Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hayate The Combat Butler Chapter 528: Pranks and Useless Things are What Make Life Difficult - Review and Synopsis

I really don't like Housen.

Synopsis: Pranks and Useless Things are What A Hard Life Is Made Of

Hayate is in a panic and wants to go rescue Klaus immediately. Nagi decides to leave Klaus alone and concentrate on finding the key before Hisui does. Hina explains that it will be difficult to release him if what they want is info on the key.

Miki and Risa panic that the old geezer will definitely tell Hisui and Housen about the key.

Make way for the heroine!
Nagi believes that they should concentrate on finding some negotiation material first and leave the rescue to another person (her phone shows that it's Sakuya she's getting into contact with... because we all know that Sakuya is secretly a ninja.) Nagi says that they only have a few hours and they should find the key within the clock tower before Klaus starts talking.

Nagi also thinks that there should be more than one hint.

Hina and Yukiji suggest that they should start at the library so off they go.

Mean Hisui gets tired of interrogating Klaus for info about the Loto Key and leaves Housen to torture Klaus while she sleeps. Housen proceeds... by tickling his foot with a feather.

Meanwhile, Izumi finds herself in all sorts of trouble -- and becoming the object of fanservice while Hayate and company are investigating the bluprints of the Clock Tower in the library.

When she shows that (cutieful) face, you know she means business.

While brainstorming for a hint together with everyone and looking at the map of the 1st and 2nd floors, Nagi discovers that they spell out "Kagi" in Katakana or KEY.

Well, the only thing I really noticed is how delightfully insigtful Nagi has become. In fact, ever since her failings in the mangaka arc, she has become one of the most reliable characters in the manga as far as mental tasks, insight, intuition and a (whole lot) little bit of luck is concerned. She has really entrenched her status as the main heroine -- moreso than the main male character at the moment, actually.

Are you impressed yet, Hayate? You should be.

Anyway, she was great and I love how she's drawn here. Oh, and in related news, Volume 48 of the manga comes with those Heat Transfer something cards that reveal something sorta naughty at the right temperatures... I'm getting one because Nagi is in one of those cards together with Chiharu and Sakuya.

Kinda surprising that Nagi would call on Sakuya for help. I mean, it's not like Sakuya has ever been the physical type although I would definitely say she's very reliable.

Aside from that, we have some Izumi fanservice... if you like that sort of stuff. Anyway, not much to talk about this chapter, so let's look forward to the next one.

Fanart Corner: No new fanart this week, so have some pics of Doll Nagi instead. These are two different dolls, by the way. The one in casual clothes is the limited edition that looks sideways and the one in the yukata is a normal edition... I love them both~

Oh... and check out my new bag.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Hayate The Combat Butler Chapter 527: The Clutz Way of Thinking Or Something Similar -- Review and Synopis

A cute idiot... still an idiot.... also still cute.

Synopsis: So the search for the... err... Loto Key? begins.

We start with Izumi already lost.

We go to a little flashback just before everyone went into the Clock Tower. Hina remarks that it looks like a dungeon.
Nagi says that it looks like (the hard level?) tower

Anywayz, Nagi says that you could easily get lost in here so Hayate warns everyone to be careful (lol foreshadowing)

At this point, we check back in with Izumi who just conveniently got herself lost by straying off by herself.

Anywayz, she tries various ditzy things like crying out for help.

She then decides to look for the exit... and conveniently runs past an exit sign.

Back to Hayate's party, Hina remarks that it would be a lot of work looking for the key inside this place. Miki and Risa agree. Nagi remarks that this is a game so perhaps it's still too early...

Yukiji says that you'd usually move in after you get a hint from a villager.

They then all decide to regroup and think of strategy... in a family restaurant or go for ramen.

By the way, they left Izumi behind who is wondering if everyone is ok right now while getting cold and hungry (you so cold, minna-san)

Anywayz, she cheers up thinking that someone will come to rescue her eventually.

She tries to reassure herself that while it's dark, this is still the school... what can happen?

Suddenly, she spots a skull next to her... and proceeds to panic while screaming her fool head off.

Outside, Miki and Risa talk about how the old schoolhouse is a psychic spot and full of old ghost stories.

Back to Izumi, she's just abou recovered her wits and she decides not to give up. She takes stock of her current inventory.

