While Hayate is an excellent butler, he is so far proving himself to be a horrible employer, as the three “employees” under him are offended by him in one way or another. He indirectly insults Hinagiku for her flat chest, beats up Kotetsu for his hard work, and reduces Maria into a mere mascot of the seaside restaurant. Just as Maria said: “Hasn’t you been falling too low, Hayate-kun?”
Hinagiku is given an entire page to make her complaints – not to Hayate, but to herself. As she is not the main heroine of the series, a page that explores her thoughts to something this trivial and – thus far – unrelated to the plot is refreshing. While Hinagiku always forgives Hayate in the end, the initial anger is always there and I think it is good that Hata decides to address it.
Compare her treatment to Maria and Kotetsu’s and you probably would see what I mean. Maria is given only one line to protest on her “mascot” status, while Kotetsu has only one panel to make a facial expression of utter shock – not even anger. These are gags and Hata has made one out of Hinagiku in the last chapter, but her “complain page” in this chapter successfully turns a gag into something of real concern: Hinagiku is seriously angry.
Yet as Hinagiku doesn’t destroy the rebuilt restaurant with her sword(s), the catering business begins and by the end of the day, Hayate and co. have made 200K yen. As so many things have happened this day, I doubt if they have 2 hours to make money, so a 200K yen profit is very, very nice. Yet they still have 8.7M yen to go to win the competition, which means that they have to make 4.3M yen (corr. to 1 d.p.) on each of the next two days. In other words, they have to do 21.5 times better than the first day – which, by all means, is impossible.
They will need something more than Maria the Mascot and a violation of Bandai copyright to make 8.7M yen in the next two days. Athena then suggests to make a revolutionary curry in order to attract customers. I think we never knew that Athena likes curry, and as she has a “mother” who we know likes the food, it might be legitimate to ask if Hinagiku has brainwashed Athena with curry. All Hinagiku has to do is to keep feeding delicious curry to Athena when Hayate is not around, and as long as Athena does not accuse Hinagiku of child abuse, the brainwashing might just work.
Then again, if Hinagiku has not been making the “Black Curry” Nagi mentions, Athena has little room to accuse her.
Anyway, Athena suggests that the ingredients for the revolutionary curry can be found in a lone island nearby. Hinagiku, as always, volunteers to accompany Hayate and to give him any help necessary – including rowing a boat and defending him from night wanderers. These tasks shouldn’t be performed by a girl, and Hinagiku’s offer means that she doesn’t see anything romantic about going to a lone island with Hayate.
Ayumu does see the romantic side of the trip, so she requests to go along as well. Athena stops her for fear that overloading the boat might make it too hard for Hinagiku to row, but she seems to have overlooked the fact that Hayate is there as well. Somehow I think Athena simply doesn’t want any other people to join the journey…
The boat Hayate managed to borrow looks more like to be peddled than rowed, and Nagi comments that it is not “normal” enough – I guess she actually means “subtle”. Hinagiku watches from behind a pillar, and she still looks annoyed desite offering her help to Hayate. One thing is clear: she isn’t doing this to please Hayate.
Chiharu encourages Hinagiku to take the chance to please Hayate – more likely, she just wants to see Hinagiku’s embarrassed face once more. Unfortunately Hinagiku is giving her none of that, and she takes Chiharu’s words of “going for a strike” as punishing him for insulting her earlier in the day. By any means there is nothing romantic in Hinagiku’s mind, so when Ayumu expresses her jealousy over Hinagiku’s trip with Hayate, Chiharu reassures her that nothing worthy of jealousy is going to happen. Clearly she thinks that if Hinagiku is not going to make it romantic, then it will not be romantic.
The island is not only dark and creepy, but it actually has a horror story. There used to be a village of about 20 people on the island, until one of them decided that they all had to die, killing all other residents before killing himself. Let us not forget that Hinagiku is afraid of ghosts, and she is clearly scared of the island.
Sure enough, a floating ghost fire (a villager’s soul) and a howling noise (the murderer’s soul) are quite enough to reduce she-who-can-row-a-boat-and-fight-night-wanderers to she-who-screams-when-she-sees-ghosts. It is very funny that, while most girls would grab Hayate when they are scared, Hinagiku chooses to grab Athena’s head like a cushion. She really has no idea how to seduce Hayate, huh?
Hayate, a.k.a. he-who-is-a-natural-gigolo-who-knows-how-to-react-at-times-like-this, holds Hinagiku’s hand and starts telling her that he would surely… whatever, before a large hole appears under their feet. Hayate and Hinagiku fall into the hole, screaming all the way, while Athena calmly finishes his line for him.
So there might be a little adventure for Hayate and Hinagiku, with or without Athena. While we might expect some love comedy between an ordinary boy and an ordinary girl, Hayate (too busy) and Hinagiku (too shy and too scared) do have their exceptional sides which make things a little more… complicated. Let’s see how they are going to approach their adventure in the next chapter, which will come out 2 weeks later, so there is going to be some waiting.
I apologise for quoting Captain America: The Winter Soldier, by the way.