Episode 20: “I Like Books, but Sing It, Great Submarine Castle” (Hon wa Suki desu ga, Utae Dairyūgūjō)
Summary: Nagi wakes up early and is already dressed up in school uniform. She informs Hayate that she will be going to school. Hayate cheerfully says that he will accompany her, then suddenly says “What?!” in his surprise since he noticed Nagi is up early on her own, already dressed up and eager to go to school, which is not like the usual Nagi at all. Nagi then cheerfully informs Hayate that she was just kidding and that she is aware that it’s summer vacation already. She says she can’t wait to enjoy her vacation by playing games, drawing manga and fooling around to her heart’s content. Hayate comments that she does that even on schooldays then adds that since Nagi is so enthusiastic about it then she must be really happy. Nagi thinks to herself that she’s extra happy since she’ll be able to spend an entire day with Hayate starting today.
Meanwhile in school (where she is also living) Yukiji-sensei is enjoying her summer days just lounging around and doing nothing. The 3 students Izumi, Mika and Risa (Hina and Nagi’s friends who are always a “trio”) then appear at Yuki-sensei’s window came to invite her out since they thought Yuki would be bored. Back in the Sanzenin mansion, Hayate is wondering whether Maria has an ultimate attack or something like that. Maria is a bit taken aback with this question and asks why he is asking this out of the blue. Hayate says he met professional butlers at Hakuou Academy and according to them, professional butlers are to have some form of ultimate attack. Maria says she understands but wonders why he’s asking her about ultimate attacks. Hayate replies that his instincts tells him that Maria looks like she knows some stuff about the art of assassination. Maria adamantly denies this. Nagi then appears and asks Maria that she thinks Maria knows some attack moves too. Maria denies it again then informs them that ultimate attacks aren’t easy to learn. Hayate says he knows this but he’s thinking of mastering an ultimate attack over the summer vacation and says it would be nice if there was a book that could tell him how to master one.
Maria then takes Nagi and Hayate to the huge Sanzenin library. Hayate remarks that it’s really big and is extensively filled with books. Nagi says taking the time to read surrounded by books makes one feel intelligent. Hayate agrees then notes that the shelf next to them is probably the one reserved for Nagi since it’s full of manga. Nagi defensively replies that she reads books other than manga too. Hayate cheerfully says he know that since there are also walkthroughs for games in those shelves too and says reading books makes one feel intelligent. Nagi yells at him to stop mocking her. They then start to look for a book about ultimate attacks. Maria wonders why Hayate is eager to learn one. Nagi says she understands why then blushingly thinks to herself that Hayate is trying to show his good side for her. She says she’ll help Hayate find a book. Maria walks off on her way out of the library saying that there might not be a book about it that exists, then suddenly notices an “Ultimate Attacks for Dummies” book as she passed by one of the shelves. Hayate takes the book and wonders what the written “Sanzenin secret techniques” are. Maria then remembers that Nagi’s former butler, Himegami, knows how to use it. Hayate then says he’s heard about his name being mentioned before and wonders who Himegami is exactly. Maria informs him Himegami is Nagi’s butler before Hayate was hired and that a lot has happened and Himegami chose to leave. Hayate wonders since Himegami knows an ultimate attack maybe Klaus might know one too. Klaus then suddenly appears via a secret doorway wondering if Hayate is interested in his ultimate attack. Hayate remarks yes but not right now. Nagi then cheers him on and tells him that she’s confident Hayate will be able to learn one too and adds she’ll help him train.
They go to the yard to start the training with Tama tagging along. Nagi reads from the book for scenarios and what attacks to use but reads off instructions that seems to be too complicated for a beginner. Hayate asks if there’s more of a beginner’s training written. As Nagi is browsing the book, she comes across a page that has instructions on how to do an ultimate attack to win the heart of the one you love (or something to that effect). She suddenly gets all red in the face and thinks to herself that she’d like to master this. Hayate then asks if he could borrow the book since he’d like to read through it. Nagi refuses this request and tells Hayate that it’s to early for him to learn an attack anyway. She says she can’t show him the book then runs off while reading it. Hayate runs after her. While being engrossed reading the lovey-dovey book instruction, Nagi apparently runs over a cliff then falls. Hayate saves her by falling face-first on the ground before her so she landed safely on Hayate’s fallen body instead. She thanks him for saving her. They go over the book together and Nagi informs him that the book is almost entirely useless but there are several practical moves written down too and that Hayate might be able to master those after working hard. Hayate is encouraged by this and tells Nagi that he’ll do his best to learn one over the summer and that he’ll do his best for Hinagiku as well since he promised her that he would show her the ultimate attack moves he would learn. Nagi gets really pissed off about, burns the book and hits gives Hayate in the head. Hayate then goes back inside the house then asks Maria how to learn an ultimate move to calm Nagi down. Maria informs him that it would take a long time to master.
