Hayate no Gotoku! Ch. 432

Alone at night..

Alone at night…

Ah! Sorry, wrong picture!

Alone at night...

Alone at night…

Okay then…

Come to think of it, history does repeat itself. After a long journey of emotion and adventure in the Athena saga, Hayate parted ways with Athena, and a possible love relationship was lost; after a long journey of emotion and adventure in the Mangaka saga (you might also call it the Ruka saga), Hayate parted ways with Ruka, and a possible love relationship was lost.

While how deep is Hayate’s love for Ruka remains arguable, it is never easy to take when a possible love relationship with a girl who could at least make you blush (and that obviously is an understatement). So, while the other girls are happily watching the fireworks, Hayate sits alone looking lonely and sad.

By the way, Maria and Athena are seen watching the fireworks with the other girls. At least they are not left alone at home with two cats and a ghost. It is just that I don’t understand why they have come…

This for the guy who is considered to own a harem.

This for the guy who is considered to own a harem.

It has been a running gag that while couples enjoy festivals (from Valentine’s Day to Christmas) together, single young males would automatically become members of the “Sine Sine Dan” (死ね死ね団, roughly translated into “To Hell To Hell Group”). Naturally, Hayate is also granted automatic membership, and he immediately acts like a long-term member: sulking at every passing couple, and actually cursing them.

There is nothing really special about Hayate’s thoughts and reactions. He happens to be a boy who has just lost an opportunity to date a girl, and I think he is merely jealous that other couples are having a good time while he is all alone. In other words, his frustration doesn’t mean anything other than that he does not have a date. Instead of thinking about any girl he could have dated, he is just thinking about the date itself.

Having a girlfriend and having a date are two different things.

Phones are useless if nobody pays attention to them.

Phones are useless if nobody pays attention to them.

The bad mood brings him all the way back to the Violet Mansion. There he finds that he has missed two text messages from Ayumu telling him their whereabouts. Now he realises that not only he has lost the chance to date a girl, he has also missed the chance to at least enjoy the fireworks with his friends. What hurts him more, I suppose, is that he is actually invited. Now he has nobody but himself to blame for all his loneliness.

Reflecting on his lost love with Ruka, Hayate concludes that he has “messed up”. At basic level, this was a girl who has expressed her love for him, has kissed him and has declared that she would run away with him. What’s in his hand now, though, is her goodbye note. As he did not accept her love, it would be easy for him to conclude that it was his fault for not having a good ending with such a good girl, and thus the comment “I messed up”.

Then there comes a masked heroine referring to herself as “Life Ender-chan” – please don’t tell me that it has anything to do with “Life Savers” – whose mission is to cheer Hayate up. Needless to say, the true identity of this masked heroine is Nagi.

All the way back for a show.

All the way back for a show.

As always, there is something which bugs me. This time, it is (again) the fact that Nagi could go home on her own. Of course, we are told that she has acquired the skills of taking a taxi, but it is a very expensive skill. What’s more, if we assume that she is on her own, then we must ask: given Nagi’s track record of being kidnapped, does none of her caring friends find this very dangerous?

Once we (meaning, if we could) get past that oddity, the rest does make some sense. Nagi would know that Hayate has returned to the Violet Mansion because the guy has a GPS on him. If Nagi could find Hayate in the mountains, then she could definitely find him at home. As Nagi probably knows what would be going on between Hayate and Ruka, she would also understand that Hayate needs company. As such, she returns to the Violet Mansion alone to cheer him up.

Stil, the idea of “Nagi taking an expensive ride on her own to settle matters with Hayate” is very odd for me. In order to give myself better sleep tonight, I am going to suggest something which I think makes most sense: as Hayate walked his way back home, it would take a long time – long enough for the fireworks to end, and for everyone to return home on a public transport. It could be that Nagi has been with everyone all along, but as everyone is home, they simply decide to let Hayate and Nagi have a moment – or, Hayate is so late that everyone but Nagi has simply gone to bed.

I know, there is something not right about this suggestion as well, but still… just an idea.

This is so wrong in every way...

This is so wrong in every way…

Nagi’s first attempt of cheering Hayate up is not very successful – she actually pulls out something that is almost as old as herself (fact check: “Moon Healing Escalation” comes from the first season of Sailor Moon, which was aired in 1992; Nagi was born in 1991). Should it be a more matured girl, I am pretty sure she could cheer him up in a better way.

Her second attempt is much more impressive. She presents Hayate with a signing board – her very first signed portrait. If we take her words seriously, it would also be her only signing board (I am not sure her future editors would allow it though… just saying). It might be a worthless doodle now, but if Nagi becomes the trillion-selling mangaka she aims to be, then this signing board will be very, very valuable.

