Hayate no Gotoku! Ch. 291


Fumi was meeting her family.

Nagi was lost.

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She had dreamt of becoming a mangaka for a long, long time. In order to fulfil her dream she kept drawing, hoping that her talents would be recognized one day. Now that her dream has suddenly become out of her reach, and she didn’t know what to do. Given her devotion to her dream, this was more than understandable. I don’t reckon she had given herself an alternative to her life, i.e. she seldom thought of what to do with her life if she could not become a mangaka.

Nor had she allowed herself to try on everything, to see if she had other interests, in school. She didn’t like to go to school, after all. What’s more, even she showed some talents and interests in finance, it was never her ambition to earn a lot of money – she had been living with a lot of money before she lost her inheritance.

Her problem, therefore, was that she no longer have a “purpose of life”, and, just like anyone who was living without a dream, she wandered. She had no parents, she had no money, and she had no dream. “But she had Hayate!” Well, yes, but certainly Nagi did not take it that way. “Hayate” was not an alternative for “mangaka”, you see.

Concrete proof that someone else had been living here before.

That was what Chiharu had been talking with Hayate on their way to clear out the old furnitures. By the way, how on earth had there been so many items left in the house, if nobody had been living here for 30 years?

No, things are becoming a bit more interesting. I don’t remember Klaus has a love in magic, and he told us that he did not live in the Violet Mansion, so he would not be the one who brought in the books. On the other hand, we saw Yozora’s dog again… Had it been here before?

I am beginning to think that Yozora might have once been living in the Violet Mansion, and she was the person who had been torn away from that photo. Well, this is mere speculation.

Shot of the week.

To everybody’s surprise, Nagi went to school on her own will. “I want to have a proper career in the future, so I need to focus on my studies now.” So true but so shocking were her words, and that petrified the SC Trio. Indeed, since when had Nagi think of even going to work?

On Nagi’s side, she might be taking the whole thing bitterly. She did not like school, but now she would have to be stuck in school for a few more years. She did not like to go to work, but she would have to work. All the things she was doing and would be doing are completely against her wish. This is something very hard to take.

On the Trio’s side, there was also one thing hard to take. Nagi was supposed to be one among them, not studying hard – although Nagi scored high marks in exams. Miki said it all: “If she acts all seriuous like that, then we stand out too much!”

So true, as Yukiji was already very shocked by Nagi handing in her report.

The thing I truly don't get is Isumi ranking 3rd...

Yet, even things in school turned badly for Nagi. To be fair, though, she was only suffering from the consequences of her pre-Golden-Week laziness. 706 out of 800 marks made her 10th of her year (or class), but that was a drop from 5h last year, so Nagi took it badly. Risa wanted to comfort her by saying that nobody could be No. 1 in everything, but one person came into Nagi’s mind, and that person appeared right at the moment, in the shape of Katsura Hinagiku.

Master and Padawan.

While Risa and Miki scolded Hina for appearing at the wrong moment, Nagi asked her for a visit to the Kendo Club. If we say that there was somewhere for Nagi to begin admiring Hina, the Kendo Club would be the place. So, at this place, Nagi would once again look at the person she admired, and seeked a private talk with her.

Well, Nagi might have admired Hina, but the thing was that, she never followed Hina’s ways. Indeed, Hina was good at study and sports, and Nagi hated both; Nagi loved manga and video games, which Hina knew none. It would therefore be very surprising that Nagi admired Hina – Why would you admire someone who was almost your direct opposite? If you admired someone, why had you never tried to learn from her?

Certainly, one of such times was when you imagined hitting Hayate's thick head?

Actually, Nagi tried, by joining the Kendo Club, but she gave it up fairly quickly. It may not be a fault, but her admiration of Hina would be questionable.

Which bit of Hina has Nagi admired, anyway? Nagi answered that question in this chapter: It was the impression that Hina could be the best in anything easily. In other words, it was no more than a football fan admiring Messi for his magical tricks which all looked so easy.

So much we love hugging, head-patting is equally lovely.

Hina understood that such an impression was wrong, and she went straight in telling Nagi that “There is nothing that’s come easily to me straight away.” Indeed, while people admired her success, almost nobody cared that she put loads and loads of efforts to achieve. Any true winner has been a loser at some point of their lives (Ozora Tsubasa doesn’t count.), and the only thing is whether we had ever witnessed their defeat.

