So, the little girl who, according to Hayate, looked so alike Athena pointed at Hina and said she was “Mama”.
The girl looked like she was at least 6 or 7 years old, and given that Hina was only 16, it was quite impossible for her to give birth to this child. Anyone with the slightest bit of common sense should know this, and would look for alternate explanations rather than to take the girl’s words very seriously.
Unfortunately, Hina was surrounded by fools. So, we could see that both Risa and Izumi got all excited by this piece of “news”, and they began to make fun of Hina. Hina intended to declare her virginity, but the other two girls made fun of her even harder by saying that she was a pervert.
Well, well, your words were a bit out of bounds, Hina. What’s with that, anyway? “I’ve never had a kid or even done the things that lead to having a kid”? You might have been making your declaration a little too directly. But then, considering that she was in a state of desperation, this might simply be a slip of the tongue. Anyway, it was very funny.
Hayate then asked the little girl who her “Papa” was, and – as many of you had expected – she pointed at Hayate. With the third fool finally joining the discussion, the whole “Papa, Mama and the child” thing began to go out of control…
Well, Hayate, next time you better mind your own business. Whom Hina goes out with, or with whom she gives birth to a child, has absolutely nothing to do with you, am I right or am I not right?
It was actually very amusing that Hayate believed what the little girl had said, and seriously thought that he and Hina had a child. When Risa asked him when did the two of them had a child, he went into deep thoughts, and came to an answer: “Could it have been when…?”
That was enough. No matter what Hayate was going to say, his “confession” would mean that he did that sort of things with Hina, and no girl would want to be thought that they had done those things if in fact they had not. This is not about love or hate, but about a girl’s reputation and dignity. So, Hina decided that the big mouth of Hayate must be shut, and she drew the Shirosakura out of thin air and strike at Hayate.
Honestly, I am very interested in what Hayate would say. Surely, when? What kind of interaction between him and Hina did he think was capable of giving birth to a child? Holding her hands? Or grabbing her from behind? If so, you are truly hopeless, man.
To be fair, though, his line was the funniest thing in this chapter.
Aika watched as Hayate struggled for his life under the Shirosakura, and she immediately recognized the sword. The little girl then ran to her, and the two talked in undertone. The Shirosakura was referred to as what was needed for the girl to regain power. It also seemed that an outer source told them that Hina was the current wielder of the sword. Aika asked if the little girl would want to show her “that thing”, and the little girl pulled out a tag with a drying battery on it, while Aika doubted whether it would be enough as an explanation…
In short, the girl needed the Shirosakura, and for that she would have to approach Hina. So far this is all that we know, and I think the plans of the girl should be revealed in future chapters. In any case, Hina and her sword had been targeted, and it is more probable than not that Hina would (finally) be in non-romantic troubles. Let’s see if anyone would be there to help or save her, or else she would have to fight through her problems on her own.
Their discussion was interrupted by Hayate, who asked Aika about the child. Aika said that the little girl was a princess of a certain country – just which country was it exactly, nobody cared – who had to leave her Royal Family for 3 months for training. Aika suggested that the little princess had to stay in a normal house, but for her safety there must be someone to take care of her, and it would be best if someone like Hayate could be her butler.
Sounds like the feeblest excuse in the entire series to me…
The little girl spoke of the difficulties that come with “Royalty”, and that if Hayate became her butler, she would reward him with her “sign of love” – the ring so much alike the one Hayate had given Athena in the past. All of these confirmed Hayate’s intuition that the little girl was indeed Athena. That would be the main reason for him to accept the task to look after the little girl. He then offered her, and probably Aika too, to live in the Violet Mansion, so that he could be her (or their) butler.
The little girl then turned to Hina, and although she called Hina “Hinagiku-san” instead of “Mama”, she said that she “recognized” Hina as her mother, so Hina would have to come along with her. With absolutely no idea what was happening, Hina obeyed. She didn’t even ask why, as Aika was already looking after her, the little girl did not “recognize” Aika as her mother. Well, a simple answer was at the ready, so it would make no difference whether she asked or not.
Hayate introduced the little girl to Maria as “Alice-chan”. This little girl shall hereby be referred to as “Alice” in my blog, until she introduced herself again by any other name. Maria did not seem too reluctant to let another tenant in, but simply asked if it was really alright. Hayate said it would not be a problem because Alice would have him as butler, and that Hina would also be moving in. Well, he was quite sure Hina would be helpful instead of causing more trouble, wasn’t he?
Hina was not impressed by this suggestion. She thought that she only needed to accompany Alice to the Violet Mansion, but now Hayate said without her consent that she would be moving in. She began to argue with Hayate, but she couldn’t really explain why she was so reluctant to move in. In the end, she simply blushed and ran away.
As we know that Alice would need Hina’s help, she would not let Hina go this easily. She clearly told Hayate that she would have to live with Hina in this place, and he must get Hina back here. So does it mean that there is nowhere for Hina to escape this time…?
There might be a lot of reasons for Hina to be so reluctant to move in. She was a person who loved her family very much, so she might not want to leave the Katsura Household. She might not have the money to move in, and asking her family to pay the rent would be very irresponsible. She might not be happy with the facilities in the Violet Mansion. But in the end, none of these were relevant, as she was preoccupied with one single reason: It would be too embarrassing to live with Hayate, because if she was to move in, Hayate and her might start playing the “happy couple” game (again). She thought she should be calling Hayate “honey”, and she just could not bring herself to do so. Well, actually, nobody expected you to do that…
With this we could actually know more about Hina’s love philosophy. She often pictured what it would be like to be romantically involved with Hayate, but these mental images were all too embarrassing for her to do in real life. She couldn’t do what she thought she ought to be doing, so she got all frustrated because there has been no progress in line with her imaginations.
It might not always be the case, but her ridiculous mental images were actually hindering her progress. So, just think a little bit less, Hina.
Hayate went after Hina, but then he asked himself a very valid question: What am I supposed to do? Indeed, he would need to think of how to persuade Hina to move in, and… does anyone have any good idea? I had been thinking for hours, but I couldn’t come with any good arguments to get Hina into the Mansion.
Personally I look forward to a meaningful and serious discussion between Hayate and Hina, for I have said more than once that these two needed to talk. However, as this is Hayate no Gotoku! and the author being Hata, this might be a wishful thinking.
Let’s see what Hayate would do in the next chapter! It would again be another two-week wait, for New Year is coming. The next issue of Shonen Sunday would be published on 4 January 2011, so let’s look forward to that!