Of course, let’s not for one moment think that Hayate would ever sell it. To him, it is already invaluable now.

This cheers Hayate up, although I think that Nagi has only led Hayate to dodge his concerns. Hayate concludes from Nagi’s cheering that “there are many different kinds of happiness”, while “no happiness is better or worse than another”. The thing is that he has not addressed the unhappiness of not having a girlfriend, but has only covered it with the happiness that he has a wonderful mistress. It’s just like replacing a rotten apple with a good orange – you surely have a good fruit, but it doesn’t change the fact that your apple is rotten. Unless you address your rotten apple, you will not have a good apple to eat when you want it.

Have an orange!

Have an orange!

Hayate is now fine with the orange in his hand. If he can keep his love for his orange for the rest of his life, he would enter the so-called “Klaus route”: to dedicate himself to his mistress without marrying her, while at the same time marrying nobody at all. Yet the problem of his rotten apple is definitely coming back, given that… well, at the very least, Athena (full version) is set to return soon. If he really wants to eat an apple, and a good apple is around the corner, what is it to stop him from saying that “I still prefer the happiness of a love life after all”?

Clearly, Nagi is not ready to tackle this problem for him. All she could do is to get his attention on the orange, while leaving the rotten apple untouched and unattended. I take this as evidence that Nagi is still not matured enough to be Hayate’s soul mate (Nagi really should take a page from Hinagiku here), but at least she is trying. If this is the best she could do, so be it.

Then again, the animations, namely HIAPOE, CTMEOY and Cuties have all been telling us that Nagi herself would become the good apple sooner rather than later, so let’s see how it turns out. The way I see, it can turn out both ways: at the end of Cuties he has only kissed Nagi on her forehead without even blushing, but the swans decorations (which look like nothing other than hearts…) are very hard to spin away from.

And there's your Tsundere.

And there’s your Tsundere.

In any case, this is really, truly the end of the Mangaka saga, and presumably the “biggest trial” in Nagi’s life has also come to an end. Love it or hate it, it is done. Once I have finished my homework (I still have 5,000 bloody words to write!), I guess I would write something to review Comiket and the entire Mangaka saga. Next week, we are going to have a new story, and if Nagi’s words are something to believe, then we are going to have a beach chapter next week!

… wait, aren’t we supposed to talk about the missing Ikusa?

14 comments on “Hayate no Gotoku! Ch. 432

  1. Nagi must have invited Maria and Athena through a text message. Its good to know that they’re not being ignored… despite being ignored a bunch of times in this saga.

    Based on how the “Mask the Money” rescue attempt went, whenever Nagi takes action while wearing a mask, Maria acts as her shadow working from behind the scenes to ensure nothing goes wrong. Kinda like when Hayate and Nagi first visited Yukariko’s grave together where Maria was revealed to be hiding behind a tree while watching them. Klaus once said that butlers are meant to be their master’s shadows and I guess the same the applies to maids too.

    Hayate may be feeling down but it’s not like he’s suffering from a broken heart. As far as I know, Ruka never really made it that far into Hayate’s heart to the point that even if she left, she wouldn’t have left a wound in the process.

    I doubt that they’ll be going to the Sanzenin Mansion beach unless Klaus ensured that the beach remained as a public beach just as it was at the end of the S2 OVA. Still, regardless of where they’ll find a beach, fan service always finds a way to break all forms of logic XD.

    • Now I know who’s really been ignored: Isumi and Sakuya. XD

      Indeed Hayate’s feelings for Ruka is not deep enough for the regret to have a longer impact. If it were Athena, his reactions could be different.

  2. The thought that everyone must’ve been home already did cross my mind except that Hayate states outright that no one is home. One thing I’ve noticed is that the kidnapping attempts seem to have stopped ever since Nagi lost her inheritance — so perhaps Hata thinks that she wouldn’t be a target anymore sans her inheritance? Even Hayate and Maria don’t seem at all worried and the Sanzenin SPs have totally disappeared. That’s the only thing I can think of anyway.

    I found the 10 years thing pretty significant
    -Roughly 10 years ago, Hayate first met and then broke up tearfully with Athena
    -Ruka and Nagi promise to have a 2nd doujinshi battle 10 years into the future
    -Nagi declares that she would be a trillion selling mangaka in 10 years
    Perhaps this is an indication of a “10 years later” epilogue?

