Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hayate The Combat Butler Chapter 541: A Story of Blooming In The Shadows -- Review and Synopsis

Mai waifu is not in this chapter, but it turned out to be pretty sweet.
Synopsis: Date is 10/20
Lessee now... Izumi has some kinda school paper in hand. Something about her future career or somethin... yeah, that's it... probably.

Izumi: I dun give a fudge about the future... I've thought about goin ta university kedo...but that kind of future is kinda unlikely

Izumi: Yo, idiots! Ya ever thought of yer future career?

The Two Other Idiots: Future career?

Izumi: Yeah yearh, anythin?

Miki: Yearh, I have thought about it.

Izumi: eh? Nani? Nani?

Miki: I wanna be a politician... like no one ever was!

Izumi: WTF face

Miki: My family are all politicians so I'll be one as well

Risa: You're gonna become an idiot, eh?

Miki: You're bein rude!

Miki: I'mma narrate my life as a future politician (which I dun feel like translating)

Risa: You serious?

Miki: Yearh (blah blah blah!)

Risa: Anywayz, I'mma continue the legacy and take care of the shrine at home meself.

Izumi: Ah, souka

Miki: I seez. Somehow, our parents have a big influence.

Someone: Izumi, you gonna inherit your company, right?

Izumi: Nah, Kotetsu will succeed it. I ain't interested in electronics biz dakara...

Miki: I see, you gonna be a NEET in the future.

Izumi: :o

Izumi: EH? My future is to be a NEET? NEET?

Miki: yeah, right?

Miki: You're an incompetent idiot so you won't be able to get a job, right?

Izumi: You're one to talk!

Miki follows it up some more

Izumi: Just because you said that... I'mma find mah dream!

Risa: yume?

Izumi: Dunno what it is for now, but I'll definitely find my dream for the future... in order to avoid my future as a NEET!

So she consults with Aika... who has Hayate with her for some reason

Aika: dream for the future? Ain't that a bit too late right now?

Izumi: It is?

Hayate: So desu. You mada 2nd grader now

Aika: What's your dream, Ayasaki-kun?

Hayate: 3LDK (that apartment flat thing he's been dreaming about since he was a little idiot)

Aika: But anywayz, your life usually gives you a hint about your dream, amirite?

Izumi: Eh?

Aika: Like fer example, what do ya spend yer money and time on the most? You can get the answer from taking note of those.

Izumi: Naruhodo...

Aika: btw, Ayasaki-kun. Go monitor Izumi for 24 hours until she finds her dream.

Hayate: WTF I'm busy bitch!

Izumi: Sorry for making ya tag along with me, Hayata-kun

Hayate: s'awright, dreams are important.

Hayate: Demo, whaddaya do in your free time, Segawa-san?

Izumi: Well... lesseee....ah, sou da. Recently, I've been going to this place when I'm alone

Izumi: This be me dad's. Coz no one's using it, I've been raising some weeds here.

Hayate: What's with this giant playground? Anywayz, why the fudge you raisin weeds here? Usually, you'd grow beautiful flawahz

Izumi: Strange ain't it? How moss and grass grow in building and road gaps.

Izumi: I wanna know why moss grows in the shade without nutrition

Hayate: eh... sorewa... as expected...It survives in a harsh environment becoz it's strong.

Izumi: Boo! That's what YOU think!

Izumi: In a fertile land with plenty of nutrition, a moss will lose to healthier plants and wont' be able to live.

Izumi: that's why it doesn't grow in a fertile environment with strong plants. It evolved to thrive in harsh conditions with little nutrition. It's weak therefore it lives for a hard life.

Izumi: Weeds are also the same.

Izumi: It has grown up without any love. It doesn't have anything special, so who would even care about raising it?

Izumi: Grass grows on not so nutritious ground at first, but when it withers, it leaves its nutrients for other grass to sprout up.

Izumi: It's a bit like life if you think about it.

Hayate: Segawa-san, you're a really sunny individual.

Hayate: You spread fun wherever you go. For example, no matter how sad something is, you manage to slowly engulf it in your world of brightness.

Izumi: That's a nice thing for me, isn't it?

Hayate: hai

Hayate:That's why you can live in happiness.

Hayate: Someday, could you teach me how to be happy?

Izumi: Hayata kun?

Aika: WTF is up with this proposal?

Hayate: Uwaa? Wai are you here?

Aika: I got a bit worried and wondered what kind of dream ya found and here you were flirting.

Hayate: I wasn't flirting. Segawa-san really is a sunny person and I felt bright and sunny from listenng to her story!

Aika: that aside, did ya help her find a profession?

Hayate: Well, that's a bit difficult.

Izumi's mind: It's definitely hard with just that... but I'm happy that Hayata kun looked my way.

Izumi: This place...I love this place.

Izumi: Ah...I've found my dream.

Hayate: Eh?

Aika: What izzit?

Izumi: That even if we get separated someday, I want to keep watching over everyone.

Izumi: Like the sun, when you look up, I'll be there. That's the career I want.

(writes down Galactic Pilot as her career choice)

Izumi: I don't know what I want to be in the future just yet. I don't really know what I can do right now. That's why let's go and dream big, ok?

Well, this doesn't move the plot forward in any way except maybe giving Hayate some food for thought about his own actions.

