After an episode’s absence, Hayate makes his appearance in a strange place, where he is surrounded by numerous colourful clocks. He wonders if he is already dead and in the Underworld, but a strange thing – which Hayate recognises as a panda, while the thing itself claims it is a tanuki – answers both questions with a “no”: Hayate is not dead, and he is not in the Underworld. Rather, he is trapped into, in a way, eternity which is more horrible than death. Let’s put it this way: some people believe that you can have eternal peace and happiness in the Underworld if you are a good person, but if you are alive and trapped in an eternity of suffering and horror, it is definitely worse than death.
It is clear that Hayate needs some time to understand his own situation, because the first thing he worries about is how ugly the “angel” which welcomes him to the Underworld is. It takes a slap on his head by the tanuki and some further explanations for him to understand. You might, like Hayate, wonder why it is so big inside Kurotsubaki, but let us not forget that Hayate is now merely a soul. A soul takes no form, and there is no guarantee that it is of the size of a human being – a soul could be very small indeed.
The tanuki’s explanation as to why Kurotsubaki brings bad luck to the owner isn’t clear enough, so let’s try to elaborate. It seems that as a soul grieves in Kurotsubaki, it either generates dark energy which brings the owner bad luck, or it curses the owner outright. This is of course an extremely undesirable course of action, especially given that the other option could create a win-win situation: by praying for good luck for the owner with a song on the “soul stage” (a rather lame one there), the owner would prosper while the soul could end its eternal suffering by vanishing from this world. Of course, if a soul refuses to do so, it is understandable – nobody wants to vanish lightly.
And no bloke in his right mind would want to wear girl’s clothes on the stage lightly.
Obviously Hinagiku and Miki have not emptied their bladders before Ruka’s concert started, because they have to take all the troubles leaving the Hall and go to the bathroom. This is the most frustrating experience during a concert, especially if you are enthusiastic about it. Then again, the two girls might not have been that enthusiastic about the concert, or that they (Hinagiku at least, as she was not seen among the group in the last episode) haven’t attended the concert in the first place – just like Maria and Yukiji. Upon knowing that the two older women (“HEY!”) have not been seen for some time, Hinagiku begins to worry…
Meanwhile, Dolly is still in her Super Mode. Amusingly, while we all know that she doesn’t have much energy to waste, she keeps wasting her energy on smashing buildings and Tsugumi, whom she reveals as merely a thief she saved. Isumi and Sakuya arrive at the mess, as the former intends to settle her business with Dolly once and for all. Shidou is here to interrupt her this time, but unfortunately Isumi is in no mood to play with anyone this time, so our poor Birdman is soon overpowered. As Isumi prepares for her final blow (Boy, is she trying to kill him?), however, Tsugumi once again interrupts. She orders Shidou to take Dolly back to the sanctuary as she tries to hold Isumi back. This seems sensible – Dolly isn’t listening to her anymore, but hopefully she would listen to Shidou.
And then Tsugumi reveals her own secret: she is not the biological daughter of Dolly. She was saved from the desert and raised by Dolly, but she was not Dolly’s biological daughter. Still, as Tsugumi has no other motherly figure, it is natural for her to call Dolly her mother. One more point to bear in mind is that in Japanese, “mother” and “foster mother” are one in the same word. Then again, it causes some troubles as we try to understand the origin of Tsugumi, her Systema skills (Dolly doesn’t look like Russian, does she?) and her attachment to Nagi. Then again… well, whatever.
Tsgumi seems to always have the upper-hand against Isumi with her melee attacks, which from a RPG point of view makes sense. However, some would note that Isumi has been holding back all along, and it seems that Isumi has finally decided to show her true powers to Tsugumi. Sakuya, best friend to Isumi and her companion on various missions, warns Tsugumi to run – from the enraged Isumi.
Isumi is not the only one who is enraged here, as Dolly seems to be even more angry. She demands the return of Kurotsubaki, and she simply wouldn’t listen to Nagi as the latter explains that it is Hayate who is in the clock, not Dolly’s king. Realising that Dolly is unreasonable, Shin takes Nagi to flee from the scene, but Dolly drags herself on to go after them. Of course this would waste even more and more energy, and nobody knows this more than Shidou. Unfortunately, Dolly has become so mad that she sends Shidou flying onto a building near Starside Hotel – or could it have been the hotel itself? I can’t really tell.
