Hayate no Gotoku! Ch. 419

Don't make it so hard for me to capture!

Don’t make it so hard for me to capture!

At the start of a new school term, we have finally reached the end of Ruka’s emotional journey.

Ruka herself has come to a decision: she would announce her September concert in Las Vegas, effectively pledging her future to the idol business. Whatever she has planned for her doujinshi, she would not be quitting as an idol. In other words, her dream of becoming a full-time, fully devoted mangaka is finished – at least for now.

I know there is a page’s worth of Ruka and Atsumari, but I will leave it there for a while.

Maybe this is a line for Hayate as well?

Maybe this is a line for Hayate as well?

In the previous Chapter Review, I suggested that Ruka could have been touched by her own performance, and thus has finally come to realise that she actually loves her job as an idol. It turns out that Hayate has reached the same (or at least, similar) conclusion. Well, when Hayate and I are thinking of the same thing, then I have to accept that I am doomed…

Sure enough, Hayate’s (and my) theory has been shot down immediately by Ruka. She reveals that she has cried not because she didn’t want to quit, but that she wanted to quit but couldn’t. The reason, of course, is that she still owes her company the 150M yen debt. This leaves her very vulnerable in her “negotiations” with her company: if you owe something this big to someone, it would be almost impossible for you to say “no” to them.

The most proper response would be "F*ck you."

The most proper response would be “F*ck you.”

So Ruka can only say “yes” to Atsumari’s order to return to her idol business immediately. She would be giving up something she wants for a long time for something she doesn’t want. God knows how long would it take for her to repay her debt, and whether she would still have the passion and talent for manga when she is finally free.

It is therefore quite understandable that Ruka did not respond to Atsumari when the latter was talking to her. Ruka hates her manager for handling her an ultimatum, with no room for negotiation or compromise. In a way, this is a lose-lose situation: Atsumari is keeping someone who has no desire to work for her. Still, Atsurami could afford ignoring Ruka’s true feelings, as Ruka would still do her job professionally.

Why do I think of David Moyes and Wayne Rooney?

Write your own dialogue.

Write your own dialogue.

Hayate then remembers his conversation with Dr. Kurosu, which is inaudible unreadable for us readers. What we do know is that a) Dr. Kurosu knows about Hayate despite meeting him only for the first time, b) Dr. Kurosu could very much be related to Ruka and c) Dr. Kurosu has a mission for Hayate to make Ruka happy.

The last time we saw Dr. Kurosu, she was driving Hinagiku back to Tokyo, and she asked her passenger about Ruka. I am not sure how much has Hinagiku revealed, but given Dr. Kurosu’s understanding of Hayate, my guess is that Hinagiku has actually talked a lot about the indebted butler as well.

So Hayate has decided to accept the mission and make Ruka happy. The first thing he does is to embrace Ruka from behind – thus the “Silky Meh” moment back in Ch. 413. Somehow, the mood seems a little brighter in this chapter, and of course this adds on the “meh” factor. In other words, I still couldn’t care less.

Shingeki no Style

Shingeki no Style

The next thing Hayate does is to ask for a leave of absence as Nagi’s butler. We might relate this incident to Ch. 253, in which Hayate asked for a night’s off in order to save Athena, but the situation is completely different now. In Ch. 253, Nagi had such a strong bond with Hayate that she was sure that he would return and stay with her. This time, Nagi has barely recovered from the shock of the previous night, and would not be so sure if Hayate would return to her. “Meh” it might be, but that moment is still powerful enough for Nagi to doubt if she is still the most important person to Hayate.

As said at the beginning of this Review, we have finally reached the end of Ruka’s emotional journey. Something new should start in the next chapter. The first thing in line is probably Nagi’s reaction to Hayate’s “application”. So far, Nagi has been uncharacteristically quiet about Hayate and Ruka. Maybe Nagi has accepted defeat, or maybe we are only moments away from a major outburst.

