Apologies to ghostlightning for ripping off the title, but it felt like the most appropriate choice of words. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Hopefully my post does the name some justice. 😉
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.
So the first episode sure lived up to its description – to a T. A ring falls into the sea, two mermaids find it, return it and then certain events lead to one of the mermaids accidentally releasing a demon seal (although it was actually not on the sea floor). That’s what they said the show was going to be about, and that’s what we got. Now to figure out whether there’s enough to like to keep watching over the next eleven episodes.
I wonder how much Nagato really cares that time is repeating? Or is her boredom in the eye of the beholder?
There’s only a handful of games that have gripped me completely. Knights of the Old Republic is the first that comes to mind, for its tremendous story and gameplay. Ocarina of Time is up there, simply because it was the first game in which I felt completely immersed in a 3D world. Half-Life 2 is up there, partly for its story and gameplay and partly because when you talk about "cinematic" gameplay, no game does it better. And then there was Persona 3 FES, which caught me completely by surprise, but melded elements of RPGs and dating sims so perfectly, and so addictively.
If last week was the spiritual finale to the show, it seems like the writers decided to mail it in for this week. Maybe they were only getting paid for 12 episodes, because I’d want my figurative money back for this episode, which probably shouldn’t have existed and unfortunately ends the show on somewhat of a down note.
Apparently the Disgaea anime adaptation came out in 2006, but I only recently found out about it. Plus, since I only recently played the game less than a year ago, I give myself the benefit of doubt for writing a 3-year late impressions post. Pffft, not that I need to in the first place.