Top 5 Reasons for the Demise of Hayate Report

Celebration… in the form of lengthy ranting

Well, you wouldn’t have expected anyone to celebrate a milestone with a post of self-deprecation, right? Yet here we are, because Doughnut Gunso is supposedly someone who does the unexpected, be it a unique point of view or an act of trolling. After all, if everyone can guess just what I am going to write, then what is the point of writing at all…?

So, three posts ago I have been notified by the post counter on WordPress that the next one would be post number 400. The honour of the milestone post went to the review on Ch. 539, but nobody cared. Next came the review on Ch. 540, in which I announced the grand plan of writing a special post to celebrate the special occasion, but yet again nobody cared. Now that we have a week’s break on the series… well, the safe bet is that still nobody cares.

Anyway, back on topic. What is this “demise” thing all about? Well, if you have been following this blog since the earliest days, you would recall that there was a time this blog was very active. Chapter reviews were done within the day of release, various lengthy Featured Articles written, and the comment section was lively. Nowadays… well, let’s just say my productivity has taken a very deep hit. So, what has happened over the years?

This article is going to outline the top 5 reasons (in no particular order) for this drop, although as you read through the list, you would find them less like reasons but more like excuses…

1. When you get to work, you get to work

Doughnut Gunso has a full-time day job. It means that most of my day time is spent in the office. I would admit that I used to write my reviews or articles during working hours, but that is no longer possible. Not only I have changed my job, and it is now a more demanding job at that, so spare time for blogging no longer exists.

Work is exhausting, obviously, so as I go home every day I would prefer staying away from typing any more words. Worse still, my day job involves writing lots of business papers, so even if I get myself to sit in front of my computer, keyboard smashing is probably the last thing on my mind.

2. My body doesn’t always listen to me now…

Don’t worry, I am not saying that I am suffering from any serious illness. On the contrary, as they say that idiots never catch a cold, Doughnut Gunso – touch wood – indeed rarely suffers from even the more minor illnesses.

On the other hand, Doughnut Gunso is almost twice as old as Hayate – indeed, I am even older than Yukiji, so you get the impression. My metabolism has slowed down significantly after I turned 30, meaning that a) I am getting fatter by the day, and b) I get tired much more easily. It means that now I get sleepy very early, and burning the midnight oil blogging is no longer an option.

3. There are lots of other fun things to do

Blogging is supposed to be a fun activity in itself, but the thing is that it involves a lot of brain work – this is essential if you want your blog post to be logically sound. Logical thinking is kind of boring, and in any case, you would be sitting in front of a computer for an hour or two just to make a blog post. This isn’t much fun, is it?

Meanwhile, there are lots of other fun things to do: video games, sports (watching and playing), anime, TV shows, model building… Not to mention that as a human being, there are lots of social interactions to do, up to and including church-going. Coupling with my first reason/excuse about work, often I find it better to spend my time on something else than to sit down and blog… Oh look! Another Weedle just popped up on my phone screen!

4. I have run out of things to say about the series…

Blogging is something that requires a special passion. My passion about Hayate no Gotoku! started – first and foremost – with my passion about Katsura Hinagiku. There was something about her treatment in the Athena saga that I found unfair; there was something about her relationship with Hayate that I felt unaddressed by everyone, so I jumped into the community and made a voice.

Six years have passed, and I feel like I have said everything I wanted to say about Hinagiku. I have also written several articles on other issues and characters, and I do have the feeling that, thus far, I have addressed most topics that I am interested to talk about, and a 16-page chapter doesn’t always provide me with that many talking points. You would see a renaissance in a recent Featured Article. Why is that? It is because I had something to say about that anime!

5. The scanlations do have something to do with it

What about this? Well, let’s just say that ever since we lost the scanlation group whose name started with the letter R, I find it very hard to keep track of the release of the English scanlations – and, as my blog posts mainly include panels from the English scanlations for pictures, I have a secret policy of “no English scanlation, no blog post”.

Original Japanese chapters are published on Wednesdays. Sometimes a scanlation is released one day later (i.e. Thursday), but some other times they are released on the next Tuesday, just one day before the next chapter is published in Japan. How am I supposed to write two posts in three days, if the scanlation for the next chapter happens to be released on Thursday?

So, why am I still here?

To be honest with you, I have thought about closing this blog – more than once. I know full well that my performance as a blogging has not been up to standard for a rather long time, and “retirement” should have been a logical choice.

Yet deep down in my heart I really want to finish this project. I want my blog to be one of those in the English community which can be there to witness the conclusion of the series proper. I see it as a privilege if this blog can serve as a platform for readers to celebrate the completion of a manga series that has been run for over 10 years.

