Hayate no Gotoku! Ch. 309

Remember that in the last chapter, Hata invited us to deduce the truth behind the formatted camera of Miki’s? On the cover page of this chapter, the truth is revealed!

There is only one answer!

Yes, it was Hayate. He found Miki’s camera when he returned to the classroom to take Nagi’s PSP, and then he watched the video(s) stored in the camera, and finally he decided to format it. As I suggested last week, based on the facts we were given, this is the most straight-forward and simple conclusion. For once in Hata’s manga, one plus one equals two.

So how did our dear readers perform in the poll I set up last week?

So far, there is a total of 90 votes, and I find this number very decent. Hayate got 55 votes (61%) so he was clearly your pick, and it turned out that more than half of you got the right answer. Nagi came in second with 10 votes (11%), which was also understandable because she would care about her PSP. Eight votes (9%) went to “Other”, but the system did not show me what you have written down on the text bar. Quite a few other characters got some votes, but Ayumu, Isumi, Sakuya and Miki got nothing.

Well, we know that Hayate had the actus reus (guilty act), but we know little about the mens rea (motive). It was clear that Hayate watched the video(s), and from he expression we could tell that he did not enjoy it (or them). But then, what exactly was so disgusting to him, so that he decided not only to delete the video clips shot by Izumi, but to go as far as formatting Miki’s camera?

On readers’ request I am conducting another poll, and this time we vote on Hayate’s motive behind formatting Miki’s camera. I included some crazy ideas, but there are also some “more sensible” choices for you to pick. Although we are not entirely sure whether we could have a clear answer to Hayate’s motive, it doesn’t harm to have another guessing game just for fun, right?

Okay, let’s go back to Ch. 309.

Before anything, there were 2 pages of Maria bathing scene.

Of course, this is fan-service, but when we have 3 Maria bathing scenes in slightly more than a month (Ch. 304 in January, the first page of Vol. 27 in February, and Ch. 309 in February.) then such fan-service would become annoying. Personally I doubt if Maria fans really would be happy seeing so many bathing scenes in such a short time, especially when this scene has nothing to do with the rest of the chapter. If fans do not really love such services, could these really count as “fan-service”?

There is an interesting change in Maria’s profile on the margin. Now the words “important bathing character” (お風呂要員)have been added. Well, it seems that Maria has officially become the “main huru-ine”(メイン風呂イン – the main girl in the bath)…

She was speaking rather casually.

Then we go back to Nagi, who claimed that she had no idea with her manga. She had three weeks left before the doujinshi showdown, and of course she had to complete her own work (and print them) before then. Still, you can’t do anything in creative industry if you don’t have any idea at all, so Nagi was in trouble.

Sakuya came for a visit, and she met Chiharu there. Apparently Chiharu did not tell Sakuya she was living with Nagi, and that probably was because she did not want to worry her.  Sakuya was surprised to see Chiharu in the Violet Mansion, and she opened her mouth to talk to Chiharu…

This is no good!

Wait. There is a problem. Nagi and Hayate did not know that Chiharu was working as Sakuya’s maid. In fact, Chiharu and Sakuya were not supposed to know each other at all! So, it would look extremely suspicious if Sakuya could call Chiharu by “Haru-san” – that’s not even her name, but her nickname. As such, Chiharu interrupted Sakuya, and dragged her away for a private talk.

Somehow, this would look even more suspicious. Luckily, Sakuya understood Chiharu’s situation, and neither Nagi nor Hayate cared too much about their private talk, so everything was fine.

It really was a long time ago...

Nagi then came in and asked Chiharu to look for ideas together. Sakuya wanted to come too, but Nagi rejected her, as she thought Sakuya would not be any help. Well, those words hurt, but as Sakuya had never been of any help to Nagi’s manga, you couldn’t really say that Nagi was wrong…

Sakuya learnt from Hayate that Nagi one-sidedly relied on Chiharu, and her mind became complicated. A long, long time ago Nagi relied on Sakuya, and now Nagi relied on somebody else and said Sakuya “would not be any help”. That meant that Nagi abandoned her for someone else!

