I’m not sure if you guys are aware of this, but there was a good episode of Hayate no Gotoku!! (the two exclamation marks mean season 2, remember?) Actually, there were a few good episodes, but this one was the funniest.
If we were to compare this episode to any given episode of season one, it’d fair pretty strongly. The direction is fast paced, and the references are all strong. I’d probably have more to say about this episode if I wrote about it right after it aired, but Japan was busy, ok? I’ll see what I can do, though.
The first half is an advertisement for the Hayate no Gotoku!! trading cardgame. That’s cool. I watch cartoons made to sell toys all the time. But what makes it even better is that it’s strung into an awesome Yu-Gi-Oh! reference. Actually, I think it’s more a reference to the Nicodou meme that sprung up as a result of that Yu-Gi-Oh! episode, but either way it’s awesome. I laughed outloud at 1am in the morning in my little guesthouse room with thin walls in Japan when Nagi said ずっと私のターンだ！
BUT THEN B-PART CAME.
B-part isn’t as good as A-part, but it’s still quite powerful. There’s lots of fun sitcom hi-jinx, but the best part is Maria humming Top Wo Nerae ~Fly High~ while WAKAMOTO NORIO narrates about how when two flames (火) come together they become blazing (炎) to make Maria invincible. If you don’t get what’s funny about that, then you’re The Problem. Why haven’t you watched Gunbuster?
That’s all. I thought that after this episode at least the last couple episodes of the show would be good, but I was wrong. Oh well!
At least by that point they got a KOTOKO opening and a good ending sequence, but it was too little too late!