She's got candies, cookies, lip gloss and wait... a smart phone!

She thinks she's saved... and then proceeds to use a flashlight app and promptly runs out of batteries. She then blames the phone for being useless.

She then starts getting all depressed and calling herself a piece of junk and thinks that she might die in this place.

She then remembers some quotation from some dead person about not giving up and proceeds to cheer herself up and proceeds to look for the exit once more.

Hayate asks Nagi if Yukariko was really a ditz. Nagi affirms this.

Nagi has grown a little bit taller, methinks (something I've noticed for a while now). She is almost 14 now, so it makes sense. Also, these two are totally in sync here.
Hayate wonders how such a clutzy person could have hidden the key so cleverly in the tower and thinks if she had an accomplice.

Nagi says that's bit far-fetched. (or maybe she said the complete opposite... ah, the wonders of Nihon-go!)

Nagi asks Hatsuho if Yukariko might have had a clever companion help her out. She replies with something incomprehensible about "Mikoniya." Anywayz, Isumi chimes in and says there is one clever person... and that is Klaus.

Nagi and Hayate are like... lolwhut? Klaus? Clever? LAWLZ!

Nagi decides to give it a shot anyway and calls in klaus... who is a bit busy right now being held hostage by Housen and Hisui. Hisui picks up the phone and Nagi is surprised.

Hisui says: Yo thar, care for some tea right now?

Review: Well... I guess there's some development going on here. Not the kind that I want to see, but I'll take it. Anyway, looks like Hisui and Housen are more dangerous than anyone could have predicted. They even took Klaus (who may be used for comedy relief but isn't a pushover) hostage.

Yup... Hisui is evil, arlighty. Also, I want to wipe that smug smile off of Housen's face.

It seems they're always one step ahead of Hayate and company. I'm sure Nagi could kick her ass in a battle of wits though. That'd leave Hayate to deal with Housen... good luck with that. Oh, speaking of Nagi. Ya remember that cover with Nagi using a rapier? I think that might have been a flashback and she could have been the one who gave Hisui that scar. Maybe some kind of sparring match. Alright, we know that Nagi is not good at physical tasks, but fencing is a type of swordfighting that relies more on skill and finesse than physical strength (unlike traditional Japanese kendo >:) zing! zing!). Also, she could probably use her amazing luck to be quite formidable at it.

Anyway, this chapter is 80% about Izumi being her usual clutzy self... the kind that we can't really hate because she's also trying her best despite being a clutz and is really a very cute, good-natured clutz.

Ok... so what else? Yeah, the way the group just went into the tower without a plan and then decided to just leave to form a plan seemed kinda forced. Also, really? No one ever thought of Izumi? I mean, c'mon... she's one of your best friends, guys? Why? Why? Sure, it's for comedy, but really? You so cold!

Anyway, not much to talk about, so I just rambled on. Time for the fanart.

Fanart Corner: LOL! Well? Is she big enough for you now, Hayate? You know, I'd kiss her quickly if she held me close enough to her face like that. By the way, the only difference between these two is the use of the black outlines. Which one do you think looks better? I'm gonna have this printed out on my new shirt... or maybe my new bag with the label "Hayate x Nagi!"

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Hayate The Combat Butler Chapter 526: Everyone's Najimi Tower Adventure Begins -- Review and Synopsis

By the way, it's been forever since Hayate himself was on the cover

Synopsis: Hayate and Nagi meet up with Isumi's mom who tells them that Yukariko might have hidden it at the Najimi Tower (tower of intimacy?)

Isumi arrives to gag things up a bit but basically, she says the same thing and points out to Hakuo's student council tower.

Hayate and Nagi go there... but not without Isumi and her mother tagging along when asked, Hatsuho responds with her: "if I had to give a reason, it would be because..."

Hayate marvels at how huge the clocktower is and Nagi says it's about 300 meters. Hayate says that it would be hard to find a tiny key in there but Hatsuho has THE ANSWER with her crystal ball!

An arrow appears in the crystal ball that points upwards... which is absolutely no help.

Isumi sees that Hayate and Nagi don't get it so she suggests using her Iphone to try and find it

Some pink-haired girl arrives and wants to get involved. Hayate explains the situation to her and she offers to help because everyone inside is tired of studying and because her fans are suffering withdrawal syndrome.

Anywayz, inside, they find the SC trio clowning around as usual.

