09
Apr
09

Hayate no Gotoku Season 2 Ep. 1

Opening:

Wonder Wind by ELISA

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Ending:

Honjitsu, Mankai Watashi Iro! by Shizuka Itou with Eri Nakao, Sayuri Yahagi and Masumi Asano

Summary:

 

Nagi is looking at a piece of paper one morning with great concentration; Hayate and Maria walk into the room  and ask Nagi what she’s looking at. It turns out to be a flyer for Hakuou’s marathon meet on February 1st; after pondering the matter, Nagi decides to take the day off on February 1st. Maria scolds Nagi and asks her what she’s thinking and eventually forces Nagi to choose an event to participate in. At the track field Hayate is training Nagi for the marathon, with Isumi, Sakuya, Wataru, and Saki there for support; though Sakuya and Wataru’s negative comments convince Nagi otherwise. As Nagi starts the training, she immediately collapses after 5 minutes after running about 50 meters; Sakuya and Wataru aren’t surprised by Nagi’s results though they consider it an achievement that she made it to 50 meters as Wataru expected her to keel over after 3 meters. As Nagi gives up and about to walk away, Klaus shows up and blame Hayate for his inability to properly lead Nagi on the right path. This leads to an argument between Klaus and Nagi which ultimately leads to a wager that if Nagi doesn’t come in first in the upcoming marathon then Hayate will be fired. Wataru reminds Nagi that coming in first means she’ll have to beat “that person”.

 

That person turns out to be Hinagiku, and Nagi sends Hayate to find out what events she won’t be competing in so Nagi can join those events. Unfortunately Hina plans on entering all of them, and Hina’s seen through Nagi’s tactic of entering the event that she isn’t going to enter. Hina decides to reward Nagi for proactively entering a sports event by handing Hayate a flyer for the school’s freestyle marathon, and informs Hayate that the cash prize for the event is 150 million yen; which attracts the attention of Yukiji as she plans to use the money for an all-you-can-drink binge. After being informed that anyone can participate, even teachers, as long as it’s as a pair; Yukiji leaves and Hayate is more motivated to win as he can use the money to pay off his debt. With only two days before the marathon, Nagi’s training continues; though she’s resting most of the time. Maria reminds her of the consequences of her loss, but Hayate remains confident that Nagi can win and proceeds to use positive reinforcement along with flattery to get Nagi to train more. Maria is impressed that Hayate is able to get Nagi, who is anti-sports, to actively train.

 

On the day of the marathon, Yukiji is drooling over the alcohol she plans to drink when she wins and Hina has won all the previous events out of the freshman; with only the freestyle marathon left. Hina forces Miki to enter with her as she is the only student council member to not have participated in anything. At the starting line Nagi reminds herself that she needs to win so Hayate won’t get fire, but Hayate reassures her that it’ll be alright and encourages the both of them to do their best. Unfortunately, while they are conversing the race has started and they are behind. In the commentator’s booth Izumi and Saki are commentating on the race, with Saki embarrassing Wataru with her clumsy commentary. In the leading position, Yukiji is dragging Kaoru-sensei while running at top speed; before she runs off a cliff and plummets. At the front gate of the school, Ayumu and her brother Kazuki consider going in to see Hayate and Nagi respectively. Though before they even manage to move a foot, Nagi’s SP intimidates them from entering and scares them off.  Back with Hayate and Nagi, Nagi is already exhausted and using a stick for support and Hayate believes now is the time to use their strategy. The strategy involves Hayate carrying Nagi through the shortest route on the marathon route. Nagi is against this and she shyly says that they’ll be touching and she’s sweaty right now. Hayate doesn’t mind, but Nagi does; though before she can protest any further Hayate carries her off with Nagi calling him an idiot. 

 

In the middle of a forest somewhere Hina and Miki are making their way through, though Miki is thoroughly worn out; when Miki questions the safety of this race, Hina replies that she’ll protect her if something happens. Meanwhile with Hayate and Nagi are running through the forest until they’re stopped by Himuro and Taiga. Hayate tries to escape, but is unable to shake off Himuro; fortunately “Maria” and “Saki” come to his rescue as Maid Black Max Heart and Maid White Max Heart (respectively). For some reason or other, Himuro and Taiga walk away with Hayate and Nagi leaving the scene as well to continue the race. Before Hayate can continue any further though, he encounters Nonohara and Kotaro; though before anything can happen, Nonohara takes a moment to discipline Kotaro for his use of vulgar language. Hayate uses this opportunity to take Nagi and get away. Shortly after getting away, the two run into Hina and Miki; Hina questions the value of finishing the race for Nagi if Hayate has carried her the whole time. Nagi retorts that not everyone is as perfect as Hinagiku; Hina responds saying that even if that’s true, there is a pleasant sensation that lies after experiencing suffering and struggling. Hayate tells Nagi to run towards the goal since it’s just a sprint away, while he holds off Hinagiku. Hina questions whether Nagi has the stamina to do that, but Hayate responds that it’ll be fine since he’s the one that trained her. Hina and Hayate start their fight; though it ends abruptly when Hayate leads Hina onto a suspension bridge, which causes Hina to drop to her knees in fear. Hayate jokingly says he feels like rocking the bridge a little, but Hina desperately tells him not to. Back in the stadium, Nagi is close to crossing the finish line and Nagi comments to herself that she was tired a moment ago, yet she’s breathing easy right now and wonders if this is the feeling Hinagiku was talking about. Nagi tells herself sports aren’t that bad after all as she is about to cross the finish line; unfortunately, Yukiji beats her to it and a shocked Nagi watches on as Yukiji does her victory dance with Hayate commenting that he’s gone from a debt-ridden butler to a debt-ridden bum. 

 

 

Opinions:

Well that was a pretty close follow to the manga. Key differences are that cut off Saki and Maria’s Maid Max Heart scene and Klaus’s since its Klaus that “defeats” Himuro. This isn’t something small that should be cut out, as this scene plays a part in the next chapter/episode. I do love how they used (Pretty Cure?) music for Maids Max Heart’s entrance. Seems like a good start for the new season, and the opening shows some evidence that we’ll see Hina centric parts of the manga namely “Mind Education” and “The Heady Feeling of Freedom” chapters. I am really psyched about this as the are Hina-centric, they bring Hayate and Hina closer together, and I got my fingers crossed that they’ll use “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis” for Hina’s karaoke scene where she’s dressed like Lacus Clyne/Meer Cambell.

 

So far this season seems to Hina themed, and it’s not a bad thing. We got those Hina episodes coming to us in 10 or so episodes I’d imagine and the ending is Hina doing Karaoke and I love how it’s a little story too. The ending has won me over somehow as it fits the feel of the images being shown and the last scene in the opening is done in way to how the first opening of season 1 is; which is nice to give you Déjà vu feeling. I love the ending as it’s fun to watch Hina with those expressions on her face, and the fact that the student council trio is chiming in during her song. If this were a dating sim, it’d feel like the Hina flag ending would be triggered right now. This season just got a little better. Needless to say, I’m blogging this one.

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