Now that all the indications are that the series would reach its end in the near future, it would feel like I have wasted all of my efforts if I am to give up now. As such, my idea is that I would go on with blogging, although my posts and this blog as a whole might not be the same as it was in the beginning.

I may have given up on restoring the “glory” of this blog, but I am not yet giving up the dignity of finishing this damn thing. I just hope that it doesn’t take another 400 posts to reach the finishing line…

11 comments on “Top 5 Reasons for the Demise of Hayate Report

  1. For what is worth, I found your blog just a few months ago, and I have enjoyed your posts; I actually read them *instead* of the manga. However, I understand the fatigue you must be feeling with a project like this. I hope you do continue until the end, but whatever you decide to do, good luck! 🙂

    • Thank you! There is no higher compliment for me than readers preferring to read my blog than the manga itself. Fatigue is indeed a serious issue for me, but for now I will try to keep going. 🙂

  2. I read your blog from time to time though i rarely comment. Reading your perspective of a chapter makes a chapter more enjoyable, and understandable. I am somewhat tired of where the series is going since it kinda feels repetitive now like the inheritance being repeated 3 times though the challenge maybe different, all three have the similar theme of hayate despairing over nagi even though arguably nagi has already shown that she can live in an old apartment and has friends to help out but we are still going there cause Hata. The villains of the series is somewhat boring because they don’t really budge the protagonists as much as I expected them to be. At most, the villains are just there so that the protagonists has someone to fight against instead of making the protagonists doubt their motives or at least actually be a hindrance but nooope we got low tier villains. Right now, we have yozora and the girl(oh god i forgot her name already) which hasn’t shown anything other than punching bag for the heroes. I hope that changes soon. My other rant about the series is how a lot of the arc after greece arc felt too constructed IMO. Nagi suddenly has an apartment thanks to Klaus which is the standard convenience that stories tend to have to save the hassle of the protagonists wasting time doing something else, and then the mangaka arc which was like the textbook story-line of how to make a timid hero more proactive in life, and then we are back to inheritance and mansion scenario which kinda makes me feel like we are back again to the starting point, and you would think that with the pseudo character development Hayate would realize something but noooope… still the same oh god she needs money reaction. Oh well this is Hata after all, I’m still gonna read this manga for the sake of finishing it since I have started this when there was like 200 chapters. The ride has to end soon whether it is a good or bad one though I’m already leaning toward a disappointment makes the fall less painful. sorry for the long posts XD.

    • Yea, the quality of the recent chapters also make writing blogs a bit difficult, because if there is no new materials for us to read and think then there is not much else to talk about after all this time…

    • Thank you. With people like yourself I truly believe that it is possible to have reasonable discussions which are passionate without being overly emotional. To say the least, I appreciate the respect displayed on this blog.

  3. There are plenty of times where I look more forward to a Hayate Report than the actual manga chapters themselves. I hope Hayate Report continues on until the series finale and I intend to keep supporting this blog. Keep up the good work, Gunso!

  4. Naturally, after all this time I guess the excitment about a certain series gets lessened. Completely understandable.

    There was a time when this manga meant the world to me, but as time passed I kind of moved on. It still has a very special place in my heart (I still like Hinagiku-san’s character a lot – in fact she is the only character I have a figure of! lol)

    The story itself doesn’t move me as much as it used to, though. For a long time I feel like it has been stalling and sagging. Like calamariluqe said, I often look more forward to your posts than the actual chapter. It’s fun because we can interact and have a few chuckles out of a lackluster chapter, for example.

    As a parallel, a rock n roll band I’m very fond of (AC/DC – maybe you know them) is also close to its “demise”. They had a fairly stable lineup for years and last year they started to fall apart one by one (starting with one of the founding members being mentally ill, then the drummer getting in trouble with the law and now the lead singer is deaf). A LOT of people are saying they should just cancel the tour and retire, but they keep going… It’s a messy situation, but it seems like they are still going to finish the current tour.

    So much stuff is changing in the world – and the challenges of early adulthood for me – so your blog has been a very refreshing place to cool down. it’s a simple thing, but I still appreciate it a lot.

    Don’t worry too much about your performance. You are doing fine. Even shorter posts would be okay – the important thing is to have this “place” for weekly chats.

    It’s fun and I, again, honestly appreciate your effort. The day it ends, I will be sad.
    But until then, hope we can have a few more laughs.

    BTW, I should comment more often, but the work of logging in seems to be too much for this lazy bum.

  5. I guess the real flaw of HnG that’s caused readers like me to have lost most of our passion for it is that the author hasn’t really “evolved” his writing even after several years.

  6. I’ve been looking for a place to discuss hayate no gotoku chapters for a long time, and I only just found out about this blog today. Seems like we are both die hard Hinagiku fans too 🙂 I’ll stay until the end

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