Hayate no Gotoku! Ch. 371

What are the odds of her making into Top 3 in the next Character Poll?

As the coffin’s room is cleaned up, we can finally have a good look at it. As it turns out, it really is a huge room – in fact, it could be bigger than a basketball court. Now we understand why Tama and Fr. Ghost so deseparately want this room. It also means that, as the guard of the apartment, Isumi would have an extremely large guard room to… well, do whatever she wants. A part of me is starting to believing that Isumi has moved in just because she wanted a large room.

The coffin could be gone, but the pattern – or totem, if you like – on the floor remains. Hayate moves closer and examines the pattern. What he sees is a total of 12 crests, one of them was on the King’s Jewel he once possessed. Hayate – finally – puts one plus one together and reaches the conclusion that there could be a total of 12 King’s Jewels. It seems that our King, whoever he is, has a special liking for Jewels.

But I only see seven…

So far, we have come across two King’s Jewels. The first one, once owned by Hayate, was destroyed by Nagi as she bought Hayate’s service forever and ever. The second one, which was given to Aika by Mikado, is probably still with her. As it takes over 7 seven years for 2 King’s Jewels to make an appearance, how many years would it take for the other 10 to show up? More importantly, what would the story become if we are now set to find the other 10 King’s Jewels?

Bring on the Dragon Ball King’s Jewels saga, Hata. Start with the invention of the King’s Radar, if you like…

Isumi arrives and discusses the coffin with Hayate. She might say that she is only having a guess, but we know that Hata would not waste a page on complete crap talk. It means that whatever Isumi has said in this chapter should be taken as definitive.

Your argument is invalid.

Definitive statements should be recorded full in text, so here we go:

Most likely, there was a great power here, and there were those who protected it. But that power was lost one day, so those protecting it lost their reason to remain here. That was when it was handed over to Yukariko-sama. This place had lost its value, but they probably thought she would take good care of it… However, the power here was very great. It turned the land into an area of great mystical energy, so strange things are called in even with the power gone. I do not know what that power was, but it is a power that we cannot let fall into the wrong hands.

For one thing, it is not entirely fair to Yukariko by calling her “irresponsible”. After all, she knew nothing about the powers surrounding the apartment, and she was just a kid when she was given the apartment. You can’t blame a 6-year-old kid for being irresponsible if he or she breaks your Galaxy S3 thinking it is just another piece of toy…

Evidence in our hands does not really allow me to make any further speculations on the King’s Jewels, the lost power and stuff, so I am dropping the topic here and wait for further development. This has never been my best topic on this manga, to be honest.

For your information, I don’t like parties.

Now with Ruka and Ayumu moving into the Violet Mansion, Chiharu comes up with a wonderful (but mysteriously overlooked) suggestion: a welcome party. It is of course a chance to deepen their friendship since nasty rivalry is starting everywhere, but I am inclined to think that she simply wants an excuse for a barbecue, for she very much dislikes the curry party suggested by Nagi, which I see as just as good.

Nagi’s reason of refusal sounds interesting: she doesn’t have the luxury of a barbecue with the rents paid by the tenants. With six tenants paying 45K yen each, Nagi is earning 270K yen each month. Feeding nine people on 270K yen could be tough, but surely it wouldn’t hurt much for a barbecue once in a while? In any case, long gone are the days when Nagi spent money without a single concept on spending money, and she really is learning about financial management.

“Work, my servant…”

In the end, Nagi gives in to Chiharu’s desires and agrees to a barbecue. Clearly, she isn’t going to buy the food herself, and it needs extra expertise in shopping to get the best ingredients with the least money, and that is where Hayate comes in. Once again, Nagi looks like a boss asking her employee to do nonsense, and Hayate has no way or right to protest – although, in fact, he does make a small retort.

Chiharu volunteers to go with Hayate, as it was her suggestion in the first place. More importantly, she wants to make sure Hayate buy her some meat for the barbecue. This, together with the enthusiasm she showed when she suggested Yakiniku, gives us a simple conclusion: Chiharu likes roasted meat.

While shopping, Hayate shows on several occasions that he is an amazingly popular boy. He has detailed knowledge on Ruka’s preference. He observes well Chiharu’s love off peaches. He takes the heavier bags. He is popular among the old ladies. He matches his pace with that of a girl. He proves himself to be a courteous, observing and considerate boy, and Chiharu concludes that Hayate is the “popular type” – the same conclusion Maria came to a long time ago.

It is funny that when this response comes from a girl, we only say this is Tsundere.

Contrary to the “Eh?” response he gave to Maria in Ch. 281, this time Hayate blushes furiously and attempt to deny. Interestingly, he mentions Hinagiku, saying that as she is always getting mad at him, he is not a popular person. As you would know, you simply can’t ask everyone on the globe to love you, so it shouldn’t bother you too much if there is one person who does not like you. Yet, instead of ignoring Hinagiku, he uses her as the reason to play down his popularity. He really values her opinions, doesn’t he?

Chiharu replies that she doesn’t know what Hinagiku thinks – meaning that she has no idea about her love for Hayate – but she thinks that Hinagiku is probably happy, because Hayate is there to treat her well so casually. This always makes a girl feel special.

And I am going to put the last nail on your coffin…

Chiharu then asks Hayate another question: What would he do if a girl confesses to him? Hayate himself has answered this question twice with his own actions, and in both incidents Ayumu was the girl involved. In the first instance, Hayate replied to Ayumu’s confession with the infamous “I love 2-dimensional girls” comment. In the second instance, Hayate did not make a reply, because Ayumu had told him that she did not need (or want) a reply. Now, both instances were a long long time ago, and could we expect a different third answer from Hayate this time?

