I’m keeping this as spoiler-free as possible, although I’m not really sure if there’s anything I can spoil that isn’t already f’d up by the show itself. Also, I’ll go ahead and say I have NOT read the manga. Which will lead to some of the reasons for my opinion.
When a third season of Hayate No Gotoku (Hayate the Combat Butler) was announced, I was amped. I barreled through the first two seasons like I was getting paid for it. It had the right amount of comedy, romance, and fourth wall breaking to stay consistently interesting. Hayate is an excellent protagonist, with bad luck and a tendency to being clueless. Yeah, nothing original there…but it’s handled in a way that everyone is aware of it. It’s not just a device to stretch the show out for 26 more episodes.
So 3rd season. Self-high fives and tequila shots all around, right?
But then we start getting bleeps and blurps (i.e. images and plot details) about what we’d be watching. See the image up top…
OK, Hayate looks like a bad Code Geass cosplayer. But maybe it’ll work out alright.
Story details were announced, and with its arrival, more concern. It was going to be an original story not quite linked with the first 2 seasons. Yikes.
But MAAAYBE it would still be good. A new story doesn’t mean a complete retelling (FMA?), and it would seemingly be difficult to screw up this great of a cast. I locked away my worries and waited for the first episode.
Now that I’ve watched the first episode (actually the first 5 episodes), let me ask a question:
Let me explain my “Hayate History” for a brief moment. I’ve only watched the anime (seasons 1 and 2). I’ve read none of the manga.
With that in mind, the new series initially confused the shit out of me. Who are some of these people? Who the hell is this singing opera chick? Why do all these girls seem to be living in the same house? Why do they call them Grape Nuts when there are no grapes or nuts? OK, forget the last one.
Look at this pic:
I know the last two, but who the hell is the first girl? I’m not sure if I even caught her name in the first episode?
There were so many questions, that I felt like I missed some important episodes. I started reading. and reading. and so on. I went and found the Hayate movie, thinking maybe that would fill in all the gaps. It didn’t…it almost made things worse.
I kept watching episode after episode, trying to enjoy the story line, but conflicted with questions about how the f we ended up here.
It was only after reading an entire wiki about the show (which, by the way, is the most annoying way to enjoy anime), did I find out who all these characters were, why they were living in the house, and what the plot up to this alternate world story was about. These events and characters were all introduced in the manga. So they started a new story, but at the same time decided to skip ahead in the actual story without explaining anything to the viewer? Jesus…
They really screwed up their thought processes with this new season. I was mostly willing to forgive the jarring art style and lack of continuity. But I just can’t get over how they’re trying to introduce us to a new story, but simultaneously want us to know all this shit that happened with no explanation (to a viewer of the anime).
I really can’t wait for this series to end, only because I’d love for them to try again with the story they skipped. Go back to the old art style while you’re at it. Don’t drop all this shit in our lap and expect us to know what’s going on. People love the manga, so why would you not use the material you have available?
It’s almost like they wanted to create filler, even though there was an assload of quality product ready to be animated… ME NO UNDERSTAND.
But feel free not to just listen to me cry and whine. Check it out for yourself and decide. You can watch it at CrunchyRoll