A promotional image of Hayate no Gotoku’s approaching new series reaffirms the concerns that the artwork is half-baked – and adds to the belief that the series will likely be so as well as little says otherwise.
As the skulls of every character appear to be scaled by a factor of five, it ruins everyone’s appearance outright. Besides disrupting the look we’ve come to know and love, this new style in itself is unfitting – and then Hayate’s visage is constructed in such a manner that he appears elderly and tired, which indeed, is obviously a significant issue considering he’s the protagonist. A character aged no more than a highschool student shouldn’t appear so weary and over the hill unless that were part of the plot.
Admittedly however, the artwork to come before this was much more awful in its portrayal of our protagonist.
Yet perhaps worse than everything else, even the alluring charm of the flat chested bishoujo, Hinagiku, has been horrifically tarnished with no remorse. The redesigned head, alongside that pose she sports, results in that she looks as if enjoying the era of the 1960′s. If Hinagiku can not rescue this series, then unfortunate as it may be, there’s just absolutely nothing which can save it.
Those unable to withstand having their souls crushed in disdain may simply want to avoid giving this series a chance altogether as its doubtful to go anywhere but down.