No! Sakuya was sure that she could be of help to Nagi. She was still someone whom Nagi could rely on, just like a long, long time ago! In order to prove her own worth, Sakuya decided to do something impossible: To understand Nagi’s manga!


As it turned out, Sakuya could not have a single clue about Nagi’s manga. However, as Chiharu suggested that Nagi “might have talent”, perhaps Chiharu did see something Sakuya didn’t. So, did it mean that Nagi was right about her, that she “would not be any help”…?

By the way, we could see that Hayate was doing all the explanations. Was he only reciting Nagi’s explanations to him, or did he really understand what Nagi was drawing?

Hayate saw that Sakuya was slightly crestfallen, so he suggested her not to try too hard. Yet, Sakuya said that she wanted to understand what Nagi was drawing. It was crystal clear that Sakuya cared about Nagi very much, and Hayate commented that Nagi was very fortunate. Indeed, she was fortunate that she had so many people who cared so much about her.

Out of absolutely nowhere.

Then again, out of nowhere, in came Isumi, the only person in the whole world who could understand Nagi’s manga. Sakuya might tease Isumi for a lot of things, but when it comes to “understanding Nagi’s manga”, Isumi was the pro! So, listen to the pro, and read like the pro!

According to the pro, the reason for Sakuya’s failure was that she was a boring person, and in order to understand Nagi’s manga she had to become interesting… Does anyone understand what Isumi was talking about?

Well, if we want to elaborate her words a bit, we could say that Sakuya was a smart person with common sense, so sometimes she could be a bit too serious. In order to understand Nagi’s manga, you have to give up your seriousness, and develop a sense of humour which does not follow common sense. Emm… Is that what you meant, Isumi?

The thing is, they were both absolutely serious about this.

Anyway, that’s the theory, and now Isumi put this into practice, on Sakuya. She gave Sakuya a cock costume, and asked her to dance in that costume for a bit. Sakuya followed her instructions and performed a few steps, and Isumi commented that Sakuya had become an interesting person. She then gave Nagi’s manga to Sakuya again, and said that she could understand Nagi’s manga now.

Unfortunately, that did not work. Outraged, Sakuya threw Nagi’s manga onto Isumi’s face.

Shot of the week.

What went wrong? Well, even if you do funny acts, it does not mean that you are funny yourself. Sakuya simply followed Isumi’s instructions, and although her acts were extremely funny, that did not change anything in her mind. When she had not changed for a bit, her understanding of Nagi’s manga would also not change for a bit.

It was late at night. Sakuya and Isumi left, and Nagi and Chiharu returned. Nagi was unhappy that Sakuya had left, for she wanted to show Sakuya her ideas, as she trusted her intuition. It seems that, although Nagi did not trust Sakuya in looking for ideas, she trusted Sakuya in deciding whether the ideas were good or bad.

Hayate was happy. Sakuya cared for Nagi, and Nagi trusted Sakuya. If Nagi required Sakuya’s support, she would always be there for her. She might not understand Nagi’s ideas, but at least she would always try.

53 comments on “Hayate no Gotoku! Ch. 309

  1. WHAT??? F**K ****TA-kun??? hahaha i was right, it was…. but Hata-sensei surprisingly finished the chapter 309 faster now than any chapters available…

    • Not really. They always print the magazines on Thursdays or Fridays, so the fastest Spoilers also come out on Thursdays or Fridays.

      For example, Ch. 300 was published on 8 December, but the Spoilers came out on 3 December.

      The difference is that for the last month the one taking photos on the printouts had gone missing, but now it seems he/she is back!

    • I’d prefer solid involvement and performance in the story to cross-page fanservice, so I don’t mind if there is no Hina bathing scene.

