Hayate no Gotoku! Can’t Take My Eyes off You Episode 10


Before we go into the virtual world of anime, let’s talk about something that is happening in the real world!

Happy marriage!

Happy marriage!

On 5 December 2012, Itou Shizuka-san (Hinagiku’s CV) announced her marriage. The identity of her husband has not been revealed, but at least we are sure that it is not Nabatame Hitomi-san (Yukiji’s CV).

The interesting thing is that, Itou-san becomes the third major CV of the Hayate no Gotoku! anime to get married this year. Tanaka Rei-san (Maria’s CV) was married in May, while Shiraishi Ryoko-san (Hayate’s CV) was married in September. A joke on Kugimiya Rei-san (Nagi’s CV), who remains single, seems inevitable:

Of course, there is still time in Year 2012, and even if she doesn’t make it this year, there is always next year.

While we witnessed Hayate being stabbed in the chest in the last episode, we are quickly assured that he is not dead. Through a chat with Nagi, the demonic woman reveals that she needs Kurotsubaki to grant her eternity. She believes that Kurotsubaki could give the “King’s Power” to the one being stabbed by it. If this is the case, the first thing the woman would do once she gets hold of Kurotsubaki, is to stab herself.

Nagi doesn’t seem too interested in the “King’s Power” whatsoever. What she cares about now is Tsugumi. We can say that she is looking down on Tsugumi by mentioning how “useless” she is (which, in all fairness, is not entirely true), but we can also say that she is not happy with the idea that Tsugumi is doing something which she is not capable of. Obviously, this is another form of care.

I'd expect her to use her powers more wisely.

I’d expect her to use her powers more wisely.

We cannot expect the woman to understand Nagi’s concern for Tsugumi, and indeed she interprets Nagi’s words from another point of view: Tsugumi is indeed useless, so it is time for her to do things by herself. If every villain shares this insight, then we would have a lot fewer gangs and gangsters. Of course, it also means that unemployment rate would rise.

With the usual OP which doesn’t really fit into the mood of the story at this point, we come back to Hayate and his happy friends.

If we have ever hoped for a Shirosakura vs. Kurotsubaki battle, there is a let down here, as Hinagiku shows no intention to fight the blonde ponytail at all. BOO!!! Instead, she checks on Hayate with Izumi and Tsugumi to see if he could possibly be alive. From a certain point of view, we could say that she cares more about Hayate than fighting the bad guy(s). This is a more preferable route for her to take, isn’t it?

At least he smiles, all right...

At least he smiles, all right…

To the girls’ joyful surprise, Hayate rises from the ground with no visible injury at all. Yet there is something about him that is different. Yes, he remains polite, but his tone is a lot colder and more distant than usual, and it seems like he is not the same person at all. But then, he is still smiling at them, so no girl seems to have noticed any change in him.

There is no time to find out either. A huge tree trunk emerges from the ground, which then beats around the area like the Whomping Willow while the demonic woman yells from within. It soon turns into a robbers vs. kidnapper showdown, which strategically speaking our heroes should not interfere. As such, as a grenade from the blonde ponytail blows up the trunk, Hayate stands watching, while Hinagiku and Izumi stand screaming.

Three different power levels.

Three different power levels.

Yet, it isn’t even necessary to stand still in such a dangerous place. As such, Hinagiku finally makes the suggestion to run away from the scene. For some reason, Hayate decides to stay behind, so Hinagiku escorts Izumi out of this place. For those who have expected Hinagiku to do anything at all in this action-promising set up, you are unfortunately let down. BOOOO!!!

However, we would also be let down if we have anticipated Hayate to go into action with his new power (if any), because he looks usually calm when the woman suggests to exchange Nagi with Kurotsubaki. This surprises us and annoys Nagi, but her protests are interrupted by the woman, who goes into berserk mode once again.

Lesson: NEVER pisses off Isumi.

Lesson: NEVER pisses off Isumi.

If we are looking for actions, we need to turn to Isumi, who has arrived to save Nagi. Wearing Ginka’s mask (presumably to hide her identity from Nagi) she successfully knocks the demonic woman to the ground with her spells, which also knock Nagi to the ground. Our action boys and girls in this series do not really know how to hold back when they are saving someone from the villains, do they?