At least she's happy about it, right?

In any case, this turned out to be a really nice read. Especially the last part when Hayate realizes that Izumi is a really nice, kind person. Also, Izumi's narrations were really good. Hayate underestimates her often and he was quite taken by surprise at her profound and honest words.

Nice chapter about blooming in the shadows too. I think what was said about Izumi in this chapter also applies to Ayumu since they are very similar "nice girls."

Anywayz, who knows? Maybe this will get Hayate to think about someone else who is nice and kind and always there for him... right? right?

Not much more to say about this chapter. See ya on Miku's birthday.

Fanart Corner:
Yeah, got some digital art fer ya today. I needed the practice.

Been watching New Game lately. Expression and pose stolen from there. Btw, Aoba looks a lot like Nagi.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Hayate The Combat Butler Chapter 540: GIFT -- Review and Synopsis

Somethin's wrong with the anatomy here. Hata's gotta use a posable figure sometimes.

Synopsis:  Date is 9/26 so this be a flashback

So like we're in Las Vegas with Yukiji and all... or somethin like that and she has lots of money now... meh

Yukiji: Got lotsa money though I didn't win so it's all good huzzah cheers

So sistah is drinking with that terrorist and it's all good. She makes a comment about Yukiji's spending habits whatevs

Waifu and her husbando in sync.

Hina: Chotto onee-san!WTF U doin? We goin home tomorrow, hoe!

Yukiji: Meh. Money is fleeting!


Hina: You went to so much trouble to get dat money and now you're wasting it away!

Yukiji: MATAKU, wakate nai you ne hinagiku

Yukiji: Money was meant to be used. Idle money becomes spoiled like food.

Yukiji: oi waitah!

Yukiji: Wazzat car?

Waiter/Terrorist: It's a maclaren p1, S' around 100 million yen desu!

Yukiji: fu~n izzat so? Cheap ain't it? I'll buy it!

Hina: HA?


In sync!

Waiter: Oh cool, here's the key de gozaimasu!

Yukiji: Yosh! Now lez buy some souvenirs everyone!

Everyone: Does zat mean u buyin foh us?

Yukiji: Of course, I'm buying for everyone here!

Hina: Iya iya... chotto oneechan!

Yukiji: Fuahahaha! Lez go souvenir shopping!

Nagi: A storm is coming ain't it?

Totally in sync!

Hayate: Yup, a storm is coming.

Hina: a storm?

Either Hayate or Nagi: It's a story from long ago ain't it?

Hayate: some poor guy came upon an unprecedented amount of cash and then used it all up. This is how sensei will end up (lol totally abbreviated this)

Hina: ......

Hina: This a problem ain't it? Gotta stop her!

Hayate: Yes, it is a problem.

Random pplz: Ooh these are all branded! Expensive!

Random girl: Can we really buy anything?

Yukiji: Buy everything you like!

Yukiji: I gotz teh money! Buy anything and everything ya like!

Hayate: omachi kudasai!

Yukiji: WTF is ur problem, Ayasaki!?

In sync I tell ya... cute Nagi!
Hayate: Could you stop for a moment, pleaz?

Hayate: Oh wait, can I buy some stuff too?

Hina: (I hitz you!)

Hayate: If you keep doing this all your cash will be spent before ya know it.

Yukiji: Fuu~n silliness. 24 billion won't disappear so easily.

Random pplz: Sensei, we're finished shopping! 2.70 billion yen desu~

Hayate: Well? Peoples desires are insatiable, right?

Nagi: These students don't hesitate do they?

Yukiji: Na-naruhodo, you have a point.

Yukiji: But it's alright! I shall increase it!

Yukiji: Everyone to the Casino!

Nagi: Eeeh? Just a little while ago you were having problems with gambling!

Hayate: What a gambler teacher

Yukiji: Fuahaha! This time will be different. That's why I will be victorious!

Hina: Settle down, oneechan!

Hina: You suck at gambling dakara! You lost so badly before. Now go get some sleep!

Yukiji: I'll win...

Yukiji: Who doesn't have talent in gambling? I won 24 Billion yen, didn't I?


Yukiji: But at the end of the day, I won lots of money!

Hina: You won that bai chance! You might fail!

Hina: In da first place, that way of life is why we had to go through such hardships during childhood!

Yukiji: Yearh... I'll give you dat.

Yukiji: Play a game o pokah with me. If I lose, I'll admit defeat and get some sleep.

Hina: :( ii wa yo! I'mma indulge ya

Hina: But if I win, from now on, I get to decide how to use the leftover money!

Hina gets a royal straight flush

Hina: Dou? YOu got a problem?

Yukiji: Screw this! Should've known.

Yukiji: This is mai money! I'll use it any way I want!

Hina: Wait... you said you'd listen to me if you lost!

Yukiji: Meh, I ain't listening. I heard nothing.

Yukiji: Lez parteh! Everyone drink and sing till morning!

Hayate: This ain't stopping, right?

Nagi: how unsightly.

Yukiji: Ah, I drank a lot.

Hina: It's been a while hasn't it? This is rather refreshing.

Hina: But really, onee-chan! You're really something. After all that trouble you went through for that money.

Yukiji: But in the end, I just ended up spending 5 billion yen, right?

Hina: That's too much!