Maria later informs Hayate that Nagi went out of the house by herself but that the SPs are after her so there’s nothing much to worry about. However, they’re both worried about Nagi so they decide to try to find her. Meanwhile, Nagi is walking down the sidewalk wondering if Hayate thinks Hinagiku is more important to him than Nagi is. This thought pisses Nagi off more. She then runs into Nishizawa-san and remembers her as the burglar hamster/trespassing hamster on the mansion grounds before. Hayate and Maria apparently found Nagi and sees this encounter as they watch in camouflage by the trees. Maria then wonders and asks Hayate what his relationship with Nishizawa-san is. Hayate remembers Nishizawa confessing her love for him from a few episodes before but tells Maria that Nishizawa-san is her friend and classmate from his old high school. Hayate then changes the subject and asks Maria what Nagi and Nishizawa could be talking about. Maria thinks to herself that she bets the 2 girls are talking about Hayate. Nagi then explains to Nishizawa that Hayate the situation with Hayate and that he is living with her as her butler to help him off his debt, she then says goodbye to Nishizawa to go back home. Nishizawa stops her and asks her to have a duel with her again with Hayate as the prize. Nishizawa decides to have a karaoke match.
Apparently, it’s Nagi’s first time in a karaoke box and is quite amused by it. Hayate and Maria decided to follow them and ends up renting the karaoke box across to keep an eye out for Nagi. It so happened that it was Maria’s first time in such a place to and is quite impressed and amazed by it as well. Hayate invites Maria to sing since they are there anyway. Maria agrees only if Hayate sings first, and so their karaoke begins. Meanwhile, Nishizawa finished her song and tells Nagi it’s her turn next and she’s pretty confident that she’ll beat Nagi since it’s her first time doing karaoke. When Nagi sings, it surprises Nishizawa that nagi can sing very well and got a perfect score. Apparently, Nagi has had vocal lessons as part of her training since she was little that’s why she sings well, so Nishizawa loses this duel again. The SPs then arrive to pick up Nagi and says theye were informed by her Hayate of her whereabouts. Before leaving, Nagi is challenged by Nishiszawa again for another duel when they meet again. Nagi agrees to this and says goodbye. Meanwhile, Maria seems to be enjoying karaoke a bit too much and is still singing while Hayate reminds her that it’s time for them to go home. Back to Yuki-sensei, the trio are still with her and wonders what they’d be doing next time. Yuki is sad about this since it appears that she won’t be enjoying her vacation as the trio is planning to return to her place and spend time with her.
~ end of episode
My Impression: The episode seems to be back on track and picks up from that episode before when Nishizawa and Nagi met (Hamster vs. Dragon match) and the ultimate attack story which Hayate seems to need to know and master one as a butler. That bit where Hayate seems to think Maria has some form ultimate move as well was funny… with him and Nagi ganging up on Maria trying to make her admit it. I think it’d be so cool if it would turn out that Maria did have some fighting skills! The karaoke parts were quite amusing, especially the written comments on the karaoke machine as it gives the score like “35% You suck. Go home.” ~Lol. Since Hayate is just so nice and gentlemanly, all the girls seem to take an immediate liking to him. Hayate is being admired and fought for by the ladies, and he doesn’t seem to be too troubled by it, he tries not to think too much about it or he’s just plain unaware of his charming effect on the girls. Haha.
The references for this episode that I was able to identify are Kill Bill or Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Saint Seiya, Rurouni Kenshin, Idolmaster.
Next episode: Poor Hayate will be dressed up as a girl again courtesy of Nagi and robot eight previously defeated by Hayate is back with a vengeance!