A lot of things then happen in the next few minutes. The robbers take this chance to run with all the money with the car. Yukiji, who indeed is the rightful owner of the money, goes chasing after them on her feet. Tsugumi is angered by Isumi because the latter attacked her mother, and the two girls get into a fight. The woman struggles on the ground as her body ages with every passing second. Shidou comes to her aid and tells her to return to “sanctuary”. Hayate stands still as the woman (whose name is Dolly) reaches her hand to him, mumbling “Kurotsubaki”. Isumi intends to stop them, but she is interrupted by Tsugumi again. Tsugumi herself is then told by Shidou to retreat, so she reluctantly rises into the air and disappears. I don’t know what her trick is, but it definitely is not Systema…

GAME OVER

GAME OVER

Then it all becomes quiet as the action has stopped. A large piece of burning ruins falls to the ground and almost hits Nagi, who has to crawl her way to Hayate instead of being saved by him. In fact, Hayate is looking at her with very cold eyes. This is all so strange for Hayate, so Nagi thinks that he might be angry with her for before – of course, she is referring to her yelling at Hayate in the hotel. She apologizes for her behaviour, but it doesn’t seem like accepted.

As always, the police arrive at the scene when everything has ended. Hayate wants to run away, but Nagi grabs his arm, declaring that she is not done with him yet. Hayate insists that he is free to go for his own business, which irritates Nagi: to her, there is no other “business” for Hayate other than protecting her. For some reason, Hayate looks like his is totally fed up, so he resigns.

Poor Nagi could only watch as Hayate disappears into the darkness.

Ayumu arrives with the police. The girls are happy with the reunion, but they all look worryingly at Nagi. Ayumu moves forward to check on Nagi, whose tears begin to fall down, for Hayate has left her. The only thing that seems to be moving is the flame which is engulfing the buildings…

Translated into "I am totally not fine!"

Translated into “I am totally not fine!”

In the next morning, Maria, Hinagiku and Ayumu gather to see Nagi putting up a “brave front”, which is fooling nobody at all. Still, there is no point to argue with her, so everyone could only silently agree with Nagi’s suggestion to go sightseeing. For Nagi, this is of course her way to temporarily forget about the sadness of losing Hayate.

As they visit different places, they meet Kaoru, who has suddenly arrived in Las Vegas with a brand new car. It turns out that Kaoru has purchased the car at Yukiji’s promise that she would pay him back. Of course, Kaoru has agreed because he wanted to impress Yukiji, but still it is an absolutely foolish act to count on her paying him back later. Hinagiku and Maria are speechless as they think of the fact that Yukiji is no longer able to pay this poor man back… The interesting thing is that Kaoru does have so much savings to buy a car with cash. You could only imagine how wealthy he is.

Men.

Men.

Men love cars, and they love to show off their cars to women. As such, Kaoru offers to take the girls on a ride to, say, Area 51 (as an Otaku himself he is probably interested in the UFO stories). Nagi agrees at once, but the other girls have other plans. Upon knowing that her sister has gone missing, Hinagiku decides to go looking for her. She also asks Maria to go looking for Hayate, as it appears that they can’t expect Nagi to go looking for her butler herself. This leaves Ayumu to stick with Nagi, to take care of her.

Owning a car doesn’t mean that you can charm girls successfully, if you have poor communications skills. Ten seconds into their conversation, Kaoru asks what could not be asked: what has happened to Hayate? To make things worse, as Nagi says that Hayate is not always with her, Kaoru insists that he has always been with her. This upset Nagi, and the conversation cannot be continued. There is a very awkward pause.

You are not looking ahead as you drive, that's what's wrong...

You are not looking ahead as you drive, that’s what’s wrong…

Ayumu has to think on her feet to change the subject, and she pulls out Kurotsubaki – now back into its clock form – from nowhere. She reveals that she has stumbled across it on the previous night, after the fight and everything. It means that we have a blonde ponytail who threw Kurotsubaki away after knowing that it was a reliable weapon. We also have Shidou and Dolly, who made a mess of everything but failed to spot the clock/sword lying on the ground. Since when have our main villains become so stupid?

Let us not forget that Kurotsubaki, in its clock form, brings bad luck to its owner, and things happen to Ayumu and co. The rear tire of the car suddenly breaks, and the car loses control, goes off the main road and heads into the desert. The brakes also choose this moment to fail, so the car is unstoppable – until it hits… what, I don’t see it crashing into anything! So what’s with the crashing noise?

See? There's nothing they have crashed into.

See? There’s nothing they have crashed into.

Ayumu thinks she has lost Kurotsubaki, so she goes looking for it. Kaoru needs to look for help on the main road, so he leaves as well. This leaves Nagi alone in the car – Nagi, despite being unsociable, is not used to being left alone.

