Twelve Moments in Anime No. 10: Hinagiku Belts Out a Showstopper
There are many qualifications for a memorable moment: It can be exciting, dramatic, touching or whatever. (Or perhaps all of them at once.) This moment, from ep12 of Hayate no Gotoku‘s second season, is memorable to me because it is simply pure, unadulterated awesome.
The set-up is Hayate through and through: Hinagiku’s friends have thrown her a surprise birthday party and goaded her onstage to sing “Cruel Angel’s Thesis”. This scene is paired with a scene showing Hayate running — complete with embarrassing costume — to save Nagi, who he hears has been kidnapped. Moments like this are about as dramatic as Hayate no Gotoku!! gets, but really, I just love the show busting out the epic Evangelion homage. How could you not love Hinagiku forever after that?
Now that would have been a hell of a concert to attend. I had a tough time finding a YouTube video of this scene — the one I’ve got is the best quality one I could find. The episode as a whole is worth watching for this moment (and Hayate no Gotoku is quality comedy in general for those who haven’t seen it), but here’s the scene, anyway: