Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hayate The Combat Butler Chapter 561: Final Chapter 13: Liberi Fatali -- Synopsis and Review

Synopsis: Chiharu: Wa... father?

Chiharu: This guy is your father? The guy who left you with that 150 million yen debt?

Chiharu: But wait... then that story of redeveloping this neighborhood...

Chiharu: Complimenting this apartment and being kind to Nagi!?

Shun: Yup
Kanzaki sure changed quickly.
Shun: That was a lie, of course.

Chiharu: o_o

Shun: Hayate, I heard you were having fun with your rich ojou-sama.

SHun: From observing you, I was able to collect some interesting info.

Shun: But you were here in such a place, huh? Such a failure.Such a failure

Hayate: What failure!? Look how much I've gone through because of you and mother!

Hayate: Come to think of it.. where's mother?

Hayate: Dad is collecting info so mom must be...

Hayate has a flashback about Kanzaki

Hayate: C-could it be...

Dad: ;) You're as dull as ever, aren't you?

Chiharu: Ayasaki-kun!

Hayate: The hospital! Ojou-sama is in danger!

HAYATE'S EVIL MOM as Kanzaki: Thanks for seeing me today as well. I'm on your side.

Kanzaki?: Ah, wait a minute

Phone message

Shun: Hayate caught us.

Kanzaki?: -_- .....
Hayamom so evil~
Nagi: Why do they all go away? Why does everyone close to me go away?

Kanzaki?: Isn't that because... no one loves you?

Nagi: ...... eh?

Kanzaki?"  For example, that guy you always talk about... your butler, Hayate?

Kanzaki?: You said he confessed to you on Christmas eve but...

Kanzaki?: Was that really a love confession?

Hayate: ka-san!

Kanzaki?: Ah, Hayate-kun, it's been a while.

Hayate: As expected...!! what are you...!

Kanzaki?: Why? You're the same, aren't you?

Kanzaki?:  Fooling the rich ojou-sama from the moment of introduction

Kanzaki?: J-U-S-T L-I-K-E H-A-Y-A-T-E-K-U-N

Kanzaki?: But you really intended to kidnap her. Even using the sweetheart angle.

Hayate: That's wrong! I wasn't! I wasn't fooling her!!

Kanzaki?: But you know it was a misunderstanding don't you?

Hayate: I do know but...!!

Hayate: I didn't confess to her, I needed money and I wanted to kidnap her. That's a fact but...

Hayate: It's definitely a misunderstanding but... I never intended to fool her!!

Nagi: A misunderstanding...?

Nagi: That you loved me...

Hayate: o...ojou-sama...

Nagi: I see... so it was my misunderstanding...

Hayate: Ojou-sama!!
Is it strange that I don't hate Hayate's mom and actually agree with her here?
Hayate's mom grabs him and prevents him from chasing Nagi.

Hayate: Let me go! Let me go!

Hayate: Why? Why do you always do such cruel things...!!

Kanzaki?: The fault isn't mine, is it?

Kanzaki?: This is all your fault. Repent for your sin.

Nagi: Maria! Maria! Help me!

Nagi: It's a big problem... Hayate ... isn't ... with me...

Nagi: It wasn't love...

Nagi: Maria... why aren't you here?

Hayate: ojou-sama you know...

Nagi: Don't come near me, liar!

Nagi: Hayate, you liar! What do you mean you're going to protect your ojou-sama!!

Nagi: I wish you were gone! I wish it was Maria here right now!

Hayate: That's wrong! That's wrong!

Hayate: It's true that the result is that I fooled you but truly...

Hayate: I wanted to protect you...!! Truly, I...

Nagi: So... does that mean you love me...!

Nagi: That you loved me....


Nagi and Hayate in tears looking at each other

Nagi: That was all a lie! a lie! a lie! Everything was a lie! Everything... (Jewel lights up)
Nagi! Nagi! Mai little Nagi! Don't cry, my baby!


Hayate: Ojou-sama!!

King's Jewel Explodes

Text: Hayate's thoughts and Nagi's wish for all the lies. And then---!!

I have two extreme reactions to this chapter. On one hand, seeing Nagi so miserable here... MAI POOR LITTLE BABY! WHY HATA! WHY MUST YOU PUT HER THROUGH THIS!

On the other hand, the implications towards the ending of this chapter puts a huge smile on my face. That's right folks, there's no getting off this train now... unless you just drop the manga~

Well, the full chapter reveals some interesting things and helps me put things better into context. Two things I've noticed:
Nagi just needs a hug right now.
1. Hayate said so much more when he revealed the whole misunderstanding to Nagi. It really has a lot more impact with the full thing said. Also, his mother is really, really evil. She even prevented him from chasing after Nagi immediately.