What’s hidden in Hina’s words, therefore, was that it is not the end of the world when you lose, especially when you are at the beginning of things. If you hate losing, though, you would have to fight again and again until you achieved victory. It is one thing to hate losing, and it is another to accept losing and keep fighting.

This was a piece of advice not only to Nagi, but also to Hina herself. We readers never saw how Hina had fought to her success in study and sports, but we have been watching her failures in her love life. “There is nothing that’s come easily to me straight away”, and let’s not forget that Hina had only fallen in love with Hayate for only 2 months.

Come to think of it, their positioning should have made it very difficult for them to look at each other.

Hina addressed her own problem after seeing that Hayate was peeking. “There are plenty of things that I can’t do the way I want to!” Remember her mental image of a confession in Ch. 238? That was just one example, but we witnessed it, and came to the conclusion that she was a loser. Well, currently she is a loser, but who knows if she could replicate her success in other areas, and becomes No. 1 in love life too?

There are at least three foreseeable obstacles. One is Hina’s slight hypocrisy in not practising what she lectured people: She told Yukiji and Hayate to knock before enter, but she did not knock (Or rather, we did not know even if she knocked.) when she entered Hayate’s room; She told Hayate not to be afraid to confess to Athena, but she did not confess to Hayate. If this time she told Nagi to work hard but did not work hard herself, then of course we would not be seeing any success. The second obstacle is that, honestly, romantic love is not something that always come with hard work. Some people work hard all their lives to get to the one they love, and in the end they fail. The third one is that, even if she worked hard, she was not the only hard worker. Just look at Ayumu.

Yet, it would be far too ironic for a hard-worker-who-would-not-succeed to tell a not-very-hard-worker to work hard. If Nagi and Hina were to be a pair of hard workers on their own matters, they would need proof from the other one that their way works. This might be my own idealism, but I wish success for Nagi on her manga life, and Hina on her love life. We have seen too much teasing and failures on both of them, to be honest.

"Yes I can!"

Back to the topic. Just how much Hina’s words has got into Nagi’s mind? Very little, I would say. Imagine Messi telling you that he failed to hit the ball in the beginning, and I am sure that your response would be “Yeah, but you are different, because you are Messi, and I am nobody.” Of course Nagi heard Hina, because she was thinking what Hina told her, but when Nagi was so sure that she could not do what Hina could do, then Hina’s words were no more than crap.

Then there came Chiharu with Luca’s doujinshi, and when Nagi read it again, her spirits were suddenly lifted. She now had a good look at some artworks other than Ashibashi-sensei’s, and came to understand that not every mangaka was so unreachable as Ashibashi-sensei. Nagi wanted a stage to prove that she had talents, and Luca’s level, with all due respect, was reachable for her. If she could do it, then she could prove her talents, and the “There is nothing that’s come easily to me straight away” advice would then be applicable to her. This is what I think Nagi was thinking.

So, Chiharu, upon seeing that Nagi has her spirits back, invited her to help in the Doujinshi Convention. That would be fun, wouldn’t it?

Next chapter we would have a coloured cover and the announcement of the third Character Poll. I have bad-mouthed about the Character Poll too much so my following sentence would not be convincing, but still… Please look forward to a good and meaningful poll!

33 comments on “Hayate no Gotoku! Ch. 291

  1. Nagi is a girl with strong will and determination, she’s not the type of girl who would give up that easily. She’ll be back on track in no time, that’s what to be expected. From what I see, Chiharu also seems to have help lifted her spirit up a bit.

    Nagi may help at the Doujinshi Sale, which means she and Luca may encounter each other. Wow…How I’ve waited for that moment!XD

    And…Hina-chan! Yay!XD

    P/S: Thanks for the early spoilers. I’m always amazed at your speed!^^

    • More important is the speed of the people in Japan. I just keep following them as close as I could. 😉

  2. It’s a very carefully arranged teaser of Hina, that’s for sure…

    Chiharu’s offer makes a lot of sense now that I think about it. She can show introduce Nagi to the Doujin/Con world and get her started selling her own work, once it gets run through the editorial buzzsaw a few dozen times, anyway.

    • By “Death Flag” I didn’t mean Hina’s card of her getting undressed, but her storyline.

      The aftermath of the second Character Poll was Hina and her “Beach ball –> Dinner –> Ch. 239” trilogy, you see. No matter how unintentional Hata might have been, this was still regarded as a Death Flag by many.

      And when we are voting we are not expecting our favourite character to be pushed to his or her own “death”, are we?

    • I didn’t notice… But that’s so unreasonable, why does a character have to be pushed to “death” because she is the most popular?:-s

    • That’s a question for Hata.

