Hayate Ayasaki's misfortune continues to hand him the short end of the stick. Now settled into his routine at the Sanzenins' mansion and Hakuou Academy, the butler continues to work as hard as ever in caring for his young mistress Nagi while studying the school's grueling curriculum—all on top of trying his best to survive the multitude of troubles that life relentlessly pushes onto him.
The unintentional chick magnet's life is far from quiet, forced to deal not only with Nagi's yet unnoticed infatuation with him, but also the evergrowing string of accidentally seduced girls—most notably, the exceptionally plain Ayumu Nishizawa, a friend of his before he became a butler, and the diligent Hinagiku Katsura, Hakuou's student council president. While one struggles to gain his affection and the other desperately tries to deny her own, both the girls are going to make the boy's life a little more complicated than it already is.
#1: "Honjitsu, Mankai Watashi Iro! (本日、満開ワタシ色!)" by Katsura Hinagiku with Hakuou Academy Student Council Trio starring Itou Shizuka with Yahagi Sayuri & Nakao Eri & Asano Masumi (eps 1-17) #2: "Karakoi ~Dakara Shoujo wa Koi wo Suru~ (カラコイ～だから少女は恋をする～)" by Kugimiya Rie and Shiraishi Ryoko (eps 18-24) #3: "Wonder Wind" by ELISA (ep 25)
Hayate no Gotoku! (or Hayate the Combat Butler if you prefer) is a manga created by Kenjiro Hata which is currently still ongoing. It has already received an anime adaptation by SynergySP which ran for an impressive full year with 52 episodes. A year later, and under a new animation studio, Hayate no Gotoku!! is the sequel to the popular parody-comedy, romance series.
+ As a parody-comedy there isnt really much of a plot, however this season is a near perfect adaptation from the original manga.
+ Completely ignores the filler material from season 1 and starts off from where last season derailred. (Ep 25 season 1)
+ More focus on characters development and their relationships (if you really liked the character this is a plus)
- Without the fillers of season 1, the amount of anime/manga references presented in season 2 has dropped significantly. Those who watched the series mainly because of those might feel disappointed.
- Not AS funny as the first season (But still hilarious on its own right)
- Too short (my inner fanboy crying ;__;)
+ Highly superior color palette compared to the first series.
+ JC Staff knows how to make characters look cute, and this show is testament of that.
+ More details in the backgrounds, and did I already mention the amazing color palette?
- Although better looking, the animation quality can get iffy at times.
- In terms of consistensy, season 1 was better.
+ The OPs and EDs for this show are really good and catchy too :D
+ The voice cast for this show is so fantastic, everyone plays their role amazingly well.
+ The Background Music for certain scenes are great to listen to and really make some scenes waaaay better.
- Not enough Wakamoto Norio narration XD (but thats just me)
Character: (By far the best aspect of this series)
+ Hinagiku, Hinagiku, Hinagiku and a lot of it too! :D
+ Characters that didn't shine much first time around get to show their characters more, and they are all great!
+ A lot of character development in this season really makes some characters grow as we learn more about them and their past.
- Hinagiku, Hinagiku, Hinagiku, maybe a bit too much that other characters lose screentime -__-
- Much like other forgotten characters finally get their time in the light, a few other characters take a back seat for a big chunk of the series. (ie. Klaus, Tama, and to an extend even Maria)
LOVE IT!! This season was IMO so much more enjoyable than last time due to the fantastic interaction between characters, and also for introducing (or mentioning) characters and events that will later on in the story be important. I have to admit im sad this was only 25 episodes seeing how the manga is almost 100 chapters ahead and there is soooo much more material left to cover. Also the last episode might have given us a small taste at things to come in the future (season 3 should be a given) JC STAFF YOU BETTER DELIVER!.
In the end regadless on what it is that made you enjoy the first series, Hayate no Gotoku!! is a fantastic sequel and also a fantastic adaptation. It still has high quality humour, fantastic and very likeable characters, and most importantly...its just fun to watch. If you have never read the manga it is required to have watched the first season (the first half at least) in order to start this season, however I am confident that there will be more seasons to come and if JC Staff can keep up this level of quality, I know that in the future there will be more laughter and entertainment to come from this series. read more
Hayate no Gotoku - you've been a long road for me: 75 episodes is no easy task for a 12 to 24-episode convert. (76 including the 30 minute OVA.)
Down to brass tax: the story has, outright, abandoned the "Hayate owes 150 million yen" arch. True, it keeps him as the butler to Nagi, but, compared to the first season, it's not the driving factor - the relationships are now.
If you saw the prequel to the second season, the OVA, you would have been slightly shocked with, not only with the art style, but with the more relationship-oriented season that is to come. For example, Hayate makes only one reference the entire OVA to the fact that he owes 150 million yen, this translates rather proportionally to the amount of the "debt story arch" you'll be receiving in the second season.
If you came to see the conclusion of Hayate's triumphant victory over his insurmountable debt, stay at the door. If you came to have fun with the relationships, triangles, and awkwardness, I saved you a seat. The majority of the episodes are geared towards one of Hayate's female suitors (if we're calling this a harem). Now, I say most are, some episodes are rather needless and, frankly, there are a few I could care less about, but the longest "new" story arch that you will see will last for approximately 2 episodes in length. 7/10.
The art here is solid; much more luminous and light. I for one, enjoyed the switch to the new art style, but if you saw the OVA's and were hoping that it had changed, sorry, it stays for the remainder of the 25 episodes. 9/10. (Better than the first season.)
Ohhhh, boy. The second best part of the series was the sound. I liked the theme, and every time I sensed myself getting a little fed up with the current theme, it was like they read my mind and it was changed the next episode. Every opening/closing was fresh and upbeat - much like the show is.
Second, voice acting. You can't get much better than the two voice actors of Maria and Hayate. No, sir. You cannot. Maria, as we know is rather reserved and pensive and her voice reflects that as clear as undisturbed water. Hayate's voice in full of ignorance and apprehension, but it also full of innocent power. Great job to especially these voice actors, but to all who participated in the show. 10/10.
HINAGIKU ASSAULT. Be ready for it. Trust me. Huge character development on the part of Hinagiku would be an understatement. Albeit she is given a FAIR SHARE of screen time and another crucial development takes place which I'm sure you saw prefaced in the OVA, possibly even in the first season as well.
Ayumu is the only other standout character with her development and role that she takes on in the second season: more mature and, I found her, very profound and insightful.
The majority of the other characters remain vastly the same. Hey, if ain't broke, don't fix it. 8/10.
My enjoyment partially played into the fact that the show gave me what I was looking for after the first season: an identity. In this season, we saw that it had settled into a romantic comedy identity and spruced it up with a few action bits, but not as much as the first season. 8/10.
To me, this was a wise decision. You can't have an anime that's solely based on comedy and have all these extremely powerful personalities behind it, because the characters will seem like they're forcing it and being too fake. Thankfully, the romantic comedy aspect was brought to bear, and the "strong personalities" were satiated, tamed, and, most importantly, and garnered success.
The show still maintains its comedy and it's the length of the second season has been halved to 25 episodes, but the affect the storytelling leaves on you is as substantial as the first: it's very funny, makes impossible-to-get-every-single-reference references, good characters, a reasonable plot, good sound, and as entertaining as any other anime out there. 8/10.read more
Hayate no Gotoku!! is a unique parody and slice of life series that mainly focuses on the relationships between characters. It features some of the funniest and most ridiculous characters that one could find, which is the primary reason it is so entertaining.
I for one am very proud of J.C. Staff for sticking to the source material. While at times an episode could seem rigid and have poor flow from the first half to the next, seeing chapters from the manga coming to be animated brings a feeling of joy.
The art however leaves something to be desired. The change of color and designs of the characters from the first season and is not welcome. The backgrounds are fine but Nagi's hair looks like it was drawn with a piss yellow crayon, and Hina's and Ayumu's hair just screams QUALITY. But this is to be expected from a studio such as J.C. Staff, and it doesn't help that Japan's economy isn't so hot at the moment.
The sound enriches the episodes, and is the reason why this anime is worth watching if one already currently reads the manga. The seiyuu are all outstanding at their roles and the background music fits in perfectly with each scene.
The characters are extremely witty and endearing. The sheer amount of them and the developments between them is what makes Hayate so entertaining to watch. read more
Normally I wouldn't write a review for an unfinished series but I glanced at the other review and facepalmed through my skull. This review assumes that you watched the first series and is primarily a comparison. I might update it once the series is finished; however given the nature of the show I doubt my opinion will change much and thus I will likely not be updating this review. (as of Episode 6)
The story remains basically non-existent, irrelevant and centered if anything around character development. Generally events resolve themselves within a two episode span and aren't mentioned again beyond perhaps a fleeting reference; the show prevents itself from feeling episodic by overlapping events such that one is resolved and one is created each episode, giving the illusion of a continuous storyline. This dynamic differs from the first series in which the bulk of the show was separated into large arcs broken up by a series of stand-alone episodes... so far anyway.
Although the art seems to have improved it's still nothing amazing, solid work that is unlikely to either "wow" or offend the general populous. In contrast to the first series the characters seem to be bigger in relation to their environment and the colors seem even brighter.
Crisp and agreeable, nothing stands out to me but I'm not exactly an audiophile. I suppose it's valid to mention here that the role of "Narrator" has be drastically downplayed. Aside from that everything is basically the same quality level.
This is the best aspect of the show and likely the reason you'd watch it. Since this is the second series, the majority of the characters come pre-developed and their wacky interactions can occur right off the bat with minimal setup; this is done in the form of a freeze frame with caption and contained mostly within the first episode, where they introduce what I would assume is every character they view as important enough to bring back.
From there they could have just allowed the rather large, well developed cast of current characters to interact but that would have become stale, right? (Wrong!) So instead they wasted little time introducing new characters and have already added at least two. This seemed like an odd choice to me considering they're already downplaying the majority of the current cast, even lead roles like Nagi. The only old character that seems to be getting used to their fullest is Hinagi who, is terms of screen time, is probably now the female lead. I'm not exaggerating when I say that Hinagi is eclipsing Nagi on presence and importance to the plot; the ending theme seems to support this fact. I don't view this as a bad thing though since Nagi is annoying and Hinagi is awesome, but because of Hinagi's limited involvement with the majority of the cast many characters are getting completely edged out (Tama being the most notable example). Fortunately Hayate's time on screen has remained unaltered.
The tone of the show has remained intact from the first series. The most noticeable difference is a lack of references and allusions which were characteristic of the first series. They also appear to have stopped using "Censor Kid" and "BEEPS" which at the very least makes the show appear less provocative and lowers my over all enjoyment slightly.
The dynamic character interactions and well build comedy style of the show remain largely intact. If you liked the first series you will still like this (unless your favorite character disappeared). If you haven't watched the first series do so first or you'll be lost. If you didn't like the first series or dislike parody/slice of life anime in general, you probably shouldn't bother. The first series, although less focused, seemed slightly better in general.read more
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