Yukiji arrrives and tells them something about a secret room that holds a celestial sphere in the tower, which makes Hayate remember something about his time with Athena where there was a celestial mirror inside the royal garden (because her fans are already dead from withdrawal syndrome)

Anyway, they all decide to spend the night searching for the key.

Meanwhile Housen is monitoring their movements from a tree... I made that rhyme on purpose.

Isumi and her mom are being totally useless again. Isumi wants to use her iPhone fortune-telling skills to look for the key. 

Nagi looks very attractive (not just in a cute way) with the new art style

Review: Well, not much is happening right now. If you enjoyed the goofball antics of Isumi and her mother, I guess that's all well and good.

Anyway, the two things that stand out here are the mention of the Celestial Sphere inside of the Hakuo clock tower and its possible connections with the Royal Garden and Athena and of course, there's Housen watching over everything from some tree.

No follow-up to Nagi's inadvertent confession just yet, but...

Speculation Corner: I think the reason that "the bomb" and Hayate's reflections on Nagi's feelings are being forestalled is because these two will be very pivotal to this final arc's plot. I'd even go as far as to say that "the bomb" itself will be the climax or at least near the climax of this arc.

I'm sure we can expect Nagi to be awesome again sometime in this arc, but what I'm really hoping for is that we get to see Hayate himself doing something that would actually make me like him better... his development has just been so lopsided in contrast to Nagi and they are co-main characters here after all.

Fanart Corner: Got quite a few this week to make up for the rather sparse review. Enjoy!
From Doubutsu Uranai from Project Mirai DX

Is she BIG enough for you now, Hayate-kun?

I've turned this one into a bag design.
Here's the bag on which I had that one smiling face fanart printed on.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Hayate The Combat Butler Chapter 525: Playing Mario Kart with everyone is fun -- Synopsis and Review

Synopsis: Hayate tells Maria and Nagi about the inheritance and how there's a box that needs a key that contains the Mikado's will and that whoever writes his/her name on that will can take over the inheritance.

Flashback to Mikado: The key? Go look for it. I may have placed it all over the world.

Maria: Could it be that he just lost the key?

Nagi and Hayate: No no, It's a legendary key item isn't it? To think that it would be lost is just...

Mikado: It's not lost!

Hayate: Oji-sama?

Maria: It's been a while, gramps

Nagi: Wtf are you doing here, geezer?

Mikado: It's a custom for the Sanzenins for the previous generation to hide the key to this box and for the next generation to find it!

Hayate: Then the key is in this box?

Mikado: Yearh, but the other day, I discovered that this box has a strange secret.

Hayate: Secret?

Mikado: It's this!

Letter inside box: I took the key! Yukarin.

Maria: Could it be a kid's game?

Mikado: yesh

Maria: Why didn't you keep such an important item safe?

Nagi: -_- Oh... so it's really lost (doesn't care one bit)

Mikado: It's not lost, it just hasn't been found.

Nagi: It's the same thing!

Mikado: WHAAAT!?

The two start clawing each other.

I'd love to pinch Nagi too~

Hayate: No, no... don't fight over such a small thing.

Mikado: What, you call this a small thing?

Mikado and Maria talk about the security measures around the will itself if someone were to try and take it by force without the key.

Mikado says that anyone who tries that would be submerged in water and die.

Nagi: Then why'd you lose it in the first place?

Mikado: It's not lost! It just hasn't been found!

Nagi: This is the second time we've had this conversation.

Nagi: Screw this, I'm drawing some serious manga.

Maria: Then I'll go cook dinner

Mikado: Wait! Seriously, wait!

Hayate: Don't you have any clue where it is?

Mikado: I think I understand why Yukariko purposely hid it.

Nagi: You're just making this up, aren't you?

Maria: it could have been stolen while they were playing, right?

Hayate: Maybe there's a hint in the kind of children's game they were playing?

Hayate: Right... the ones who played the game with her. (err... not sure that's what he said)

Nagi: meh, it can't be helped... then let's find the ones who played this game with her.

Hayate has a flashback that re-introduces Yukariko and he refers to her as the royal power's true successor (who effin cares, Ayasaki!?)

He also thinks about the words she left him and how she asked him to protect Nagi in her stead .

Hayate: This is my answer...

Hayate: Right, let's do it.