Arguably, yes. Hayate tells us that, should a girl confess to him, he would ask her if she is willing to be buried in the same grave as his. This is of course a very heavy and unromantic answer, and girls would not like to hear it. But at least he is not using Nagi as an excuse for not facing the calls of romance, and furthermore he is not escaping to the otaku world. This is… some improvement, right?

“Someone wants to get kicked out…” says Nagi.

Meanwhile, back at the Violet Mansion, Ruka is troubled. She looks for Hayate, and becomes upset when she knows that he is not in. Then there comes Ayumu, who to be honest is really up to no good. She is of the opinion that people would rely on others when the are in a bind, and such reliance would finally lead them to confess their love. Ayumu’s plan would therefore be to become close with Ruka, so that Ruka would rely on her rather than Hayate. As such, Ayumu could remove Ruka’s love for Hayate “from the source”.

So Ayumu looks for Ruka and invites her to tell anything that is troubling her. However, what Ruka tells Ayumu shock her thoroughly: she wants to confess to Hayate that she loves him, and thus be asked whether she wants to be buried in the same grave as his. This is going to be a very tough question for Ayumu…

20 comments on “Hayate no Gotoku! Ch. 371

  1. Found typos:
    together and reaches the conclusion that **the -> there** could be a total of 12 King’s Jewels. It seems that our King, whoever he is, has a special liking for Jewels.

    Now, a battle between Ruka and Ayumu… can’t wait for the next chapter… (wondering if Hinagiku will join this battle too :D). You’re a popular type Hayate…

    • Oh my God, thanks and apologies. Or maybe I should blame Football Manager for splitting up my mind while writing. XD

      Ayumu has nobody to blame but herself, as she was the one who started the war. Let’s see how she would fare in this battle.

    • Just like an automatic response. He must have been practicing this for a long time.

    • It would be hilarious if he (perhaps accidentally) mentioned her name again when someone confessed to him

  2. So, a final closing for the “mistery room” arc and we are back to the “Normal World” once again.
    So, we got more questions than answers now, but this is why it’s getting so good!

    Still… the second half of this chapter was very interesting.
    Curious how Hayate brings up Hinagiku-san in such a situation. She’s someone really special for him, isn’t she? (interpret this as you wish – I didn’t really give this phrase a right meaning either, to be honest)
    I imagine what would be her reaction if she was around and heard that.
    And… also interesting how Chiharu brings up that very question. I have the feeling it will lead to some character development for Hayate… In that certain…. err… matter (finally!).

    Ayumu’s ego just got a major blow with that response… lol

    • You know, it’s like he was saying that “it’s useless if I am popular if she doesn’t like me.”

    • Indeed, what’s the use of popularity if it doesn’t attract the one you truly care?

  3. It is Shonen nature to have mystical artifacts that need to be collected, all for one purpose…. plot and conflict and hopefully with fists XD.

    I actually think it was irresponsible from the beginning to give an apartment to a child. Whoever they were I definitely think they were adults because in this series, adults like to dump their responsibility onto children.

    Hayate’s new answer to a girl’s confession is even worse! In fact, that’s the kind of answer I’d expect from a serial killer XD! I don’t think he’ll get hit again by a girl with that answer though. Still, I wouldn’t say that Nagi was an excuse for Hayate to escape relationships. Rather, Hayate simply had a choice between freedom or duty. He chose the latter and though it was a sad choice, it’s not wrong either nor was he forced to. Nagi saved him and he felt obligated to repay her and I respected him for making the choice to not reciprocate a girl’s love. It’s more sad though when it was implied he would’ve said “yes”.

    Ayumu had no choice but to choose to confront Ruka to avoid losing Hayate. She could have tried something similar with Hinagiku but Ruka’s a frikkin idol and the risk was too high not to mention that Ruka’s considerably more honest with her feelings than most of the other girls. Hopefully, like with Hinagiku, the party will help Ayumu reach a mutual understanding with Ruka and they can pursue Hayate with no hostility.

    Speaking of which, I hope Ruka and Kayura settles things between them because after what Kayura said to her, things could get awkward.

  4. Ayumu will surely fail to answer I think. She totaly didn’t expect this, did she? I like Ruka’s direct approach, can’t wait to see Hayate reacting on this.

    If Ruka actually does confess to the butler, I can see the love-stories of Hayate harem develop. Can’t wait!!

  5. LOL last line ‘However, what Ruka tells Ayumu shock her thoroughly: she wants to confess to Hayate that she loves him, and thus be asked whether she wants to be buried in the same grave as his.’. Pure epicness.

    • In fact we need an observant like Chiharu because the situation is messy enough for Hayate already…

  6. I forgot to mention that the first time I read the chapter, it crossed my mind for a second that, just maybe, Chiharu was able to grasp at least a little bit about the situation between Hayate and Hinagiku (being the aware kind of person she seems to be). I’ll not even mention that saw the two just after the incident with Fr. Ghost a few chapters back – she might have a gotten a (not so) wrong impression. Add Hayate’s hesponse of “Himagiku-san is always mad at me” to that and what would she think? I’m not saying she got the facts right, but the probability of something close is quite high. Or maybe she got them reversed, who knows? We may find out soon.
    Now, why did Chiharu even make “that” question? Perhaps is because of what I wrote above or maybe because she can see the predicament for Hayate, considering his evident “dumbness”, and she is somewhat concerned about him?

    • While Chiharu is sure that Ruka likes Hayate but faces an obstacle in the shape of Nagi, I doubt if she is in any way certain that Hina loves Hayate. She might think that Hina COULD fall for him, but I don’t think that she knows Hina HAS fallen for him.

  7. I bet this would be another teaser for us sgt. doughnut.

    But this is getting interesting now that Ruka is really… well to put it simply swooned over him. The violet mansion is turning out into a love polygon. With that oblivious butler on the center.

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