Hayate no Gotoku! Ch. 336

A sound and deserved defeat.

Nagi left the Convention Hall to shout at the top of Sunshine 60. Hayate left the Convention Hall to show Nagi the manga drawn by Ruka. Chiharu left the Convention Hall to watch them. It means that 3 out of 4 members of Nagi’s circle were not helping with the sale of Maria’s photo book, and the remaining member was… Maria herself.

A girl selling her own photo book in the Comisun would give the others an impression that she was very stupid even shameless, and Wataru and Saki were proof of this. Even Maria herself could not stand this, so while she kept on selling on her own, she was secretly praying that the others could come back as soon as possible – although, even if they returned, the fact would remain that Maria was selling her own photo book, so there might not be too much difference.

Finally Hayate returned, but instead of helping Maria with the sale, he came and asked her to sell all remaining books by herself. He then took the train with Nagi and Chiharu, moving away from Sunshine 60. What would happen to the photo books, and more importantly the doujinshi, they didn’t seem to care any more.

Completely absorbed in the defeat.

Chiharu suggested that they had to get the fire burning again in Nagi, who looked as though hers was extinguished. She sat by a corner of the bench very quietly, and reflected on what she had been doing. She admitted that she had made a fundamental mistake. She was supposed to be focused on drawing manga, but she made the wrong turn at some point and began focusing only on selling manga. She played a trick on the customers, and she sacrificed Maria for this trick. Yet, she was not happy about the results, and instead of coming closer to Ruka, she found that she was left further behind.

In order to cheer her up, Chiharu brought Nagi to the Tokyo Big Sight. According to her, Japan’s biggest doujinshi event (Comiket) would take place here for 3 days, starting from August 3. It would be a long and hard battle, which could be easily made into a longer story than the Trojan War by Hata…

Ayumu: "HEY!!!"

In any case, Nagi had accepted defeat in the June 12 Comisun. If she really had a love for manga, she would have to fix what had gone wrong, and step up for the Comiket battle. A defeat in one competition isn’t the end of the world, if the loser does not give up hope himself or herself.

And Nagi stepped up. She knew that she had sacrificed Maria, she had let Chiharu and Hayate down, and she had lost to Ruka – who appeared in front of her just then.

According to Hina, Ruka suddenly wanted to visit the Tokyo Big Sight on their way home. It means that Ruka and Hina had no more business for the day, and the visit to the Tokyo Big Sight was not in Hina’s plan. So, why had Hina insisted on selling all 30 copies in the morning? It remains a mystery.

"I will be back!"

Nagi understood that she would have a second battle against Ruka, right here, in August. She declared that, in two months’ time, she would overcome Ruka. Ruka took up her challenge, by giving a line of provocation: “I am not going to wait for you. I will leave you behind.” It really is some Declaration of War very common in shonen manga, which had Hayate and Chiharu noticed and commented on, and had Hina completely puzzled – remember, she had been reading manga for merely two weeks.

The most pressing matter for Nagi, though, was how to make herself a better mangaka than Ruka in two months’ time. She would need some very good advisers to take her to the next level. At the moment, Chiharu and Ayumu had been proven ineffective. Hayate was serving both Nagi and Ruka. Hina was on Ruka’s side, and in any case nobody other than Ruka acknowledged her contribution. So, who could the “super high spec adviser” be?

Old faces! But actually they look a bit different from before...

We arrive at Hakuou Academy, where two people were talking about Wataru’s quitting and his replacement. Those who had watched the Season One Anime would know who they are: Kuzuha Kirika, the (acting) chairperson of Hakuou Academy, and Kuresato Shion, her butler. Although they had appeared quite a lot (and created quite a lot of troubles) in the anime, it is their first appearance in manga.

Of course, Hina had mentioned Kirika’s name in Ch. 232 of the manga, but as no other information was given, it remains to be seen whether the manga Kirika and Shion would be as troublesome as they were in the anime. Hina showed no negativity towards Kirika in Ch. 232, though, so could it mean that they were getting on quite fine in the manga?

New face! But are you sure this is new?

Kirika stated that she had decided on the grade skipper who would replace Wataru, and in came Tsurugino Kayura, a “new” character. The word “new” is in quotation because, well, Kayura isn’t exactly a character completely unknown to us. In fact, we have already seen her making appearances in the movie. Given that the movie is set in August, and it was June in the manga, you might say the Kayura we have seen in the movie is a FlashForward of her appearance in the manga.

As I have not yet watched the movie, I don’t really understand Kayura’s character in the movie. However, as she was a grade skipper, she would be very clever. Would she be clever enough to offer Nagi advices? Would she join the Violet Mansion? Let’s wait and see.

Now Maria has become much more popular... in the story.

In the last panel, it is shown that Maria had sold all of her photo books. Even if she cut the selling price by half (250 yen per book), Nagi’s circle would make a small profit of around 40K yen. It would give a rather strong compensation to Nagi. After all, she had already lost her battle against Ruka, and it would not be a good news for her to lose money. Now that she could sufficiently cover the printing cost, Nagi would not have worry about her financial status… for now.