Hina: If you planned the use of that money properly, you could live a much easier life.

Yukiji: Well, it's ok ain't it?

Hina: yeah whatevs... I dunno anymore.

Hina: It's your money after all. You're free to use it as you please.

Yukiji: I can use it as I please?

Hina: It's fine... I'll stop pestering you.

Yukiji: Sou ka.

Yukiji: Then, I'll give it to you (hands her the card)

Hina: Eh?

Yukiji: I've used a lot but there's still 10 billion yen left. With this much money, you probably won't have much trouble with life.

Yukiji: Well, you probably won't need this, but at least I won't trouble you anymore.

Hina: Wait, wait, watcha sayin? I told you to use it as you please.

Yukiji: That's why I am using it as I please.

Yukiji: I need to get rid of it anyway, so who else would I give it to?

Well, I guess we were both thrown away by our parents anyhow.

Yukiji: Whatever happens, I've played my part.

Hina: Onee-chan...

Yukiji: Hina.. life is... probably... life is great.

Yukiji: You were weak so I was worried, but the ten year void has made things awkward so... take care, ok?

Narration: That was my sister's last gift.

Review: Well, this was a rather touching chapter over-all. It starts out as  funny with Yukiji being Yukiji but then ends up with her showing just a bit of maturity after that boisterous display. Unfortunately, a lot of it might be lost in translation since I am not quite confident in my translations today coz mai waifu only has a bit role in this chapter.

Not much I can say about this. I didn enjoy watching Hayate and Nagi in sync, btw. They're really quite natural with each other when they're not actively thinking about things like romance and King's Jewels.

So, not much in this chapter except that Hina is rich on her own now. I dunno how that will factor in in the future, but it's Hata after all -- he's probably got something planned. Hina's reaction faces were funny and cute btw.

So, we got a week's break. See ya 8/24.

Fanart Corner: Didn't quite get the chance to finish the digital version, so here's Nagi as Squigly from Skullgirls in colored pencils.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Hayate The Combat Butler Chapter 539: One Word, Two Thoughts -- Review and Synopsis

We've got a Maria cover again this time, but who cares when there's little Nagi on panel?

Synopsis: Child Nagi: Hey, Mom... how come you and dad got married?

Yukariko: Well... it's because I'm rich.

Child Nagi: I-impossible!

Yukario: Of course. Your dad approached me for my money.

Child Nagi: That's the worst, isn't it?

Yukariko: Eh, not exactly.

Yukariko: After that, he was attracted to my nice body~

Child Nagi: That is absolutely the worst thing to say!

Child Nagi: What about love? You fell in love, didn't you?

Yukariko: hahaha! You don't get it do you, Nagi-chan?

Yukariko: of course, there was maximum love.
Marriage is primarily for making children and for meeting one's expecations for a life time. Of course there was love.

Yukariko: That's why... if there is money even a deadbeat, useless man like papa can attain happiness!

Child Nagi: My father... was useless human being.

Nagi: As I thought, that was a sad thing to hear. I won't listen to it.

Nagi: Hayate... is certainly not a deadbeat. He's not a useless human being... I think.

(looks at Chiharu next to her and remembers the money lecture)

Nagi: But, earnestly thinking about our future together, certainly, money is important.

Nagi: Therefore... should I try to take it? For a happily married life with Hayate, should I go for the Sanzenin inheritance?

Hayate's walking alone on the street pondering on Maria's words.

Hayate: Once Maria-san is gone, one of the people that Ojou-sama relies on will be gone.

Hayate: But with what Maria said, now I'm really determined.

Hayate: Looks at the King's jewels like an idiot

Hayate: No matter what happens, I must get the Sanzenin Inheritance!

Hayate: So that even with Maria-san gone, ojou-sama can live in happiness.

Hayate: No matter what I have to use to get it, no matter what enemies I have to face (thinks of Housen and Hisui)

Hayate: I'm home!

Nagi: Hayate, welcome home!

Chiharu: Welcome back

Hayate: Ah, hello Chiharu-san, you were here huh?

Hayate: Sorry, ojou-sama. I couldn't find you choco.

Nagi: Hmm? Oh, s'fine.

Nagi: You went home separately from Maria-san. Wazzup?

Hayate: Ah, that...

Hayate: (starts thinking with a sad face about Maria again)

Hayate: It's nothing. We just divided the work between us when we searched.

Nagi: I see.

Hayate: By the way, ojou-sama... do you think it's ok if I go out for a bit?

Ever notice how much more feminine Nagi's movements are lately?

Nagi: Eh? In the middle of the night?

Chiharu: Is it something urgent, Ayasaki-kun?

Hayate: Yes. It has something to do with the Sanzenin inheritance and requires immediate attention.

Nagi: The inheritance?

She's so pretty here~

Hayate: Yup

Hayate: However, I'll be home by morning, don't worry.

Hayate: Well then...

Nagi: Wait, wait Hayate!

Nagi: Why are you suddenly...placing so much importance on the inheritance?

Hayate: Why? Well... it's important.

Don't you dare blame her for this!
Nagi: Important?

Hayate For (ojou-sama's) the future, it's important.

Nagi's version: For (our future) it's important!

Nagi: Eh, could it be... you... for that reason?

Hayate: Yup, exactly.

Nagi's thoughts: Money isn't important. As long you're in my heart, I will be happy.

