Hayate the Combat Butler related as my interest in the franchise waned after seeing the underwhelming Heaven is a Place on Earth movie and hearing of the lukewarm reviews for this series. I can kind of see where this one is lukewarm. To my understanding, the plot of this series is an anime-exclusive one that creates an original plot when Hayate, Nagi and their pals get caught up in events that involve a mysterious family possession for Nagi found in America and a mysterious girl appearing who claims to be Nagi's long-lost sister. However this series felt like it was going through the motions as it milked the ongoing gags milked by the Hayate franchise for a good chunk of its run and while I did get some chuckles out of them, this mostly felt like padding to fill episodes until the second half when revelations come along over what Nagi's heirloom is. Much like the Hayate movie, this TV anime adds in a rather shallow antagonist character and the attempts to incorporate more serious storytelling are rather underwhelming since they add nothing new to the series as the status quo is retained in its series finale. Overall, this is as weak as the 2011 Hayate movie I seen and you aren't missing out on much here.
Been almost three years since I last seen anything
Last updated Tuesday, June 02 2015. Created Tuesday, June 02 2015.
(One episode watched)
This was distinctly unfunny. Did the makers think that fans would automatically love any sort of continuation of the HnG franchise? And laugh even if no particular effort had been made to impart decent jokes into the show? But this was neither funny nor interesting. I couldn't care less about 'Princess Carmelia', even after the 'shocking' revelation she makes at the end of the episode. These didn't seem to be the same characters I remember from long ago; more like a poor man's version of them. Hayate even seemed kind of nasty at times; my memory was that he was polite to a fault. Again, my theory of comedy is that things are funny when they make sense in an unexpected way. Some shows fail because while unexpected things happen, they don't make the slightest bit of sense. Here I would say that the opposite is true: what happened made a fair amount of sense, but they were pretty much just what we expected (This was largely a rehash of the very first episode in the HnG story), and thus were unfunny. If this is the best that could be done with the HnG franchise after three years, it should have been allowed to rest in peace. This continuation is likely to do more harm than good to the franchise's reputation, and leave us with a bad taste in our mouths. Maybe it will shape up later on, but I saw no reason to be optimistic and quickly abandoned this show.
Last updated Tuesday, January 01 2013. Created Wednesday, October 10 2012.
|Domain for the franchise
|Official page at TV Tokyo