Hayate no Gotoku OVA sucked but thank god there was Hinagiku

Hayate no Gotoku OVA

The OVA made no sense as usual. I’m actually getting bored of the anime’s version of the Hayate x Nagi dynamic where Nagi acts like an idiot and gets herself in to pointless trouble then Hayate has to go save her. I mean, after reading the manga up till vol. 12, Nagi isn’t supposed to be like that.. oh well I’m getting long-winded here.

But it has a redeeming point. A full frontal shot of Hinagiku. Oh yeah…..

Hayate no Gotoku OVA

… this shot was kinda worth downloading the 1080p rip.


  1. Haesslich Said,

    March 9, 2009 @ 5:11 am

    The art’s also kinda crappy in the OVA, but as you said – full frontal Hinagiku. Everyone ELSE in swimsuits. Sister Sonia is actually present, in her full shota-loving self.

    And actually, Nagi does get herself in a lot of bloody trouble – remember the trip in Volume 11 to the hot springs, and how she managed to nearly get herself and Nishizawa killed. It’s more the whole filler parts of the already filler-laden manga which I didn’t prefer in the first season, and which J.C. Staff has a tendency to screw up, which worries me with the upcoming second season.

  2. RP Said,

    March 9, 2009 @ 7:02 am

    Whoa, Hina!

    does anyone know if this is another 52 ep season?

  3. arigatou Said,

    March 9, 2009 @ 8:02 am

    There would be S2 this April 2009

  4. Panther Said,

    March 9, 2009 @ 9:56 am

    Hina! <3

  5. Avisch Said,

    March 9, 2009 @ 10:10 am

    Probably the only reason to download this.
    Admittedly I haven’t really kept with the anime, but more Shizuka Itou goodness is worth it.

  6. Jason Said,

    March 9, 2009 @ 11:03 am

    *Kanako-style nosebleed fountain*

  7. Orange-kun Said,

    March 9, 2009 @ 3:17 pm

    Whoa!!! I think thats the ONLY thing that keeps me watching the OVA other than that…Bleh….Especially Nagi, she’s really a pain in the ass..!

  8. ☆Azure★ Said,

    March 9, 2009 @ 4:24 pm

    I can’t wait for the subs to be out. The art of the OVA is somehow different.

  9. jx Said,

    March 9, 2009 @ 5:16 pm

    Can’t get used to the artwork, or the difference in color. As in, the one in the ova’s much more striking than S1.

  10. Ailieron Said,

    March 9, 2009 @ 5:18 pm

    Whoah! Hinagiku, you make everything more awesome than it really is =p. Well kuro it’s true that shot makes it all worth watching and downloading for that matter.

  11. SinSnakeZ Said,

    March 9, 2009 @ 9:16 pm

    The producers of the OVA knew it would blow so I think they added the Hina shot to attract viewers… Thankfully it works…. The few seconds of Hina full frontal makes nose-bleed like Kanako would if she saw this… Hayate, you lucky sonuva-…

  12. Mentar Said,

    March 10, 2009 @ 1:16 am

    I wouldn’t be quite THAT critical with the OVA. It still had its chuckle moments, and keep in mind: It’s effectively Season 2 episode 0, meaning it’s a (re-)introduction of the cast, and their very basic quirks.

    And Haesslich: I compared the art against the later SynergySP episodes, and if anything, I’d say that the OVA version is a bit better when it comes to the characters and worse when it comes to backgrounds.

    So, let’s hope for more manga-style relevant content and less random eps!

  13. Haesslich Said,

    March 10, 2009 @ 11:20 am

    Mentar: This is the J.C. Staff of ZnT fame. If the ZnT or Shana teams, who are masters at creating random eps which are unrelated to the manga or story content, get their hands on Hayate… we’re doomed. If it’s the people who did ToraDora, Mahoraba, or Honey&Clover, then the adaptation may go well and either stay completely faithful, or at least keep the feel of the original story even with the fillers. The faces here are a TAD off model, even compared to the later SynergySP stuff…. and we’ve seen how low J.C. Staff can fall.

  14. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    March 10, 2009 @ 8:24 pm

    The problem with the anime is that Nagi has the tendency to be portrayed as a naive, spoiled brat a lot more than in the manga. At least in the manga, Nagi tends to listen to reason, or she actually does quite some insightful stuff by herself.