Meanwhile, Yukiji cannot do anything to the robbers as they have turned into kidnappers, holding Maria hostage. Time has come for Maria to redeem herself, so she tricks her kidnapper with a brilliant little trick, much improved English, and a mysterious little trip on the man’s leg (why would such a little trip generate enough momentum to send a big man flying down the stairs is indeed mysterious). Fine, I am ready to get hurt, Maria-san…
As the other robber (who manages to smoke pipe in a mask) runs to the roof, he accidentally runs into one of the most dangerous situations on earth: Isumi attacking Tsugumi with (more or less) full power. Tsugumi screams, the poor man screams, and the building shakes, alerting Hinagiku to check if Nagi is alright up on the top. She then asks Yukiji to escort Maria to somewhere safe. The elder sister would of course prefer to find her money, but Hinagiku once again reminds her that there is something more important than money – for example, Maria’s life and general righteousness.
Isumi’s attacks prove too powerful for human flesh, so both Tsugumi and the robber are knocked out. As she recovers from her rage, Isumi doesn’t seem to understand that she has gone out of bounds – she recognises that she wanted to win, but she also admits that she had to sacrifice the robber (to a certain extent, an innocent) in order to win.
As Sakuya and Isumi bicker over the incident, neither of them notices a broken pillar which is falling on Tsugumi. In comes Hinagiku who reduces the pillar into tiny pieces with some impossible swordplay and Shirosakura. She then asks Sakuya and Isumi to take Tsugumi to the hospital. Isumi looks reluctant because she is determined to help Nagi, but as Hinagiku says that she is to help Nagi herself, Isumi obeys.
Shin and Nagi are still on their run, and Shin asks her daughter whether Hayate is just so important to her. As Nagi replies, we can note that the “clumsy” part is quite the same as what Nagi said about her mother’s love for Shin in the previous episode. With such an obvious reference, Shin is able to understand something…
They reach a helicopter with spectacular colouring. Shin reveals that as a butler (that’s not a reason, really) he could fly helicopters and even fighter jets. A big surprise comes as he opens the door and reveals Yukiji. As she has already done her job to ensure Maria’s safety, I guess not even Hinagiku could argue that she is not allowed to look for her money…
Not that Hinagiku has the time anyway. Dolly is approaching… fast, so they have to take off fast. Yukiji drags Hinagiku (who of course is scared of riding anything that flies) into the helicopter, but Nagi has her leg grabbed by one of Dolly’s branches. Dolly then grabs the helicopter with yet more branches, so in any case the vehicle cannot fly any more. Dolly then grows into an even bigger tree, which incidentally is mistaken as a decoration of Ruka’s concert…
Dolly threatens to crush Nagi if she doesn’t turn Kurotsubaki to her, but Nagi replies that, should Dolly be in her position, she wouldn’t surrender Kurotsubaki either. Shin wants to save his daughter from above, but Dolly crushes the helicopter even harder, that Shin realizes that it won’t last long, and he tells the Katsura sisters to jump with a parachute. Hinagiku is understandably worried, so it is Yukiji’s turn to encourage her – although, money isn’t the issue for Hinagiku.
As the Katsura sisters jump to safety, Dolly demands Kurotsubaki and her beloved one for the last time. As Nagi is forced to repeat herself, Dolly decides enough is enough and crushes Nagi. Just as our main heroine is losing consciousness, Shin appears with Kurotsubaki in his hands. He suggests that there is a very good way to prove who is trapped in the clock. After asking Nagi to look for his lost wedding ring, Shin stabs himself with the black sword, exchanging his soul with whoever is inside.
Time has come for Hayate and Shin to exchange places, although Hayate seems to have no clue about what Shin is asking. By the way, while we have complained all along that Shin looks just too similar to Hayate, there is quite some significant difference between their faces in this episode…
As she thinks that her king has returned, Dolly throws Nagi into the air and addresses her king. It seems that her real name is Dryad – defined as a nymph inhabiting a tree or wood (Ah!). What awaits her, however, is some spectacular swordplay from the blue-head in butler uniform, who then jumps into the air and catches Nagi. So we now know who it is: our main character, the ultimate
gigolo butler Ayasaki Hayate.