Hayate: For my own sake, money isn't that important, but for ojou-sama's happiness, money is definitely important.

Hayate: (because a Maria-san will be gone in the future) If there is money, ojou-sama can be happy!

Nagi: For my (married life) happiness?

Chiharu: (lovestruck)

Nagi: I see you... (for our happily married life) for that

Hayate: Of course

Hayate: I (for ojou-sama) am thinking of a happy future

Chiharu: (Ayasaki-kun... all this for Nagi's sake)

Nagi: I see, I understand! Do your best, Hayate!

Hayate: Yes, I will! I'm goin!

Narration: The pit of misunderstanding is bottomless.

Isumi: I see... (burning something)

Isumi: This is a big deal isn't it? (with Athena)

Ok... so Hayate has caused yet another misunderstanding with his careless words. Ya know what? Here's my take on this development in a nutshell...

I mean, seriously, Ayasaki? You haven't learned a thing after all this time? Also, can we really blame Nagi (again) for this misunderstanding? There was all that foreshadowing with her thinking about both Yukariko and Chiharu's words before this and don't forget that Hayate just basically erased all of her doubts as to his feelings for her when he chose to continue being her butler despite not being indebted to her anymore. The girl desparately wants to believe that Hayate loves her and he's giving her every reason to. No, you! You cannot blame Nagi for this one as well. She is NOT partially at fault. ZETTAI NI ABSOLUTELY NOT!

Ok, you want more proof that we shouldn't blame Nagi? Look, even Chiharu thought he was being all lovey dovey with his proclamations -- and Chiharu is a pragmatic girl. Well? Well?

Lookit this poor sap

Anywayz, I absolutely loathe this development, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. First of all, haven't we had enough of the misundersanding thing? It was funny the first few times, but now this joke is just trite.

So for the light at the end of the tunnel, with how deeply Hayate has dug himself into this grave of misunderstanding, there's just no getting out cleanly that involves shipping him with someone else, I'd say.

Still, he really needs to redeem himself soon. He's got almost nothing going for him as a character at this point.

So with that said, we've got Isumi and Athena looming in the cliffhanger plotting something that only they can understand again. Meh. Let's just wait and see what happens in the next chapter.

Fanart Corner: Ok, got two pieces of fanart today. Enjoy! (One of them still isn't complete)

Nagi as Illyasviel Von Einzbern

Been playing Skullgirls. You'll know who my favorite character is based on this costume.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hayate The Combat Butler Chapter 538: Forever Dreamer -- Synopsis and Review

Synopsis: Maria: I gonna call it quitz
So beautiful... although, that dress shouldn't be clinging to her butt so tightly like that unless she wasn't wearing any... (you figure out the rest)

Hayate: Yameru te... ojou-sama no... nande? Nande? Doushite?

Maria: You said it yourself too, didn't you, Hayate?

Maria: Our roles are over.

Hayate: Over...

Maria: I've noticed it since the doujin showdown with Ruka.

Maria: She gave it her all. During that time when her heart was broken.

Maria: She would always come to me to be consoled. I thought that she would never be able to stand on her own.

"However... a hero, even when on a broken knee..."

Chiharu: Never gives up! (flashback to Nagi's moment of awesome in Ruka's arc!)

Maria: I was shocku deshita!

Maria: Her growth, I had underestimated it.

Maria: She was always relying on me...

Maria: She had been relying on me like a mother.

Maria: Whatever I thought was bad or whenever I said no.

Maria: I think, that was where my existence was heading.

Maria: I didn't care anymore about her growth.

Maria: Her growth is also thanks to you, Hayate.

Maria: Ever since you appeared, her world has been opened.

Maria: She has been through lots of challenges and experiences... and gained...

Maria: Irreplaceable friends.

Maria: You think she has changed as well, don't you, Hayate? 

Ah yes, this is one of the reasons I fell in love with her. My ideal heroine... and ideal waifu.
Hayate: :'( She... hasn't changed... right now, she can't draw her manga without any choco, right?

Maria: She will draw...

Maria: With or without choco... that girl... with her own power...

Maria: Perhaps if I were with her right now....I would just have cleaning and cooking to do, like a real maid.

Maria: She is steadily growing up. I can't even catch up to her anymore.

Maria: This is unpleasant for me.

Maria: This may just be self-indulgence, but I want to be special to her.

Maria understands... she really does!

Maria: This is why my being a maid ends here.

Hayate: B-but...

Maria: Hayate-kun... do ya remember?

Maria: I'll be turning 18 soon, right?

Maria: It's graduation.

Maria: So won't you please smile?

Shift to Chiharu and Nagi

Chiharu: Here, I've bought enough choco, amirite?

Nagi: Meh, why is it this kind of choco nanoda?

Chiharu: This is probably delicious (blibble blah blah some bleeped out reference)

Nagi: This is not the choco from blah blah blah reference that I do not get

Chiharu: Stop talking and making those baku baku sounds while eating.

Chiharu: Anywayz, howz the drawing going? Lemme have a look.

Chiharu: Ah, it's progressing very well.

Chiharu: Think you can make it in time for the awards?

Nagi: Hmph! Of course nanoda!

Chiharu: Btw, where are Ayasaki and Maria?

