Feeling of Freedom

Hayate no Gotoku

I can’t ask for a more perfect adaptation. J.C. Staff is doing good work in this season of Hayate no Gotoku.

Hayate no Gotoku

Hayate no Gotoku

Hayate no Gotoku

In fact, they even animated one of the manga’s tankouban omake about Kotetsu-kun! Impressive, really. Makes for a real nice change in the trend of anime studios screwing up the adaptations.


  1. gkbs Said,

    June 28, 2009 @ 4:17 am

    if i have just one request, i wish they used the heady feeling of freedom bgm

  2. lelangir Said,

    June 28, 2009 @ 4:32 am

    should watch?

    should first season?

    should nao?

  3. Mentar Said,

    June 28, 2009 @ 5:29 am

    This was nothing but wonderful. Thank you, J.C.Staff.

    You know, people were SO piling on J.C.Staff in the beginning, but I couldn’t have sincerely asked for a better conversion than they did with S2 so far. Hell, I’d have settled for much less.

    And devoting essentially a full episode to this key episode with Hina… I’d have never dreamed that they’d do that.

    Thank you J.C.Staff. I’ll promise to shell out some cash for BluRays of your shows to show my appreciation. They earned it.

  4. lord_jagganath Said,

    June 28, 2009 @ 7:21 am


  5. Phil Collins Said,

    June 28, 2009 @ 8:52 am

    I said last week how I didn’t see how anyone could complain about JC Staff’s work on this second season. It’s true to the material, which was my biggest gripe about the first season, too many filler/nothing episodes, sometimes it worked, like the gurren lagann, ect. More often than not, I was disappointed. Now? I couldn’t be happier about it. If there’s any animation dropoff from the first series, I can’t tell. Maybe it’s just that they turn it up when i’m paying the most attention…aka hina hina hina! All they have to do is end this with Hina being the end girl, and life might actually be good for a change. I want closure, damnit! (Whether it becomes Canon or not, i’m rooting for Hina, Maria, Ayumu with Nagi far off in the distance. And please please please no harem/open end. I’m so sick of those.)

  6. Bill Said,

    June 28, 2009 @ 9:59 am


  7. Jobrill Said,

    June 28, 2009 @ 11:46 am

    Yeah, all this Hina love is REALLY spoiling me, but I keep getting this dragging feeling that this is all fan service, and Nagi (who probably not even in the top 5 on the list of preferred Hayate pairings for me) will be the destined girl just because she follows the general tropes of first girl to have any major interaction with Hayate, “main” character besides Hayate, main person in all the OPs, etc.

    I mean, with scenes like this, I get hopeful that we’ll see a nice HinaHayate ending, and I’d certainly be more than cool with a AyumuHayate or MariaHayate ending, or hell, even a SegawaHayate ending. But if we get a NagiHayate ending, I can’t say I’ll be very enthused, and if we get an open ending, I will fly to japan and choke a bitch I SWEAR.

  8. Mentar Said,

    June 28, 2009 @ 4:58 pm

    The manga is still ongoing, so I can assure you with 100% certainty that you will NOT get a conclusive ending in S2.

    However – to comfort you a bit – Hina’s chances for the ending have been constantly rising in the latest manga chapters. By now I’d almost give her even money against Nagi.

  9. DrmChsr0 Said,

    June 28, 2009 @ 7:45 pm

    This is AWESOME.


  10. Bambi Said,

    June 28, 2009 @ 8:35 pm

    My favorite chapter animated ….

  11. A reader Said,

    June 29, 2009 @ 2:39 am

    Could you allow hotlinking from google reader ? The “No hotlinking” image is VERY annoying when you’re just reading your feeds.

  12. FieryAeon Said,

    June 29, 2009 @ 2:41 am

    I keep telling my friends who got put off by the first season that S2 is epic and they should give it a try. But nobody listens to me. :(

  13. shaoron Said,

    June 29, 2009 @ 10:01 am

    so.. damn…

  14. FieryAeon Said,

    June 30, 2009 @ 11:38 pm

    Just 1 small nitpick though, I’m sure she wasn’t sleeping while holding unto a cushion at the start of the episode. Continuity failure? XD

  15. StreamAnimeOnline Said,

    July 1, 2009 @ 12:55 pm

    LOVE those pics!!
    Especially the 3rd image!