Dolly is completely defeated. She has been over-exerting herself for some time already, and upon witnessing that the one who comes out from Kurotsubaki ignores her completely, her body cannot last any more. It means that Hayate and Nagi will lose their stand – on Dolly’s branches, of course – very soon. Meanwhile, the helicopter blows up, and it begins to rain money.
Hayate admits to Nagi that under normal circumstances, there is no way they could survive such a fall, but he also believes that
Hata Shin would protect Nagi. As proof, he shows her Kurotsubaki, which now has both hands pointing at eight.
As they make their jump, their fall is slowed down by balloons with Ruka’s name on them, which seem to be released for the finale of the concert. As Hayate and Nagi fall down very slowly (which is physically impossible because there is a certain force which is called gravitation…) Nagi reflects on the moments she has been with Hayate, and makes the following statement:
No interruption. No misunderstandings. No funny jokes. This really is some privilege.
I know some people might call for my head once again for ruining their moods with the following statements, but I still have to say that Hayate’s response is not what you would expect when a boy accepts the romantic confession of a girl – a line in “I love you too.” and a kiss would be more in place. Some might say that he has accepted her confession by not rejecting it, but even so I guess it is more of an acknowledgement than an acceptance.
Hinagiku informs Yukiji that it is raining money but Yukiji doesn’t care about it at the moment. Tsugumi mourns over her dead “mother” with Shin’s ring in her hand. Isumi knows that a miracle has protected Nagi (and Hayate). Shin has finished his stage performance in girl’s clothes. As he turns, he reunites with Yukariko as both their souls leave this world – for (perhaps) the one last time.
Hayate and Nagi’s survival from the very slow fall is justified by yet another wave of balloons, which serve as cushions for them. Not far away, a dried (not exactly dehydrated, but…) Dolly falls to the ground, dying. Nagi grabs her hands and tells her what her mother has told her about the king’s last words as he died – it was kind words of gratitude towards Dolly, which she deserves. Satisfied, Dolly turns into dust and leaves this world forever.
Hayate looks at Kurotsubaki, which is now broken – so scrap any fantasy that Kurotsubaki would become Hayate’s weapon, or that there would be an encounter between the black sword and Shirosakura. Ruka has just returned to the stage for encore, so lady and butler return to the concert – for the first time of the night, really.
As we listen to the new song “Here I am, Here We are” by Hayate, Nagi and Ruka, we enter the epilogue: Kaoru shouts at Yukiji, but she has no money to compensate him. Hinagiku cannot do anything about it, but it seems that Maria can. The SC Rangers watch the news and see that the robbers are wanted – although a warranty of masked men is not helping anyone to find the criminals. Isumi nearly gets lost in the airport, saved only by Sakuya. Tsugumi returns Shins’s ring to Nagi, while Shidou reveals himself to be an extremely handsome man. Hayate grabs Nagi’s hand. Shippers rejoice.
Hayate and Nagi return to Yukariko’s grave in Shimoda, where they now place Kurotsubaki and Shin’s ring on. It is once again confirmed that Kurotsubaki is not working any more. Nagi then remembers something: hasn’t Yukiji won 1.2B yen in the casinos? Should that be considered good luck?
To this, Hayate answers that, for one thing, she has lost the money, and losing something you have gained before is definitely bad luck. For another, if Yukiji is allured by the money, she might lose her precious little sister – there are things which are more important than money, and family is definitely one. For his excellent insight into the matter, I raise no objection.
Hayate then asks if Yukariko and Shin would be fine now, as the wife died under the impression that her husband has had an affair. Nagi replies that while bad luck could bring bad luck and misunderstandings, true love won’t lose to bad luck. Perhaps she is also referring to her relationship with Hayate.
They leave the grave and head home for dinner. The show ends with Nagi winning everything again. Shippers rejoice.
Does anyone else here think Isumi is kind of cool 😀
After Hina my second favourite character.