Nagi: Saa... they'll be back soon anywayz

Back to Hayate who is alone outside the Violet Mansion now reflecting on Maria's words with a sad look on his pitiful face.

Maria: Keep this thing a secret from Nagi, ok?

Maria: I haven't decided on a specific date yet.

Maria: At the latest, it might be around my birthday.

Hayate: Maria-san is quitting... Maria-san was always with ojou-sama.

Hayate: The ruins of the royal garden.... the last game...I should get the key, right?

Hayate: There's also the matter of mini-athena. And Housen is a maid...and wtf is up with these King's Jewels and the Royal Power?

Hayate: Anywayz, these are the keys to opening the Royal Garden but... I need an explosion of negative emotions to open the road.

Hayate: KUSO! WTF DO I DO?

Machina: Guaaaah!

Housen: Really...

Housen; This snake gatekeeper

Housen: Royal Family servants really give me a hard time.

Review: Well, I'm definitely quite happy with Maria's assessment of Nagi in this chapter.

Hayate thought that Nagi would end up in the poorhouse and die if she didn't have her inheritance but Maria is now putting some doubt in his head as to his mistaken beliefs.

Also, I totally called it in the previous chapter as to Maria's reason for quitting being a maid. At least this proves that there are indeed times wherein Hata-sensei foregoes unpredictability for the logical outcome of the plot structure. Maria even makes a callback to the time in Ruka's arc wherein Nagi first demonstrated independence to her.

Such a feisty little cutie~
It's quite funny that while Maria has maturely accepted that Nagi is growing up, Hayate seems to be the complete opposite and had a very disturbed look on his face when Maria mentioned this. He even goes as far as to deny it for a flimsy reason such as Nagi being Nagi and asking for chocolates. Fortunately, Maria rebuts him quite firmly.

It would seem to me that Hayate has an unhealthy obsession of being "needed" by Nagi and that is why he is total denial mode once Maria mentions Nagi's growth and independence. It would most likely be because he has anchored the worth of his existence to being needed by Nagi -- pretty much like Maria herself, except he's not mature enough to accept that it might not be the case anymore. Really, it's been a long time coming. He should just realize that Nagi does indeed need him, but not to protect her nor perform mundane household chores for her. Calling it now, this will be a future development in the series.

One thing has become certain here: Hata-sensei is intentionally withholding Hayate's reaction to Nagi's manga from us. Hayate reflects on various things in this chapter and mentions in passing just about all of the current unresolved plot threads from mini-Athena to the king's jewels, but he never ever touches upon the meaning of Nagi's manga. So yes, something is up here. As one familiar anon commenter mentions in my previous review, it might not necessarily be a good thing -- but something is definitely up.

Lastly... whoa... ok, so Housen's power level is over 9000 apparently. She easily fought Hayate, Tama and Isumi all at once and now she's defeated Machina and taken his King's Jewel... although she did mention that it wasn't easy. Of course, you can see that she doesn't have a scratch on her while Machina is all beat up.

Anywayz, really awesome chapter and Nagi chomping on chocolates never gets old. SEE YA NEXT CHAPTER!

Fanart Corner: Got some new stuff this week.

Hata-senpai noticed me again~
The original pic. Eyes inspired by Prisma Illya.
Showing a little versatility and contrast of styles here.
Still unfinished. Nagi in Illyasviel's signature outfit.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hayate The Combat Butler Chapter 537: Last Regrets -- Synopsis and Review

Don't worry guys, we can expect Nagi to steal the show with some awesome lines pretty soon... she does that.
Synopsis: Hayate: This isn't going too well.

Hayate: At this rate, I won't be able to get Maria to confess to me.

Hayate: How can I get Maria to notice me just a little...

Maria: (turns and smiles)

Hayate: Damn, that's cute... but anyway, it's not like this is the first time.

Hayate: When we first met, it was definitely...

This person is the most beautiful person in the world... Chapter 537: Last


Maria: In the end, we didn't find any chocolates for Nagi, didn't we?

Hayate: So, Sou desu ne?

Hayate: I can't let myself fall for her.

Hayate: I have to think of my next move to make Maria confess to me.

Hayate: Should I try suddenly holding her hand? Ah, but taking her hand so

suddenly would be strange. Also, it could be mistaken for sexual harrassment.

Maria suddenly grabs Hayate's hand.

Maria: By the way, Hayate, let's go to that new candy seller.

Maria: C'mon. Let's take a look.

Hayate: Curses! Maria-san is making my heart beat.

Maria: Fuwaa~ these are some stylish chocolates, aren't they?

Hayate: This is not good, I can't think of a good way to approach her.

Maria: Hayate-kun, Hayate-kun, they gotz some free samplez here! Wanna try?

Maria: Ah---~n

Hayate: I can eat it by myself...

Maria: Izzat so~~~

Hayate: This is bad! As expected, Maria's cuteness is overwhelming.

Hayate: When I first met her, I thought to myself, "this person is really


Hayate: Being together with this person over the last 10 months... truly, many

things have happened.

Hayate: Yes, of course! I remember now! I can use this memory.

Hayate: It's nostalgic. I can use these.

Hayate: Ok, then it's settled... on the way home.

Maria: It's totally dark now.

Hayate: Maria-san, Maria-san, do you remember this place?

