Anime Review: Hayate the Combat Butler! Cuties – 10

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For a maid, her hand sure does slip a lot. 

“Here, let me hold it for you,” is what he should say to trigger the Maria end. 

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I don’t like bringing up the manga as a source of reference, but I’m sure this chapter happened a long time ago. Which means chronological consistency can be completely disregarded because if I read it, it already happened. See, this is why I don’t like doing that, comparing manga to anime adaptations. Ruins the fun, if you will. 

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Anyway, this episode is about Maria (Rie Tanaka), who is still, and only, seventeen years old. I usually don’t have a lot of feelings for maid characters, but Maria is an exception. There’s an attachment level to her constant claim that she’s a fresh and innocent seventeen year old lady and that she has strange obsessions with cross-dressing Hayate. Plus the fact that she entered high school as a pre-teen and ruled the student body from the clock tower as student council president (affectionately called “Little President”) makes her your prototypical young genius. Although it’s wrong to want a piece of ten-year-old booty, she really was the darnedest thing, bad hand slippage and all. 

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The event itself is silly at best, but it’s the fun kind of silly. The maid and butler going on a date is just another ruse to get more ship points for them and to get rivals on the same page to track their intimate act. In the end, it’s even sillier to find out that the love letter is just a prank from a booty-depraved dead priest, but for all sorts of giggles, even I wouldn’t mind. Besides, even if this chapter happened a while back, seeing Maria get the bulk of the screen time is more personal joy than anything else. 

GO Rating: 3.5/5

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So many love bubbles… just stop!

Anthony Kim

Anthony Kim

Part-time Anime Reviewer (joined 09-2010)

Anthony majored in Japanese. Try guessing why.

He loves his sports, adores kittens and currently resides in South Korea working as an English teacher. He has been a part of Population GO since its relaunch in 2010, having contributed to mostly anime news and reviews.

He’s currently playing Pokémon Y, and his Friend Code is: 4570-7572-3456.

Anthony Kim