Recaps for Hayate no Gotoku!

What's Hot Today

Hayate the Combat Butler Part 6 DVD Review

Hayate the Combat Butler has certainly been a struggle to get through in the episodes I've seen so far, though there have been bright spots here and there. It wasn't until this volume though that nearly every episode on the disc proved to be fun and enjoyable, actually making me look forward to the next episode. The only place where the show takes a detour to less than thrilling is in the final episodes which was a New Year's special and it's quite rare that those are good in general. Even the visual gags felt like they worked better this time as they poked fun at numerous things, including a giant Dragon ball appearing at one point or numerous NERV style trucks racing by during a lengthy bike ride that Hayate and Nagi are on. The opening episode is quite a good bit of fun as Nagi is working on her latest manga, this time dealing with a teenage romance story. The problem is that pen is not going to paper in a way that's actually producing a good story because she doesn't have anything that works when it comes to settings where teenagers would go and do things. In order to get it right, she sends Hayate off to investigate all the places so she has reference material. Unfortunately for he, Maria goes along as well and the two play at a date a little bit and that eventually sets Nagi off since she's still getting jealous easily. It's cute to see Hayate being so puppy-like at times with Maria and the way she's playing at being oblivious to his interest in order to keep him at bay a little bit. Read More Click Me!

Hayate Season 2 Review

Substance? Who knew Hayate had it in it? Somehow, between the Gundam references and talking tiger jokes, a few granules of character and, dare I say, even feeling have snuck their way in. Not many mind you, but enough to make this outing a rather more satisfying comic confection than the last. For the first time the series' unrelentingly comic treatment of Hayate's crappy life softens, allowing us to sympathize with rather than simply laugh at his role as fate's whipping boy. His desire to attend school (who but the world's unluckiest boy would dream of one day being able to study) is both funny and touchingly pathetic-a dichotomy that the series gleefully exploits as it plays Lucy to his Charlie Brown and pulls the football away at the last moment. Nagi also benefits from the sneaking granules, particularly as her family circumstances are uncovered and it becomes ever more obvious that hers are the romantic delusions not of an egocentric heiress (which she is) but of a desperately lonely child (which she also is). To Read More Click Me!

A low-investment comedy

How silly can a series about a fightin' butler be? Even sillier than it sounds. You'd have to dredge far and deep to find a morsel of seriousness amidst this glut of goof. Don't even bother looking to the usual suspects for substance. Hayate's home life might be hell, but his sociopathically self-involved parents aren't only treated as a running joke, they're never even actually shown. As for his up-and-down relationship with employer-cum-self-styled-romantic-interest Nagi, he's so absolutely clueless about her feelings (and she about his) that it really is more a gag than a romance. And his professional travails...well, any job where qualification involves wrestling a talking tiger and defeating an irritable caretaker robot (complete with missiles...for fending off stalkers of course) isn't exactly going to be a source of workplace drama. Other than a knack for using cheap animation to humorous ends, there is nothing remarkable about Hayate's visuals. The backgrounds are rote, never anything more than simple backdrops. The character designs are mediocre at best, with bland lookalike faces and indeterminate physiques-forgettable in every conceivable way, and only distinguishable via their coloration and signature outfits. There's a certain overall pastel haziness, but it isn't marked or distinctive enough to count as a genuine look . The vast majority of movement is confined to flat horizontal or vertical movements across the frame. Movement through settings is confined to short bursts. If you're hunting the market for a low-investment comedy that keeps the chuckles coming and never overreaches itself, then Hayate is your man; particularly if your anime trivia is up to snuff. It isn't without its worrisome trends -not the least of which is its rapid establishment of a potential harem- and its look is boring, but for now at least its sheer silliness (and its scene-stealing narrator) make it one of the more reliably amusing series out there. Source Here