  16. Xellos-_^ Said,

    July 2, 2009 @ 12:16 am

    Kuro, love the hina arc but you nothing on the manga? The End of the World is approaching.

  17. Jas Said,

    July 2, 2009 @ 10:43 pm

    Cool! Love Hayate NO Gotoku.

  18. arigatou Said,

    July 3, 2009 @ 3:55 am

    Best episode overall of the whole season 1 and 2 combined.

    This episode might motivate you… damn haruhi put everyone in despair with 3 times of the same episode…

    Oh Rakan can use swords in Negima wtf !?! more motivation

  19. PrYun Said,

    July 3, 2009 @ 8:08 am

    Of course Rakan can use swords…. Rakan of the thousand blades, anyone? He probably has more swords than anyone else, and his skyscraper sword must be the largest sword ever.

  20. ahelo Said,

    July 3, 2009 @ 11:04 pm

    hey… completely irrelevant but there’s the akasaka ova that you can blog about kurogane. hardcore

  21. Anise Punter Said,

    July 5, 2009 @ 3:06 pm

    First time reader, first time poster ^-^

    Am I the only person who is not a Hayate x Hina person? (I don’t really have a preference, I watch / read for the comedy, not the romance) I feel that this season is sorely lacking in the comedy aspect compared to season 1, and if I didn’t know any better, I would assume that JC Staff is stocked _thoroughly_ with Hayate x Hina fanboys. It’s _really_ annoying, and I like Hinagiku as a character.

    I know they’re following the manga more closely than season 1 did, but you’d think they killed off Klaus, Tama, the scientist, Yukiji, and to a lesser extent, Nagi, Maria, and Hamster.

    Also, my absolute least favorite characters are Miki, Segawa and Riza, so this season is really not getting it done for me. It’s not a popular opinion judging by all the other sites I’ve seen. Am I alone in the blog-o-verse, or are people not too keen on Hayate x Hina just afraid to speak up?

  22. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    July 5, 2009 @ 9:43 pm

    You’re blaming the wrong people here, because J.C. Staff is doing one of the most faithful manga adaptations ever seen in this decade (probably).

    Even in the manga, after volume 7 or so, there has been an increased focus on Hinagiku and Hayate’s various tumbles with the girls, but I’ll say that this is the peak of it.

    Nagi, Maria and the Hamster will get their time after this episode, notably in the Hot Springs trip arc where it touches on Ayumu’s love for Hayate and Nagi’s mother, so wait for that if you’re not as much in to Hinagiku.

    Sadly enough, Klaus and Tama remain much forgotten still.

  23. Anise Punter Said,

    July 6, 2009 @ 4:13 am

    It seems questionable to me that they were able to get 7 or 8 full episodes out of the Hina Birthday arc. When you couple it with the ending song (which is just embarrassingly bad), it’s full and utter Hinagiku overload. You’d think she was the protagonist or something, or a Misaka Mikoto-type female lead, but she’s not. *Checks manga* I just don’t recall her role in the Butler’s Tiger Den being _that_ large.

    Episode 14 was somewhat of an improvement – Isumi is priceless in almost all of her appearances. Is this going to be 26 or 52 episodes this time? Anyone sure?

    -Still working to get caught up on the Negima manga (at #162)-

  24. shaoron Said,

    July 6, 2009 @ 9:12 am

    instead of Hayate x Hinagiku

    why not Hamster x Hayate x Hinagiku instead? ;p

  25. verilix Said,

    July 6, 2009 @ 12:36 pm

    Man I love the animation of Hayate. Sure, some chars might look similiar to Shakugan no Shana, but Iunno. Hayate just looks like it has alot more depth to it.

  26. vinson Said,

    July 6, 2009 @ 4:25 pm

    whoa! just like the exact scene in the manga

  27. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    July 6, 2009 @ 6:28 pm

    @Anise: Why not? The Hina Birthday arc stretched over 2 volumes in the manga. Anyways, she’s already pretty much the unofficial heroine of the story, based on how she’s been sweeping up pretty much every character popularity poll for the Hayate manga.

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