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Hayate no Gotoku!! 2nd Season Episode 21 – Tiger Troubles

August 27, 2009

Main focus of the episode.

Main focus of the episode.

First of all, happy birthday to Ryu of #GameKings!

An episode about Tama and Nagi’s first meeting eight years ago, Nagi’s promise to Tama, and Shiranui’s budding friendship with Tama. Make way as the talking tiger takes the lead in this episode.

Expect lots of Tama and 1% Klaus.

Last time, we were bombard–I mean, mesmerized by the amount of maids in the show about butlers and rich people. Oh yes, and love-comedy. Linn got everyone with his April Fool’s joke and even got Isumi into cosplaying and taking it seriously. We also met Haru-san, Sakuya’s maid, who turns out to be Harukaze Chiharu, part of the Student Council.

The episode starts with a flashback of 8 years ago in Africa. A very young Nagi was wandering around in the wild with someone named Jenny.

Someone named Jenny.

Someone named Jenny.

It seems that they are lost. Nagi wonders why as she compares herself to Isumi. She then hears a faint sort of whimpering sound. She suddenly heads over to where the sound is coming and she found a small white tiger, who will be later the Tama we all know and love.

Nagi, super loli version.

Nagi, super loli version.

Tama, super... kitty version?

Tama, super... kitty version?

Back to the Sanzenin Estate of the present, Nagi and Maria were watching TV. There was a news about an anaconda which had been kept as a pet nearby and caused some commotion among the neighbors.

Its the joke.

It's the joke.

Hayate, upon seeing them caressing such a dangerous animal in the living room, tells them that there is one right inside the mansion. Nagi then mistakenly identifies the dangerous animals as the large caterpillars from last year. Hayate isn’t sure anymore anyway if Tama is really a tiger. Tama can talk, walk on his hind legs and even play Guitar Hero. Tama signals Hayate to come with him for a second.

Hey, babe... I lost my number, can I have yours?

"Hey, babe... I lost my number, can I have yours?"

At the storeroom, Tama pins Hayate to the wall. Tama asks him what that earlier comment was about. If he plans to get Tama kicked out of the mansion, Tama threatens to hurt him badly. Tama waltzes off. Of course, that only proves Hayate’s point. Tama IS dangerous.

As Tama walks off, he becomes annoyed that Hayate seems to be full of himself recently. He plans to take him out so he can be with Nagi without any hindrances. He then spots his second rival, Shiranui.

Shiranui censor!

Shiranui censor!

Upon seeing Tama, Shiranui playfully runs off, making Tama run after Shiranui. A delivery truck was parked in front of the mansion door and the delivery man was greeted by Maria. Unknown to them, Shiranui jumps inside the back of the truck and Tama follows. Tama then claims that he has cornered Shiranui but then everything turns dark. The back of the truck had closed and the truck drives off…

The End...~ Just kidding.

The End...~ Just kidding.

Back inside the mansion, Hayate asks Nagi why she picked up Tama. Nagi explains that it was about the time that her mother had died. The mansion had a lot of memories of her late mother so it was too painful for her to stay inside. She went to places where she will be able to ease her pains. That is, Africa.

Because thats what people do when theyre mourning. They go to Africa.

"Because that's what people do when they're mourning. They go to Africa."

We return to where the flashback ended earlier. Nagi asks Jenny what it was as it looks like a tiger. Jenny tells her that there are no longer white tigers in the world so it’s probably a cat. Nagi insists it looks like a tiger but Jenny tells her that there are no tigers in Africa and that’s a fact so it’s definitely a cat.

Foreigners have such bad mouths, dont they?

Foreigners have such bad mouths, don't they?

Jenny says she feels bad for the “cat” as it is going to die. Nagi asks why and Jenny points out…

Because Africa is always associated with the great wildlife.

Because Africa is always associated with the great wildlife.

Nagi begs Jenny to help the cat. Jenny says it’s impossible and Nagi tells her to use her gun. Jenny then explains that it may look like a real rifle, but it’s actually just a lighter.

Did they also have an AK47 version?