      No matter how unreasonable it was, or how many excuses we could make for him, the very fact remained that “The person ranked top in the second Character Poll got a big Ch. 239 blow”, and that was not long after the results were out. The “Death Flag theory”, therefore, stood.

      Another fact is, people in Japan are already making guesses on what sort of misfortune the person ranked top in the third poll would suffer. So, no matter how unreasonable it is, the “Death Flag rumour” is there, and is spreading.

      This very rumour might be one major reason for Hina to lose tons of votes. Well then, let’s see if anybody is unlucky enough to take the Death Flag from her…

    • The poll is supposed to pick the character with the highest popularity. In other words, it shows how much that character is loved by the fans. If because of that she is gonna be discriminated against, then that poll cannot be any more unreasonable. And moreover, if the fans want to help their favorite character avoid that ugly aftermath and don’t vote for her, then will the results be fair and reflect the truth at all? If that’s the case, what’s the point of conducting the meaningless poll anyway…? *sigh*

      Still, I have one wonder: Does Hata-sensei really care about that poll plan his story in accordance with its results? (I really really hope he does not…)

    • Yea, that’s why I also questioned the point of a third Character Poll. No one asked me before so I never said it, but I had ALWAYS been against a third poll after what happened after the second poll.

      That also means that, on the facts, Hata doesn’t care a damn about character popularity, or, even worse, he “cares” in the opposite way: Shoot the most popular one (or two) down, and provoke the fans.

      If he cares about things in the right way, Hina should have made a lot more progress after the Golden Week, and Maria should have been more significant all along. What pisses me off is that he pretends to care, while in the end things turn out to be the direct opposite.

      To be fair to him, though, it might not be him who is so keen to make a third poll. Shogakukan has to plan on its marketing, just to name one.

      With all that said above, I would still want the fans to be honest and brave to vote for their favourite character. How Hata would treat your favourite character is one thing, but the love and devotion you show to your favourite character is another.

      Sorry if I look like having internal conflicts about the Character Poll. The fact is, I am.

    • Gintama had a arc on a popularity poll… but thats fine cause its Gintama. not sure about if its good/ok for HnG.

    • LOL. Yes, the Gintama Character Poll arc was very great, though the plot was far too crazy for HnG. Not a lot among the HnG cast could go as hysterical as Gintama. 😛

  3. I wonder what would happen if Ikusa places in the top 3 😛
    Its unlikely, but it would be cool to see him again. I was kinda disappointed at his first close-up (his face looked disformed :S)

    • Wow! That would be very interesting.

      And who knows? There are too many girls fighting for the top spots, perhaps Ikusa could take the advantage of being one of the very few males!

    • IMO, Ikusa has quite a good chance of overtaking Hayate in the polls. Strangely, I am more fond of Ikusa than Hayate, but that’s just me 😛

      I dunno what made me like him, probably his badass-ness.

    • Ikusa is more manly than Hayate, I think. 😉

      I prefer Ikusa to Hayate too. Hayate is simply not my type…

  4. I have to say I’m firmly in the “the artist should tell the story they want and not let themselves be influenced too much by popularity” camp, but that’s a different discussion.

    I’m not really getting the “death” rumors either, to be honest. I thought the volleyball story was funny. (It made me like Hina more then I did before, and I wasn’t a big fan.) I’m sure 239 was tough for Hina fans, but it was equally tough for everyone else besides Athena and later Nagi. And it was followed up by Yukiji’s great big sister moment and Hina’s awesome silver red appearance.

    Overall, Hina got a ton of attention and character development in the first year or so after winning the second popularity poll. I can’t see that as a “Death Flag” unless you were expecting something that was never likely to happen.

    • Just to add, I’m not trying to be argumentative. I know you’re a big Hina fan, and your perspective on this is a fairly common one. I just wanted to point out that from more of an “outside” perspective from someone who wasn’t as fond of the character, I really did end up liking Hina as a character considerably more because of what happened during Golden Week then I did previously.

    • I am glad that you appreciated that it was a matter of my perspective. Therefore, I would simply reply by clarifying my own humble position:

      1. There are fans, myself included, unhappy with the treatment Hina, the winner of the last poll and our pick, had received after the previous Character Poll.

      2. This unhappiness leads us to be unhappy with the conduction of a third Character Poll. The “Death Flag theory” is how we would bad-mouth about the coming poll. The thing is, some people buy it.

