Hayate no Gotoku! Cuties Episode 5


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The main heroine of Episode 5 is Katsura Hinagiku, currently the most popular character as well as the Undesirable No. 1 in the Hayate no Gotoku! series.

One of the biggest surprise in this episode is that the studio decided to animate the beach volleyball arc (Ch. 221 – Ch. 223), which is a part of the Athena saga. For the very first time since the Big Bang, there is something about the Athena saga (with the exception of Athena herself, that is) being animated, and it takes a Hinagiku episode to do that. Ironic, huh?

To be honest, I never expected the beach volleyball arc being animated at all…

With the benefit of hindsight, however, this decision makes a lot of sense. While Hinagiku has her appearance and chapters here and there, they are either too fragmented to be made into a coherent plot, or are too related to the Comisun saga which doesn’t fit into the current timeline at all. If the studio is to find a long and good enough arc to show some high points of Hinagiku, then the beach volleyball arc is the only sensible choice, especially when most (if not all) other possible arcs have been animated already.

So, what are the “high points” of Hinagiku the studio showed us? Here they are:

Well, this one tops all.

Well, this one tops all.

  • Athleticism
    The ability to destroy multiple robots with volleyballs (WHAT?!)
  • Helpfulness
    Hinagiku helps Hayate protecting Nagi’s wealth through the beach volleyball game
  • Decisiveness
    She makes the right choice to kick Gilbert’s ass, which leads to Hayate’s victory
  • Fanservice
    Ponytail and swimsuit – what else can you ask for? Answer: Bigger boobs.
Even the "not feeling well" finds an explanation.

Even the “not feeling well” finds an explanation.

We can see that the studio has put a lot of efforts into the plot. In fact, the beach volleyball arc makes little sense without the underground labyrinth arc (which led to Hinagiku worrying that she was not “fragile” enough) before it and the “Silky Heart” arc (which was originally Hayate’s attempt to show his gratitude) after it. The studio solved this problem by wrapping the arc with Ch. 340, which supplies the necessary elements to make up of the lost connection between the arc and the Athena saga.

To make things even better, Ch. 340 shows Hinagiku’s academic abilities and romantic inabilities, so it helps giving us a complete picture of Hinagiku as a character. I would go as far as to say that this episode is a textbook illustration of Hinagiku. If someone new to the series wants to learn more about her, it would be a good choice to show them this episode.

Is chest size really a problem for her?

Is chest size really a problem for her?

Sometimes I think that Hinagiku is worried about her chest size only because she thinks it is an indication of femininity: the bigger the chest, the more femininity the girl is. After all, she is not happy to be considered “masculine” by her friends, and she is worried that Hayate would not love “masculine” girls. If chest size really is an indication of femininity, then obviously Hinagiku would worry about it.

Then again, if chest size really is so important for a girl to be attractive, then I fail to understand why Yukiji thinks it is a good idea to sell Hinagiku DVDs, or why Hinagiku could provide fanservices, or why she could be popular at all. Clearly, the importance of boobs has been exaggerated, while other qualities have been underestimated.

What are you asking for, Miss...?

What are you asking for, Miss…?

Massaging is of course a kind of service, but to certain people it is also a sign of intimacy. Obviously Hinagiku is the kind of people who see massaging in such a romantic manner. Maybe it is time for her to go to massage clinics, where she could pay for professional massage services. That might make her understand that, sometimes, massaging is just massaging. No more, no less.

Unlike some annoying Tsunderes, Hinagiku doesn’t show her jealousy too often. She hid her jealousy especially well at crucial moments in the Athena saga, so instead of making Hayate feel any worse, she gave him the motivation he needed to try to talk to Athena. In this episode we have a totally different scenario: when things are casual and trivial, Hinagiku does show her jealousy. Well, when a girl could pick her timing so well, I would tolerate expression of jealousy – although it is not entirely desirable for me.

Epic fail...

Epic fail…

The incompetence of Hinagiku in romantic issues is best illustrated by her failed attempts to make plans and take actions. As the brain behind Ruka’s successful Comiket, there is no doubt that Hinagiku could make plans that work out well. However, her “plans” to get Hayate to offer her a shoulder massage, as well as the outcomes, are miserable. I have already posted a long enough essay on this subject, so… just read that, please.