Now I know what I want for my next birthday...

Jenny adds that she bought it from the souvenir shop at the airport. Nagi tells her to not buy such misleading things. But that also means that they’re also in trouble…

Of course, humans are edible as well.

Of course, humans are edible as well.

Nagi quickly makes a resolve. She runs up to the “cat” and picks it up, running for her life at the same time. Jenny uses her lighter to fend off the wild beasts for a bit and then they make a run for it. Nagi promises the “cat” that she will protect it no matter what happens. Jenny tells Nagi that the beasts have caught up to them. Suddenly, an explosion happens, sending the beasts away from a spell tag.

Mini Isumi appears as well.

Mini Isumi appears as well.

As expected, it was Isumi who saved them. The SPs have found Nagi as well. Isumi walks up to Nagi and Isumi calls it a “kitty”. Nagi asks why and Isumi provides the same explanation as Jenny. There are no tigers in Africa, plus it’s white, so it’s definitely a cat. Nagi now fully believes it to be a harmless cat after she hears it from Isumi.

Isumi asks Nagi what she’s going to do with the “cat”. Nagi doesn’t really know. They couldn’t find its mother. Jenny then says that its mother is long gone now. Nagi asks how Jenny knew and Jenny explains that it’s her ninja skill. Nagi becomes shocked that Jenny had such a skill yet she didn’t use it against those beasts earlier.

Nagi then raises up the “cat” and proclaims that from that day onwards, she will become the mother of the “cat”. She will protect it no matter what happens.

In memory of Tama...

In memory of Tama...

After the flashback, Hayate seems impressed that there was such a story behind Tama’s discovery. Nagi adds that it was a dramatic story. Hayate asks her who Jenny is and Nagi says she doesn’t really know. Hayate is flabbergasted that Nagi went with a total stranger but Nagi assures him that Jenny is the younger sister of a friend. Hayate asks her how old Jenny is at that time and Nagi says Jenny was four years old. Hayate becomes even more shocked as Jenny appeared very big in that flashback. Nagi says it must be because of her ninja skills. Hayate gives up and just comments that Tama is very lucky to have been found by such a caring person.

Speaking of Tama… he finds himself on a port… away from the mansion.

Tama starring in Umineko no Naku Koro ni.

Tama starring in Umineko no Naku Koro ni.

Tama wanders around. He thinks of a way to return. He figures out that calling the police would be out of the question. He’s a tiger after all. He wonders what would happen if he gets spotted by a human. He passes by an opened warehouse with a radio which happens to be turned on. The news was a follow-up on the anaconda case. It seems the giant snake had been shot as soon as it was spotted. It was a very dangerous animal after all. The newscaster adds that if it was a tiger, they would do the same. Tama starts to run away as fast as he could. If he gets spotted by a human, he’s history!

Part B. Maria pours tea on Nagi’s cup and Nagi wonders where Tama is. Maria says she doesn’t know but Tama has been away for quite a while. She’s sure that Tama would return if he gets hungry.

Meanwhile, Tama was still thinking of a way on how to return to the mansion without being seen by humans and getting shot. He was hiding inside a drum until a wrecking ball almost crushes him dead. He runs off, panicking.

He still hasnt grown tired from watching over and over... Ghosts sure are oblivious to time.

He still hasn't grown tired from watching over and over... Ghosts sure are oblivious to time.

Back at the mansion, Hayate was busy dusting some things and Linn was STILL watching the video of Isumi falling on her face on the TV, rewinding and playing over and over that part. Linn asks Hayate if it’s okay with him that the white tiger was mistakenly shipped away in the delivery truck. Hayate becomes alerted and shocked.

Back with Tama. Tama was hiding under a high railroad. He blames Shiranui for getting him stuck under the clutches of human society. Suddenly, Shiranui rolls over to hum. Tama jumps on Shiranui and hugs the kitten. He’s very thankful to have found Shiranui as he’s already getting lonely. He claims that they have to work together in order to get back home and Shiranui runs off. Tama, of course, follows.