    That doesn’t happen in the anime, plus the first season of the anime was, quite frankly, very near to be placed in the filler-hell pantheon of titles at times.

    Hearing the second season will be another 52-episoder just further convinces me that they’ll really ascend to the pantheon considering that they don’t HAVE enough manga material for 52 episode, and the fact that they seem to be very much preferring only the “random slapstick parody” components of the series.

    Anyways, we’ll see. If SS-E decides to take on the series yet again, I’ll definitely be following it, albeit with less priority compared to other shows.

  15. mw Said,

    March 11, 2009 @ 8:49 am

    Whether they stay faithful to the manga or emphasize original material depends on the sponsors’ wishes, not the team’s. Had the Honey & Clover crew handled Zero no Tsukaima (in both cases, J.C. Staff was uninvolved with series planning since they were not on the production committee and had no share in the anime rights/profits), they’d probably have delivered a similar kind of adaptation as the latter.

    At any rate, the manga publisher is the primary sponsor for Hayate (it’s in their best interests to avoid a totally faithful adaptation), and they’re relying on original content as a selling point. Season 2 has been confirmed to be the same.

  16. Haesslich Said,

    March 11, 2009 @ 10:28 am

    mw: A totally faithful adaptation may not be possible due to the medium, but keeping the FEEL of the original is important in avoiding alienating the hard-core fans… which is why Honey and Clover or Mahoraba got praised, and why Hayate no Gotoku Season 1 succeeded as well as it did – they kept enough of the original that it didn’t feel like they’d butchered the story completely (only halfway so). And, as Kadokawa’s starting to discover, when you screw around with a winning formula and cocktease the fans, you start to lose the very qualities which made a property popular to begin with, and in turn risk losing the money you’ve invested in the material because it’s no longer wanted by the people who they were supposedly catering to.

    Otherwise, at that point, you end up in the position GONZO ended up in, having shows which were panned and whose sales weren’t necessarily the blockbusters they were hoping for… with the original material, where nobody really had to worry about conforming to specific ideas as to what the characters were, doing the best. Ditto, UFOTable’s success with Kara no Kyoukai is due both to the fluid animation as well as their keeping the work true to the original, which had an interesting enough story to actually get fans involved with the material to begin with. Taking material whose virtue is originality or novelty and then turning it into ‘more of the same’ is an almost guaranteed way to pour good money after bad.

  17. ithekro Said,

    March 11, 2009 @ 11:48 am

    I’m surpirsed Nagi and Maria didn’t dress Hayate up in something more feminine.

  18. Haesslich Said,

    March 12, 2009 @ 10:46 am

    Also, Kurogane, have you been reading the same manga I have? Volume 9’s portrayal of Nagi’s reaction to the idea of Hayate even being FRIENDS with another girl and giving her a present is very much in line with the image of the possessive, spoiled brat archetype she started the manga as… and still has, although at times she can be shamed into being somewhat less possessive. She’s the same girl who threatened Hayate with death if he even LOOKED at Maria, much less made a move on her. Of course, the fact she’s voiced by Kugimiya Rie probably doesn’t help the immediate comparisons to Louise… and with JC Staff doing this, I’m afraid she’ll slide even further into the cliche territories than she already has.

  19. CupY Said,

    March 14, 2009 @ 6:12 am

    I wanted to see this anime but since everyone has such a bad opinion on it i think i’ll pass. Anyway thanks for the info

  20. DarksideVrael Said,

    March 15, 2009 @ 10:49 am

    I dont know if anyone will agree with me but this ova did it look like nagi was older? in the series she looks a lot younger (obviously to add a obstacle to her and hayate’s relationship) but in the ova she seemed … older?

    Shes still flat chested but overall (especially the last scene) *POSSIBLE SPOILER* when her and hayate are on the beach.
    Thats just my opinion but i was thinking they would start making nagi look older so it doesn’t look so bad if hayate starts taking interest in her

  21. arigatou Said,

    March 16, 2009 @ 11:53 pm

    I just realize Hayate told Nagi “you’re acting like Rukawa” after she use Rukawa’s famous line. Rukawa is famous character in Slam Dunk where he keeps on saying “stupid to Hanamichi”

    Finally Sonia have appeared. If only they also ask the Honey Clover team’s to help. Hayate s2 should become more like Gintama this April..

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