Hayate no Gotoku! Ch. 414

Izumi, the ultimate trouble-maker.

Izumi, the ultimate trouble-maker.

The “Kyoto and Ise” arc may have been concluded with the “Silky Meh” moment, but there are quite a few issues which need to be resolved. In this chapter, Hata has successfully resolved one, and then he starts addressing a second one.

The first issue – Isumi’s summoning of Sakuya – turns out to be rather straightforward. Sakuya arrives in Ise only to find that Isumi was merely asking her to return to Tokyo in helicopter no. 5 (which, so far, looks brand new). It is highly unlikely to be something Sakuya would consider “an emergency”, so we may understand why she would want to punch Isumi.

Still, with Sakuya around, the success of the trip on helicopter no. 5 seems guaranteed. Now, Sakuya has been spending some time with Machina. If she could get any information related to Athena from the butler, her presence at the Violet Mansion could bring some new shocks. This could be interesting.

So it was all about a video, all right...

So it was all about a video, all right…

The second issue is of course what has led to the “Silky Meh” moment we saw in the last chapter. While I do not see a director shouting “Cut! Good take!”, it appears that we could be quite close to home.

The thing is that, certain details of the “Silky Meh” moment – Hayate embracing Ruka from behind, and the words Hayate whispered to her – appear to be Risa’s idea. Upon realising that Ruka is an idol, and that she is in love with Hayate, Risa has decided to make a “battlefield” video because it would be amusing.

This from someone who is supposed to be stupid.

This from someone who is supposed to be stupid.

You know, Risa would have a very successful career as a paparazzi, because she ticks all the boxes. She has the ability to see through the disguises of idols. She can sense correctly the feelings of a girl for a boy. She has a clear idea on how to make an interesting piece of news. Most importantly, she is eager to entertain herself by causing troubles to others. These are all essential for the paparazzi.

I’ll make it clear here: I dislike paparazzi. As such, I am rather disappointed that Risa is apparently moulding herself into a paparazzi. What makes it even more annoying is that Risa is trying to make an amusing video by making use of a girl’s feelings for a boy, and dragging three of her friends (Hayate, Nagi and Izumi) into a DIY “battlefield”. Yes, Risa has always been mischievous, “black” and a bit of a little devil, but this time she is simply going too far.

Apparently not patented.

Apparently not patented.

Anyway, Risa ordered Izumi to confront Hayate in the “I am the Butler and the Butler is Me” machine. It is supposed to be Ruka’s invention, so I have no idea why Risa had a set with her, and that she knew exactly how to use it – unless, of course, it was not Ruka’s invention in the first place.

Clearly, Risa was betting on Izumi’s ability to self-destruct to create a “battlefield”. You might argue that it worked perfectly: as soon as Izumi contacted Hayate, she basically asked him to lend her his maid uniform. This got Ruka’s attention (who was very sensitive of other girls’ feelings for Hayate), and the two suddenly felt awkward in each other’s presence.

Ruka being Ruka was quite aggressive as she said to Izumi that she would want to marry Hayate should she win in the doujinshi competition. The part on the doujinshi competition wasn’t really the point, as it seems that Izumi had no idea what she was talking about. The key point was that Ruka declared possession of Hayate. We could almost read it as a “hands off” warning, and Izumi – who also had a not-so-secret crush on Hayate – seemed to realise this.

Maybe that's exactly what Izumi would say...

Maybe that’s exactly what Izumi would say…

Consciously or unconsciously, Izumi touched the “battlefield creation switch” installed by Risa. The very loud line – “What did you say, you thief?” – was clearly a declaration of war. In any case, it is likely that Ruka would think Izumi was a threat who would go as far as to call her a “thief”. This would not end well…

We might not even be that close to the “end” at this point, because we still lack an explanation as to how Hayate and Ruka ended up “acting” according to Risa’s script. There are a lot of possibilities, and we would need to wait and see what has happened next.

14 comments on “Hayate no Gotoku! Ch. 414

  1. I hope the whole Hayate hugging Ruka part wasn’t merely an act. It’s something I feel is totally in line with Hayate’s character although I don’t think it’s Hayate declaring his love for Ruka.

  2. People sometimes forget that this is meant to be a light-hearted romance comedy. Comedy-wise, while the scene in the previous chapter did seem to end on a serious note, this chapter sort of gives a vibe that would flow well if read in an entire volume rather than waiting a week. Personally, I think that Hata has been having more trouble fitting things through single chapters and has opted to focus on the sum of its parts instead.

    • I understand, and agree, that it would be better to read the flow in a Tankobon rather than one chapter a week. However, Hata should understand that the latter is the primary way for his story to be published, so he might do better than this. There are successful mangakas who have no problem with this way, and Hata himself actually did pretty well in the Athena saga. His inability to bring that kind of momentum to the current arc is the problem.

  3. So the premises are being established on this chapter (a get away plan of sort) after the huge fiasco that rocked all “ships” and this is how he’s planning to get away with it? fair enough. Now on to more interesting matters such as the Athena,Machina matters

  4. Its interesting to see Izumi and Ruka deal with each other as the other’s respective first love rival.

    Though it was Risa’s evil plan to create a battlefield, Ruka is also partly to blame for revealing her plan to marry Hayate so quickly. Then again, its the first time that Ruka has had a love rival so understandably, like a cornered animal, she had to be more aggressive.

    • Hahaha. Then I will be looking forward to next chapter, @calamariluqe.

      – The one who create battlefield (Risa) will not be the one who end it (Hayate).

      – The tea Hayate will bring would not stop the fire in this battlefield (TOO HOT).

      – That machine Risa is wearing can record video?

      – anyway, everyone would forgot Ayumu still is sick in apartment.

  5. By the way, whatever happened to the plan of filming Saki and Wataru’s moving story XD?

    Hayate always seem to dislike Risa the most out of the three. I think I’m starting to see why. Heck for all I know, Risa thinking that Hayate is in love with her was most likely because she misinterpreted Hayate’s “dislike” for “madly in love”.

    • That plan has surely been abandoned. After all, it might take years for Wataru to be successful, and they only need a few minutes to create a battlefield.

      Now I wonder how Risa handles her relationship with whoever she has kissed…

  6. Izumi needs to stop being such a willing pawn to these crazy antics by the other two of the baka-trio. I’d like to see her stand up for herself just once… then again, it might not be as funny.

    Also, Ruka has been getting pretty clingy ever since she started falling for Hayate. I liked her better when she showed some moments of sarcasm before she realized that Hayate was a guy… in a way, it’s just like the changes in Hinagiku (when dealing with Hayate) once she finally accepted her feelings for him. Although in Hinagiku’s case, she pretty much treats him the same way (or worse) on the outside because of her TSUNdere-ness.

    • Oh, Izumi has been standing up against the other two (e.g. “Who are you calling a bitch?!”) , only without success.

      Falling in love can change someone completely. The challenge for the girls (like Hina and Ruka, as you suggested) is how to cope with such changes. For me, Hina has been doing a pretty good job. Ruka, not so much yet.

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