Nagi: I think these two knew my mother very well. (photos of Hatsuho and Mikoto)

Hayate: Wataru's mother and Isumi's mother, right?

Nagi: Yup.

Nagi: Anyway, let's go talk to Isumi's mother.

Review: Oh whatever... another setup chapter. At least we can see from this chapter that Nagi and Mikado don't really hate each other that much. They don't get along, but if they can play around like that -- then they're probably not out for each other's throats.

Dat sweet workstation

Anyway, I still think Hayate's making the wrong decision in prioritizing Nagi's inheritance over her feelings here, but whatever. The way he says, "this is my answer" seems to imply that he's resigned himself to protecting Nagi's future -- which he equates to winning her inheritance... he's making a terrible mistake, IMO.

Yes, if we were to take real world standards into account, Nagi does need her inheritance to survive blah blah blah and all that, but that's not what is most important to her and don't you dare even try to deny or downplay this or I'll have your throat!

Ahem... anyway, not much new here. Looks like we're gonna get deeper into this whole Sanzenin inheritance business next time... which could be a good thing or a not so good thing but whatever, I'm so not into it.

Anywayz, sorry for the lazy review. Lemme know what YOU think in the comments.

Fanart Corner: Alrighty! Got a new one for you. I like how this one turned out. It's so simple yet it looks great -- even if I do say so myself. I have another sketch actually, but I think I'll just show you that when it's finally done. I've still got a backlog of fanart to finish coloring too.

The pose and title of this fanart was inspired by Neptune's song in Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection btw. Also Nagi has a lovely back... Nagi has a lovely everything~!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Hayate The Combat Butler Chapter 524: Kiss of Murder -- Review and Synopsis

Couldn't get a screenshot of the raw cover, but this face is so much better to look at than that biyatch Hisui anyway.
Synopsis: Hayate: Eh? You are?

Hisui: Been a long time, pops. Have you been doing well?

Mikado: You dun have to worry about that, Hisui.

Hayate: 0_0 Hisui? So...

Hayate has a little flashback to stuff Nagi and Sakuya said about Hisui.

Hayate: So this kid is... ojou-sama's rival for the inheritance. Hatsushiba Hisui.

More flashbacks about Sakuya sayin stuff about Hisui bein greedy and how she must be stopped.

Hayate: But wait... that scar on her face.

Hisui: Now then pops, you were talkin about having a problem deciding who would be the Sanzenin family fortune's successor?

Of course, Nagi is the main successor to the inheritance. Blah blah some drama about not being interested in the inheritance does a cute little pose.

Mikado: Stop it, Hisui. I won't let you take part in the Sanzenin Inheritance. Hisui, you're greedy -- therefore, you're not worthy to possess this power.

Also, Mikado is damn short.

Mikado: This is why I have decided not to pass the inheritance onto you.

Mikado: If you understand this, then GTFO now, biyatch!

Hisui: Izzat so? THen... (grabs a sword from the room decors)

Hisui: Why don't you just die right now?

Actually swings the sword at Mikado (fudge... this biyatch means business)

Hayate: *Parries the sword with considerable effort* Hey, you'v done enough, right?

Hisui: Heh, fine...

Hisui: I just have to get the key and write my name on this will, right?

Hisui: See ya later, pops.

Hayate: Ya awright, pops? (Notices that his sword is still virbrating)

Hayate: Just now, that kid was really trying to...

Mikado: Something about the power of the inheritance being a threat to the world blah blah

Mikado: That's why you should definitely watch out, Hayate Ayasaki. Their eyes are on you. She is the worst kind of woman.

Hayate reflects a bit about how he knows how money makes people evil, but this person he senses... (referring to Hisui)

Hayate: I'm home!

Nagi: Welcome back, Hayate. That storyboard isn't quite done yet but..

Nagi: What's with that face? You hungry?

Hayate: No, it's nothing.

Hayate: (thinking to himself) I'll protect ojou-sama's future... even at the cost of my own life.

Ok, so just in case you don't get it yet because Mikado and the flashbacks can't get enough of repeating it, Hisui is apparently very greedy and that's a bad thing. Also, she's quite violent. She swung that sword with real killing intent to the point that even mister omnipotent combat butler was shaken by it.

