I know, I didn’t post a Chapter 436 review. It is not really that I haven’t been trying, but every time I sat down in front of the computer flipping across the pages, I ended up scratching my head: how exactly am I supposed to write anything about that chapter? Other than one detail – that Mikado hid the truth that he had already found a candidate from Athena – I did not find anything new to elaborate. As I have (mostly) given up describing chapters in details, I found it very difficult to even write 500 words on Ch. 436.
In the end I decided to simply skip Ch. 436 and start on Ch. 437 instead, and words began appearing on the screen as usual. Clearly, someone should do us a favour by providing fresh(er) materials, or else I might find myself writing dead articles – and I swear to God that I am not posting dead articles ever again.
Luckily the beginning of Ch. 437 still has something to do with Ch. 436, and the good news is that apparently Hayate has figured out which King’s Jewel he would try to find: the one that was given to him by Santa, which he later handed to Ikusa, his missing brother. To a certain extent it is not too much of a great revelation – we knew that much just by mere deduction over a year ago – but it is still extremely important that Mr. Ayasaki Hayate has finally come to this particular conclusion. Now that the target becomes clear, let the search begin.
Back in Ch. 390, we faced a problem as we theorised that Hayate had to look for the King’s Jewel that was with Ikusa: we did not know where Ikusa was. A year of story development really does help in this regard: Dr. Kurosu has come across a person whose description matches Ikusa. Of course, back then we were still in the heat of the Nagi vs. Ruka dogfight, and Hata had to do things one by one. Now that the doujinshi competition has been settled, Hata can finally spend time on the whereabouts of Ikusa – or, at the very least, the one who looks like Ikusa.
According to Dr. Kurosu, the Ikusa-lookalike is suffering from amnesia – in English, a loss of memory. We don’t yet know what kind of bad luck this Ikusa-lookalike has suffered to lose all his memory, but assuming that this is Ikusa, it would be very ironic: a person who has devoted most of his life helping people
other than his own family is now suffering from extremely bad luck, most probably brought to him by the King’s Jewel.
The problem with this Ikusa-lookalike losing his memory is that, well, things would become a lot more complicated. To begin with, it would take much longer to confirm if he really is Ikusa. Then, even if it is confirmed that he is Ikusa, there is no guarantee that he has the memory of the King’s Jewel, so he might not be very helpful to Hayate and co. – unless, of course, he is wearing it around his neck.
Dr. Kurosu suggests that the Ikusa-lookalike is currently working at a beachside restaurant named “Life”. In typical Hata fashion, we have a glance at the back of the Ikusa-lookalike at the last panel of the chapter. The thing is… just don’t tell me that Ikusa is the main character (or whoever…) of Lifesaver, because I have not yet read that thing, and I am definitely not going to read that thing.
In fact I am not entirely sure if this is a good idea to introduce characters from another work, although this has been done before with other authors.
Now that Nagi has suggested going to the beach in Ch. 432, I am not entirely sure if it is coincidence, or that Nagi has once again had a peek at Hata’s script… Anyway, the news also reaches Hinagiku, Ayumu and Chiharu, who have absolutely no business in Nagi earning back her right to inheritance. Yet for whatever reason, it appears that Nagi will be taking them to the beach as well. That’s… some hospitality, isn’t it?
Speaking of Hinagiku, Ayumu and Chiharu, it appears that they are going to start another catfight out of nowhere. You might say this is (again) Ruka’s fault: her assertiveness motivated Ayumu, who in turn tries to motivate Hinagiku. You may say it is quite noble for Ayumu to share her insight with her (presumed) love rival, but the fact is Ruka has proven that assertiveness with Hayate won’t draw his attention, but that of Nagi, and 30 chapters later their own “ship” will be sunk. I am not sure whether it is better to let the “ship” float for a bit longer, or to rush forward just to hit an iceberg.
Anyway, without the clash of dreams and a bet of 150M yen, let us have our fingers crossed that the Nagi vs. Hinagiku vs. Ayumu (vs. Chiharu) catfight won’t be as ugly as Nagi vs. Ruka. Things do look quite positive for Hinagiku and Ayumu, as they bump their fists together to cheer each other on. I don’t know about you, but I just prefer their approach to their “rivalry”: you don’t always have to try to kill your opponent.
Both Hinagiku and Ayumu have their own advantages. What Ayumu has is an overflow of self-confidence – by the way, congratulations for losing 3 kg, Ayumu! – but then the narrator decides to call that “unfounded”. Hinagiku, on the other hand, has perfect self-awareness which is somewhat praised by the narrator – with an arrow pointing at her chest, most probably on purpose – although it also means that Hinagiku does not have the self-confidence to face Hayate.
There is actually a way out for Hinagiku: nobody has ever said that you must wear a swimsuit to the beach; a T-shirt and a ponytail will do just fine. Funny enough, when Hinagiku first showed up on the beach in Mykonos, she was not wearing a swimsuit, and she only revealed her swimsuit because Gilbert dared her to. As such I am not sure which left a stronger impression in Hayate’s mind, the T-shirt and ponytail or the swimsuit.
So what about Chiharu? My impression is that she has not yet completely fallen into Hayate’s love trap, but she could be thinking about just that. After all, she overhears that Hinagiku and Ayumu both love Hayate (this might be the most stupid way to have your secrets exposed…), and when a boy is so popular among girls, one is bound to ask whether he is just that good.
Chiharu’s move to grab Hayate’s hand has been interpreted by Hinagiku and Ayumu that she loves Hayate as well. The thing is, while Ayumu has definitely suspected that Chiharu has feelings for Hayate, I don’t remember that Hinagiku has thought about it at all – heck, she didn’t even know Ruka had feelings for Hayate before Ayumu told her. Anyway, now she knows about it, she and Ayumu swear that there will be blood in the sea…
Not that Chiharu is afraid of her. In fact, Chiharu is secretly enjoying how “cute” Hinagiku’s face is. Obviously she has not held Hayate’s hand because she loves him, but that she was trolling Hinagiku. We know from Ch. 405 that Hinagiku and Chiharu frequently jab at each other, and now Chiharu successfully delivered a huge uppercut.
ZEUS IS DOWN!!!
So Hinagiku has better up her game and be more assertive with Hayate. Yet there are people who want her to hit the iceberg and be thrown into the Atlantic, where the water is freezing cold. That begs the question: who the Hell would be stupid enough to commit suicide only to be laughed at?
Somewhere out there, Athena has (finally!) restored her full power. It appears that while she can return to her true form, it is only “temporary”. As with so many things about the Royal Garden, I have no idea what she is talking about. I guess I can only wait and see.
The thing is: is Athena going to the beach as well?