The Best Episodes Directed by Jun Soga
#1 - The Fifth Night
Hayate the Combat Butler Season 3 - Episode 5
Angry at Maria for always scolding her, Nagi orders Hayate to follow her arround looking for some reason for her to scold the maid herself. Unable to find any bad trait about the maid, the butler stumbles on Yukiji who invites him for lunch just to learn that she has no money and intends to have him pay the bill. Meanwhile, Maria calls Mikado and asks about why there is no pictures or any info about Nagi's father, and he responds that all evidence of his existance was erased by him, as according to him, he was just a con artist who married Yukariko aiming for the Sanzenin fortune. As Hayate argues with Yukiji, both Ruri and Sonia appear and start ordering food, increasing the bill. As the four argue about who will pay the bill, a thief breaks into the restaurant, giving an opening for both the sister and Ruri to flee. The thief claims that he is stealing money for the sake of his sick little sister's medical expenses and Yukiji reprimands him while pointing his own gun at him and Hayate. Hinagiku appears mistaking her sister for the thief and stops her. With the thief turning himself to the police and Hinagiku leaving with her sister, Hayate remains alone at the restaurant, calling Maria to ask her for help with the expenses.
#2 - The Eleventh Night
Hayate the Combat Butler Season 3 - Episode 11
Everyone gather together gladly to help Nagi search for Hayate. The girls try to figure out the mystery: the Black Camellia, the woman—Dolly, the accident 13 years ago, and Hayate’s strange behavior. After Izumi and Hinagiku mention that Hayate got stabbed the previous night, Nagi comes to a conclusion. Ruri appears and Nagi asks her to bring her Dolly’s ring; Hayate’s life depends on it. Nagi orders Klaus to deliver her mother's wedding ring over immediately then lends it to her friend, Ruka Suirenji, so Hayate will notice the ring on Ruka’s TV interview. Ruri found Dolly's ring and receive an email to meet at the Starside Hotel. Tonight at Ruka’s concert, Nagi’s friends go there to enjoy the show. Hayate and Yukiji arrive at the hotel; Hayate goes into Ruka’s dressing room and found a note written by Nagi informing him the ring is at the wedding hall. In the wedding hall, Nagi reveals the Black Camellia is a sword that exchanges a person’s soul and what happened 13 years ago, and thus Hayate is now Shin Hayek—Nagi’s father! Shin sat down with Nagi and talk about Yukariko. Dolly shows up with a captured Ruri and demands the Black Camellia, but Nagi and Shin explain that her beloved king died 13 years ago and Hayate is inside the clock now. Shin demands his ring back that signifies his and Yukariko’s eternal love. While Yukiji beats up the thieves, chaos rises above her and Maria cause by Dolly.
#3 - Athena Tennousu
Hayate the Combat Butler Season 4 - Episode 3
Having to sleep late again Athena (Alice) takes in some sunlight for refreshments. Hayate gave her some ringlet-shaped chocolate. Suddenly, a big dog approaches Athena then licks her. She demands Hayate to find its owner. While they search for the dog’s owner on the streets, Athena disciplines the dog. Fumi appears declaring the dog, Armageddon, is hers. Armageddon quickly tackles onto Fumi, just as they leave Athena signs she likes Armageddon, and Fumi responds he likes her too because of her ringlet-shaped hair. The next day, Wataru struggles with the pile of money that Sakuya had delivered to him in order to keep his business funded. Hayate and Saki offer to help deposit the money into the bank account regardless of Wataru's denial. Walking on the streets, Armageddon and Yukiji suddenly appear then the dog snatches the briefcase full of money and runs off. He shows Fumi the briefcase, freaking out, Fumi plans to hand it over to the police, but her friend Sharna Alamgir warns she would be considered a suspect. Meanwhile, Saki blames herself for losing the money, Hayate goes looking for the briefcase he found that Armageddon brought it to Athena, but finds the money inside the briefcase gone. Fumi and Sharna gather to help search for the money, then Hayate rushes to Tama to have him translate for Armageddon to know where the money is. Despite being insulted by the dog, Tama confirms the money been stolen by bandits. Tracking down their hideout, Yukiji beats up the bandits as Hayate and Wataru arrive to retrieve the money. With the money finally deposited Athena asks Wataru he should comfort Saki and so he does. Afterward, Nagi and Athena are left alone together for the day. They warm up some Nikuman to eat but overcooked it. Thinking what to do now, Linn the ghost priest mentions they should go find Hayate at the Café Donguri to have him make dinner for them. Accepting the idea, they head out, but along the way Nagi and Athena get lost since neither are familiar with the direction. Following the uphill, they manage to arrive at the café and desperately demand Hayate to make them Nikuman.
#4 - Ruka Suirenji
Hayate the Combat Butler Season 4 - Episode 7
Ruka the idol is told from her manager Atsumari that she been booked to star in a bicycle commercial, telling her how lucky she is. Nagi, Hayate, and Maria are watching a recap of Ruka's concert on TV at the Violet Mansion. Ruka got the day off so she makes a surprise visit there and informs them her amazing opportunity. Tactlessly, she doesn't know how to 'ride' a bike so she intensely desires Hayate to teach her how since he’s a professional at bicycling. Ruka first practices in the yard but ruins Maria's garden. It soon gets dark, Chiharu suggest Ruka should try practicing on Hakuou Academy's grounds. Hayate strictly trains Ruka to ride a bike down a steep hill, that looks risky. He pushes her down the hill and catches her before she falls, hoping it would help overcome her fear of falling. At the end of the day, Ruka and Hayate start having fun using a squirt gun. Nagi asks Hayate if he can teach her how to ride a bike too but expects him to do it more kindly. Later, Hayate, Hinagiku, and the Hakuou Three Amiga, were invited to see Ruka’s next concert. Hayate receives an urgent call from Ruka and Atsumari depending him to act as a backup dancer in a maid outfit on the stage, also Ruka wishes for his service because she's in a stress. The concert begins with Ruka singing through willpower. Before her last song, Gilbert shows up and battles Hayate. The staff members mistakenly put Gilbert’s robot on the stage and goes on rampage. Hayate quickly kicks the robot off the stage, he dances with Ruka joyfully, and the concert was a success.
#5 - Those Lined Up Above the Horizon
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 1 - Episode 13
The class of 3-Plum heaves a sigh of relief after Horizon Ariadust, the automaton P-01s, and Toori Aoi finally reunite for the first time.
#6 - Vow; Promise
The Sacred Blacksmith Season 1 - Episode 4
Despite her misgivings Cecily is ordered to use Aria to lure out the mysterious man in black. However, when things go wrong and the situation gets out of hand Cecily must once again ask Luke for help so that she can protect her new friend.
#7 - Departure; Resolution
The Sacred Blacksmith Season 1 - Episode 8
When the Empire refuses to accept Charlotte's status she is forced to defect to the Militant Nation in order to protect the City of Housman from the Emperor's wrath. However, Doris and the other's believe they may be able to buy the Empires acceptance by handing over the Demon Swords and Luke! It then falls to Cecily to talk some sense into them before it is too late.