2. Nagi also said a whole lot more than I expected. Her saying that she wanted Maria to be with her and not liar Ayasaki is really what triggered Hayate's not so manly tears.

Hayate's tears from Nagi's wrath... so delicious~

3. Hayate was trying to say something while explaining why he wanted to protect Nagi. He kinda stopped when Nagi asked him if he loved her... but what was he trying to say there exactly... :)?

Well, I dunno when the next chapter comes out now... coz it wasn't shown. Hopefully, it's next week coz things are getting so exciting.

Kanzaki = Not Yukariko
I've been trying to disprove the Kanzaki = Yukariko theory for a while. I guess some people see this as the last stand for a non Hayate x Nagi pairing at the end so we can go with a happy family end instead. Well, that ain't happening now. Kanzaki wasn't who she said she was all right!

Fanart Corner: It was my birthday on the 20th and... I even got a belated greeting from Hata~ (I let him know it was my birthday via a Nagi doll pic tweet). Anyway, featuring some fanart that some online friends drew for me here. The last one is mine.

Fanfic Corner: Instead of thinking too deeply about the implications of this manga now that we're near the end, I thought I'd dial it back a little and enjoy the show. Here's a scenario I thought up based on this chapter:
Nagi is sucked into the Royal Garden
Hayate tries going in after her but is quickly rejected
by Nagi herself
Hayate goes down on his hands and knees. Moar salty tears come down
He stands up, looks at his trembling fingers
Hayate: In the end... these hands couldn't protect anyone... not even the most important person... not even..
Hayate: Uwaaa! (gets kicked from behind)
Hina: What do you think you're doing!
Athena: You're not even going to go after her? I didn't fall in love with such a pathetic excuse for a man
Hayate: Hinagiku-san... A-tan....
Hayate; But I can't... she knows... about the misunderstanding... she hates me now.
Athena: You really are dense, aren't you?
Ayumu: Hayate-kun... Nagi chan would never hate you
Ayumu: She's in pain right now... she's suffering, but she would never hate you... and even if it looks like she does... I know that she really doesn't!
Ayumu: Just because she hates you doesn't mean she does!
Hayate: Still... I have no right to go after her... not when I don't love her...
Hinagiku: (bitchslaps Hayate)
HInagiku: Why did I fall in love with such a whiny loser...
Hayate: Hinagiku-san...?
Hinagiku: That's right! You heard me! I'm in love with you and I still am! But... when I looked into your eyes. I knew dammit! I knew that you only had eyes for her! That's why... that's why... don't say such cruel things like "you never loved her."
Athena: We loved each other once... so I know this is true as well.
Ayumu: We all know...
Izumi: Hayata-san is crying... so much right now, but so is Nagi-chan... so, the solution is simple
Mikado: Didn't I tell you once? Use that stone, Hayate Ayasaki. Use it to prove to me that it's the stubborn, hard workers who win out in the end.
Hayate: (flashback Nagi montage)
Hayate: I see... I... am a fool...
Hayate: I couldn't see something that was just right in front of my eyes. I spent all this time denying it...
Hayate: I see... all along... from the moment we met... I... like her....
path to royal garden magically opens~
everyone: Go to her
Athena: The person whom you love more than anything else in this world... the person who loves you more than anything else in this world... she's waiting
well... that's it for now
?? really ripe for some juicy drama this story is

but yeah, I think Hayate will need one more final push from everyone

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Hayate 561 Partial but Major Spoilers (I LOVE SPOILERS!)

Ok guys... these are not complete yet, but we learn several things:

1. Kanzaki = probably Hayate's mom and has been deceiving Nagi all the time

2. Hayate's parents are still up to no good

3. The misunderstanding has finally been unveiled. Nagi's crying, Hayate's crying... but it's still Hayate's fault! You couldn't protect her smile at all, Ayasaki!

Hayate's dad

Chiharu: Wa... father?

Chiharu: This guy is your father? The guy who left you with that 150 million yen debt?

Chiharu: But wait... then that story of redeveloping this neighborhood...

Chiharu: Complimenting this apartment and being kind to Nagi!?

Shun: Yup

Shun: That was a lie, of course.

Chiharu: o_o

Shun: Hayate, I heard you were having fun with your rich ojou-sama.

SHun: From observing you, I was able to collect some interesting info.

Shun: But you were here in such a place, huh? I'm such a failure.Such a failure

Hayate: What failure! Look how much I've gone through because of you and mother!

Hayate: Come to think of it.. where's mother?

Hayate: Dad is collecting info so mom must be...

