As you all know, the Katsura sisters are almost direct opposite of each other. Hinagiku is the very best student at Hakuou Academy, while Yukiji is the hopeless teacher at the same school. Just as the margin line suggests, they are the light and shadow of the Katsura family: while Hinagiku has all the good things about life, Yukiji has all the bad ones. Well, not all, really – Yukiji does, after all, have a bigger chest.
But then, just like the light and shadow, Hinagiku and Yukiji cannot be separated, and clearly they do not want to. Despite their arguments over money and lifestyle, the Katsura sisters value each other very highly. When she knew that Hinagiku was upset, Yukiji travelled from Italy to Greece immediately to consult her younger sister. Hinagiku told Ayumu that of all the people in the world, she respected her elder sister the most. So, let it never be said that the Katsura sisters have a bad relationship.
In this chapter, we – all of a sudden – have a Katsura sisters’ tale. Hata has suggested more than once that he had the story ready, and was going to publish it someday. But then, although I have known that this tale is on Hata’s “to do” list, I did not expect it to be done now – the last time I heard, Hata wanted this tale be set in fall in the story, and it is still early July in Ch. 373.
But then, Hata has suggested on his BS that this tale would end in the next chapter. It is rather hard to make Hata’s 32 pages of manuscript on the Katsura sisters’ tale into one chapter, so either Hata is cutting their tale considerably, or that only a part of their full tale would be revealed.
Anyway, with a little delightful surprise, let us enter the Katsura sisters’ tale!
It all begins with Yukiji and her messy night duty room – let us not forget that Yukiji lives here for free. Then, Kuzuha Kirika, the substitute chairman of Hakuou Academy, came for a visit. There are two things about Kuzuha to keep in mind. First, she is the “substitute” chairman as Athena was, and still is, unable to carry out her duty. Second, the manga Kuzuha has nothing to do with the Season One anime fiasco.
It turns out that Kuzuha has known Yukiji for a long time, as the latter calls her senpai (Senior). The two of them might have been at the same school for some time, and Kuzhua wouldn’t be too much older than 28 – they should be at most seven years apart to be at the same school and knew each other.
And they appear to be rather good friends. After all, Kuzuha herself has been lending money to Yukiji, and that she allows Yukiji to live at the night duty room for free. We might even start to think that, perhaps Yukiji got the teaching post at Hakuou because of Kuzuha. But then, there are limits to her patience, and after seeing the state of the night duty room, Kuzuha decides that enough is enough: from this month onwards, she will charge Yukiji 40K yen a month as rent.
More like cleaning fees for me, if you see what I mean.
Meanwhile, Hinagiku is in the Student Council Room, discussing the business at the Violet Mansion with Hayate – wait, what is he doing here again? According to Hinagiku, the rent at the Violet Mansion is 40K yen, so when Nagi told Ayumu that it was 45K, either she was deliberately charging Ayumu the extra or she simply has forgotten how much the rent was.
Hinagiku takes this opportunity to praise how good Hayate has been as a butler. She further suggests that the offer at the Violet Mansion is simply too great that there could be other people who want to move in. Of course, these “more people” include her sister Yukiji, who bangs into the Student Council Room at this exact moment.
The inconvenient truth for Yukiji is that there is simply no room – literally – for her to live at the Violet Mansion. Even single residence room is occupied, and the storage room is now used as a pet room and a guard room. Of course, Yukiji is having none of these, and she actually begs like a small child. This really is a pain to watch.
Hinagiku knows her sister could go as far as forcing herself into the apartment, causing problems for everyone. She knows she has to convince her sister, so she volunteers to clean the night duty room instead. After all, Kuzuha is only angry at Yukiji for messing up the room, so she might feel a bit happier if Yukiji lives in a proper lifestyle. A small miracle is that Yukiji agrees…
One thing to note is that, as the Kuzuha has nothing to do with the Season One anime fiasco, there is no grudge whatsoever between her and Hinagiku.
We could see that the night duty room really looks bad. The miracle is that, as Yukiji has suggested to Kuzuha earlier, there is no bug in the room. Hayate, the expert in cleaning, suggests to start with throwing away the trash. You know, I actually find that throwing things aways is the most effective way to clean up a place. As useless things stop piling up, the room would look much better immediately.
While Hayate is working, he finds some old photos of Yukiji. He might not believe it when Yukiji brags about her cuteness, but he was shocked to see that Yukiji was indeed a very cute girl when she was young. For some reason, he looks like he is possessed by the photos, so that when Yukiji suggests that she is leaving the room to throw away the garbages, he is barely listening…
Hinagiku sees it as Hayate’s expression looks odd, and asks him about it. Hayate says that Yukiji really was a cute girl when she was young, just like Hinagiku now. Hinagiku is clearly delighted as she blushes fiercely. Do note that Hinagiku is expressing her delight honestly, instead of hiding it with the “Tsundere thing”. Her shy but (very) happy expression could mean that she is learning how to accept praises from Hayate, which can only be a good thing.
But something bad awaits her, as Hayate then mentions that because Yukiji ends up being… like who she is now, he feels disillusioned. He finds it very difficult to accept the fact that cute girls could grow into horrible women, and his hopes and dreams for cute girls seem to be let down. Now wait a minute – since when has Hayate been having high hopes for cute girls?
There is one thing rather clear, though: Hayate has “such great hopes and dreams” about the cute Hinagiku, and he doesn’t want her to grow into Yukiji.
The interesting thing is that Hayate is not the first boy who relates Hinagiku to Yukiji in this way. Kaoru, the one who has loved Yukiji for 15 years, also noted the similarity between Hinagiku (now) and Yukiji (then), and he actually cried about how Hinagiku could end up becoming Yukiji. Maybe Kaoru and Hayate are quite similar people in a way, after all.
No matter what, it is extremely unfair to Hinagiku – or any girl, really – by comparing her with Yukiji. There are many nice women in the world as well, so why couldn’t guys compare girls to those great women? Annoyed, Hinagiku grabs Hayate by the shoulder, and warns him not to give up his hopes and dreams for cute girls. Poor Hayate, he must now be thinking that “Hinagiku-san is getting mad at me” again.
Interestingly, he does not apologize, and simply changes the subject by inviting Hinagiku to start cleaning. Hinagiku, for her part, is no longer angry. Sometimes these two people are very funny.
But Hayate is not doing the cleaning, as he is still staring at Yukiji’s old photos – would you give it a break, Hayate? He notices that Yukiji is often seen with her guitar. Hinagiku reveals that her sister has had a dream to become a musician…
Well, make your story short, Hinagiku. Yukiji is coming back in no time.