Hayate The Combat Butler (Season 2)

Studio: J.C. Staff    Genre: Comedy/Fanservice
Aired: Spring 2009    Length: 25 Episodes
Weeaboo Average Score: N/A  (0 ratings)

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The title of the show really speaks for itself

Posted by: Shere @ 2009-04-04 22:34:14

Our first sequel of the season is Hayate the Combat Butler, whose first season ran a full 52 episodes, spanning over a year between 2007 and 2008. The is primarily about a down-on-his-luck boy named Hayate, whose parents left him with a sizable debt (150 million yen). In desperation he attempts to kidnap a young girl and hold her for ransom, however the girl mistakes his threats as a confession of love. The girl in this case is an extremely wealthy 13 year old named Nagi. Anyway, immediately after this she is kidnapped for real, and Hayate saves her. Later she offers to pay off his debt, and in return he will work at her mansion as her butler until he pays it off. The catch being that in the wacky universe that the show is set in, butlers are expected to double as bodyguards with super-human fighting ability.

The second season is by an entirely different studio, my sworn enemy J.C. Staff. It is still the same show with the same music and the same nonsensical plot devices and characters, though. The first episode jumps right back into the thick of it (but not until after a brief review of the back-story like the paragraph above) introducing most of the recurring characters under the pretense of a foot race where the winner gets precisely the sum of money that Hayate owes Nagi. Everyone gets screentime, complete with character info popping up on screen as necessary (or unnecessary).

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As stated, J.C. Staff is now in charge of production, as opposed to SynergySP. The show looks noticeably different for it as well. The color palette has changed quite a bit and is now a bit darker. The animation quality was on par with season one, and the background music was mostly identical to that of the first season. All in all, aside from the new opening and ending themes, this is the same show it was a year ago. For better and for worse. The show really began to overstay its welcome previously. By mid-season the jokes became tired and the gimmicks worn down. I never actually completed the first season, though I saw bits and pieces from the later episodes (specifically the one where Gainax assisted with the animation).

I'm getting away from the point, though. The point is, if you thoroughly enjoyed this show before, it's back and it hasn't changed at all. Go right ahead and watch it. For the rest of you, I'll say that the first episode was actually pretty entertaining, but I don't know if it's because I haven't seen enough of it to get bored again.

First Impression: 6/10
Verdict: In terms of comedy and quality, this show is decent. I don't know if I can outright recommend it to anyone though.