Okay, plot plot plot! Do me a favour and do not mention Ch. 518, okay?
After several chapters focusing on the mi-… I mean, characters who have not made an appearance for quite some time, we finally make a return to the main plot(TM). Once again we may come to realise just how much the progress of the series has been stalling: it may have been four chapters since the last one related to the plot(TM), but that chapter – which is Ch. 515 – was released on 22 December 2015. In other words, it has been about two months! I actually have started to forget where we were!
To briefly recap, let us just say that everyone has contributed to get Nagi into an extremely risky but profitable game of roulette. Nagi won in spectacular fashion and saved everyone from a ridiculous debt – although, come to think of it, Nagi might as well just pay off everyone’s debt in case she lost, because in the end she would be the one who actually, well, lost the game.
Anyway, now that the game is won, Yukiji is reaping her reward. It might well be one of the very few times, if not the only time, that she is in possession of such a huge sum of money. Now, we all know that Yukiji has the very special ability to spend all her money on alcohol in no time, but this time things might be a little different. After all, if you are drinking 2.46 billion yen worth of alcohol, you are more likely to die of alcohol poisoning before you spend all the cash. It might well be time for Yukiji to learn managing her money more wisely, or…
Meanwhile, Maria reflects that this is the first time she has lost directly to Nagi in a game. Rather than seeing that as pure luck (which is partially true), Maria takes this as proof that Nagi is growing up. Indeed, she is becoming more matured, more independent, and more capable, to the point that she is now starting to sleep on her own. The days of Nagi totally dependent on Maria (and Hayate) are gone.
This seems to have led Hayate and Maria to the conclusion that they have fulfilled their roles, although once again I think this is not necessarily the case. The job of the butler and maid is not to take complete care or control of their master’s life, but to assist her when the need arises. Not to mention that the Sanzen’in Mansion, which is Nagi’s home, would still need constant maintenance and operation. Who would be doing this for Nagi (and Mikado) if both Hayate and Maria are not there?
So, while Hayate and Maria talk like they are an old couple witnessing their child growing up, I just cannot share their sentiment on this matter. Maybe something else.
Somehow, Yukariko’s voice comes into Hayate’s mind. To be honest, I am not entirely sure when he has heard her voice, or what exactly she has told him. I seem to recall the one occasion in Shimoda, when Yukariko asked Hayate to look after Nagi. This seems to make sense in this context, but I just cannot be sure.
Elsewhere, it is revealed that Tsugumi has been working for Mikoto all along, while it seems that Mikoto has been going after the King’s Jewels for Yukariko’s sake. As she considers that the Royal Garden belongs to Yukariko, it certainly makes sense that she doesn’t like outsiders stepping into her private kingdom. Sending Tsugumi to, er, do whatever she has been doing makes sense… if it works.
Yet, Mikoto seems to consider Hayate as someone special. Not only that he is the precious person of the daughter of Mikoto’s precious nee-sama (……), he was also the one who conquered School Trip Level 5 (not including the “bonus stage”), not without the “assistance” of a King’s Jewel. Mikoto seems to see something in him which is related to Yukariko.
So, the first thing Mikoto does when she sees Hayate is to kick him in the balls – if they even exist. The reason for this sudden groin attack is that Hayate looks very much like the person who married Yukariko. This person, Shinn Hayek, has been said to be suspiciously similar in looks with Hayate, except that he is a blonde. Given that Mikoto seems to have a certain degree of obsession with Yukariko, her groin attack on Hayate seems… understandable.
Yet Mikoto is giving him something in return: two other King’s Jewels. Assuming that the table I made for the Ch. 504 Review is correct, these two would be King’s Jewels no. 11 and 12, thus the collection of all 12 King’s Jewels is complete. We are told that Tsugumi has found them, but we have no idea how she found them expect that she is good at her job, so… well, there you go!
Anyway, Mikoto has given both King’s Jewels to Hayate, despite the fact that he is already holding one in his hand. I am not entirely sure what she has in mind for him and all the King’s Jewels. Would something happen if there is more than one King’s Jewel?
In any case, Mikoto asks a question which would do me a favour: “Can you tell me what she said?” Seriously, I just cannot be sure of what she has said.