Hayate: At that time, I was a bit fuzzy in the head and I got ran over.

Maria: It brings back memories, doesn't it? It's been 10 months since then.

Hayate: KUKUKU! GOOOD GOOOD~! This is a nice mood! The nostalgia is floating

all around~

You so ebil, Hayate-kyun~
Hayate: From here, Maria-san will surely take notice of me... and then there will be a poetic confession.

Maria: Various things have happened since then, eh?

Hayate: Yes, really~

Maria: That Christmas Eve... when you entered while I was taking a bath, I really wanted to have you arrested~

Hayate: I-izzat so?

Maria: Yes.

Maria: After that, the mansion was almost destroyed by sexual harrassment. I thought Nagi had picked up a really troublesome kid.


Maria: Ahaha... it's too late for an apology, however... ever since then, being wtih you has really been a lot of fun everyday.

Hayate: eh...? Wait... could this be? The flow of this conversation is...

Maria: Hayate-kun...

Hayate: y-yearh?

Maria: There's something I've always wanted to tell you~

Hayate: Could this really be...?

Hayate: Something you wanted to tell me?

Maria: Yes, I've really always wanted to tell you.


Hayate: what ees eet? What ar you hesitating for...?

Hayate: My heart still isn't ready.

Maria: THis is something very important.... some very important words.

Maria: I... I...

Maria: I'm thinking of quitting being a maid.

Time... seemed to stand still for a second.

Review: WOW! WHAT A LOADED CHAPTER! Seriously, going into this chapter seeing nothing but conversations between Maria and Hayate and Hayate's inner monolgue, I kinda thought... meh, wtf is this? Where's mai waifu?

And then Maria just suddenly stole the show with that big reveal at the end.

Anywayz, let's talk about the implications of her decision. WHY is she thinking of quitting. I can think of a number of reasons. First of all, it's an acknowledgement of Nagi's growth. Perhaps Maria has realized that the time when Nagi would no longer need anyone to serve her is arriving pretty fast. In fact, even though Nagi can't seem to do housework, I don't think she'd die of left to her own devices now. She does have friends who can help her out and she has been shown to learn quickly.

Even without anyone teaching her, it might be awkward for Nagi to do housework on her own for a while, but it sure won't kill her. She's not the same incompetent kid from hundreds of chapters ago after all -- not with all her character development all throughout this manga.

Secondly, it's also Maria acknowledging that she can't anchor the worth of her existence to Nagi. Maria is young and talented and has her whole life ahead of her. She shouldn't be wasting it away in servitude to Nagi her whole life -- even if she does love Nagi.

Thirdly, and this one is really in the realm of supporting my ship, Maria is giving way for Hayate and Nagi to be together since she has recognized that Nagi may in fact be ready for a relationship now... even though I can't say the same for Hayate.

Fourth, let's hand a bone to the Maria shippers. What if she's doing it so she can be together with Hayate-kun? Well, my problem with this is that she hasn't shown any kind of "love" for Hayate even if she has found him sort of attractive from time to time. There might be a "romantic spark" between them which could develop into love if they were real persons, but it just doesn't work for this manga's story... so nope.

Anywayz, this was a really nicely written chapter over-all. Once again, Hata starts off with a red herring by making us think that this would be all about Hayate's bumbling attempts at wooing Maria, which was also funny when Maria just keeps pre-empting him, but then it slowly starts to develop into something else and the end result is that even though it's a cliffhanger again, we're left with something really serious to consider -- again, a mark that the end is very, very near for this manga.

Still, if Hata can pull off chapters like these, I have high hopes that this manga will have a very satisfying ending. Also, like I said in the last two chapters -- there's this one ship that's just so sunk right now. This chapter made my heart go doki doki as much as Hayate's.

By the way, a certain blondie just won da Nisekoi~ this tangentially related news is significant for us Nagi supporters!

No break next week, so see ya on  7/27!

Fanart Corner: This is a request from Bill again. Grovel before the princess of heroes, you mongrels! Na-Gil has arrived!

I wonder if she'd use the Gate of Babylon to store her manga/anime collection?

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Hayate The Combat Butler Chapter 536: Mischievous Maria But I Like Her -- Synopsis and Review

I kinda want to draw Nagi in this pose with just her beautiful face all over the canvas... I think I will. Also, yes. I realize that this is a reference to dat one Chuunibyou animuh.
Synopsis: Hayate: I remember the day we met even now

Hayate: That day, my life was being targeted by the Yakuza because my parents betrayed me.

Hayate: It's really painful to remember... it was sad.

Hayate: That's why that muffler felt doubly warm. I felt truly saved.


Nagi: I can't draw anymore if there's no delicious chocolate.

Mai waifu is all chibi in this chapter and she looks super-cute!
Hayate: -_- What are you saying now?

Nagi: The manga! The manga! I can't draw it without chocolate!

Hayate: Are you channeling Osamu-san? Didn't he draw his manga for himself?

Nagi: That's right! Exactly!

Nagi: Without chocolate, I can't think! I have no motivation!

Nagi: In order to draw an awesome manga... in order to draw a historical masterpiece.

Nagi: Right now... I need delicious chocolate!

Hayate: Hands her some chocolate

Nagi: DON't YOU MESS WITH ME! At least gimme some choco mint!
Only the highest quality chocolates for ojou-sama, you!
Nagi: Since this is also delicious, I'll eat it just this once.

