the manga story isn’t broken, they didn’t need to “fix” it.

Hayate no Gotoku!!By closely following the manga story, Hayate no Gotoku!! does what an anime adaptation should do — enhance the already known manga story and jokes with color, animation, voices, and other sounds. As such, I get a different kind of enjoyment than I did while reading the manga, though the two experiences are similar since I love the core story and characters. I know there are some who dislike an anime adaptation that so closely follows the manga since they already know everything, but I reject that notion.

Hayate no Gotoku!!That’s not to say that there weren’t things changed. It appears that for time, the production team cut small bits here and there such as a chapter where Hayate butlers for Ayumu’s family or Miki’s report on Hayate to Hina. Also, the tenticles from the first anime series have some impact as that series grabbed a few chapters as far as volume 12 of the manga, and I missed some of those. That also had some impact on story flow, but it wasn’t too great of an impact. Fortunately, this won’t be an issue should there be another series.

Hayate no Gotoku!!So what works so well when it comes to story?

Well, there’s the build on the harem aspects of the series with time taken to address Hina’s feelings for Hayate. That’s complicated by her friendship with Ayumu, who’s the first one that was interested in Hayate and for whom Hina promised to support. I’ve rather enjoyed Hina and Ayumu being friends and now that they both understand where they stand with Hayate no Gotoku!!Hayate, it will be interesting to see where this goes (whether in anime or manga form). I liked Ayumu’s handling of the issue as well. Let’s not forget Sakuya apparently falling for Hayate in addition to Isumi’s own attraction to Hayate. However, this doesn’t play as a traditional harem title and that’s nice.

There’s some nice character development as well. Though Hayate no Gotoku!!Hayate’s development is somewhat harmed by the first series extracting certain stories, the same is not true for Nagi’s story, where we learn about her deceased mother in a touching tale (with lots of humor on the side). We see more of Isumi’s family, including her funny great grandmother. We learn more about Sakuya’s family, which is nice. We even got to see the story of how Nagi found Tama, which was a funny story. Characters like Klaus kinda take a back seat, but Father Radiostar is used well as is Sister Sonia.

Hayate no Gotoku!!The fact that the story flow works so well is the icing on the cake though. Even little side stories fit into the flow as these stories will often have impact later. So I want to tip my hat to the production team for NOT deciding to go off on their own.

I don’t know how much manga remains to be animated. I gather there’s probably enough for another 24/25-episode series. Regardless, if there is another series, I can wait to make sure there’s enough manga stories to completely fill a series without the need to add stupid filler that ends up failing.

In the end, while I may have failed in expressing how good this series is in terms of story, characters, and humor, what I will say is that if you liked the first anime series, you will like this series better. If you like the manga, you won’t be disappointed in this adaptation (beyond the small disappointments and the small things that ended up getting cut, but fortunately they are small). Assuming this is released on DVD with the subtitles that Crunchyroll used, I’ll be buying it for sure.

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10 Responses to “Hayate no Gotoku!! — Final Thoughts”

  1. evgenidb says:

    Just to recommend you an anime: “First Squad – The Moment of Truth” by Studio 4C.

    Watch it and let see what you think about it.

    P.S. I’ve watched Episode 26 of Full Metal Panic – it seems that there won’t be any gap between the seasons. I hope I’m right.

    P.S.2. I saw Isekai… (you know th rest), Episode 05 – it’s cool, as always. I can’t wait to read your thoughts about it. And do you have any idea when and where to find Hakubi’s 101 Q&A about TM?

  2. AstroNerdBoy says:

    @evgenidb — by FMP, are you talking the first series?

    As to Isekai, I’ve seen the episode but am still working on the blog entry. ^_^;

    As to Habuki’s translation of “101,” as far as I know, it is a work in progress. I have been in communications with them about this project but I’ve not been told it is complete.

  3. evgenidb says:

    Sorry, I meant Full Metal Alchemist.

    About “101…” – cool! Where they’ll post it? As far as I know, they don’t have a website.

  4. AstroNerdBoy says:

    Ah. I haven’t watched episode 26 yet but it is good to hear that there won’t be a gap.

    I don’t know where they’ll post it. I suggested they do it as a scanlation since they were given a complete scan of the book. There are several color pages but even the black-and-white pages have images, so a scanlation would work best. That could then be uploaded to some file-sharing site and shared.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I hope there’s another season too cause this anime is funny stuff.

  6. evgenidb says:

    I don’t know if scanlation would work. The difference of space needed for English and Japanese to text might be too big and there won’t be enough space.

    For instance, when a book is translated from one language to a different one, rarely they have the same amount of pages.

    So, won’t it be better if they just cut the pictures and then add them, where they are needed. In this way, the pictures probably won’t be at the same place as in the original Japanese book, but they would be in the right place if you look at the context.

    (*Sign.* I don’t think I explained it properly enough.)

  7. AstroNerdBoy says:

    I think it will work for the most part but we’ll see what they do.

  8. evgenidb says:

    So, Astro, have you watched “First Squad: The Moment Of Truth”, as I proposed to you in the first post? It’s really cool, I promise.

  9. AstroNerdBoy says:

    So, Astro, have you watched “First Squad: The Moment Of Truth”, as I proposed to you in the first post? It’s really cool, I promise.

    I believe I have it now but have not watched it due to lack of time. ^_^; I’ll see if I can squeeze it in sometime soon.

  10. Blacksun88 says:

    I totally agreed that anime production should follow the manga counterpart closely, where in the most case the true jewel falls. for those that demand filler episode, go and watch ur naruto bleach, those shall quench ur thirst. leave series like hayate alone from those adaptation corruption. and judging from the ending of this episode, a 3rd season is not too far-fetched to consider

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