Despite occasionally making me feel stupid I find it hard to pull away…
While admittedly Hayate no Gotoku is one of those series with is a bit harder for me to cram into summary post format while doing it justice it is by no means boring.
Personally watching the poor butler work his ass off for a less than stellar master mirrors my feelings on my job. So without further ado here are my picks for the most epic moments in Hayate no Gotoku thus far (1-13). Lastly happy glorious birthday to the United States, may the strength of the Republic grow and never diminish. May her might make right and may she use it responsibly.
I must admit a lot of the bleeping censorship for copyrighted names in Hayate no Gotoku has made me feel stupid on more than one occasion since I haven’t been watching anime with gusto for very long. So for the purposes of this post so that non one gets left out, especially me, all those verbal gags are hereby disqualified. Yeah its not fair but I didn’t catch ‘em all, and I don’t want to be an idiot if I am wrong.
While this reference was not epic it did tickle the old Trekkie within and thus deserves and honorable mention.
Not Quite There: Live Long and Prosper Risa
Shatner’s albums Risa is the first anime Vulcan! Now one of you say nuclear wessel.
Granted it lasted for a precious few milliseconds for having a Star Trek reference in anime is worthy of mention in my book. We have seen many a Star Wars reference but hardly any love for Star Trek. Now if they had only added nerve pinches and Maria in Seven of Nine Jumpsuit I’d gladly allow Scotty to beam me up.
10. Dragon Quest no Gotoku
Having the slime look like a turd was worthy of applause. It mirrors my attitude regarding excessive grinding, fucking shit indeed.
Poor Dragon Quest has long since been surpassed by the Final Fantasy series out side of Japan. However the olde memories of it live on for the few die-hards out there though the Nintendo DS is due for DQ IX. Still the use of this ye olde series that has been reduced to near obscurity earns many geek points.
The deadliest use of the blue slime along with an angry Rei had me rolling. Mostly because the blue slime was often the first enemy in the DQ series. Sending Risa into a coffin was a nice touch.
9. Saint Katsura the Elder
Proving that cool back grounds make up for silly poses. Sadly this is as hawt as she will ever get.
I loved Saint Seiya back in the day when I could still understand most of the Chinese localization. The CN series was an atrocity. While this was funny, they should have taken this grand opportunity to back hand the American broadcast version. Bowling for soup as a back ground theme would have been pure win. Even better if they also bled gatorade and called it sweat…
8. Akuma Klaus
Ah, to see the dead corpses of Ken and Ryu was a glorious event indeed. We all know that kicking ass with Dan Hibiki was the true test of skill.
I remember when I still played fighting games and this one triggered many fond and bad memories of days long since past. Adding the corpses of Ken and Ryu was a nice touch. I am glad they went with Klaus on this one since Hayate, as we will see, could not have pulled this one off.
If only Maria had role played Chun-li it and Saki role played Cammy would have ranked higher, but such is life.
7. Solid Hayate
Sad thing is that women didn’t seem to notice at all…
While no where near as epic as the Smash Bros. Brawl trailer, Hayate did not do so bad if I say so myself. If they had only added the icons and exclamations while he was out and about, but at least he used the trademark box. It would have been rather amusing if Klaus turned out to be Big Boss and the school was a recruiting ground for Outer Heaven, but having Snake alone was good enough. Though I would have dearly liked to see Cyber Ninja Maria.
Now if only one of those assaulting mechas was a metal gear. In fact I propose that KyoAni give this a remake and have them add the metal gear, discovery icons, the rpg, and the show timu!
6. Mask the Money
In the name of money I will purchase you!
Making bad deals by moonlight. Buying love by daylight. The first one to run from a real fight. She is the Masked Money. She will always turn her back on servants. She will never be there to defend. She is not one whom you can depend. She the is the one named Nagi.
Our new capitalist hero for great justice is here, she simply pays off the criminals rather than throwing around her head band. Not even Sailor chibi-moon would have been caught dead in those colors. It also helps that the hair cut is the same for Sailor Moon, but the frilly crap kinda killed it. Also of note Nagi has a feline pet that talks.
Had the added the special poses the circle would have been complete. Should have also had the female cast do Sailor Moon cos-play too. Nagi just can’t stack up on her own.
5. Sumeshi Beam
A close enough approximation to having All-Woman Mikuru in combat waitress grab, if I say so myself.
Yes, it was all to brief for many but by Jove did memories come flooding back. However the lack of a corresponding alien witch was most disappointing. At least they didn’t try to use Nagi to pull it off… that would have been a crime against civilization.
Even if it is Nagi it still looks dreadfully cute.
You know if you concentrate hard enough it kinda looks like Eri and Yakumo. Never mind I must be insane…
As the only marriage I support for lolis this earns top marks for making me stop and pause. The Pentagon could learn a lot about shock and awe from this glorious event. Words cannot convey the kawaii-ness of this event. This is probably the only moment that Nagi doesn’t annoy.
3. Power Glove
Sorry Super Famicom, but the power glove takes this one. Stains and fluids belong on Playstations not on Nintendo systems.
One of the most hated control schemes in videogame history my jaw just dropped when I first saw it. In fact such was my disbelief at seeing it I played it again, twice. For owning and keeping this monstrosity deserves top marks for Nagi stupidity. The only reason to still have it is when drunk, seeing as Nagi is not of age, no go. Still for bringing forth one of the biggest nightmares in motion sensing control schemes earns top geek points. Not until the Wiimote was the dream reborn, because six axis
was a total knock off has no killer app yet. Here I thought that Japanese had never heard of the bloody thing…
In memory of the countless Marios and other characters that died at the hands of the power glove, may you find peace in your pixelated sprite graves. A thousand curses to you Mattel!
2. 2-D girls
Screw those overly drawn rejections. Just make it quick short and to the point. Besides you’re just being honest.
Best break up line ever. Why end a relationship with bad feelings and murderous rage when a simple line is all that suffices? There is no arguing with it and women will leave you the hell alone from the perceived dorkiness. It also serves as litmus test for potential partners, though it might not work on men. Adding the likenesses of St. Nagato-chi, and Haruhi-sama earns top marks.
So for the few otakus out there who need to get out of a 3-d relationships heed the Hayate wisdom well. At the very least it beats a physical altercation. In the event that he/she says they like 2-d too that’s when you know, to marry them.
1. Trap Hayate
Yes I am horrible, but not in that way. You were expecting something else? Also Impz had nothing to do with this selection…really.
Since this is still Impzie’s blog, Hayate in female garb was an indisputable victory. Had the audience not known better roughly 99% of the male audience would have been leaping right away. It also helps that Hayate was most convincing in his, err… roleplaying. He didn’t even need to shave his legs!
It also helps that this is the only source of nekomimi thus far and to be honest Nekomimi Hayate and Maria look like a cute couple… Lots of Ribbons cement this incident as being
King Queen of my picks for most memorable moments in Hayate no Gotoku.