Anywayz... SCREW YOU, AYASAKI!? Protect her future? The only future she cares about is the future that involves you. She doesn't need her effin inheritance and she certainly doesn't need to get involved in this little family feud.

Why aren't you reflecting on her inadvertent confession, man? Reflect on it nao! REFLECT! Or better yet, just take a good long look at her and realize just how beautiful she is inside and out, you IDIOT!

Ok... rant aside, this is a setup chapter for something that I have no idea where it's going. I just want Hayate to stop forestalling and tell us how he feels about Nagi's confession already.

Also, why does he think that protecting Nagi's future = winning her inheritance? BAKA! BAKA! BAKA! BAKA! (Listen to that in teh Rie's voice.)

Lastly, Nagi looks so angelic in contrast to Hisui. I think I'm likin Hisui's character already~

Fanart: No speculation for you. Have some fanart instead. Still haven't finished some of these. I also included a video of me showing you how to draw a grumpy Nagi easily btw.

Guess which game I've been playing recently.

Still need to add angel wings and color this.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Hayate The Combat Butler Chapter 523: Whom The Star Says -- Review and Synopsis

Doughnut Gunso noted in his previous review that the art style was changing again. He's correct. Also, Nagi looks really beautiful here. Like a slightly more mature version of her usual self and a lot more feminine/attractive. Amazing what a skilled manga artist can do with a half-body portrait style picture.
Synopsis: Chiharu: Eh? This is pretty interesting.

Nagi: Really?

Chiharu: Yes, it's really interesting

Nagi: You know, this is the first time I find you cute.

Chiharu: Wait, whut?

Chiharu: Oh fine, whatever. Anywayz, you'd better get started drawing this. I'll help out too.

Chiharu: By the way, where's Ayasaki?

Nagi: Ah, Hayate is...

Scene switch to Mikado's mansion with Maria:

(I skipped parts but...)

Maria: Sorry, sorry...You ok, grandpa? Is your body doing well?

Mikado: Ah, I'm so useless.

Mikado: Could it be that I am about to be put out to pasture? (closest thing I can guess as to what he actually said)

Maria: Hayate-kun, WTF is he talking about?

Hayate: Eh well, it's very popular. It's from Sayou-san's Radio show.

Maria: Anywayz, he's fine, right?

Hayate: Yeah, more or less.

Mikado: I am not fine! There's nothing interesting to do here!

Maria: Really! Making me worry and all. Screw this guy and his dramatics. Let's go home, Hayate-kun.

Hayate: Ah, okay.

Mikado: WAIT! A little bit more! Worry about me a little bit more, will you?

Hayate: But really, the Sanzen'in house is really amazing.

Maria: Is that so?

Hayate: Yes, there's tons of maids and butlers and lots of work to be done for everyone.

Hayate: By the way, are all these people really necessary?

Maria: Dunno, but the Sanzen'in family really is big. (proceeds to tell im all about the rich, rich Sanzen'in clan)

Hayate: And Ojou-sama is the heiress to all of these?

Maria: It shall be so.

Hayate: Thinks of the three King's Jewels he has.

Hayate: Sorry, but I have something to talk to with Oji-sama, k?

Maria: awright, sure thing.

Maria: Looks like I'll be eating dinner alone.


Mansion Staff: But however...

Mansion Staff: gossiping

Mansion Staff: Hurry up! We don't have much time!

Maria: ?

Hayate: Oji-sama, got somethin to talk to ya about.

Mikado: fu...I thought it was about time you arrived.

Mikado: You wanna talk about Yukarin from now on, right?

Hayate: Er.. nope

Mikado: WHAT?

Hayate: Actually, I want to talk to you about the inheritance and the final game.

Hayate: Will you indulge me?

Mikado: Fine, let's talk.

Hayate: This place is...

Mikado: Basically, this is the control room of all the Sanzen'in family's assets.

All the assets from the Sanzen'in house are controlled here!

And this... is my last will and testament. (Scroll and pen inside some locked lid)

All the Sanzen'in's assets will be transferred through this item with my consent.

Like if you were to write your name here, all the Sanzen'in's assets would be transferred to you.

Hayate: but the key?

Mikado: Right, without the key, this container can never be opened.

Therefore, the key to this lid is what's at stake in the final game.

To become the Sanzen'in family's successor.

Hayate: But why go through all this? Ojou-sama's inheritance is at stake.