And this concludes the first part of the Mangaka saga. It has been predictable, but the story so far makes sense. There are quite a few things I could talk about in more details, so if everything goes on fine, you can expect a Featured Article in a few days.

Hata wrote on his BS that we are going back to the one-chapter short stories starting next week. It means that there could be a few “filling chapters” coming, but it also means that Hata is not taking his suggested break… yet.

Let’s look forward to a new start!

32 comments on “Hayate no Gotoku! Ch. 336

    • Well, I think there would at least be some other arcs between now and the second half of the Mangaka saga.

  1. So all in all everyone got something out of it, except for Maria. Oh and it turns out that Kayura kid is not just an original character created for the movie but for the manga. Thus, Kayura is hereby considered……. CANON. Hopefully this is the end of the Mangaka Saga though Ruka will probably make some appearance in later chapters.

    • Maria got something as well: popularity among otakus. Isn’t this the very thing she has been losing?

    • Let us remember that it was not what she wanted. Rather, only the otakus got something out of it instead of the other way around. In fact, her very character has lost something important that neither Maria or any of us (alright it’s just us) realize how valuable it was to her until now: Dignity with a little bit of self-respect. Meh who knows, Maria might end up working part-time as a model to help with Nagi’s financial problems since she’s got way too much time to herself. It shouldn’t be too hard seeing as how there’s a chance that some big shot from a big time modelling company might have seen the pictures from the album. I mean there were 1000 copies of it and it was all sold out. Imagine the kind of plot that would be created from the whole “Maria photo album” event. For example: Ashibashi-sensei might have gain an idea for his new manga -wink,wink-.

  2. Poor Maria, at least she was left with lots of (most likely unwanted) fans of hers, selling them Pictures she doesn’t want anyone to see and nobody who really cared about her 😦

  3. I laughed really hard about the part where Nagi’s shirt says “I’m big, it’s the pictures that are small”.

    And, how Luca was higher than Nagi, on the steps… it was so cliche, and it was straight from a shonen manga… =P

    • Yes, it was cliched, and maybe that’s why Hayate and Chiharu didn’t look comfortable at all watching this scene.

  4. So not just Kayura but Shion and Kuzuha are hereby considered…..CANON!! I love how the running gag in this chapter is the “I sacrificed Maria” parts which occurred twice. I doubt Nagi really considered sacrificing Maria as something serious.

    So while Nagi is wearing the same shirt from the color page in the early chapters in the Mangaka Saga, Ruka is wearing the same clothes and scarf from when the manga revealed her character in a “dazzling” way. Kayura got the same “dazzling” introduction but she was arguably depressing. Speaking of season 1 of the anime, in one of the episodes Nagi had Kuzuha create a replica of Comiket in Hakuou so she can sell her doujinshi. Why do I get the feeling that Yukiji will appear in Comiket?

    Maria’s willpower helped her endure the embarrasment but it will take more than willpower to regain her dignity. I think Kayura will move in the Violet Mansion. Funny, the Violet Mansion only consists of girls (below 18) with the exception of Hayat…….Bwahahahahaha, I’m sorry I couldn’t say that with a straight face, yeah only girls and I think I know why. Maria, 17 going 18, spends more time in the Mansion than anyone else (Alice sleeps most of the time) and is always alone (again Alice sleeps most of the time). However, storywise, this is a good thing cause if there was another guy in the mansion then Maria would most likely have a romantic interest. Hata probably doesn’t want to enter the Maria love problem just yet and thus the mansion only consists of girls. So for now, Maria will remain as one of the comic relief characters. Man, do I feel sorry for her.

    • I doubt there will be another significant male character that could pass as Maria’s romantic interest…

      Even though I wished it so…

      Screw it, I ship Nonohara x Maria.

    • Well, at least Nagi would know that she was presenting Maria to the would in a rather indecent manner. As a girl herself, Nagi should have taken it seriously.

      Yukiji… Well, maybe Kaoru would take her to Comiket.

      Introducing a male character into the Violet Mansion might not really give Maria a new love story, because if the guy would stay in the Mansion with Maria all day, he would most probably be a NEET, and I don’t see Maria would fall for a NEET (Sorry, fellows.)…

      Instead of Nonohara, I actually think that Himegami x Maria would work.

  5. I always criticised the first season of the anime because of it’s poor execution of parodies not to mention the overuse of parodies. I admit, the filler episodes were filled with this kind of problem but the animation quality in the fillers were great. The filler characters i.e Kuzuha, Shion, anime interpretation of Himegami and etc however weren’t that bad. Kuzuha and Shion were originally villains but they were much better as comic reliefs afterwards. Himegami was kind of a prick, in a good way, and for some reason he can fire DBZ-like ki blasts. It’s possible that Hata may actually like the way the first season turned out which is why he designed Kuzuha and Shion in the manga the same way they were in the anime. So it’s possible that Himegami will look the same but I’m not sure if he’ll wear the mask or if he’ll refer to himself as Princess. Plus, we can’t tell if Shion is wearing those shape shifting high heels of her’s, heck Shion may actually be a dude in the manga. On another note, Karuya’s hair makes her look like a wolf don’t you think?

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