Remember Hinagiku’s favourite motto? “You must sit on a rock for three years.” This motto of course shows how important hard-working is, but it also shows that sometimes our goal is so difficult to achieve that it takes so much effort to succeed. Even Hinagiku gets upset that her “plans” did not work out, and very surprisingly it is Athena who suggests her to give one more shot. Not only Athena knows that Hinagiku loves Hayate, she apparently is cheering Hinagiku on as well. Then again, this is the Athena who has no memories of being Athena, so things could change once the “real” Athena is back.

This little girl shows no fear.

This little girl shows no fear.

Meanwhile, this brief moment of Hinagiku-Athena interaction makes me asking for more.

One of the things that “wows” me in this series is the wealth of the Sanzen’in family, and all the crazy things and even lands that Nagi owns. These are all taken away in the current “Poverty saga” – or should I start using the term “age” already? – which is to me a huge disappointment. Fortunately Nagi’s wealth has been restored since CTMEOY, and in this episode I found that sort of things which “wows” me again: a private artificial beach. Wow!

When you start realizing that this is a substitute to the Mykonos beach – we are not in the Athena saga after all – double wow!

Don't tempt fate, girls...

Don’t tempt fate, girls…

Clearly, Hayate never wanted the SC Rangers into (as it is in an enclosed building, so “into”) the beach, but he couldn’t get them out either. Apparently Hinagiku is “tasked” with satisfying the SC Rangers’ demand – Why would they want Hinagiku to join them if they are so afraid of her temper? – so that Hayate can finally get rid of them. It is, however, very tactless of Hayate to ask Hinagiku to change into a swimsuit he has prepared for her. What the Hell is he thinking?

“With much money comes much danger.” When Nagi was living in “poverty” in the Violet Mansion, there had been no kidnapping nor inheritance-challenging. As Nagi got her inheritance back, the people who want her wealth are also back, starting (?) with Gilbert, Sakuya’s illegitimate brother. Does he count as Nagi’s illegitimate cousin?

The court is rather small, isn't it...?

The court is rather small, isn’t it…?

In the Athena saga, Gilbert bet the King’s Jewel of Hayate on the beach volleyball game. Here, he has not stated exactly what he wants to bet, but I assume it to be the entire wealth of Nagi’s. I know that the two bets are basically the same – winning the King’s Jewel almost guarantee winning Nagi’s inheritance – but I kept laughing at the idea that Gilbert expected to win Nagi’s wealth on a beach volleyball game. I mean, seriously?

I must say that I have been looking forward to Hinagiku’s ponytail for ages. Now that I have seen it, I can return to the Land of our Father in peace. The ribbon that ties Hinagiku’s hair is in yellow, which is a better match with her outfit than black. It is such a pity that this outfit didn’t last long – why do you have to take out the ribbon, Hinagiku?

Odd enough, this is the best chance to capture her entire outfit.

Odd enough, this is the best chance to capture her entire outfit.

For Eight’s size, his spike that hits Hinagiku sounds extremely weak (the ball does bounce up high, though). I would expect nothing less than a loud “bang” to actually sound powerful. Hinagiku doesn’t seem to be hurt in any way either – she hasn’t even got a “hot spot” on her face which indicates that she is genuinely hit. Of course, Hinagiku would want to act like she was hurt no matter how hard she was hit, but given how poor her acting skills are, maybe she could act better if she has felt some (if any) pain…

Gilbert really is hopeless. His insult of Hinagiku’s chest is of course his main cause of death, but in this episode he manages to piss off Maria, who isn’t even in the eye of storm, as well. Should Hinagiku turned out to be incapable of pulling herself together for the game (?), I am pretty sure Maria would take her place for vengeance.

Rated M for gore...

Rated M for gore…

Luckily, Hinagiku comes to her sense and sees that it is better to be insulted by Hayate (“wild beast”) than by Gilbert (“lack of breasts”). The destruction of the robots is not shown, possibly because it is just too violent… However, we could judge from the crowd’s comments that Hayate is more involved than expected. At least he seems to be hitting a few balls…

It turns out that Hinagiku has put on the swimsuit given by Hayate. Obviously she is not giving it back, so we may treat it as a gift for her from Hayate. It doesn’t really qualify as a thanksgiving gift, for Hayate chooses to lecture her for a lack of “shame” instead of thanking for her help. All the girls around are all speechless, either for Hinagiku’s lack of shame or for Hayate’s lack of sensitivity, or both.

Everyone: "You are so dead..."