Nagi: This chocolate is necessary but it's the lowest. Gimme some higher quality ones later!

Maria: The ultimate chocolate?

Hayate: Yearh, ojou-tama needs it for her manga!

Maria: I have no idea wtf yer talkin about, son.

Hayate: Well, let me start from the top...

Maria: Hmm... I see... Well then shall the two of us look for this chocolate together?

At that moment, Ayasaki Hayate was thinking.

Hayate: I can only open the door to the Royal Garden if there is love!

If someone were madly in love and had a stone... it would be earth-shattering.

That way, there would be an explosion of negative emotions that would open the gate to the Castle!

Then I can get the loto key and secure ojou-tama's inheritance!

After that, the relationship doesn't matter! It's all for ojou-sama's sake, that's why!

FOr this reason, Maria-san is the best target! Maria-san should understand that it was all for ojou-sama's sake.

However... Maria-san falling for me... I can't even imagine it.

Maria: WTF is wrong with ya, son?

Hayate: No-nothing!

Maria: But it has been a long time since the two of us went shopping together, right?

Hayate: Sou desu ne

Hayate: I'd like to get the ultimate chocolate... but where do we begin?

Maria: Right... usually I'd buy at Aoyama district but...

Hayate: That would be fun but...

Maria: Ah...

Maria: Hayate-kun, how about this?


Cheap sweets huh...

Maria: Oh there are lots of cute chocolates here, aren't there?

Maria: Oh, and these are cute too, aren't they?


Hayate: Anywayz, it's not my imagination. This is a dokidoki situation. Taimu to confession to Maria-san wo!

Hayate: For this reason, I must do this...

Maria: Hayate-kun! Hayate-kun!

Hayate: Hai?

Maria: This character looks like Doraemon, right?

Hayate: Uwaaaaa!

Hayate: WTF are ya sayin, Maria-san! It doesn't look similar at all! Not in the least?

Maria: Eh... rly?

Maria: But this shape is definitely...

Hayate: NOOO! Absolutely not! It's a coincidence!

Maria: Eh... Eh... but...

Hayate: This is bad. My heart is throbbing but this throbbing is totally wrong.

Hayate: Was this choco expedition a failure... no, it's too soon to give up.

Hayate: Maria-san has never even had cup noodles so it's understandable that she wouldn't know anything about cheap chocolates...

Hayate: Yes, of course!

Hayate: Maria-san Maria-san!

Hayate: Ta-dah! (shows her a candy ring)

Maria: Wow! What is that!

Hayate: This was once a hugely popular piece of candy with women. The jewel ring!

Maria: Jewel Ring... huh?

Hayate: What do you think, Maria-san? Women loved this sparkle. You shouldn't be an exception.

Hayate: Wid da powah of this jewel ring! Maria shall fall for me!

Hayate imagination: Maria: Hayate-kun! It's beyootifel!

Maria: Candy ring... huh?

Hayate: ..... eh?

Maria: It's a jewel ring but it's not made of precious metal, is it?

Maria: So if it's a meat bun on top, it's a meat bun ring, huh?

Maria: In that case, where would the meat bun element go?

Hayate: Did she just nearly refute 30 years of candy ring sales?

Hayate: That's not important! What is important is its potential as candy!

Maria: (licks candy) I see...

Maria: It's definitely a delicious candy, isn't it?

Narration: His heart would not stop beating.

Yah... well, remember what I said about a certain ship getting sunk in the previous chapter? You may now narrow down your guesses... but anyway, that's just me!

Funny stuff from Nagi here. I like the way she's rage-eating that chocolate bar.
So... not much to say about this chapter. Once again, it advances the plot -- with gags. Classic Hata style. Anyway, Hayate has now chosen his "target" and he has finally revealed his Evil-ebil plan. Yup, it's exactly what I said it was. He plans to make Maria fall for him and then break up with her causing the necessary explosion of negative emotions.

Still won't believe that Hayate's an evil bastard?
It's wrong in so many levels and we all know it's not going to work out as planned -- we just dunno exactly how it will backfire. Of course, there's a strong inclination towards Nagi being on the receiving end of some of the backlash -- which I don't like, but it's a necessary thing and I hope Hayate gets his just desserts at the end of all this.

Also, let me take this time to address people who are going to complain about Nagi reverting to her brattish ways in this chapter -- get it through your skulls, people. Nagi IS a brat. That's who she is -- take it or leave it. It's done for comedic purposes in this chapter and it works It DOES NOT do away with her character developments so far and if you say otherwise, Hata will just prove you wrong sooner or later anyway. Gawd, why did I even bother to write this?

Ok, so that aside... I guess that's it for this review. See ya next week coz no break!

Fanart Corner: Traditional media time again. I've also got one work-in-progress that I won't bother to post here until it's done, so see ya next week when it's done.

She was a skater girl, he said "you're a little girl." She wasn't good enough for him. HE had a pretty face, but his head was up in space, he needed to come back down to earth~

A loli with her lolly... so META!