This could be much more interesting than “Silky Meh”.

10 comments on “Hayate no Gotoku! Ch. 419

  1. I think you really should drop the theory that CTMEOY and Cuties are cononical though. They have so many differences from the manga I can’t call them canonical. Ruka seemed really happy in both anime yet here, it’s confirmed she isn’t. And Atsumari, damn, you’re right, that would be a proper response.

    • For the argument’s sake, there is still a month between Ch. 419 and the anime (you may include HIAPOE as well), so there is plenty of time for Hayate to make Ruka happy.

      Anyway, I know that the “theory” could become annoying, so I am trying to shut up about it. 😀

  2. I wouldn’t mind if the manga takes a completely different route from the anime, but I don’t believe that’s the case, personally. Hasn’t Hata already “canonized” HIAPOE? There’s also the fact that the concert takes place in Las Vegas which further supports that CTMEOY will eventually tie in with the manga — which I believe it’s actually pretty close to doing. I’m in agreement with Sarge Doughnuts that there’s still a lot that he (Hata) can do in-between now and the HIAPOE and CTMEOY timeline to resolve any apparent conflicts (as well as simply make those earlier chapters adapted from the manga into the anime non-canon without affecting CTMEOY as a whole).

    With that said, I personally thought that Atsumari was giving Ruka a way out by giving her the opportunity to make that decision. Ruka doesn’t seem to think so, but at least from her (Atsumari’s) expression in the previous chapter, she didn’t seem to think that raising the mic was Ruka’s only option.

    I’m amused that we have totally different perspectives as far as Nagi is concerned in this chapter. I dunno, but whether the anime will become canon or not, I just feel that Hata’s being pretty cruel to her with this third emotional strike so far in this chapter — and I say this even though I believe that she will eventually be okay given what we’ve seen in HIAPOE. It also doesn’t help that Hayate made it worse the next day by just being his totally oblivious self as usual.

    • Maybe Atsumari has underestimated the power of the debt. I guess she might have expected Ruka to retire despite the debt (and of course the company would then sue her for that), so it turned out to be a surprise when Ruka did something that “made sense”.

      I do not deny that Hata is being cruel to Nagi. It is just that the impact of the cruelty is reduced at least by half due to the “anime is canon” theory. If I can throw the theory out of the window, then I am sure I can feel sorry for Nagi. The problem is, I still can’t.

  3. “The most proper response would be “F*ck you.” I think everyone was thinking of the same thing XD!

    For some reason, I’m not convinced that the debt was the reason Ruka continued being an idol. I don’t think Ruka herself knows it either. She might still be confused as to why she was crying in the first place.

    I’m going with either the theory that Kurosu might be Ruka’s aunt or that Ruka was once one of Kurosu’s patient with a severe illness that can only be treated with… happiness(wut?) or that Ruka is dying and Kurosu wants Ruka to know happiness during her last moments.

    The question now is; don’t you think its kinda creepy that there was no one, besides Hayate, Nagi and Ruka at the apartment during night time?

    • Maybe it takes one step at a time to figure out your true feelings. The debt is heavy, but Ruka can still retire and run away if she really, really wants to. So… I guess it’s complicated.

      My guess is that other people have all gone to bed. We don’t really know what time it is when Nagi wakes up.

  4. So that answers one question that got sidetracked with a lot of chapters and opens another. 1 step forward and 1 step back (or was it 2? ah screw it).

    So the ideal here is for Ruka to quit being an idol but the debt is the reality anchor for her.

    Reminds me of the advise Jim Raynor got: “When idealism meets reality, it’s rarely reality that backs down.” and “Run from your past, and it’ll chase you down even faster.”

    So Hayate takes a leave for the mean time. No surprises their for Ruka this would be the second time she reached the lowest point in her life (first is getting the 150M) and for Hayate being saved during this point in he life knows the feeling would surely do the same thing to someone on that point (thats just the kind if guy he is. i suppose)

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