Same for me here. Unfortunately Isumi seems to be a character who is overlooked by many readers. Just check out the character poll rankings…
hayate can’t survive the fall? nonsense. he survived the fall from hakuou clock tower.
well I must admit the second half of the anime is more satisfying than the first half. though there’s still something missing. no clash between shirosakura and kurotsubaki? boooooooooooo p ಠ_ಠ q
A clash between light and darkness would’ve been cliched, anyway.
well… yeah, true.
but still, I’m expecting it
I think the Dolly tree is way taller than the Clock Tower. And even if Hayate could survive this fall, I doubt if Nagi could…
And yes, I am among the booing crowd for not seeing a Shirosakura vs. Kurotsubaki fight.
So ends another (impressive) HnG anime. Surprisingly, it has the least amount of fan service than the previous HnG animes and it ended WAY better than the previous animes. I hope they make a new one soon.
Not only did Nagi get her blond hair from her father but she also got her sharp eyes from him. I’m just glad it’s not Hayate’s brother cause it would be a total slap to the face if HayatexNagi ended with a “we’re related by blood” answer.
Shin Hayek seems to be voiced by Tomokazu Sugita (voice of Sakata Gintoki, Kyon etc). I didn’t expect to hear his voice in HnG. Not to mention that (for Gintama fans), Shin Hayek resembles Sakata Kintoki (blond, straight hair and snarky expression) but is voiced by the guy who voices Sakata Gintoki XD.
I think the “tanuki” may have been Yukariko. Makes sense cause as she is Nagi’s mom, she too would enjoy dressing her butler up as a girl though Shin isn’t very feminine and the anime did us a favour by not showing Shin’s “performance”. I kinda hoped that we could see the look on Mikado’s face once he learns that he was wrong about Shin.
Tsugumi really went through a lot in the anime, even more than Nagi but that’s what makes her so awesome. Kinda sad that she wasn’t going to return to the Yukari-chan house and spend more time with Nagi. I’m not sure why she left but I guess it’s because she felt guilty for putting Nagi’s life in danger and for lying to her. I guess in the end, she was still only an idea that never made it to the manga (Bring her to the manga Hata!!!). However, I did like how Nagi was almost crying when Tsugumi was leaving which shows that she really did care about her.
Shidou was practically reduced to a joke. No one knows who he is, he keeps getting his ass handed to him, no one knows why he sided with Dolly(Dryad) and him being handsome doesn’t explain anything. I think that’s the point of his character; to always be mysterious. At least he cares about Tsugumi and will take care of her, possibly as her butler/guardian.
I agree with how Nagi’s confession was responded with acknowledgement by Hayate instead of a rejection or an acceptance by him. Really awkward though.
Great job on doing the episode reviews on CTMEOY, Gunso and Merry Christmas!
Oh man, I can’t believe this but check this out!!:
So soon, almost like the time it took for Season 2 to air after Season 1!
Shin is voiced by Sugita-san (check the cast list). I am a little let down that he is not voicing when Shin’s soul is within Hayate’s body, although biologically speaking this makes perfect sense.
Shidou… I don’t know, it seems that he is merely a nobody. That’s a pretty face wasted.
Thank you for your comments and Merry Christmas to you!
well that ties up a couple of loose ends in the story about Yukariko and to why Mikaido despises Nagi so much with her resemblance to Shin.
Hopefully the character drawing would be way better on the next anime (really hope so)
Judging by the promotional picture, the art work looks promising.
We were quite skeptical when we saw the character designs in the magazine pics but then CTMEOY started airing and the artwork looked fine. I hope they don’t repeat the same mistake as they did with Episode 3.
Again, the trend is that promotional images always look worse than the actual anime. So, if this one looks pretty good already, then they probably got the art right this time.
Just compare this to the CTMEOY prom. pics and you’ll see the difference.
The lines are rounder and the proportions look better, at least.
Just found this:
Why isn’t Maria in that pic together with Hayate and Nagi T.T?
Hinagiku was featured in the promo pics for CTMEOY before but her role in the anime itself was really minimum. Also, the friggin tanuki is there!? Guess this means that the new anime is meant to be a sequel to CTMEOY. Hopefully, it’ll have a simpler title than “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” XD.
