Hayate no Gotoku! Ch. 413

This poor one is summoned to Ise for nothing.

This poor one is summoned to Ise for nothing.

While the trip to Kyoto has been a freaking mess, that of Ise is surprisingly neat and efficient. We are into merely the third chapter in Ise, and it is now “announced” that the trip has come to an end, with Nagi settling on her story.

The breaking news comes that Ruka is having her come-back concert that day is a true bombshell. Chiharu decides to call Ruka for confirmation, but Hinagiku stops her for it is being rude calling people at six in the morning. This is of course true (I have my phone on Do Not Disturb mode until seven), but some may argue that in such an emergency situation, violation of manner could be understandable.

There are times we should care less about manners.

There are times we should care less about manners.

It turns out that it doesn’t matter anyway, because as they make their calls after breakfast, both Ruka and Hayate do no pick up, and they seem to be away from the Violet Mansion because the apartment phone is not picked up either. We as readers may wonder what has been going on since they went to help at Wataru’s store in Akiba.

Meanwhile, Kayura has successfully got three entrance tickets to Ruka’s concert. I am not sure why she could get the tickets so easily, given Ruka’s fame and the importance of this concert. Maybe she is a VIP of Ruka’s fan club or something… Now there are three tickets, so the ones going would be herself, Chiharu and… Nagi?

The girls have absolutely no idea what is going on though, so they decide to return to the Violet Mansion as soon as possible. The best option is to take Athena’s plane, but a certain Hinagiku has all the troubles taking it. Of course she would take the plane if she is given no choice, but at the moment she seems to have three alternatives.

Poor no. 4...

Poor no. 4…

The first one is suggested by Hinagiku herself: to take a train. Either because it costs money or is slow, or both, the suggestion is rejected. The second one is suggested by Isumi, who once again comes out of nowhere: to take her helicopter no. 5. Apparently no. 4 is also crashed, and we might finally understand what Isumi has been doing since leaving Kyoto: she has been trying to reach Ise in helicopter no. 4! Poor Isumi, nobody is paying any attention to her suggestion… The third one is suggested by Dr. Kurosu: Hinagiku can take her Lamborghini, because she has some business in Tokyo as well. The others could take the plane, so the journey will not be delayed. As it makes everyone happy, this suggestion is accepted.

Meanwhile, Isumi sets to prove her worth again, this time by calling Sakuya over to Ise. I don’t know what she expects Sakuya to do (fly that thing, maybe?), but surely Sakuya would get very, very mad once she knows that she has been summoned to Ise so urgently for something so trivial…

While Dr. Kurosu has to serve as driver for Nagi (Hokkaido to Kyoto), Chiharu (Kyoto to Ise) and Hinagiku (Ise to Tokyo), the long journey has been very convenient to her as she “has business” in all the places. Either Dr. Kurosu really has so many things to do all over Japan, or she has been making excuses in order to stay with the girls. The latter would require an explanation on her motives, and it has become clearer that Dr. Kurosu has a certain interest in Ruka. For the good or the bad, things could become more interesting once Dr. Kurosu meets Ruka in Tokyo.

Dr. Kurosu: "Please scream, or I am not having fun..."

Dr. Kurosu: “Please scream, or I am not having fun…”

Now Dr. Kurosu is so familiar with girls screaming right beside her as she drives at top (?) speed, that she seems a little disappointed that Hinagiku is not afraid. So, the debate on whether Hinagiku would fear the Lamborghini more than the airplane suffers a premature death: Hinagiku is perfectly happy with the 300 km/h Lamborghini, despite it is actually more likely that a car at this speed would crash than an airplane.

Dr. Kurosu then sets to ask Hinagiku about Ruka. While the Student Council President might not know Ruka better than Chiharu (best friend) or Nagi (rival), she could well be the only one who is able to talk at all while Dr. Kurosu is driving. Then again, one might wonder why a conversation about Ruka has to be done under such circumstances.

Easily over 12 hours.

Easily over 12 hours.

Finally Nagi wakes up late in the night, in her own room in the Violet Mansion. At this rate she wouldn’t be able to fall asleep later at night, so she might draw her manuscript until the next morning, and then she would get tired and sleep until late in the night… what a vicious circle. Transport this girl to the USA while she is asleep and she wouldn’t suffer from jet lag. Seriously.

Nagi now has her storyboard (so it was a storyboard after all) and she would want Hayate to read it. Of course, earning the recognition from the person most precious to you – and more importantly, the person who is at stake in this doujinshi competition – is an understandable desire. I am also quite certain that Nagi wants to make Hayate proud with her new storyboard. After all the teasing, it means everything to Nagi if she can get Hayate to praise her wholeheartedly.

Caption is totally unnecessary.

Caption is totally unnecessary.

Nagi finds Hayate in the yard, and he is holding Ruka – who is crying – from behind. With a very manly face, Hayate promises to make Ruka happy. Nobody knows what has been going on between them, and I thought Ruka should be busy with her come-back concert. Nagi suddenly recalls Dr. Kurosu has said that the outcome of the competition might have already decided, and Nagi’s own conclusion seems to be that she has already lost: if Hayate has chosen to be this close to Ruka, then it might mean nothing even if she won in the Comiket.

It could be argued that this is Nagi’s very own “Silky Heart” moment. The shock, the black-out, the monologue and even the moon are indeed very similar. However, there are at least two reasons I find it having (much) less impact than that infamous moment.

For comparison.

For comparison.

The first reason is that, while Hinagiku’s version has followed a long build-up of emotions to the climax, Nagi’s version has happened out of nowhere. The come-back concert was breaking news only in the previous chapter, and we are having this “Silky Heart” moment in this chapter. A Hell lot of things are missing here, which makes me unable to rule out the possibility that it is merely another misunderstanding. For instance, who says it can’t just be drama filming, and the first thing we see in the next chapter is the director shouting “Cut! Good take!”?

You see, the problem is that I do not dare to be serious about it, because I don’t even know if it is meant to be serious at all.

Maybe you wanna invalidate this?

Maybe you wanna invalidate this?

The second reason is that, as I start to think if Hayate would leave Nagi and live happily ever after with Ruka, another voice immediately comes into my mind: “What the fuck are you thinking about? Nagi is going to win, remember? She will confess to Hayate in CTMEOY and get a kiss from him in Cuties, remember? They will always be together no matter what we think, remember?”

As we come so close to confirming Nagi’s victory in the end, I honestly can’t care less about her temporary defeat. I am not trying to be a jerk, but as there is no suspense and no uncertainty, how am I supposed to feel bad for Nagi here, when I know almost for sure that she would end up winning? This is so unlike Hinagiku’s case, in which nobody can say with certainty that she would finally win Hayate’s heart, so when she took her hit, we could feel the impact because it actually hurt.

Meh.

Meh.

With this “Silky Meh” moment, the Kyoto and Ise arc is concluded. The most important thing about this arc is that Nagi finally has the story she wants ready. As we already have been told that Nagi would be the final winner, let’s see how this very certain outcome would be achieved.

On something else more uncertain, Dr. Kurosu might reveal why she seems to be interested in Ruka.