    • Fanservice in HnG seems limited to the following:
      Athena (but she is Alice right now)

      and to a lesser extent, Hina+Sakuya. and some Isumi cosplay…

  2. I’ve got the feeling that Hata-sensei is trying to make up the lack of screen time for Maria by giving her continuous fanservice scenes…@_@

    Nagi’s working on her doujinshi now? So are we going back to the manga/doujinshi arc and the competition between Nagi and the Maizumi guy, I wonder?@_@

    • Maybe it’s true that Hata’s making up for Maria. But then, too much of this and his plan might backfire. He needs to be careful.

      It really is time for Nagi to get going. The recent one-chapter stories might be good, but any more of them and we are going to lose focus.

    • maybe this is the time of the real story? The doujinshi arc is finally forward? I hope so, because im slightly bored with all of this filler nowadays before i’m too bored 😀

  3. After the scanlation is out and all of us know who the culprit was, how about you make another poll, like “why do you think he/she did such things?

  4. I have a question doughnut-san is the blog hits on the right topside of the page represents how many people that came to your blog everytime?

    • It represents how many times the readers click on my posts or links. So if one reader first visit 1 Chapter Review and then 1 Featured Article, that counts as 2 hits.

      By the way, I removed your previous comment, because you exposed the name of the offender and that is not allowed here yet. 😛

  5. hahaha. So… He does know… It’s really cool if the one who formatted miki’s camera confronted izumi. Another filler chapter. Just get to the main story! Hayate and hina will be parents and a-tan will get her powers back. Hahaha. And hata really likes maria eh….

  6. Maria, together with Nagi and Hayate, was one of the “central” (I don’t know which word to use to put it precisely) characters of the series, until Hata decided to cut her screen time down ruthlessly… *sigh*

    Need more Maria’s meaningful arcs to reconfirm that she is one of the heroines of this series, enough with the fanservice… *sigh*

    • Indeed. It is not the bathing scenes which could tell the importance of a character in the story, but his/her involvement and contribution.

      For a long time Maria has been lacking involvement and contribution. It is true that she existed in 90% of the chapters, but mere existence doesn’t make you a main heroine.

      Hata needs to get Maria more involved in the story. Fast.

  7. Even though if it’s a filler, if Nagi did truly began to think about her doujinshi, than that means we’re starting to move to the storyline again, rite? i guess that’s a good thing.

    On an unrelated note, this question bugs me. Why did Alice called Hina her mama and Hayate her papa? Truly does not make sense to me.

  8. really what is hata doing making so many maria fanservice will that make her even more popular I dunno most of the people that vote for maria is children right will they vote again after seeing this

    • Judging by what he said on BS and Twitter, I have a feeling that Hata simply enjoyed drawing Maria’s bathing scenes, so I consider this a service to Hata himself rather than to the fans.

      I don’t really think bathing scenes would attract a lot of votes – at least not enough for her to overtake Nagi and Athena.

      Still, having some bathing scenes is much better than having almost nothing in the Athena saga, huh?

  9. Btw the schedule of ISML have changed to 27 february for 1st round, im also posting this comment to other blog and forum , okay thx~

  10. the first doujinshi convention was 21 may, then the second will be on 12 june. that’s exactly 3 weeks gap. after the last convention, we have 8 chapters (8 days?) passed. how come nagi still have 3 weeks now?

    • I think it is that, after the Hina & Alice arc, events do not follow a linear timeline. Instead, we have random events happen to random people on random days. So, the date in this chapter could be 23 or 24 May.

      That said, when the second Doujinshi arc really begins, I think we would know the real date.

    • in those filler chapter there’s actually some big event that hata can’t just throw away, like wataru mortgage his shop. don’t tell me in wataru future chapter the story goes like that chapter never exist.

    • oh, and nagi also said that she have recover from her depressed state long time ago. it’s proof that the time line have pass more than just 1 or 2 day 😛

    • Good point. 😛

      Well, perhaps Hata simply got the dates mixed up. Let’s see if he would try to sort this out.

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