“You and Me”. Those who follow Hata’s BS would know that he has been using this as the BS title for the last 10 entries. It means that Hata has been emphasizing over and over again how important this chapter is supposed to be. By “You and Me” I think Hata means “Luca and Nagi”, so the logical conclusion is that the meeting of Luca and Nagi would be extremely important, in a way – so far – only God (Hata) knows. After all, Hayate no Gotoku! is Hata’s world, and it is The World Only God Knows.
I apologize for the extremely bad pun.
One thing we know in this chapter is Luca’s full name: Suirenji Luca（水蓮寺ルカ）. The words “水蓮寺” literally mean “Lotus Temple”, and it is clear that it is some sort of reference to buildings. Now, who else has his or her name with a reference to buildings? Yes, you got it – “三千院” in “三千院ナギ”, which literally means “Three Thousand Houses”. Even if it is only the names, it shows that Luca and Nagi were parallel people. This, of course, is not a hint of Yuri pairing, although I honestly wouldn’t mind…
Again, as the whole point of the chapter is the “meeting of fate” of Luca and Nagi, the chapter itself has little to talk about – that is, if you count out Hata’s efforts on (overly) emphasizing just how cute Luca and Nagi were. The flow, therefore, is simple: Luca received some treatment from Hayate, and she went to a concert to perform. Nagi and Chiharu finished their job at the Convention, and, along with several pages of discussion on Luca, they also went to the concert in order to meet Luca. The chapter ends with the Voice of God declaring that this would be their “meeting of fate”, and it would be something Nagi never forgets, in a way – so far – only God (Hata) knows. After all, Hayate no Gotoku! is Hata’s world, and it is The World Only God Knows.
I apologize again for the extremely bad pun.
When the spoilers came out, quite a few readers wrote on my blog that they were losing tracks on what was happening, and we are none the better now than before, even though we might have some more ideas on Luca herself.
First of all, maybe it would be wise if we take a closer look at the introduction to her Doujinshi. According to the Word of God (Hata), this was her first Doujinshi. I think the importance that lies behind these words is that Luca would have drawn about her own life in this Doujinshi. Rookie authors, with all due respect, tend to draw or write something about their own lives or experience, because usually they couldn’t find an idea from thin air. To a certain extent it made sense with Luca’s Doujinshi, because the main character was a dolphin (iruka), so it might well be true that Luca has her name hidden in the main character, and that the Doujinshi was a reflection of her own life.
We might then have a guess on Luca’s past. Chiharu said that she had been through a lot of things, and if the Doujinshi was really a reflection of her life, then Luca must have had a miserable life: She had her own dreams, but she lacked the skills to achieve them. She was doing jobs (Guards, perhaps?) without an idea why she got those jobs in the first place. She had to protect something precious, but she was betrayed and had been given a huge debt… While we had absolutely no idea on the details, we must admit that the life she described was extremely miserable, and she must have been very tough to survive such a life.
Another thing to note is that Luca looked like a very popular singer. Without specific reason, I tend to believe that singing was one of her jobs from which she earned a living and repaid her debt. As we all know, singers have very tight schedules, so she must have a very hard life to devote some time on her Doujinshis. With that you would also understand her shock when she discovered that she had no talents in drawing: I live in Hell and only want to have a go with my dreams, and you show to me that I am nothing more than rubbish, Ashibashi-sensei?
Well, when you were seriously lacking money, and have no butler or maid to take care of almost everything in your life, it would be hugely remarkable that you succeeded in drawing a 32-page Doujinshi. It means, I see Luca would be teaching Nagi a lesson. No matter how unfortunate you would say Nagi was, she still had Hayate and Maria, and now Chiharu, to take care of her. She had never experienced hardship in her life, and so when Hata drew her miserable face when she had her dreams broken, my instant reply in my head was: “Well, big deal.” Now with Luca being her friend or rival, Nagi might have a lesson to learn for her life, about her life. Hopefully this would take away the “Big deal” comment in my head, because otherwise I simply can’t see why Hata suggested that this arc would include “Nagi’s biggest trial in her life”.
With that, I still can’t help to ask: Now it seems that we are only halfway through the whole story and “Nagi’s biggest trial in her life” is here, so what’s left for her in the remaining of the story…?
The final point for me to note in this chapter is that, I am still of the opinion that Hata is doing his best to make Luca as eye-catching as he could. She is one of the very few, if not the only one, to have a crosspage all about her. No wonder some people already suggested that Luca was perhaps the so-called “true heroine”. The truthfulness of such a claim remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: In an arc supposed to be “Nagi’s biggest trial in her life”, suddenly most of the attention is drawn to Luca rather than Nagi. It just seems that there is someone who is able to overshadow Nagi in every arc, isn’t it? Well, whatever. We know who is blessed by God (Hata). After all, Hayate no Gotoku! is Hata’s world, and it is The World Only God Knows.
I apologize for the third time for the extremely bad pun.