Nagi finds Kurotsubaki under the seat, and it is not really known why Ayumu, like the blonde ponytail, wasn’t able to spot it before. Perhaps Kurotsubaki has the ability to hide itself from the people it doesn’t want to be revealed to? On the clock, Nagi suddenly sees the reflection of Hayate, and Nagi is reminded of her missing butler. As she has a certain hatred of losing, she refuses to admit that she misses him, and instead insists that she is perfectly fine on her own.

Finally, we arrive at the “flashforward” we have seen in the first episode. We now understand why Nagi is in America. We now understand why she is left alone in a car. We now understand why she says that Hayate is no longer her butler. We could have had a lot of theories on this, and we now know whether we have been right or wrong. Now, it is time to move on.

Ms. Normal is doing her job perfectly well again.

Ms. Normal is doing her job perfectly well again.

Nagi feels very hopeless and lonely in the desert, and as she recalls her days with Hayate, crying uncontrollably, she understands that he is simply indispensable in her life. She is not okay to live without him, and she would do anything to get him back. She is willing to listen to his lectures and become a better girl, if she could bring him back by doing so.

Ayumu then returns to her, suggesting to go looking for Hayate together, so that Nagi could tell him how she feels. Ayumu gives Nagi the hand of friendship, and the latter takes it. Together, they would go and find Hayate.

The funny thing is that, Hayate is found. We don’t really know how she manages to do so, but as she kidnaps one of the robbers, she finds Hayate as well. She needs Hayate to help her asking the whereabouts of her money, because she thinks that Hayate, as a student at Hakuou Academy, speaks English. Apparently Yukiji, as a teacher at Hakuou Academy, doesn’t.

They are a perfect match, don't you think?

They are a perfect match, don’t you think?

If there is one thing about Hayate that has not been changed by Kurotsubaki, it is his inability to turn down a woman’s request, so he helps with Yukiji’s interrogation. While Maria suggested that Hayate did not speak English, he speaks in this episode the best English we have heard so far in this anime. The robber, who obviously doesn’t want to die under a chainsaw, reveals that their gang would meet at Room 1203 at the Starside Hotel…

As I have been looking forward to an even more climatic episode than this one, I have to say I am a bit let down. However, this episode provides with us much to discuss, so let me forget about my personal let down and go through some things one by one.

1. Dolly (and Shin)

The ability to manipulate tree trunks and branches, the desire to look for eternity, the speed aging of her body when out of her sanctuary, the fact that she is in every way a supernatural being… it seems that Dolly is the apple tree nymph in the “fairy tale” Ruka told us in Episode 7. The only thing lacking here, of course, is an apple from her trees. It turns out that some fairy tales could be true, after all, although it has become so… ugly.

Lots of the Rings.

Lots of the Rings.

We have several close-up shots on her ring, which looks exactly like the wedding rings of Yukariko and Shin. Some might wonder whose ring was it, but I am fairly sure that it was Shin’s. If you recall the wedding ring box we were shown in Episode 7, there was a bigger ring (with six edges) and a smaller ring (with four edges). In Episode 6 we know that Yukariko had the four-edge ring, so Shin must have had the six-edge one. The ring on Dolly’s finger is shown to be the six-edge one, so it is very likely to be Shin’s ring.

If so, we could assume that Dolly got the ring from Shin. If Shin really has had an affair with Dolly (giving birth to Tsugumi their daughter), then Shin could have given his ring to her. Dolly’s motive might not be that “pure”, as she could have been targeting Kurotsubaki, which was with Shin by then. Unfortunately for Dolly, Shin died in a car crash, and for some reason she could not get Kurotsubaki for 13 years.

What is lacking here is the true identity of Shidou. It is apparent that he cares a lot for her, but we do not know if he is the prince from the fairy tale, or anybody else.

2. The King’s Power

We know that Yukariko was the prime suspect for stealing the King’s Power from the Royal Garden. Now it is revealed that the King’s Power, which could grant a person “eternity”, is in Kurotsubaki. The very straight conclusion is that Kurotsubaki was once in the Royal Garden, and Yukariko took the clock away. This is plausible: Yukariko was the owner of Kurotsubaki before Shin.

At least she wouldn't have to look so horrible every 15 seconds.

At least she wouldn’t have to look so horrible every 15 seconds.

