English: Hayate the Combat Butler! Movie
Synonyms: Hayate no Gotoku! (2011)
Japanese: 劇場版 ハヤテのごとく! HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 27, 2011
Producers: TV Tokyo, Geneon Universal Entertainment, Manglobe, Shogakukan Productions, Half H.P Studio, Shogakukan Music & Digital Entertainment
Duration: 1 hr. 9 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.321 (scored by 7536 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Dec 15, 2011
To start with this is NOT an adaptation of any chapters from the manga, the story for this movie is completely anime original and it is supposed to be set a couple of months AFTER the point the manga is currently on when I wrote this. This means that in terms of timeline, the movie's plot is pretty far away from where the anime ended on season 2. However the story introduced for this movie is one that does not heavily rely on knowledge of the currently non animated parts of the manga so any fans of the series who has already watched the first 2 seasons of the anime can sit back and enjoy this movie fully. For those that do read the manga however, you will definitely find a couple of extra surprises along the way.
I am not going to spoil the plot of the movie here, but as far as the story goes it is nothing extraodinary yet it does not deviate from what you could expect from the Hayate series either. If it aint broke, dont fix it applies very well here. There is some good comedy and references to other anime in true Hayate fashion, there are some supernatural occurences, and of course you have Hayate protecting Nagi from whatever tries to harm her. And it works.
The art manglobe uses for this movie is also very simple but at the same time very clean and consistent. It lacks detail and shadows, however the character designs and animations fit the mood of the series very well. The opening sequence in particular looked really good. Its a matter of personal taste between which artstyle you favour more throughout the 3 different hayate anime, but personally I am content with manglobe's style and I wouldnt mind seeing more of the series like this. Oh and the colours were very nice too.
The opening song is very catchy and it fits the series well but for me, it is the ED song by fripside that really takes the cake. Anyone familiar with fripside would enjoy this song as its their usual style. The voice acting continues being a strong point in the series with a high tier list of names on it. I found Kugimiya Rie's performance as Nagi this time around to be a bit better than in the TV series as well.
Of course the strongest point of the entire Hayate series is the characters and this movie is no different. The characters are the same as always, Nagi being spoiled, Maria being a maid, Hinagiku being tsundere, the idiotic trio being idiotic, its all there. Although I did mention that you dont need to read the manga to fully enjoy the movie, non manga readers might be puzzled as to where this mysterious new girl named "Kayura" came from and why she is close to Nagi. Fortunately she does not really play an important role in the movie apart from comedy moments so there is not much to lose. With such a large cast it is hard to give everyone some screentime but I felt that the movie was pretty good at distributing that around. By the time I finished watching I felt like no one was truly left behind and was able to enjoy it greatly.
For anyone that enjoys this series there is no reason why you should not watch this movie, everything that makes Hayate enjoyable is present here and I believe manglobe did the series justice here. Whenever a 3rd TV season of the series comes, if they announce manglobe as the studio in charge, I will not worry because I now know that the franchise is in good hands.
Jun 15, 2012
Main characters: Hayate, Nagi, Maria and Hinagiku (+ a bunch of Nagi's classmates)
I'll score everything a 7.
I was not really expecting a lot from this anime. I've seen the 1st season and it had a pretty much the same plot.
Background: Hayate is acting as Nagi's butler to pay off his debt. Nagi is a rich and spoiled 13 yr old who oftentimes gets into trouble then Hayate will be there to save her. Cute, yes but it is not really saying much.
This movie is not any different. We have the main cast spending their remaining summer break on a countryside. Being as spoiled as she is, Nagi is constantly whining about everything and Hayate is always there to pacify her. A spirit then shows up - makes Hayate forget about Nagi and tries to make his life better and easier - or so she thinks... they get separated - Nagi gets stuck in a some kind of carnival while Hayate is still serving as a butler but this time, Maria (Nagi's personal maid) is his 'milady'.With some confused flashbacks, Hayate remembers Nagi and saves the day.
What I liked about this is Hayate and Nagi's relationship. Though they might not have the same feelings towards each other. Nagi seem to like Hayate romantically while Hayate is just acting as his loyal self (I think). Hayate is sincere enough that anyone would definitely fall for him, especially a 13yr old. But I still can't help thinking: I know that he sort of likes Maria and Hinagiku, but if Nagi was a little older, would he feel any different?
To sum it all up for me, it's a very simple anime - with a simple story and a simple art. Good enough movie for Hayate no Gotoku fans. Other people can skip it since I don't think it offers something new and different. Pick up the 2nd season instead - it might just be better than this...
Jan 19, 2012
Story? What story? If you count me making myself a guacamole taco with beans, chicken, red tomato salsa, and some queso fresco cheese sprinkled on top; then me eating it while watching this disgraceful "movie", that dares to have Hayate in its title a "story", then I guess we are all writing geniuses who should be more famous then Mary Shelley and H.G Wells. After watching this I'm actually doubting what a movie actually is? I'd call this an over-lengthened OVA if anything! What? Your going to call the majority of the cast going to the countryside out of boredom; then meeting what I presume to be Hayate's mother who starts causing small confusions a "story". Then I guess now we're all the next William Shakespeare! As this is very poorly executed. I mean all she does is create a space where she traps part of the main cast and give Hayate a a gem that can pay off his debt for life. But guess what he does? Oh wait you don't have to what else would he do if he didn't earn it? And the next 30min of the movie is half of the cast in the closed space and the other half outside of it. Just trying to figure out how to get out.
Given that this is neatly done by a different studio but not by the original JC Staff, I'd say its pretty decent. I still prefer the original art over this one but it wasn't unbearable or anything. Just not as detailed. Still, I'd rather have season 3 and up always done by the JC Staff. As their art, is near perfection.
I'm going to be blunt about this. The songs sucked ass and the only thing that actually sounded good was the same sounds that we hear all the time in anime in general. And Rie Kugimiya's voice. Which I love. In fact, when does sound in anime ever feel like crap? Unless it is unsynchronized and you start hearing the sounds and conversations before you actually see the characters talking.
I just could not enjoy the characters or the movie in general because the characters themselves didn't feel like the characters! Other than seeing them again and actually talking and conversating that was the only thing positive about this movie. What happened to my beloved Hina?! Other than about 2-3 minutes of screen time she didn't even get to show her personality as a tsundere! Is one moment where she blushes, becomes exposed, and yells "baka!" to Hayate going to satisfy ME?! No...just no. I'm better off watching Shakugan no Shana and seeing Shana do the same but a million times better.
NONE WHAT SO EVER. 'Nuff said.
The only thing that kept me watching was being able to actually hear Rie Kugimiya and see Hina talking again. Trust me, your better off seeing "Spirited Away" (which is one of 2 references in here) or watching "The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya". (which is the 2nd reference) Unless you just can't wait to see the 3rd season and see the characters again. Then again, what "characters"?