    Still a lot of ongoing plot babies/threads to sort out in Hata’s case: Nagi’s return to rich ojou-sama status which needs to be sorted out soon given the timeline, Yozora and the King’s Jewels, Chibi-Athena and Hina’s Shirousakura, Maria’s insecurities about not being needed by Nagi, and Ikusa and his connection to Kurosu, of course. Seems that even if we are nearing the end, this manga might be good for at least 3 more years given how slowly the plot progresses.

    @calamariluqe: I agree that Hayate probably did not feel that deeply about Ruka just yet to have left him broken-hearted. He just acted like a guy who felt left out seeing happy couples everywhere.

    • Ah my bad for missing Hayate’s comment on the empty house.

      I guess the kidnapping has stopped because there is no King’s Jewel for them to break. Still, if anyone wants huge money, they could still kidnap Nagi and ask for a ransom – that’s actually how kidnapping is supposed to work in the first place.

      So Nagi travelling long distances alone really is an issue for me, as it does not make sense because a) Nagi has as much sense of direction as Isumi, b) Nagi would spend a lot of money on taxis if she is not to get lost and c) Nagi should still be a target of kidnappers, and we know that some taxi drivers are actually kidnappers.

  3. And Ikusa gets side tracked again. Referee does not call foul… big surprise.

    Not the first time Hayate chose something else over a relationship (choosing his screwed up parents over Athena, to be with Nagi on the Athena Saga concludes and now this one) and not to mention his “misfortune” in making decisions. poor guy (or child)

    Nagi must really have a mask complex for her method of consoling. Perhaps she should try an afro, it has such “power” that makes Yukiji and the SC rangers beyond recognition on Hayate and Maria’s… date.

    A beach or fan service chapter next. Not much of a clue on what arc is gonna happen next… Would be ineresting if its an arc about the exceptional world

  4. That was a nice arc….new story begins ..I wonder what that is …though I think nothing interesting will happen…just in the beach..they will have fun …ruka might show up again later ….may be not as a lover, as a good friend… Well I am getting confused about hayatexRuka….Even though Hayate might have liked her…but he can’t reject Athena so soon…’cause he wasn’t totally dumped by Athena(Though hayate said he was rejected)..Athena left him because his friends need him..his mistress needs him…she cannot be a hindrance here ..that’s why she left him ….I am sure hayate got that too…. It is not like there last meeting….what would hayate say about this to athena if hayate Ruka really got along….also…I wonder what made hayate so interested in ruka that he regretted for not marrying her…If it was the taking care ruka when she was terribly ill…then that should have been normal to hayate..since he is used to taking care of girls like these situation…or may be that kiss really drew the attention……it reminded me …that 582nd kiss…so what happened to 581 kisses ….all to athena? or is he just measuring the kiss number of his entire life ..like got kissed on the cheek by his parent or something like that ….

    • I think the reason for Hayate to regret is that the odds to have a relationship with Ruka were pretty solid. The only thing he had to do was say “yes”, but then he couldn’t, and the chance to date her was lost. When you have a big shot for something you want, but then it is gone after you hesitated, you would surely regret it.

      It is not even a “Ruka vs. Athena” contest in Hayate’s mind. It is just that… “Damn! Why did I lose my chance to date such a cute girl?”

  5. looks like things settling down for all but..what about that part…that interesting part rose in the end of the arc….about Ikusa that doc might have seen when hayate told her..what happened after that?…why didn’t that story go further…MAN! hata what are you thinking?….
    @doughnut…I saw your reviews…started from 267..I see you missed hina arc and other arcs…I would love to see your analyzing and thoughts about those chapters..do you have any intention to go back?…or at least hina arc…though i can tell it is big and you might not have that much time….One more thing are you having new fan fiction story?….

    • So far I have decided against reviewing older chapters, because it is too difficult to shake off the recent developments, and thus my reviews would be full of hindsights. That wouldn’t be a nice way to write chapter reviews, I suppose. I did, however, discuss earlier arcs in articles like “Top 5 Hina Moments”. Check them out! 😉

      As for fanfic, I am currently out of ideas, so I guess I won’t be writing one soon.

  6. @Doughnut: I want to talk about SS2….in Hayate wiki..the admins and most of the members don’t like how J.C staff handled the hayate series…one says that it’s the carbon copy of the manga that made the season boring…since the story has been already known …but I visited many forums and they would like to see golden week arc becoming anime again despite they know what will happen next….some even suggested that to continue the original storyline..they know the story already..so why would that make it BORING…..anime is a different experience from manga though the story is the same….
    SS2 blu ray dics/DVD didn’t sell well…and hata wasn’t happy about that….
    If J.C made much episode like Shimoda arc to golden week arc then SS2 might have been popular….. right?

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