So in the time that I haven’t been completely sucked in by Persona 4, I’ve basically put the Hayate no Gotoku ED – Honjitsu, Mankai Watashi iro! – on non-stop loop. Rated by Mikotoism as the top ED of Spring 2009, I can’t help but agree fully. If a song could personify Hina perfectly, this would be it. It’s cute, it’s quirky (~everybody poe poe), the lyrics fit perfectly, it’s undeniably catchy, and I just can’t get enough.
I thought I might get bored of it a few episodes into the season. I didn’t. I thought I’d get sick of it after playing it like 30 times. I haven’t. It’s brilliant. Somehow they always give Hina the good songs, as I recall her character album being the only one I liked from season 1 of Hayate.
Now the official ED is out with the full song and 2 alternate versions (along with the standard karaoke versions)..
Foolrulez has graciously karaoked the full song. Embedded below:
Besides the main version featuring the student council, there’s also versions featuring Hina’s sister Katsura, and a love-duet with Nishizawa. They’re all the same song with slight differences. The Katsura version dials up the quirkiness, while cutting down on the cuteness. It’s a little too similar to the main version, so I usually skip it. Meanwhile, the Nishizawa one dials up the cuteness and cuts down on the quirkiness, and also replaces the electric guitar with an acoustic guitar, giving it a more "standard" pop song feel. I like this one though, because I think it has the best intro, I like the sound of the acoustic guitar and Nishizawa’s parts mix it up enough to not make it sound like a complete retread.