If Dolly’s knowledge of the Power is true, then Kurotsubaki could grant “eternity” to the one being stabbed by it. Yet the term “eternity” is rather vague – nobody can be sure if it really makes a person live forever. Yet, it might be safe to assume that the Power would at least make Dolly young without needing to stay at her “sanctuary”.

It seems that the Power would change the personality of people – Hayate changes from a warm-hearted gigolo to a cold-hearted jerk. It also appears that the Power grants Hayate the ability to speak English. This is rather weird, but convenient: there is no need for international students to have EAL lessons any more.

3. Hayate

A recurring theme of the series is the separation of Hayate from Nagi. If I remember correctly, while in previous cases Hayate was unwillingly forced away from Nagi and he was determined to reunite with her, this is the first time Hayate willingly severs ties with Nagi. This makes the anime a little more “fresh” than what we have seen in the past.

At least, there was the respect.

At least, there was the respect.

Apparently the King’s Power – or whatever is that from Kurotsubaki – causes a change of heart in Hayate. We are not entirely sure why he becomes so frustrated with Nagi all of a sudden, but it isn’t that he has forgotten about Nagi or something. He, after all, called her “milady” before he left.

A rather interesting fact is that while Hayate speaks coldly to Nagi and acts all moody at Yukiji, he remains relatively patient to Hinagiku. He might sound a bit more distant than before, but at least he has been smiling at her, without showing a hint of hostility. Nobody knows why.

The Can’t Take My Eyes off You anime would come to an end in two episodes, and things look quite straightforward. Nagi needs to claim her butler back, while everyone else need to come together to fight against the gang of robbers, Dolly, Shidou and Tsugumi. I think two episodes would be just enough to give everything a satisfactory end, so let us hope that the production team could get the best out of these two episodes. This season is not always of the highest quality, but with a good end everything can be forgiven.

But then if it doesn’t end well…

19 comments on “Hayate no Gotoku! Can’t Take My Eyes off You Episode 10

  1. I’m confused on the Hayate leaving part. How is it possible that Hayate can just quit? I mean he stills owes her 150 million yen and Nagi could have just told Hayate you still owe me therefore you have to work for me. Or did Ruka actually win the bet with Nagi about the better doujin contest.

    I dunno about Hayate, but it is very out of character of him just to leave. >.> Hopefully it isn’t one of those scenarios plot contrivances where the main character acts out of place because of some deus ex machina.

    • If you really want to leave somebody – forever – you wouldn’t care about the debt. It’s not like Nagi could legally sue Hayate anyway…

  2. I may remember it wrong, but wasn’t the Power of Royalty supposed to make people wealthy or so? Hmm, nevertheless I’m curious about the ending they will present. About Hayate leaving, it was also quite stunning for me, as he is in fact not free to leave with the 150 million debt burden.

  3. Again, with the way she cried and all, to me Nagi is more like Hayate’s stubborn, tsundere little sis who cries when her big brother left, instead of potential lover.

    And that thing with Hayate and Hinagiku, I didn’t notice them before, but you got me thinking, although only for a while. Perhaps it’s connected by her sword? Or….

    (P.S: I still think this post lacks your personal thought, Sarge.)

    • My example would be Nobita crying that he would listen to Doraemon if the latter just come back.

  4. You are not alone, sergeant. I felt this episode was a little anti-climatic, but I ended up shrugging it off anyway. After the first disappointment, this turned out to be the most well-handled episode of the season so far. The pace felt really natural for once.
    I’ve read an interesting theory somewhere that Hayate is acting weird because it’s not actually Hayate, but Shin in his body. Well, maybe not Shin, but it could be that Hayate’s soul is trapped inside the clock/sword and someone else is in his place. As for Dolly, it was suggested that she could actually be Yukariko herself.
    Well, maybe that’s going too far, but the part about Hayate not being himself sounds rather plausible.
    I wonder if they will use both episodes to end the season or if they’ll end the plot on ep. 11 and make ep. 12 a simple filler like it was done on previous seasons.

    • We have a lot of theories and I can’t give comments based on the facts. Let’s wait for the answers! 😉

  5. It seems that Kurotsubaki stabbed Hayate’s heart, but in a more spiritual way as though it stabbed through his soul and from there, it took away his heart. The theory that Hayate’s soul being switched with another after being stabbed seems likely. Notice when Nagi is crying, her tears were shown falling on Kurotsubaki (Clock mode). That may be hinting that Hayate really was with her all along. Not to mention “Hayate’s” sudden ability to speak English or how he doesn’t seem to remember being Nagi’s butler until Nagi reminded him of it. BTW, Hayate still calling Nagi “Miss Nagi” was probably his way of mocking her.

