Having selectively read bits and pieces of the Hayate manga in anticipation for the 2nd season, I would say for Hina fans, there’s been one scene that we’ve wanted to see animated. And thankfully, it did not disappoint.
The grandiose scene of Hina and Hayate on the balcony, looking out into the city, as Hayate holds her to keep her from giving into her fear of heights and then Hina’s subsequent realization of her feelings… it should bring out the fanboy in even the hardest of hearts. My only qualm is I liked how the scene was drawn in the manga better – closer in, more dynamic angle, much less darkness and empty space – but other than that, I think JC Staff did a tremendous job in adapting this scene, as well as the last couple episodes. Between this and Hatsukoi Limited, I think JC Staff has proven to me that if there’s ever a romantic comedy adaptation to be done, there’s no other studio that I’d want taking it on (those Zero no Tsukaima and Shakugan no Shana sequels on the other hand…).
Confession sequence notwithstanding, everything in this episode was so wonderfully done. Hina’s revelation about her parents. Maria’s teasing of Hayate, Hina’s flashback of her sister getting money through dubious means, and even the omake, which wrapped up the Kotetsu x dark Hayate arc so hilariously. I also appreciated that they took the time to animate a couple filler scenes that I really enjoyed reading: Ecchi Isumi and Nagi’s sudden Haruhi-related realization were random, but provided a nice, little dash of that meta-humor that is Hayate no Gotoku. Now… on to Isumi! (I’m such a HnG tramp.)
Colossal Hinagiku image dump follows.