There’s something about Hayate no Gotoku that brings out the shipper fanboy in me. I liked the first season despite the plethora of fillers, but I’m loving the second season so far. It’s like they’ve cut out the unnecessary crap from the first season and pumped up everything that was already awesome (i.e., the wonderfully quirky characters and their relationships) into overdrive.
I’ve been thinking that anime generally underutilizes parents. Why are they never around? What if Touma had a mom instead of being screwed up by her brothers? How come Ui seems to be Yui’s mother figure? Where are their real parents? How come parents are always on permanent business trips? Why do the kids always have their own apartment? Do their parents really hate them that much? I imagine this isn’t a realistic picture of Japanese society, but anime has twisted my view. If I ever went to Japan, I think I would be shocked to see nuclear families.