As Shiranui goes into a corner, Tama skids to a halt as he hears two female voices. He peeks and sees Shiranui being picked up by Izumi and Miki was with her. Miki and Izumi comment on how cute Shiranui is and suddenly, Shiranui slides inside Izumi’s clothes.

Shiranui found another kitty.

Shiranui found another kitty.

Whee~ Izumi dance~ (Credit to Kyon for making this lovely .gif pic)

Whee~ Izumi dance~ (Credit to Kyon for making this lovely .gif pic)

Shiranui starts moving around Izumi’s clothes, tickling her and making her do a little dance. Miki watches as the lucky pervert moves around Izumi’s clothes. Shiranui jumps down and runs off after that. Tama greets Shiranui back and found out that Shiranui actually took Izumi’s cellphone.

Cats are mischievous creatures. Just ask Tom.

Cats are mischievous creatures. Just ask Tom.

Tama discovers that it was one of the latest phones with GPS and commends Shiranui. He quickly uses the map and determines their position. Now the way home is… he doesn’t know… he doesn’t know the address of the mansion.

Since it was the latest phone he’s holding, he’s not going to give up easily. He posts on a forum for help on directions. But all he got were crappy replies.

Everyone knows ascii is 1337 and stuff.

Everyone knows ascii is 1337 and stuff.

One was even from Kyonosuke Kaoru and one was from Klaus himself. After a while, a decent reply arrived that he should check the phone’s contact list. Of course! Tama realized that those two girls were from Nagi’s school and they’ve been to the mansion a few times as well. He quickly checks the address book and sees the mansion’s contact info.

He hides himself in a steel drum and runs through the streets. He thanks Shiranui for the help but then sees that Shiranui wasn’t with him anymore. He spots Shiranui playing with a doll in the middle of the street.

This is the usual formula for a heroic save.

This is the usual formula for a heroic save.

Tama shouts at Shiranui that Shiranui would be killed if a car comes by and a truck arrives. Tama panics on what to do. He can choose to let Shiranui get run over, that way, he can be Nagi’s only pet. He already has his directions back so there’s no need for Shiranui to be with him anymore. If he saves Shiranui, his cover will be blown, he might be shot to death even after surviving the car crash. He makes a resolve and pushes Shiranui off, but as the truck almost hits Tama…

The Sanzenin butler is a friend to all living things.

The Sanzenin butler is a friend to all living things.

As they safely go back to the sidewalk, Hayate tells Tama that if he gets hurt, Nagi would become very saddened. The people around becomes afraid after Tama is exposed. They tell Hayate to run away but Hayate explains to them that such a short-legged and ugly tiger could not exist so it’s only a costume. The crowd then agrees that such an ugly tiger could not be real. They all leave.

YESZH!

"YESZH!"

Hayate, Tama and Shiranui make it home safely and sees Nagi in front of a laptop. Nagi asks Hayate where he went and Hayate just tells her that he was out to do some small thing. Hayate adds that Nagi should go out more as well but Nagi explains that even by being at home, she can help people in the real world. She says that just now, she helped a person return home.

The view zooms in the laptop’s screen and shows that it was Nagi who gave Tama the helpful advice that he needed at that time.

And so, Nagi has kept her promise up to this day...

And so, Nagi has kept her promise up to this day...

Dancing Izumi is priceless.

For a Tama and Shiranui-centered episode, this wasn’t such a boring one after all. I really underestimated the power of this series.

The part in Africa was very hilarious. They do stress out the fact that there are no tigers in Africa but the other animals there are just funny. I seem to remember reading the bio for Tama in the manga by the author saying that people have said that “There are no tigers in Africa” rather than actually be surprised that THERE IS A TALKING TIGER.

As Season 2 is about to end, which arc would they feature last? What could be the ending for this season? I’ll be curious up until episode 23 or 24. But still, I want more~ I guess I’ll just have to read the manga.

Well, next episode will be about Nagi… and Ayumu? Wait… working in Cafe Donguri? Maria in casual wear? No signs of Hina? Well, let’s just wait and see.

This is the Bunny Chief, over and out!

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