Let’s ask ourselves a question: Who do I care about more in this chapter, Ikusa or Eight?
Of course, rather than a stupid-looking non-human which is so often a villain (or his/her side-kick), my attention would be on a muscular, handsome man who is (supposedly) an ally of justice. Yet a great portion of this chapter has been devoted to the love story between Eight and Makimura, while Ikusa is not under the spotlight until the very last pages. Then again, we cannot really fault Hata for making Ikusa go idle while he settles the Eight-Makimura love story, as Ikusa can wait while Eight-Makimura cannot.
Put it this way: another chapter of Eight and I am not writing the review.
So Eight tells a rather long story on why he has been hunting for octopuses – or rather, a specific octopus. Of course it has everything to do with his wish to marry Makimura, because the one condition for her to marry Eight is that he has to win 600 million yen in Toto – some kind of lottery, I suppose. Of course, this is a ridiculous condition, but rather than interpreting it as Makimura being Makimura, I tend more to think that Makimura is trying to scare Eight off with a Mission: Impossible. Then again, if Eight is so capable that he can make possible the impossible, then Makimura might as well reconsider…
I know very little about the art of lottery, so my take is that winning a lottery is simply bling luck. There is no way to study or calculate it – maybe the world’s greatest supercomputers could do this, but obviously this is well beyond Eight’s capabilities – so any theory of winning is by default wrong. If the probability of winning a lottery is any higher, then we won’t have all those big wins.
Yet people who are determined to win lotteries (meaning, they never have won anything out if it) would still look for any guidance to a guaranteed victory. Eight, our not-supercomputer, ends up looking for Paul’s descendants. The “Paul” we are talking about is Paul the Octopus, which “predicted” all 7 games involving Germany in the World Cup 2010 correctly. Yet Toto is not football (there is no such thing as “soccer”), and it probably does not concern Germany, so we can’t be sure how Paul could be helpful, let alone its descendants.
Just like the iDevices, PS Vita and everything else, once again Hata is a little too eager to mention things that did not exist in 2005. This time, it is Paul himself (2008 – 2010) and the World Cup which made it famous (2010). Heck, there wasn’t even the 2006 World Cup! If this goes on, soon enough we will see characters talking about the 2014 World Cup as Chiharu picks up her new Google Glass.
To his credit, though, Hata did have a laugh at himself for the Paul issue. Still, it might be better not to have such an issue in the first place.
Anyway, back to Paul’s descendants. Somehow I can’t see how they would look different from other octopuses, in and out of the water, but soon it becomes irrelevant. Ikusa overpowers Eight with his bare hands, and soon Eight’s crime is punished. As he weeps in the merciless hand (singular) of Ikusa, Makimura appears to counsel him. Her main point? Eight cannot marry her after all because he is a machine, but she would always be with him, fixing him every time he is beaten into crap.
I don’t know if I would be happy with Makimura’s promise if I were Eight. It is true that the importance of marriage is two people being together forever – which Makimura has (sort of) promised Eight – but it is also true that marriage is an open declaration of two people being together forever. I think it is obvious that Makimura does not think of their relationship the way Eight does, and even if they would be together forever, it is more an affair than a marriage.
Now, Makimura has responded to Eight’s proposal with a Mission: Impossible, and her “promise” to Eight means that she never really wanted to marry him. I am not sure whether I should criticize Makimura for giving Eight false hope – outright rejecting Eight’s proposal might make him more persistent next time, and it would never stop – but the state Eight ends up to be in makes me think that Makimura is extraordinarily cruel. Or, maybe it’s just the way her genius mind think of marriage?
Anyway, Makimura and Eight will live together forever, although I am not sure about the word “happily” that should also appear in the cliche. According to Hata, this might well be his last touch on the Eight-Makimura relationship, and em… I don’t know, it hasn’t really sunk; it just turned into a submarine and dived into the bottom of the ocean. It makes me feel rather unsatisfied.
With Eight and Makimura out of the picture, Hayate finally confronts his brother, who – as expected – knows nothing about his younger brother, or the fact that he has a younger brother at all. This is shocking news to Hayate: even if he knows that Ikusa has lost his memories, it still hurts to hear that Ikusa denies that he has a brother.
So, Ikusa seems to be suffering from very severe amnesia. Would Hayate be able to help him?