Everyone: “You are so dead…”

A Hina punch is exactly what Hayate deserves, but it doesn’t help Hinagiku’s quest in getting closer to Hayate – or even getting her shoulders rubbed. Things then take an unexpected turn, when she is not planning anything at all.

Nor has she been following her original plan either. Here we have Hayate, taking the initiative to offer her a shoulder massage. Hinagiku begins by denying that she would need a rub (instead of simply saying “Yes, please!”), but Hayate then takes the best possible action: doing nothing, thus giving Hinagiku her time to pick up some courage. Finally, Hinagiku accepts his offer, and gets her well-deserved reward.

The happy face as she gets her prize.

The happy face as she gets her prize.

Most importantly, it is a reward that makes her happy. It is just a shoulder massage that she has desired, not a dinner in Athens. There is no Ch. 239, no “Silky Heart”, and no heart-breaking. It seems that Hinagiku has finally come out of her Dark Age, as she is given an alternate ending of the beach volleyball arc, in which all is well.

Hinagiku also has come a long way since the horror of CTMEOY Episode 3. Artwork in this episode is adorable. Ponytail Hinagiku seems to get a lot of people excited, while the portrayal of her femininity is at the very best. I really can’t find anything to complain about this episode, and I absolutely loved it.

Even better, I finally have one prediction that goes right:

There he is!

There he is!

Hinagiku’s ED is “Hatred is the Beginning of Love”.

Where’s Tanuki?

Here.

Here.

22 comments on “Hayate no Gotoku! Cuties Episode 5

  1. Very nice episode. So this is “that” chapter everyone is talking about nevermind the time continuity which is very infamous in this series, I actually enjoyed every moment of the episode. Definitely no problem with Hina’s planning skills as its only getting hindered by her shyness, umm… pride and dignity (for her image as student council president perhaps?), either way if she needs to overcome them to progress with Hayate, nice otome moment before the reward. and agreed with more A-tan-Hina moments would really be nice

    At least we knows “she” sleeps in the mansion dreaming of our very own Sarge, though I don’t get the reference on what its all about, but uh well didn’t see that coming and got me really surprised when Hina sleep talks about it at the start of the CM Theatre

    Only complaint for the series (not episode) is missing the Voice of the heaven, could only imagine him saying some of those sarcastic punchlines and Next week we get to battle with the SC Rangers. Todoloo

    • The short stories with Sergeant Doughnut are from the 4-panels that come with the Tankobons. I cannot see any reference either. Apparently he just came out of nowhere.

      Yes, the Voice of Heaven should have taken some of Hinagiku’s monologue, as well as the “Devil Yukiji” role. His absence makes Hina’s monologue a little too much – even though she is probably the character with the most monologue in the manga.

  2. I gotta say, Manglobe did an amazing job with this episode. It’s crazy how the two arcs somehow fit together so well!

    Ponytail Hina is… just… too… much… *dies from cuteness overdose*

    Yay for that HinaxAlice moment! Now, Hata, please, could you give us more of that??

    Kind of a bittersweet moment for me. This was probably the episode I was looking forward to the most. Thank God it was handled so well, But now, I already watched it. haha. You know, that “want more” feeling.

    We have 7 more episodes, so at least the fun is not over yet. 🙂
    I wonder what they plan for the 2 final ones, though…

    • I would say, Episodes 11 and 12 could be some finale we could look forward to. Given that a certain trend of anime is to play the OP again at the end of the last episode, I am confident that the last episode would be quite Hina-related.

  3. Doughnut Gunso finally makes his debut in the anime!…. too bad he died XD.

    My fav funny moments in this episode are: The extra paddings (8 paddings!) for Hinagiku’s bikini, Hinagiku’s failed signals of her having stiff shoulders, Gilbert, Gilbert pissing off Maria, Alice’s thumbs up sign while still being in the closet and Hayate getting a little too close to Chiharu’s face. A great episode that made me laugh a lot.

    I’m sure that even if Athena got her powers and memories back, she’d still support Hinagiku’s feelings for Hayate in a similar relationship that Hinagiku and Ayumu have.

    Aika in the manga was among the girls Hayate gave shoulder massages too but it seems her appearance here was deemed unnecessary. Its great to see Eight again but its also kinda sad when you remember that he got dumped by Makimura (it was implied that he was, literally, “dumped”).