    It’s great that you pointed out how Isumi’s mask would hide her identity from Nagi. It proves that Isumi was still successful in hiding her powers from Nagi. Still, Isumi is shown to be more of a “Fight first, talk later” kind of girl. While she shouldn’t have attacked Tsugumi first in episode 7, Dolly however is another case.

    I would’ve thought that Nagi would have more faith in the bond she shares with Hayate, enough to recognize that something’s different about Hayate and to not let Hayate go so easily. Thank goodness, she has people like Maria, Hinagiku and Ayumu to help her. As for Hayate… yeah, he deserves to get his ass kicked.

    So the insane “Dolly” is revealed to be Tsugumi’s “dead” mother. Either Tsugumi lied about her death or Dolly really is dead and Tsugumi wants to bring her back. Still, with Dolly revealed to be not much of a good mother, Dolly could be added into the HnG’s roster of scumbag parents. Seriously, just how many parents in this series are complete jerks!? It’s almost becoming an unfunny running gag that most parents in this series are scum. Guess we’ll have to wait and see just who exactly is Dolly. I am however glad to know that Nagi truly cares about Tsugumi, enough to be pissed off that some crazy women is making her do her dirty work.

    Darn, I totally did NOT recognize the ring being the same with Shin’s ring. I’m glad Yukariko never found out about the affair but until we find out more, we won’t know if there even was an affair.

    On another note, I think the reason the ponytail robber left Kurotsubaki was mainly due to the fact that these are modern times and guns are better than swords… no offense to Masamune and Shirosakura.

    • But a clock that can be transformed into a sword could at least be sold at a HUGE price.

    • You sound like Magoichi Saika and Masamune Date from Samurai Warriors, with all that guns are better than swords in modern times 😀

  6. @calamariluqe
    “Hayate still calling Nagi “Miss Nagi” was probably his way of mocking her. ”
    I’d like to point out that he never actually called Nagi by her name, but just called her “Ojou-sama” (which usuallly means Miss, Mistress or Milady……etc) like he usually does. After thinking about it has “Hayate” even addressed anyone by their actual names in this episode?

    @Doughnutgunso
    I apologize in adance for the questions I’m leaving in the comments section ^^; but I noticed that you mentioned a theory about how the Kurotsubaki having the kings power and was once in the Royal Garden, which, Yukariko later took away, but didn’t Shin track the Kurotsubaki to that unknown castle where he met Yukariko years before she sat foot in the Royal Garden after Athena left the passage open?

    • Good question. 😀

      Combined with the comment by SigUp, I am beginning to wonder: have we (including the characters) always been misunderstanding the King’s Power (or Power of Royalty)? I mean, do we know for sure what the Power is, and what it can do about anything?

      Athena came to the conclusion that the King’s Power was stolen after she left the Garden, because the path to the Garden has disappeared. But then, was it the King’s Power which opened the path in the first place? Could it be something else that made it able for people to enter the Garden, or UNABLE for Athena to re-enter the Garden?

      These questions lead me to do some speculations: What if Athena was wrong about the time the King’s Power had been stolen? What if Yukariko had taken the King’s Power BEFORE Athena even started living in the Royal Garden? What if Athena had been staying at a Royal Garden where there was no King’s Power in the first place? When had Athena started living in the Royal Garden, by the way?

      Sorry for all the above questions, but I do not have an answer to any of them. I could have been looking at the wrong places, but amid the love stories and adventures, I find some definitive answers missing.

      With so many things not known for sure, there is certainly room for lies (who knows if anyone had been deceived?) and – of course – mistakes.

    • Ah, well I was only repeating the dialogue from the English subs of the episode. I already know he really said “Ojou-sama” like he always does. Also, good point about how Hayate never actually addressed the others by their names. He also didn’t seem to recognize Yukiji, only referring to her as an annoying woman which was rather cold, even for Hayate. If “Hayate” is not really Hayate, then an easy question for him like “What’s her name or my name?” would expose him.

    • Yep. And he also referred to her as “gorilla”. I couldn’t help but raise an eyebrow at that.

      And also… isn’t it rather weird that he suddenly decided to leave with no explanation? It seems like… He ran away as soon as the police arrived?

    • And the credibility of the “Hayate’s soul is replaced by someone else’s” theory is building up. No objection from me.

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