Someone who is probably Sakuya: Oya oya... you were here in this place, pops?

Whoops! Wrong guess! It's  teh final boss!

Hisui Hatsushiba and her battle maid appear.

Hisui: To think we'd meet here of all places.

Hayate: You are...

Housen: Ara ara... long time no see, Ayasaki-kun.

Hisui: >) WTF, Housen... you've met?

Housen: Yup, this is Nagi ojou-sama's butler.

Hisui: Oh, so you're... Himegami's REPLACEMENT?

Review: Well, I was bracing myself for a big reveal and some bombs going off, but no dice.

This chapter was all about the Sanzen'in family subplot and Mikado's ongoing game for his own amusement (probably has some kinda DEEEP reason for it) regarding the Sanzen'in family's inheritance... 

Also, I don't get why Hayate's involving himself in this. Clearly, Nagi is not interested in the inheritance and she's financially capable enough to take care of herself without it... sure, she's a little helpless with housework, but that's where YOU come in, Ayasaki-kun.

Anywayz, so after 30 years, we finally know what Hisui Hatsushiba looks like. She doesn't seem to bear a family resemblance with Jenny and it looks like my drawing from 1-2 years ago wasn't too far off. OBSERVE!

Dat scar, though.

Close enough, I'd say... given that we've only seen her from the side and behind until now.

Although Hata's design comes with a scar and speaks of all kinds of "EVIL BITCH."

Anyway, so-so chapter. At least Nagi's happy for now and Chiharu doesn't seem to suspect a thing.

Also, Hayate's forestalling his moment of reflecting on his relationship with Nagi yet again... I hate that. You know what? If only Nagi wouldn't be unhappy, Hayate should totally get the forever alone with his debt ending. He totally deserves it after inadvertently leading everyone on throughout this manga.

Well, I don't really hate Hayate.. THAT MUCH... but he has to stop being so effin ambiguous and indecisive. Nagi's no longer even a tsundere around him, why is he still such a vague little depressed emo kid?

Also, he should really stop involving himself in this King's Jewel's business. It's not good for him, not good for Nagi and definitely bad news for everyone around him... oh wait, except some ringlet curls blonde who will apparently be the end girl because people did not read the end of her arc and the follow-up in Wataru's mini-chapter where he confesses to Isumi.

So anyway, not enough info to speculate on anything for now. I'm just waiting to see what Hayate does now that he understands Nagi's feelings for him... or I hope he does.

Fanart Corner: Got two, actually, but the other one needs some digitizing. Anywayz, the colored one is based on Orca Toys' Nagi Sanzenin Cat version and dayuum! She's cute and sexy in this figure. Can't wait for my preorder to arrive. AUGUST! GET HERE SOONER!
Proportions are a bit different from the figure, but I think I got her best assets just right, if ya know what I mean.
I'll definitely color this one. Got the urge to draw it while playing Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection.


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Hayate The Combat Butler Chapter 522: Serialization Break 11 Years. From Now On -- Review And Synopsis

Beautiful as always~

Synopsis: Nagi: Ika-chan is ending
Talks with Chiharu for a while about it and how she is sad about it.

Some breaking the 4th wall stuff about long serializations being hard. Also, we see Ashibashi sensei being used to illustrate this.

Nagi goes on a monolgue about long serializations and the climax of the story and about how the ideal is Urusei Yatsura with the climax also being the ending.

Chiharu: With that said... have you drawn any manga lately?

Nagi: Ma-manga?

Chiharu: Yeah, you said you'd submit one to Sunday

Nagi: Ah yes... yes, I should draw, shouldn't I?

Nagi: But ya see, I dun have any interesting ideas lately. We just came back from America yesterday after all.
(Calendar shown... we're still at the final days of September)

Chiharu reminds her that she's still got that competition with Ruka after ten years.

Nagi: Yosh! I shall now devote myself to Ika-chan.

Chiharu: That's devotion to selfishness, isn't it?

She then goes off to consult Hayate over at Cafe Donguri

Hayate: Eh, draw manga?

Nagi: Right, I'm gonna win an award before my birthday.

Hayate: Well, your enthusiasm is admirable, but what kind of manga?

Nagi: Love comedy~! I'm gonna use what happened during the school excursion.

Hayate: Eh, so it's gonna be like a travel manga?