    Since Maria is the “Ultimate Gamer” in this series, she would have ended the game more quickly since her gaming skills even puts superhumans like Hayate and Kotetsu to shame.

    Gilbert referred to himself as “one of the clovers” when he made his (failed) villainous intro. Seeing as how Sonia, in the manga, had planned Gilbert’s attempts at getting the inheritance, we could be seeing her in the anime. My guess is that Sonia will probably appear in the Ayumu episode since it was Ayumu who stopped Sonia from crushing Hayate’s King Stone.

    As I expected, the SC Trio’s episode will have their “study problems” chapters animated.

    • Actually, Doughnut Gunso lived on, only without his memory… 😉

      Aika’s greatest strength appears to be teasing Hayate with ease. Such ability doesn’t seem to be needed in this episode, so I am not too surprised that she is cut. Still, I may want to see her making an appearance. Maybe in Chiharu’s episode?

  4. In CTMEOY, we have received a Hayate-Hina’s 2nd ‘first date’. Now, in Cuties, we have a modified Beach Volleyball arc, like their Date arc, it’s the 2nd one. (Both happened after the doujinshi competition arc) I thought previously that this will be in Mykonos/Athens. I was wrong again. And as far with the modifications related to the manga, it seems both Episode 1 (Hayate) and this episode (Hinagiku) got the most modifications. I admit the production made a great job in both episodes. By far, this and the first one are my fave episodes in this series.

  5. I must say that a part of me is kinda happy to see so much anime-original regarding Hinagiku. She got extra scenes in Hayate’s episode, added into the people Hayate called for famous quotes, and a good portion of her own episode was original content rather than being pulled straight from the manga. With the major Hina-focus in the opening it feels almost like Season 2 again.

    Considering she’s extremely popular with both the girls and the girls at Hakuou and is quite prone to fanservice, I’m guessing her concern about her bust is just some insecurities on her part (which makes sense since she is a teenage girl in love). As for the small bout of jealousy…I don’t know. She’s hardly ever really jealous in the manga, but the scene with Chiharu kinda did need to be added to smooth things along as introducing Aika and establishing her as messing with Hayate a lot wasn’t going to happen. I thought it was handled well, but I thought it was hilarious in the manga when she saw Hayate giving Chiharu a shoulder massage and her only thought was to realize that as he was butler for the apartment it was okay to ask for stuff like that. I am a bit surprised they didn’t at least throw in the call-back to the days=yen metaphor since they just put it in Nagi’s episode.

    If there was anything at all for me to be disappointed in, it is this…that Hayate’s “lecture” wasn’t continued. In the manga, she ran off after the game and he gave her the “shame//feminine modesty” bit while they were alone. After she hit him he got back up and actually continued that line of thought. And then he told her that he worries about her because she doesn’t seem to realize how cute/pretty she is and what kind of effect she has on guys around her (blatantly implying himself as one of the people that gets flustered when she does stuff like that). But sadly, if we were to get that then we would have to continue on to the dinner date which would lead into Silky Heart…which would be heart-wrenching if not for the fact that this takes place after things have been settled (for now) between Hayate and Athena. So yeah, this was pretty much the best way they could have handled it.

    Now I wonder if we’re getting some Hina exclusives in episodes 11 and 12…or maybe, just maybe, a teaser for season 5 in the form of a “flashback” to their trip to Greece…

    • Given that Hayate is more proactive with Chiharu (suggesting to remove the paint on her forehead), I think it is natural for Hina to react more fiercely than usual. She never wanted Hayate to behave “badly” (by her standard, which is very high).

      I do not mind the post-volleyball sequence being cut. After all, it showed Hina at her most emotional venerable, and her shouting and running away is (kinda) annoying for me. If this is animated it would invalidate the progress she has made all over those months at the Violet Mansion. As such, I am happy that the alternate ending is much more peaceful, with both Hina and Hayate doing much better than in the manga.

  6. What I like about the “Devil Yukiji” part was that, instead of having Angel and Devil Hina as Hinagiku’s conscious, its her sister who serves as the source of advice and help for her, good or bad. Another example of how much Hinagiku respects Yukiji to the point that when Yukiji’s not around, Hinagiku would go with “What would Onee-chan say in this situation?” XD.

    Kinda like when Yukiji gave Hinagiku the advice and moral support she needed after Hayate unintentionally broke her heart (temporarily) while Yukiji was under a disguise.

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