Hayate no Gotoku! Ch. 514


100% victory in gambling is not gambling; it's cheating.

100% victory in gambling is not gambling; it’s cheating.

In the previous Chapter Review, I have ranted that the greediness of the contestants could become the downfall of them, for the very reason of their lust of a prize money which they, arguably, do not need. Yes, everyone would want some extra cash, but one must always balance the opportunities against the risks. While it can be argued that the more basic needs are worth some extra risks, one should really restrain from risking too much for something which you want but is not exactly needed.

Yet in this very chapter, we witness what I would call a collective stupidity of almost all people involved. Shockingly and sadly, Hayate is the only person who is making any sense at all. Unfortunately, despite his display of sanity here, he seems destined to be the only one who would have to pay for the consequences of everyone else.

But I know what would not happen if you don't play...

But I know what would not happen if you don’t play…

Of course, Izumi would want a way to recover her debt. We also have to accept as a fact that Yukiji is simply hopeless when it comes to money. However, I have absolutely no idea on what has possessed the others, who are supposedly smart enough to realise that they have no need for that bit of extra cash, into such a crazy chase of the prize money.

Let’s put things into perspectives. They are facing a fearsome “final boss” in Maria, who is supposed here simply because she is just too bored. Nagi has already made a point that it is impossible to win against Maria in games like roulette. In order to even enter the game, the group have to get to the coin, which – by courtesy of the design of the game – would give them a debt of 1.8 billion yen. And while winning against Maria would give them 2 billion yen, two things have to be taken in mind: 1) the debt must be cleared, so the group’s net gain would be 200 million yen; and 2) there are 12 people collaborating to get the coin, so everyone is entitled to a fair share of the prize money, i.e. something less than 20 million yen each.

There is no way to stop this madness...

There is no way to stop this madness…

So, the group is entering a gamble which they are very likely to lose, thus giving all of them a 1.8 billion yen debt (I am very sure that Yukiji would eat her own words and ask everyone to share the debt, thus giving each of them a 150 million yen debt). Even if they win, each of them is only getting less than 20 million yen, which is just less than a double of the 10 million yen worth of coin?

In other words, the contestants are not facing an “all-or-nothing” gamble; they are facing a “some-or-death” gamble. The odds are seriously against them, and the reward is just not enough to justify the risk, so why play it at all? It can be argued that, ever since the likes of Izumi and Tsugumi start getting loans, they have no way to stop participating. However, it still does not justify the participation of everyone else and, for the matter, the absence of decision for Hinagiku to stop Yukiji’s participation. Since when has Yukiji’s greed become too much of a force for Hinagiku to stop her reckless actions right under her nose?

Remember what Nagi got the last time she drew a lot?

Remember what Nagi got the last time she drew a lot?

Anyway, the group has finally gotten their hands on the coin, and Yukiji wants Nagi to take the gamble. Essentially, this becomes a game of Nagi’s luck against Maria’s skills. Funny enough, this is a very rare case of Nagi not having the so-called “character shield” because Maria is supposedly also a main heroine who is on the same level as Nagi!

I am getting more and more worried about Hayate… Despite his assness, this is not the way I want him to suffer.

12 comments on “Hayate no Gotoku! Ch. 514

  1. Being a comedy manga, its a given that most of the characters that aren’t relevant to the scene will act out of character by playing along with the stupidity to create humor while the spotlight characters (in this case, Yukiji, Hayate and Nagi) drive the comedy. However, Hayate no Gotoku is a comedy manga that’s lacking in self-awareness and a sense of absurdity, possibly taking itself seriously unintentionally. This isn’t helped by its cute and very simple looking art style. I think this is the reason why Gunso and many other fans of HnG have difficulty tolerating or maintaining suspension of disbelief towards out of act out of character moments. Its not like comedies like Gintama or One Punch Man where characters in those series can get away with acting stupid and out of character as a tone of absurdity and silliness is always prevalent whenever it intends to be funny…. That said, this was a pretty funny and entertaining chapter and I think that HnG has gotten funnier as of lately.

    Maria’s facial expressions in this chapter were so fun to look at and pretty sexy too XD Seeing a particularly excited and slightly childish Maria was very entertaining. Its quite refreshing after being used to seeing her being all lady-like/motherly most of the time.

    I’m really looking forward to a possible Nagi vs Maria game. Those two have never been seen competing over anything since the chess game they played that secured Maria’s job as Nagi’s personal maid.

    Also, it looks like Manga Tsugumi has shown another similarity to her Anime counterpart; horrible money management skills XD

  2. Well, ya know… pro gamblers do always try to ensure that they have a 100% chance of winning using some kind of algorithm and stuff for the particular gambling game they’re entering. I remember from an old documentary where one of the slots in a roulette game can be lowered more than others with a hidden switch so that the ball always ends up there.

    Just like calamariluqe, I enjoyed Maria’s expressions in this chapter. I especially found the semi-chibi drawings of her with her throwing her arms out pretty funny. Also, Nagi has a sexy way of running. 🙂

    Anyway, I just have this hunch that it might be Nagi who’ll be burdened with a debt this time and it’s going to be something that even her status as heiress can’t bail her out of. It’s just a feeling. I don’t think it’s going to be through this particular roulette game, but I get the feeling it’s going to happen somehow.

    • “Dealers always cheat” could be a rather extreme statement, but I am using this to keep myself from the casinos.

      Surely, money is not a problem for Nagi. Speaking of hunch, mine is that Nagi is fine but Hayate will be the one in trouble with negative emotions…

  3. i dont what recently changed with maria but its working for her she is back to her old self.
    as for maria vs. nagi, maria has never gone easy on her and she has never lost but this time i have a hunch she will because its a shounen manga and mc always win no matter how impossible it seems in the start. and nagi will have stronger motivation this time. maria might even go easy on her after knowing the truth.

    • Eh? I thought Maria always goes easy on Nagi in games not just due to Maria’s superior gaming skills but also due to Nagi’s poor temper.

      Anyway, I think Nagi has a good chance of winning, not by default of being the MC but because she’s a smart girl and because she knows Maria better than anyone else.

    • What I remembered was that Maria totally crushed Nagi in the chess game. Of course Maria might not be showcasing her full abilities, but from Nagi’s point of view she did not have an easy game. We would even see tears in her eyes.

    • there is a chapter where nagi is having tears in her eyes while maria is smiling and beating her in chess that was how nagi agreed to have maria as tutor and bond with her its in chapter 199.
      and nagi is very smart but maria is smarter. still nagi has upper hand when it comes to money and luck.

  4. Assness…I will add that to my vocabulary 😀

    I think the only way they can win against Maria is combining Nagi’s luck with Hayate’s bad luck lol (as when they played Reverse Old Maid and Wataru gambled against his mother).

    Sorry, what exactly happened in the last time Nagi drew a lot? I really forget.

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