3 Reasons Why Hayate no Gotoku Season 2 Sucks
As I mentioned before, the second season of Hayate no Gotoku was one of the shows I was looking forward to the most. However, it was also one of the most disappointing of the season. At first, I thought that it was probably because my expectations were too high. However, after watching 6 episodes, I finally understand why I dislike it so much.
1. Too similar to the manga
I started reading the HnG manga because I liked the anime so much. I was pleasnatly surprised because for the most part, the two stories were mutually exclusive, making it feel like new adventures with familiar characters. However, the new season is basically a direct adaptation of the manga starting from chapter 52. I usually don’t have problems with direct adaptations. I usually like seeing direct adaptations as the action usually plays out better in animated form. My problem with HnG is that it’s essentially exactly the fucking same.
More accurately, it feels like a trimmed down version of the manga. The chapters are too short to be stretched into an episode, but too long to fit 2 chapters of material into one. This means that some scenes need to be cut, and others need to be rushed, which disrupts the flow somewhat. The manga and its humor is pretty slow paced and relaxing, which was part of the reason I liked it. However, the jokes also get cut to make way for the story. The second season of the anime made me realize that the story really isn’t that good. I’m pretty sure that the writers of the first season realized this too, which is why they decided to make it as random as possible.
2. No more references
This point has probably been beaten to death by the rest of the anime blogging community, so I’ll keep this short. The pop culture references in the first season were probably the funniest moments of the series period. Now there are no more references and too much moe and plot. The show isn’t funny anymore.
3. No more nom nom moments and shiritori
The first season of HnG had a pleathora of running gags. My personal favorite was Nishizawa’s nom nom moments, where she would always be eatting something at least once per episode, even if she had nothing to do with the episode. It had no purpose, but was still funny, and I looked forward to it every episode. The other running gag was the eyecatch shiritori. Once again, no purpose, but still a fun gag. Now the eyecatches are boring, and the series could really do without them.
Ok, so I’ve spent the past ~450 words bitching about HnG2. So why do I stick with it. The first reason is fandom. I’m such a big fan of the manga and first season that they could give me shit on a stick, and I would be somewhat interested in it as long as it had the HnG name on it. The second reason is:
I love the character and love this song too. The single comes out next week, and I’m eagerly awaiting its upload. A loli Maria from the opening image is nicetoo.
That’s all for now. Expect more manly posts in the future. Adios!