Hayate the Combat Butler! Cuties – 11 REVIEW

Hayate no Gotoku! Cuties
ハヤテのごとく!Cuties Episode 11 review

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Hayate has a dream where he’s visited by the tanuki from the Kuro-tsubaki as well as a humanoid clock — the Kuro-tsubaki itself. They have a favor to ask Hayate and a warning that if he doesn’t kiss a girl by midnight, he’ll be separated from Nagi forever. In his dream, he discovers that Nagi is there, oblivious to anything but the video game she’s playing. Hayate wakes up and asks Maria if she’s kissed anyone. Maria’s flustered attitude tells Hayate what he needs to know, so he goes to wake up Nagi. Nagi is still dreaming, apparently in the dream world of the kuro-tsubaki, and does not wake up. So, Hayate heads to school without her.

Unbeknownst to Hayate, the tanuki and Kuro-tsubaki have given dreams to many of the girls in Hayate’s life about him asking to kiss them. So at Yukari-chan House, when Klaus starts talking about kisu fish, the girls there get flustered thinking about kissing and head to school. Meanwhile, Hayate heads to the clock tower to see Hina and make the request of her. Her response is to produce the Shiro-sakura sword in anger. However, she does agree to speak with him at lunch. During lunch, Isumi and Sakuya show up, Isumi having sensed something bad, so Hayate tells her about the dream. Izumi, Miki, and Risa show up, all having had dreams of Hayate asking them for a kiss.

The group starts discussing this, Sakuya teasing Hayate a bit about it, when Risa suggests the “bitch” Izumi be the one to kiss Hayate. Miki is going to record the event for the Video Research Club. Izumi isn’t happy about that designation, so Risa suggests Hina. Miki protests this, saying the kisser should be in love with Hayate. Aika, at the next table, suggests that would be difficult considering Hayate’s long list of problems, including bad luck. Kayura emerges from the bushes to counter this argument, showing footage of Kaoru-sensei managing to pick up Yukiji-sensei for a drinking date. Realizing he’s getting nowhere, Hayate leaves the girls. Isumi tells Sakuya that they have to leave as well.

As Hayate walks along a street, he encounters Ayumu, who’s ditching afternoon classes because she keeps thinking about her dream to kiss Hayate. As it happens, the street they are on is the one where Hayate and she first met after he saved her when her bike’s brakes broke. Hayate remembers that Ayumu was the one to confess to him and so he thinks that it might be possible to score a kiss. Ayumu senses her opportunity and drops hints about helping others and doing whatever it takes. Hayate is about to make his move when Fumi and Sharna show up, bringing that to an end. Hayate tries Ah-tan, but she breaks his phone when she Tasers him. He also fails to get Ruka or Chiharu to kiss him.

Hayate tries to ambush kiss Maria back at the mansion, but that too fails. With early evening now here, Ayumu, Hina, Izumi, Risa, and Miki are in a restaurant eating fries and talking about love and kissing. Hina tries to reach Hayate’s cell phone but is unsuccessful. Hina returns to Yukari-chan House as Maria checks in on the still sleeping Nagi, who’s dreaming of a video game boss she can’t defeat. Maria calls Hina to ask about Hayate and to inform her about Nagi. Hina, apparently oblivious to Hayate’s broken phone on the floor, wonders what is going on. That night, Hayate, apparently in an outfit of Ruka’s, battles the drunken Yukiji to try to get a kiss.

Thoughts/Review:

It is so awesome when a story is told in a random way because having flash backs, flash forwards, and flash sideways are always the best. Oh wait, they AREN’T! *_*

Seriously, what’s wrong with telling a story in a proper, chronological order? Sometimes, doing flashbacks and such works, but in this case, things were just randomly laid out. I get the feeling that the idea was to have the audience ask questions, then the story would drop where ever to answer, then return to another point, then do the same thing all over. Sorry, but this didn’t work for me. The episode would have been better had it been laid out chronologically.

At this point, I’m still not sure why the Kuro-tsubaki is even back. I don’t know why Nagi is apparently trapped in this dream world and I don’t know why Hayate having to kiss someone will make it better. I know Hata-sensei wrote the story (and I find it interesting that the production team was VERY keen on pointing this out), but at the moment, I’m just not impressed.

On the positive side, I did get a laugh out of Isumi’s hair strand being referred to as a youkai antenna.

OK, I also got a laugh out of Fumi and Sharna showing up out of the blue, ruining Ayumu’s best chance to snog with Hayate.

Beyond that, I just can’t work up a great deal of enthusiasm, though I’ll watch the next episode.  If only the production team hadn’t tried so hard to be clever.

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12 Responses to “Hayate the Combat Butler! Cuties – 11 REVIEW”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Actually, I had a funny idea about the weird execution of the episode: what if it’s Hata-sensei’s way of trolling with fans?

    I mean, he’s done (sort of) similar things few times in the manga already, though admittedly they’ve worked way better there. And it hasn’t been nearly as weird as in this episode. (example from manga: Saki calling Hayate to help just when Mikado was about to have an important talk with him).

    It being Hata-sensei’s idea would also explain why the production team was so keen to point out this was Hata-sensei’s story)

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      >…what if it’s Hata-sensei’s way of trolling with fans?

      *LOL* I hadn’t even thought about that, but I do think that manga-ka troll fans sometimes, especially when they get restless.

      >It being Hata-sensei’s idea would also explain why the production team was so keen to point out this was Hata-sensei’s story

      Well, he did CTMYOY as well, and I don’t remember it being a big thing. What came to my mind was that since this series of Hayate the Combat Butler hasn’t been so well received from what I gather, the production team may have been keen to say, “These last two episodes aren’t our fault.” But that’s just my mind wandering.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Not even Ruka would kiss hayate? Didn’t Ruka kiss Hayate before in the manga?

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Yes. However, the episode implies that Ruka was in a hurry, so she just borrowed Hayate’s butler suit and left, leaving him without the opportunity to ask her properly. (That’s how I saw it at least).

  3. Anonymous says:

    Why would Hayate wanna kiss Yukiji?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Miki doesn’t think Hinagiku is in love with Hayate?

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Well, I think it might have more to do with the fact that Miki has feelings for Hina. The manga has heavily implied that Miki is in love with Hina even though she knows Hina would never see her as more than just a friend. The manga has not given Miki nor Risa reason to suspect that Hina has feelings for Hayate, otherwise they wouldn’t have sent Hayate on a date with Hina to “explode a landmine” way back when. Miki viewed Hayate as the only safe guy to go out with Hina (which was true).

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Well, I think it might have more to do with the fact that Miki has feelings for Hina. The manga has heavily implied that Miki is in love with Hina even though she knows Hina would never see her as more than just a friend. The manga has not given Miki nor Risa reason to suspect that Hina has feelings for Hayate, otherwise they wouldn’t have sent Hayate on a date with Hina to “explode a landmine” way back when. Miki viewed Hayate as the only safe guy to go out with Hina (which was true).

  5. Anonymous says:

    when hayate fight yukiji, he’s wearing Ruka’s uniform?

    I never see that uniform before and why is it ragged?

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      >when hayate fight yukiji, he’s wearing Ruka’s uniform?

      That was my presumption based on the fact that Ruka needed to borrow Hayate’s butler uniform.

      >I never see that uniform before and why is it ragged?

      Well, that’s part of the jump around in time method of telling the story that this episode engaged in. As such, we don’t know why the uniform is in that state, nor how Hayate met Yukiji (who was supposed to be on a date with Kaoru), nor anything else for that matter.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Yukiji so drunk she doesn’t know what she is doing.

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