As I have explained on my Facebook Page, I went to a retreat camp last weekend so I did not have time to write the review for Ch. 504. Usually I would skip this review and go on to blog about Ch. 505, but as it became clear that Ch. 505 is absolute filler, I decided to go back to review the very important Ch. 504 and skip Ch. 505. I hope you would agree with my decision.
Long-term readers of this blog may have noticed that Doughnut Gunso is not very fond of characters with an emphasised mysterious backstory, hidden agendas we don’t know anything about, or god-like people. Before I go on, let me reassure you that it might not be the characters’ fault that I do not like them – it is only that I happen to dislike such people, that’s all.
From my previous entry there should be no doubt that, among the Hayate no Gotoku! characters, the one I like least is Maria. Thanks to this chapter (and some other related chapters as well), Maria is finally replaced by… Yukariko. Congratulations to the both of you.
The biggest problem about them for me is that they seem to be surrounded by a “goddess” aura – A-Goddess looks like a mere mortal when compared to them. This seems to be especially true for Yukariko, as she is frequently described as “lucky”, “blessed”, “loved by the gods”, and now in this chapter, she “looks like a god” to a very young Isumi. Talk about an overkill of superlatives.
If you comment that I am simply jealous of such an exceptional girl, I would say you are not wrong: in fact, I would counter-argue that this is exactly the kind of girls Maria and Yukariko are. They make you know just how good they are, and they make you realise that they are the true bosses of the entire series.
It is for this reason that I agree that the last saga of Hayate no Gotoku! would focus on Maria: she is the “final boss”.
While the total domination of Maria remains pure speculation, Yukariko has already dominated the world before her “death”. As it has finally been confirmed by Mikado and Kananiwa in this chapter, Yukariko was the one who has stolen the Royal Power from the Royal Garden. Let me fight against the temptation to write “Oh! Old news is so exciting!” and move on before I get too sarcastic.
Whoops, what have I just written?
Anyway, we seem to have finally solved the mystery of the total number of King’s Jewels. Long story short, there are a total of 12 jewels. Yukariko, Hatsuho and Mikoto all kept one as proof of their friendship. Nine of them have been in the wild and are either used, destroyed or are with Mikado.
Let’s cross-reference this with my account in Ch. 486, in which we confirmed that Mikado, Hayate, Wataru, Ikusa, Yukariko and Aika have or had King’s Jewels. The new information in Ch. 504 confirms a new owner (Hatsuho) and that Mikado actually had a total of nine stones at the beginning. So, if we gather everything we know about the King’s Jewels into a table, it should look like this:
For no. 4, Athena confirmed in Ch. 482 that she used a King’s Jewel to enter the Royal Garden, so I assume she got a jewel from Mikado. As for no. 9, it referred to the “lost and found” gambit Nagi played on Mikado in Ch. 462-466. For the rest of the jewels… I think you know each of their stories well enough so I would not bother explaining in further details.
The first five jewels (marked red) were dished out before Athena entered the Royal Garden, while the last seven (marked blue) are presumably the seven jewels which lost their lights due to King Midas’ curse. According to Kananiwa, four of them have been lost this year (No. 5-7, 9), and only five now remain (No. 2, 8, 10-12).
The problem for Mikado is that he does not have access to either no. 2 or 8. Therefore, Mikado has to rely on either Kananiwa or the owners of the remaining two jewels to open the path to the Royal Garden. We might note that Kananiwa does seem to have a plan: she would look for someone in the School Trip with enough despair to open the path. The only question is, who would that be?
In any case, we seem to finally have a definite picture of what has been going on with all the King’s Jewels. A lot of questions have indeed been answered, and we can be confident that the whereabouts of jewels no. 11 and 12 could be solved easily in time. Enough of the conflicts, enough of the mysteries, enough of the hunger: finally, we are given enough information that even Doughnut Gunso, who is not one of the King’s Jewels expert, to finally come up with a solid summary on the King Jewels. And now, let’s move on.
I mean, after that complete filler that is Ch. 505…