Hayate the Combat Butler Season 2 Episode #08 (Mania.com)

By:G.B. Smith
Review Date: Monday, May 25, 2009
Release Date: Friday, May 22, 2009

A second season of frivolity and otaku-centered humor with our favorite indebted combat butler and his hikikomori multibillionaire employer.

What They Say
Episode 8: Shiranui Is Here
Many, many things happened to Hayate. When he finally left the Katsura household, he returned to the Sanzenin's. He went home with the kitten Hinagiku found and will ask Nagi if they can keep her. Hinagiku's birthday is on March 3rd which is coming up and Hayate wants to get her a nice gift to show his appreciation of what she did. It seemed that Nagi ojousama was deeply moved when she saw Hayate again but her eyes quickly fixed onto the kitten as it became Nagi's pet. The tiger who is jealous of the cat and his hatred for it begins to flow out.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The one with the talking cats. Well, at least one talking cat: Nagi's pet Tama, who's actually a white tiger that she found and raised. He speaks Japanese, but only Hayate knows this (as the Narrator notes, purely "for story reasons"). Tama is safe and secure in his place as the Sanzenin pet…except that a challenger has arrived in the form of the kitten that Hayate found the last episode and has taken home with him (since Hinagiku cannot keep it—her mother is allergic to cats). Therefore Tama has his sights set on ridding the house of Shiranui.

Except that Shiranui is pure evil incarnate.

Fortunately that story, lifted almost frame by frame from the manga, takes up only half the episode.

As the Narrator mentions, the second half is dedicated to the moe factor. And that it is, since it's Isumi Saginomiya time. For the second half, we see Isumi's secret desire to play with cats and wear modern Western clothing come to the fore. Along with Sakuya's worthless advice (though worth it for us in comedic value) and a helping of fanservice (despite the protests of the Narrator to the contrary that it is not fanservice), we get to spend a little time with a character who hasn't gotten too much attention this season, except for some use of hand soap previously.

In Summary:

With the introduction of a new pet into the Sanzenin household, the old one gets a bit jealous, perhaps with good reason. Once that is finished, we move on to the pure moe object that is Nagi's cousin Isumi, who learns to overcome the apparent dislike that Nagi's new kitten has taken to her. In all, we get a nice helping of comedy here, even if the focus moves away from Hayate for the moment. While this episode is nothing special, it is cute and provides a nice change of pace from Hayate's constant run-ins with bad luck.


Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment:

Apple Mac Mini with 1GB RAM, Mac OS 10.5 Leopard

Mania Grade: A-
Audio Rating: NA
Video Rating: NA
Packaging Rating: NA
Menus Rating: NA
Extras Rating: NA
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: Crunchyroll
Running time: 25
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Hayate the Combat Butler