      3. The “theory” in itself is shallow, not entirely reasonable, and is based on one fact only: Hina is currently very unhappy. It could be turned down easily.

      4. In the end, the whole thing is more emotional than rational. Please appreciate the fact that we are only human, and emotions could sometimes outpower our ability to reason. (P.S. I actually reasoned in my “Top 5 Hinagiku Moments No. 1” that Hina was picked for the Ch. 239 drama simply because she was the most suitable one for the scene, not because of her popularity. With my passionate acceptance of the “Death Flag theory” which stresses on the opposite, you could see that my emotions are stopping me from standing behind my own reasoning.)

      5. I think that our feelings could only be fully grapsed through a Hina-fan’s point of view, but I could not request any non-fan to do so. I would therefore not put further efforts into persuading any individual to buy this “theory”. Take it, or leave it, please.

      6. If there was only one person who would like to see the “Death Flag theory” proven false, it would be me.

      7. I do not demand the “theory” be proven wrong by having my big dream come true. I have much more flexibility than this.

      I think the above 7 points would do. I understand that we have different points of view. Our opinions might not be reconcilable, but I hope we could co-exist with respect and empathy. I would demand myself to work harder on this.

  5. That seemed rather terse…I must have struck a nerve, sorry. No need to worry about giving offense, as I really was just throwing my 2 cents into the topic. It was just an observation, not an attack on your position.

    It’s not a subject I can get riled up about in either direction in any case. 🙂

    • Oh, I didn’t mean to be tense. The tone of mine might have been a little too cold, though.

      The important thing is, I wasn’t really offended. Don’t worry. 😉

  6. I didn’t like the chapters after the 2nd poll because of the part where hina was almost turned into gold and then could not admit her feelings after hearing hayate’s story of a-tan.Plus i might not be true but a lot of people are saying that hata kenjiro-sensei is using hina’s popularity to sell more of her figurines…(might not be true though)so i hope this time the quiz would focus on giving the popular characters somemore time to shine in happiness…so far I didn’t see hina smile at all!in the few chapters that i read…(correcdt me if i’m wrong)P.S.I’m not trying to say that hata kenjiro-sensei is taking advantage of something…just want some justice i guess (sry if my english is bad …)

    • True, sometimes I wonder if Hata could have done better with Hina than this, but sadly, so far, things are not very hopeful.

      If she could have been a bit happier there might not even have been the “Death Flag theory”.

  7. Thanks for the spoilers! i dont really read them, but glance nontheless. Isumi also skipped grades, so it is possible that she got 3rd. and she did. ^^

    • Isumi was brilliant enough to skip class grade (Sorry for the wrong word, it makes a hell lot of difference…), but it was a bit too much beyond my expectations that she was Top 3…

  8. Well, as long as Isumi doesn’t get lost on her way to the exam classroom 😉

    I loved the part when Risa and Miki yelled at Hina for appearing just at the wrong moment. This is Hata at his best: Mild irony packed into some funny scene.

    Just like you worked out nicely, Hina just HAD to see Hayate when she gave the “try harder until you succeed” advice to Nagi. On the plus side, Hina knows when her words to others don’t match up to her own actions. In a way, by keeping the Hayate thought alive, I consider this a confirmation that there’s more to follow on this angle, and that Hina will NOT simply return to her old self and give up on Hayate. And as strange as it sounds, I’m not even sure that I’m so happy about that.

    Ah well. Okay, so let’s go on with the doujinshi plot which honestly doesn’t interest me in the least >_<; … I wonder if it's only the Hina fans who think like this, but it simply doesn't have the oomph of the former arcs. I'm afraid that Hata will find out fairly soon that the limitations he put on Nagi aren't easily undone.

    • It appears to me that Hina was perfectly fine and cool if she didn’t have to tackle her love issues. In this chapter she took her supportive role very well given that she knew nothing about Nagi’s problem.

      If Hina could have more screentime supporting everyone on plot-related things I certainly would not mind if Hata kept Hina’s love issues going on. My problem with previous post-Ch. 266 Hayate-Hina arcs was that they were an overdose of annoying teasers. The small teasing in this chapter, though, was fine for me.

      I would want a break from heavy, pointless teasers, but surely I do not want Hina to give up completely. She had gone far too long on the path to love, and it would punch a big hole in the series if she gave up. And, I am not sure if such a hole could be refilled at all.

    • Hina seems… more fit doing what a student council president SHOULD do: Helping people. Not having love problems. Though it has developed so she can have them while helping people, im fine w/ that.

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