A satisfying season overall, with a good plot, but obvious problems… Nevertheless, they managed to fix most of them by the second half and ended on a high note. But I still don’t get what was the point of the time skip…
Still, I was really disappointed with Tsugumi’s reduced screentime on the final episodes. I mean, really…. She was a very promising character, but all she did was piss Isumi off and end up unconscious. Now, I’m not even sure if we’ll be seeing her again (well, maybe in the manga, but that would take like… one or two years?). Yeah, I’ve really grown fond of her, but well… let’s wait and see.
Add me to the “angry with no Shirosakura vs. Kurotsubaki” crowd… The only thing we got was Hinagiku slashing a damn pillar (and then nothing afterwards)… That’s no fun!
But anyway, I’ve found this episode to be… rather dark and sad… I mean, it may look like a happy ending, but Shin basically sacrificed himself for Nagi, Dolly passed away heartbroken… I can’t recall anything like this before. May be a preview of how this series will eventually develop?
Nagi’s speech at the end sounds so ironic that it’s kind of cruel, because it’s exactly like Hayate and Nagi’s current situation, in a way… Almost like a foreshadowing of something, perhaps?
Oh well, anyway, I’ll keep hopes up for… Season 4… or 3… or whatever they want to call it. 😉
BTW, it’s still Dec. 25th over here, so Merry Christmas to all! 🙂
Although some would think that Tsugumi appearing in every episode in CTMEOY more than makes up for her lack of screen time in the final episode, I do think that Tsugumi should have had a better farewell with Nagi instead of a speechless one in the credits. Yeah, I too have grown fond of that adorable little badass XD!
I am of the opinion that the final episode wasn’t that sad and was more heart warming. Shin’s true death was sad but it was not too sad cause it could’ve been worse. Shin knew that letting Nagi choose between her father and the boy she loves was unfair so as his final duties as a father, he made the choice for her. He then reunited with his wife in the afterlife which helps make his death less sad and make the viewers go “Aaaaww”.
Dolly was depicted as being quite evil and insane so most people would not feel that bad for her. Nagi showing sympathy towards the woman who tried to kill her was a pretty good scene and showed what kind of person Nagi is. Also, Dolly didn’t really pass away heartbroken cause Nagi did tell her the King’s last words so she was at peace.
The finale may have been a bit dark but that’s a given considering that this is the finale and it has to have a proper ending. The previous animes finales weren’t as good as this one, imo. I doubt that this is what the series is gonna be like all the time as CTMEOY still had plenty of funny moments. To me, this was a happy ending but not one without sacrifices.
Yeah, you are right. Heartwarming would be a good word to describe this episode.
Still, the fact that Shin had such a unfortunate fate (being stuck in the clock and not being there for Nagi and Yukariko) is really…
well… But at least they got together in the end… in a way.
As for Dolly, I don’t think she was really depicted as “evil” (or that she has always been evil). After being for so long with a greedy king who doesn’t seem to care about the others (since he was willing to have them dying in his place), I’d say that her own sense of right or wrong would be compromised. After all, when you have all the tools to make sure your beloved lives forever and he suddenly is “stolen” away by a silly mistake… Of course she won’t think of anything else but to get him back (because that’s what he’d do too). It’s really sad, or at least I think so.
The king’s last words certainly happened to comfort her, but I guess the pain was still there.
I’m pretty sure the series will always have its light moments, but I wonder how serious the “serious parts” will get.
But anyway… that’s a long rant. Sorry for bothering you all with it. haha. But I guess it’s a habit of mine to try to understand every character.
But have any character actually died “on screen” before? I can’t recall.
Personally, I saw the anime as having a ton of wasted potential. Beleive me, the ideas were EXCELLENT and even ingenuis for Hayate but the pacing was way too fast and becuase of that it killed a lot of charming moments like the Dolly death and Tsugumi’s character in the end. It had alot of good stuff though so I give it a 7/10 (season 1 and 2 have an 8/10 for me as does the manga). Can’t wait for the new anime though. Hayate is the manga I look forward to seeing the most every week. It’s the happiest one I have ever seen.