Hayate no Gotoku! Ch. 351


This pose actually makes girls more popular.

After so many chapters which happened over the June 18-19 weekend, finally we arrive at June 21. And it was Izumi’s birthday!

Unfortunately for her, it was not holiday, and it was not weekend. It was an ordinary school day, on which she had to go to school, and receive daily tutorial from Hayate.

Good students ask questions.

Today the tutorial was on Chemistry, and specifically on the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. Although Hayate managed to explain the equation, he couldn’t answer why hydrogen and oxygen bond when heated. Well, to put it simply, the heat overcomes the bond between the gas moleclues, so they become free hydrogen and oxgen atoms again, and then the atoms combine to become water molecules.

The Chemistry knowledge might be too difficult for Hayate and Izumi, so they could only accept the phenomenon as a fact, without really knowing why. Things always happen, but we don’t always know why.

This time he was acting dumbness.

Hayate then changed the subject and talked about the weather, and he mentioned June 21. It was her birthday, so Izumi blushed, possibly waiting for Hayate to remember that it was her birthday. However, as Hayate asked her if anything was the matter, she knew (or thought) that he didn’t remember.

It was obvious that Izumi wanted Hayate to know that it was her birthday, so she started hinting to him. She suggested that she was born in summer, and hoped that he would ask things like “Oh, so in which month were you born?”, but he didn’t. Instead, he told her to resume studying.

Cute!

Izumi was ready to give up. She liked having Hayate to tutor her, so she gave up expecting any birthday greetings from him, and decided to enjoy the afternoon with him.

Just then, Hayate gave her a very cute pound cake, and said that he could not have forgotten her birthday. It means that he had made a small joke on her just minutes ago. After all, the last time he really had forgotten about someone’s birthday, things almost went very badly…

Then don't make it that large in the first place!

Now that she had the cake, Izumi became a bit more greedy, and she wanted to eat the cake at that moment with Hayate alone. However, Hayate was of the opinion that it would be better to invite the Student Council to share the cake, as he made the cake too big for only two.

Somehow I think that he had always wanted to invite the Student Council from the beginning… Speaking of the Student Council, it was also a bit strange that they did nothing for one of their members. Hina might be busy, but Risa and Miki…?

Fail. In every way.

Izumi, who was so determined to eat with Hayate alone, stopped him from inviting the Student Council. She couldn’t think of any good excuses, but instead settled on a certain kind of self-destruction: She claimed that she was a messy eater. If she was that clumsy, it would be better not to make the party big, right?

Hayate was confused as he didn’t really understand what Izumi meant by “messy eater”, and asked her to give him an example. Izumi did not have a choice but to “demonstrate” just how messy she was with the strawberries. This act effectively stopped Hayate from inviting the Student Council, but the price of a bad image in Hayate’s eyes might be too high for Izumi…

However, things did not turn out that bad for Izumi. As it was the very kind Hayate, he decided to serve such a “messy eater” with the cake. It was a very romantic move, and of course Izumi enjoyed it.

Nagi: "Their things become mine, my things remain mine!"

There was ingredient left after Hayate made the cake for Izumi, so he made a smaller cake and put it into the fridge. Nagi opened the fridge and found the cake, and even before Hayate said that it was up to her to eat (after dinner), she was already eating.

Izumi took the unfinished cake with her back home, and it seemed she was having it as dessert after dinner. It was a good cake, and it was a wonderful birthday for her.

Okay, Hata had announced that he would take a break. Hayate no Gotoku! would return to Shonen Sunday in Issue 13 on 29th February. A lot of “special projects” are promised on Hata’s BS, but whether I would do anything with them depends on whether we could assess to these materials, so we’ll see.

What is certain is that, during the (somewhat) blank period, I would be working on my first ever fan fiction: The Wind Sees Daisy. If everything goes on just fine, I will upload one chapter every day. I don’t have many words “in stock”, which means that I am writing this fiction every day. Please come and check the fiction out if you feel like to!

14 comments on “Hayate no Gotoku! Ch. 351

    • Oh well..~ Hata does deserve a long break..~ He had not exactly taken any long breaks ever since he started with HNG in 2004 and had been consistently releasing new chapters in almost every issue of Shonen Sunday..~ Hope that he can have a good rest and come back with more interesting chapters~

  1. Hmm, inviting a group of your friends, who always pranks her because of her superior popularity among the trio, to a party on a day which celebrates her birth…… then again, I’m sure the other two idiots will make her birthday an exception. Not pretty sure about the other days after her birthday.

    It’s kind of a let down that a chapter about Izumi’s birthday is merely a private birthday between her and Hayate instead of something similar to Ayumu’s birthday chapter. Just watching all the comedy that comes from multiple characters gathering together, Ayumu realizing that a forth competitor to Hayate’s heart exists and everyone ignoring the fact that it’s Kotetsu’s birthday too would make it more fun. Still, I guess this chapter being a HayatexIzumi-ish chapter is fun enough… too bad I ain’t much of a fan of that boat.

    • I think Hata really had run out of ideas on birthday arcs. While Hina and Sakuya had long arcs for their birthdays, Ayumu got only two chapters, Saki and Izumi one. Kotetsu and Kazuki were forgotten.

      There are so many things Hata could play on Izumi’s birthday, but Hata settled for the old “surprise cake” trick, which indeed is a disappointment.

      There are still the birthdays of the 3 main characters to come, let us hope that Hata could do a better job than this.

  2. I hope that when he returns, he’ll have figured out what to do with the story. The last 30-some chapters, I felt that it’s been floating aimlessly, with the exception of the (pretty lackluster) manga arc. I’d love to see HnG return to the quality it had before (and particularly during) the Greece arc.

    • I think he always knows. It is just that we adults are not exactly the intended readers of the current saga.

      The maturity of this series varies with the age of the main female character involved, doesn’t it? I mean, Hinagiku was 15 moving on 16, Athena was (at least) 16, while Nagi was 13…

  3. Hata deserves a break, considering how he pretty much never took a break besides breaks of Shounen Sunday itself… And resuming on the day that only shows up once every four years, coincidence much…?

  4. Let’s see, Izumi took the rest of the cake home, ate it, and probably share it with Kotetsu as it was his birthday too. Then he will ask where does it come from. Izumi replied it was from Hayate. The next day he went on a stalking rampage.

    But like I said, before, him not demanding Hayate to remember his birthday is quite mindboggling.

  5. It must be tough for Kotetsu to be the neglected child of the family. Oh well, that is the way of the butler. They are meant to be their masters shadows and must disappear when they aren’t needed. Of course, it’s a different case when a certain butler is the main character.

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