(Hata gave me a "thank you" for this one) Their special place~. Pic inspired by the BG for 40mP's Sampo Michi/Avenue
Not an actual fanart except for the chibi Nagi at the bottom. This is from my 365 Nagi photo project. VN style because I used to be an EVN dev... back when I was young and foolish. Now I'm young and jaded.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Hayate The Combat Butler Chapter 535: Even piled on and on, it won't become the truth -- Review and Synopsis

A Maria cover is fine every once in a while
Synopsis: If the Sanzenin inheritance is lost, Ojou-sama will become poor

If it's lost. Ojou-sama will die.

I need the loto key to win her dat inheritance. Which by the way, Yukariko has hidden inside the RG and blah blah... (look... I'm just gonna skim this part coz he's just explaining the royal garden stuff)

Oh and 12 King's Jewels confirmed.

Ok... now let's skip to him meeting Ayumu.

Hayate: (let's use Dkthias' version) Should I fall in love with someone for ojou-sama's sake?

Ayumu:Ah, Hayate-kun! (sweet smile)

Hayate: Nishizawa san

Ayumu: Why so serious, bro?


Hayate: Yo, Ayumu... you in love with someone?

Wall slams!

Ayumu: Ya know, Hayate-kun! I keep telling you that I'm in love with you!

Hayate: 0_0 Ah...

Ayumu: My feelings for you have never changed and I want to date you, got it!?

Hayate: (Somehow... wasn't that an amazing thing to say?)

Athena: -_- Wtf is up wid dis melodrama in mah house?

Hayate: Uwaaaa!

Ayumu: It's not like that!

Hayate: Sorry bout asking something strange like that, Nishizawa san.

Ayumu: S'fine... now s'cuse meh!

Athena: So wtf was up with that crude question?

Hayate: S-sorry!

Hayate:(b-but... I see. Nishizawa san loves me.)

Hayate: If so, I can use this... for the path...

Ayumu x Hayate montage

Even this chibi Nagi has a sexy butt... I'm going too far, aren't I? Well, just look up there and marvel at her beautiful smile... yeah.
Hayate: No... that's difficult. Such true love cannot be shaken by misunderstanding. There's no way that can be cruel enough.

Hayate: But, without opening the road, I can't get ojou-sama's inheritance.

Also, right now, I'm not sure about the key's wherabouts.

Hayate reflection: (bottom line is, I can't let Hisui get the inheritance)

Maria: Yo, welcome back Hayate kyun! How wuz teh violet mansion?

The last line made Hayate reach a conclusion

Somehow, even if it's a cruel outcome, I will be forgiven if it's for ojou-sama's sake.


Maria: ?

Hayate: However... how can I enter a relationship with this person?

Hayate: Does she have a boyfriend or a lover? No, of course not, right?
However, living together under one roof for 10 months isn't enough, is it?

Hayate: In the first place, is Maria attracted to the opposite sex at all?

Maria: Wazzup? Why do you have such a weird face on?

Hayate: I was born this way.

Maria: Ara ara... that's not true. When I first met you, you were so cool.

Hayate: R-really? Izzat so?

Hayate: Could it be? Is this a sign?

(gonna skip stuff)

Hayate: For ojou-sama's sake, Maria-san... I will make advances on Maria san! (evil face)

Maria: ...

Maria: Sorry but... forget I said that.

Maria: Hayate-kun has a strange face after all.

Review: First of all, thank you very much for confirming what I've been saying all along, Mr. Ayasaki! NOW... you have truly sunk to a new low!

Well, naysayers!? What say you now? You thought he was thinking of doing it to himself? Hah! What do you think about that?

Now then... let me also just take this time to say that I believe this chapter just sunk a dormant ship. Which one? Well, I'll leave that up to your imaginations. Just take note of the conversations here and Hayate's own reactions (even after it's been properly translated) and you'll see. I'm just gonna be as vague as Hayate here and not say it directly.

Ok so... first half of this chapter is just Hayate summarizing the Royal Garden business so far. He also said some things halfway through related to Hisui that I did not read properly, but it's OK! Believe in the veteran translators! They'll clarify things for you... or I will as soon as I sit down to give it a second reading... maybe.

So yeah, Hayate has now become the "piece of ass" that we've all thought he was trying to be in the previous chapter. Time for his reality check soon-ish

Also, ya know what this looks like? This looks like the spiritual adaptation of the final two episodes of Cuties! Hayate's going around trying to find the right girl to fall in love with in all the wrong places. Anywayz, we all know how that ended, but the implications of his "falling in love" are quite different here. The stakes are much higher with the misunderstanding bomb looming just beyond the horizon. Gotta thank Bill again for reminding me of this. I was actually thinking about it all last week and then forgot about it.

Also, hasn't Hayate learned his lesson from observing Nagi? She won't end up in that poorhouse scenario in his head. Heck, if she needed money, she could just use her luck to become a millionaire through gambling... or just use her financial genius to make a killing in the stock market. Remember, she has luck as her superpower and she is at least mature enough to use it effectively nowadays.

Anyway, interesting stuff and no break next week, so see ya then!

Fanart Corner: Traditional media is awesome! Here are a few more stuff I've completed. Also, Hayate is totally looking at dat ass... I know I would.

Dayuuum Nagi! Drop this silly butler and choose me instead! New ship! Me x Nagi! I will serve and love you foreeeever!

Colored pencils on canvas. People warned me not to do it because it would look blurry... I don't listen to people! This one is pretty big, actually.