Nagi: Right, and the hero... comes from space in the future and is the ultimate programmer~

Hayate: ...

Nagi: Naturally, she is a bishoujo (panel shows Hinagiku) who crash landed on a pre-apocalyptic Earth from the 20th century (seriously... wtf, mai waifu? What are you thinking? Oh wait... this is a plug for Ad Astra, isn't it?)

She uses an Iphone to call her companion's spacecraft (not sure about this translation)

Nagi: blah blah something about vodafone's acquisition and this is how the story starts

Hayate: Wait... this is too high level for me.

Hamster: Suggests something about Vodafone and the heroine's power.

Nagi: Ah, I get it.

Hayate: so... the story aside, this is based on real life experiences right?


Nagi: The heroine loves to go to buffet places

Hayate: And you're going to ignore all the difficulties of the journey?

Hayate: As expected, it's something strange again this time.

Nagi: Hmm... but this configuration isn't based on real life isn't it?

Nagi: For 32 pages, I need to cut out unnecessary elements

Hayate: Ah, as expected, Ojou-sama... has really grown up a little bit.

A few days later...

I'm going to kill someone if he betrays her feelings -- for good. A temporary betrayal of feelings is well justifiable.

Nagi: It's done!

Hayate: Have you finished the manga's name?

Nagi: Yup, read it!

Omnipotent Butler Hayata Kun

This is the story of the teen butler and his mistress

The teen butler was experiencing many difficulties

The butler was born with a strong body and was very courageous.

Meanwhile, the oujou-sama was a self-indulgent millionaire.

The two shared many life and death experiences together and naturally, a bond was formed between them.

However, the final stage would be their biggest problem yet.

It would break the ties between them...

but the two of them would get over it together

And the final stage would be where they fall in love with each other for their happy ending. They would live together for many years to come.

Nagi: Well, what do you think?

Hayate: Well... it's certainly an interesting story, isn't it?

Nagi: Right?

Nagi: As expected, using my real feelings to tell the story wasn't wrong.

Nagi: All right... time to draw the manuscript.

Hayate: ... love each other?

Review: Wow... this was a really heavy chapter. It started out innocently enough and I really thought this would be another fruitless gag chapter, and then all of a sudden, Nagi has just inadvertently confessed to Hayate through her manga.

This is it, guys! The end is not just near! The end is HERE! Prepare for t-t-teh DRAMA!

Now there are lots of implications here, but I don't think they're especially bad. The way I see it, this is clearly a setup for the "bomb between them" to finally go off somehow. At some point, Hayate has to make a decision now that Nagi's feelings have been made clear to him.

Of course, the way Nagi's feelings have been suddenly thrust out at Hayate, he really cannot be expected to accept them at this point -- and this is why I believe that the "bomb between them" will go off soon.

If Hayate is going to develop feelings for Nagi, then he needs at least a chapter or two to actively think about her -- where she really stands in his life and he has to make his own decision. There is no Nagi to bail him out this time, like she's always been doing whenever he needs to make a crucial decision.

Naturally, things will never go the way Nagi spelled out so plainly in her manga because that would be terrible writing -- but the question is: How will her heart be broken? How will Hayate respond to her feelings right now? We know for sure that he has never considered her to be a romantic prospect before, well now he has no choice. He can't be evasive with this girl and he knows it.

Don't forget that we've still got the Holy Grail War Royal Garden wars to worry about, so if the bomb is going to go off, it has to be very soon.

Anyway, amazing chapter and I eagerly look forward to what comes next -- although I also have butterflies in my stomach knowing that Nagi is going to get hurt again pretty soon... still, we need to get this misunderstanding out of the way -- FINALLY!

The ball is in Hayate's court now... let's see what he does with it.

Anyway, there are lots of little things in this chapter too, such as the nod to the whole 10 year promise with Ruka and Hayate acknowledging Nagi's growth as an individual but... they all pale in comparison to the actual gist of this chapter.

Sanzenin Nya~gi
Fanart Corner: Well, I still don't have much time for digital art, but I definitely have time  to draw this sketch which I plan to color soon.... WOO HOO! Mai waifu is so cute and sexy! Hold that pose, baby! I think I've fallen in love all over again~ I love this new figure from Orca Toys! I've already preordered mine. Can't wait for August~

Babeh~ you are absolutely gorgeous~!