Hayate no Gotoku! Ch. 376

She is a cute girl, to be fair to her.

Debut – a word that suggests the turning of a new page of your life. Naturally everyone cares about our new page, and also about how we write the first words on this new page – you wouldn’t really want the catastrophic but well-deserved debut of CY “Wolf” Leung as Chief Executive of Hong Kong, so to say the least.

Yes, everyone cares, including Hibino Fumi. At the beginning of this chapter, Fumi reflects on her debut as a high school student – let us not forget that she has only been a high school student for 3 months – and comes to the conclusion that she has failed.

If this was your glorious past, what are you now…?

What exactly has she failed? Well, she has failed to pretend that she had been a supermodel before entering Hakuou. The key of “high school debut”, according to what Fumi has said, is that people in a new environment do not know much about your past, so that even if you have been very unpopular in middle school, you can pretend that you have been a popular badass when you enter high school.

As she could not convince anyone that she had been a supermodel (which is of course physically impossible) she thinks that she has failed her “high school debut”. However, she has set her next target to the “summer break debut”, which is more or less the same thing as the “high school debut”: pretending to have gained tons of experience in order to have a large image change.

What the hell is she talking about……?

Okay, I get this.

Alright, I must admit that I am confused, and have no idea about what Fumi has been talking about. The only thing I know is that, for now, Fumi needs an improvement in her image, because she could only have a successful debut if her image is improved. The funny thing is, while we now think of what Fumi would become after joining high school or the summer break, she has been talking about what she had wanted to pretend to be before these moments.

In order to have an improved image, Fumi decides that she wants a boyfriend. Somehow, this is perfectly true – a romantic relationship would have great (and often positive) impact on a person’s image. Sharna looks shocked and surprised at Fumi’s words, and it could be because Fumi has finally said something that made sense…

Come on, she is still not that bad…

Fumi is rather confident that, if she confessed to boys, she would get one or two or four boyfriends. After all, she is Hibino Fumi, ranked 11th in the last two Character Polls. Given that she has about as much screentime as Shiranui, her popularity is quite an achievement. Apparently if she were to confess to someone, she would do a much better job than, say, Risa.

Sharna finds my argument invalid, because from what she can see, Fumi lacks the physical attractiveness to find many boyfriends. Her look of contempt, however, is rather harsh. If Fumi can give us the expression she shows on the cover page on a regular basis, instead of always showing us her (°Д°) look, then I am pretty sure she could attract boys. Boys are idiots, after all…

Hayate: “Why always me?”

To prove Sharna wrong, Fumi decides to confess to try to confess to a random guy – and who is more random than Hayate in this series? Conveniently making his appearance with Nagi, Hayate now becomes the victim target of Fumi’s confession.

One thing: As Nagi and Sharna are wearing school uniform, it should be assumed that it is school day. So, why on earth is Fumi not in her school uniform?

Fumi starts off with an almost inaudible (to Hayate) and invisible (to me, bad eyesight…) “Please go out with Fumi”, and then she runs away immediately. According to her, she has already dumped him before he completely falls for her. It means that she thinks that her “confession” was a success.

Sharna’s look of contempt is justified.

“Girls should simply confess to Hayate,” they say.

Annoyed (?), Fumi decides to try again. This time she makes her “confession” very loudly and clearly, but this time it is Hayate’s turn to give her a look of contempt. It is funny that he hasn’t asked if Fumi wanted to be buried in the same grave as his…

Hayate explains that true feelings will be conveyed to the other person, and as he could not feel any seriousness behind Fumi’s words, he “knew” that it was just for fun. “Love is not a word you should use just for fun,” he says.

While this is very true, there is question on how Hayate would judge that someone is not using the word “love” just for fun. You see, if he simply does not think that girls would fall for him, he is likely to consider any confession from girls “just for fun”. In other words, not even a confession would convince Hayate that there are girls who love him. Ayumu has proven this to us, twice.

I am always of the opinion that, the key to winning Hayate’s heart would not be verbal confession. The best way to handle this guy, in my opinion, is to not confess to him, but simply say…

There you go.

You might also find it curious that Nagi remained silent as Fumi confessed to Hayate. It could mean that she didn’t consider Fumi serious either. It could also mean that she has matured to the point that she is not getting jealous over other girls who show interests in Hayate. But then, there is too little evidence to support any of the above speculations.

Despite Fumi’s failure to confess to Hayate, Sharna is (surprisingly) impressed. She agrees that Fumi is the best the way she is, and that she is lovely enough even without the “summer break debut”. Fumi, however, reveals that her whole point of a “summer break debut” is to make herself even lonelier than before…

That means a series of physical punishment from Sharna, ended with a Shoryuken.

I doubt if anyone can understand her…

To be honest, I have been spending too much time trying to make sense of Fumi’s words, but as I got exhausted I realized that it is simply impossible. Fumi’s eccentricity isn’t really about odd logic or “jumping out of the box” thinking, but about the endless reversal of common sense. There is simply no way to understand what she is thinking, unless you are ready to reverse your logic as frequently as she does.

Just how such a girl is able to become the next Student Council President is a mystery. Perhaps she would be backed up, just like CY “Wolf” Leung in Hong Kong, by a huge but possibly evil power…?