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Characters of 2007

Characters of 2007... Ironically, two out of three of these characters weren't actually given any roles in any anime this year

A lot of us are looking back at which series are the most memorable this year for a variety of reasons – the quality of the storytelling, originality, niche gimmicks (moé, lolita, Shōtarō-characters, A Drill That Will Pierce Through The Heavens, unnatural boob measurements, etc.), and all that other shit. HOWEVER! To me, what really makes or breaks a series in being truly memorable, it all depends on the characters. In most cases, I would probably remember a series for a lifetime based solely on the characters (or a specific character) rather than the quality of the storyline or how deep it is (of course, if it’s THAT good than it’ll probably be the other way around!). The story could be utter crap for all I care and I’d still remember it if I really like the cast and their character dynamics. In my opinion, if an anime/manga has a story/concept that’s as cliché or horrible as saving a princess who gets her butt kidnapped by an evil witch/evil giant turtle yet has some top-notched character dynamics, then it would probably rank at the top of my list of favorite anime. Likewise, if the story is built FANTASTICALLY yet the characters are flat out boring, then it wouldn’t leave as much of an impression on me despite it having an excellent plot.

Or the character could be just be an utter jackass and the series will be memorable based on how much I wanted to shove a knife down their throat and throw him/her (most likely a HIM…) into a pit of acid…

To get down to business, this post will chronicle some of the characters that has made a big impression on me this year. Based on categories ranging from good to bad to OMG I WANT TO RIP HIS EYES OUT THAT DAMN MAKOTO, the cutest to the most inspiring to THE MOST SUPERLY AWESOME BADASS THAT HAS EVER WALKED DOWN THE PATH OF ANIMU… You name it.

(I’m obviously leaving Bacanno! out of this, since honestly, I can’t choose just one notable person from its large cast of characters)

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So tired and depressing

This past week has been a real energy drainer. I haven’t really felt like watching any of the new episodes of the anime on my watchlist. No, it’s not what you think. I haven’t lost interest in anime, or blogging – as you can plainly see from this past week. It’s just that I recieved some devastating news on Tuesday, even though it has nothing, or at least indirectly, to do with me.

According to him, my friend’s grandmother died from a surgery last Friday night. She went through a surgery to remove a small tumor from some part of her body, a very small tumor. My friend’s family figured she might’ve been okay, since she went through a much serious surgery before and she said there was no risk. However, they found out there must have been some sort of risk since an air bubble went into her throut and she started to sufficate. She had minutes before her time was up, however, his family decided to pull the plug since she was paralyzed and there was nothing they could do. My friend feels very sad that he has lost his grandmother, and I felt sad the moment I heard it because I was having a normal boring weekend, not knowing what had happened. Aside from my usual angst, it was a very big motivation-killer.

Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t make this post to garner sympathy for him, but to wish a good “rest in peace” to a fellow human being that died recently (the funeral is today too, actually). Always remember to spend as much time with the people close to you, because they won’t be with you forever.

For those who want to know, my “friend” is actually a minion guest on this blog who makes occassional posts, xXStevenLeXx.

Anime Review – ハヤテのごとく Hayate no Gotoku! / Hayate The Combat Butler! 02

Episode 02 ~ “A New Start with Nagi Sanzenin’s Mansion” 三千院ナギの屋敷と、新たなる旅立ち

Stupid, Un-Comprehensive Summary:

Don't EVER punch Mr. Santa Claus
“Remember… you punched me in the last episode!”

Hayate is found sleeping in the clouds as he sees Santa Claus. Santa asks if he’s done with with life. Hayate says Santa saying thatas if he is dead… Santa says he is dead. Hayate shrugs it off and says he doesn’t care because he doesn’t have any family to grieve for him and no house. A kidnapper trying to act as if he was a tragic hero? Santa says even though it was in his mind, he punched Santa in the last episode. And even though he never succeeded, what he was trying to do was criminal. Hayate starts to beg for forgiveness.

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Anime Review: ハヤテのごとく! Hayate no Gotoku!/Hayate The Combat Butler – 01

OP: “Hayate no Gotoku!” by KOTOKO
ED: “Proof” by MELL

OP/ED Pictures:

I’ll start by saying that this isn’t my first “exposer” to Hayate The Combat Butler – I randomly read chapters 42-51 of the Hayate The Combat Butler manga (couldn’t get my hands on the rest of it though) and thought it was one the most highly entertaining things I’ve ever read. Watching the anime, I can’t say that the manga was better than the anime, do to me only reading chapters 42-51 (yes, I suck), but that just makes it bearable to watch do to me not knowing the differences in quality between the two, no?

Summary:

So the story revolves around Hayate Ayasaki, an unlucky boy who unluckily has terrible, terrible parents. No really, they’re terrible. THEY’RE FRIKKEN TERRIBLE. Both of them are “unemployed” bums leaving Hayate to work hiding his age (with him having to switch jobs every time because they RAT HIS BUTT OUT). Eventually they go so low as to abandon Hayate, take everything that was in the damn apartment, and leave him to pay a 156,804,000 yen debt to the yakuza.

Owned by Santa Claus.

Owned by Hayate Ayasaki.
After escaping through his window Mission Impossible-style, he sees a girl named Nagi Sanzenin and decides to hold her hostage for ransom.

No, for once the devil of our minds isn’t the one saying that…

However, he chooses the wrong choice of words and Nagi mistakes it for a confession of love. As Hayate tries to make the ransom phone call (and failing as he accidentally introduced himself when he called), real thugs show up and kidnap Nagi. Now, unlike Hayate, they actually chuck her into a car rapist-style and drive off. Laying in the freezing snow to his death, a girl arrives (Maria), shows him kindness and all that jazz, sees those thugs driving away with Nagi and with his heart so bright, steals the girl’s bike and goes to save her. BECAUSE KIDNAPPING’S NOT COOL.

After saving her, she’s in his debt. he tells her that she could find a new job for him as he falls on the ground injured (and as the censorship arrives). It turns out that Nagi is rich, VERY rich. This leads to Nagi deciding to make him her butler. Oh yeah, and a cool random helicopter appears.

W00t!

Thoughts:
What can I say? I guess I’ll tuning in. The anime has plenty of comedy (I esspecially love the references to other anime, like the statue of Conan Edogawa in the anime trailer and episode preview), good art (the character designs are pretty cute), a decent BGM track, decent voice acting (for the most part) and the narrator rules all. Spring is sure looking great right now.

“Be sure to watch anime at a good distance and in a well-lit room”:


/style ! 😀