Hayate has a flashback about Kanzaki

Hayate: C-could it be...

Dad: ;) You're as dull as ever, aren't you?

Nagi and Kanzaki's portion
Nagi: Why do they all go away? Why does everyone close to me go away?

Kanzaki?: Isn't that because... no one loves you?

Nagi: ...... eh?

Kanzaki?"  For example, that guy you always talk about... your butler, Hayate?

Kanzak?: You said he confessed to you on Christmas eve but...

Kanzaki (Hayate's mother), Hayate and Nagi 

Kanzaki?: Why? You're the same, aren't you?

Kanzaki?:  Fooling the rich ojou-sama from the moment of introduction

Kanzaki?: J-U-S-T L-I-K-E H-A-Y-A-T-E-K-U-N

Hayate: !!!   

Hayate: Wait, who's fooling someone with his introduction...

Hayate: I'm not fooling her! It's a misunderstanding!

Nagi: That you loved me...

Hayate: o...ojou-sama...

Nagi: Aha... ahahaha...

Nagi: A misunderstanding...? ah... ahahahahahaha!

Later inside her room:

Nagi: It wasn't love...

Nagi: Maria... why aren't you here?

Hayate: ojou-sama you know...

Nagi: Don't come near me, liar!

Nagi: That you loved me....

Nagi and Hayate in tears looking at each other

Nagi: That was all a lie! a lie! a lie! Everything was a lie! Everything... (Jewel lights up)

My English version of the Hayate x Nagi pages/DA BOMB!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hayate The Combat Butler Chapter 560: Final Chapter 12: Broken Mirror -- Synopsis and Review

I like how desperate Hayate is to search for Nagi in this chapter. Also, broken mirror seems to be an allusion to the sinking of S.S. Hamster.

We're at December 23, apparently. One day to go in the story before the big finale... and I'm not sure if Shun kidnapped Nagi or if she ran away on her own. I'd like to believe it was her choice to disappear. We'll see...

The final chapter of THEIR STORY, fools!

Synopsis: Final Chapter 12: Broken Mirror

At Hakuo Academy and Hisui's Final Battle

SOmehow, it's finally finished

Isumi: With this, we can stalk whoever opens the path to the Royal Garden from here.


Sakuya: Ah yeah, we can definitely get some detailed info with this but... is this ok?

Isumi: Why, wazzup?

Isumi: It's fine. There's nothing we can't see using this right now. We'll definitely see when the path opens.

Sakuya: It's not about that. This is the finale so let's not carried away, k?

Sakuya: But, you can see inside, but what about communication?

Isumi:S'wright, We got that too. We'll be using that.

Sakuya: ....

Hayate's so happy to see dad again~
Sakuya: Is this thing safe?

Isumi: S'awright. using this, you can speak directly through your consciousness.

Sakuya: I see but... sorry for complaining but I dun get it.

Isumi: Anywayz, just try the earphones on.

Sakuya: oh, sugoi! The words are echoed directly from your head.

Isumi: and with this helmet on, the output is increased.

Sakuya: Oh, I'm getting an image. This is some great VR stuff.

Isumi: Anywayz, Hayate should have one of these earphones too.

Sakuya: yearh

A-tan: We can even find our enemy's location.

Ayumu: Ha... tomorrow is Christmas Eve huh?

Ayumu: Hakuo Academy's Christmas Party is coming up huh?

A few days ago...

Ayumu: Eh, a Christmas Party to lift Nagi-chan's spirits?

Hina: Well, it's not just that but...

Chiharu: It turned into something big.

Hina: Will you come, Ayumu? YOu're more than welcome.

Ayumu: Eh?

Chiharu: Ruka's coming too.
This is a normal greeting in the Ayasaki Household.
Ayumu: Th-thank you but I... have prior engagements.

Ayumu: What should I do... I wonder.

Ayumu: No... there's nothing that I can do.

Hayate: Nishizawa-san!

Hayate: Sorry, but about Christmas Eve...

Ayumu: There's Nagi-chan's party at Hakuo, right?

Hayate: Eh? Ah, yeah, that's it.

Hayate: And I don't think I can go with you guys.

Hayate: Sorry...

Ayumu: Eventually... things fall into place.

Many things have happened over the past year. On that day that I went looking for Hayate-kun, that was the day that Hayate-kun met Nagi-chan for the fisrt time.

Eventually, the future came closer.

Athena's flashback: When I looked into his eyes, I understood. I was no longer reflected in his eyes.

Ayumu: It's ok. Do your best to cheer up Nagi-chan. Have fun!

Ayumu: Anyway, I'll be going back to my Parents' home for Christmas Vaction. Bye Bye, Hayate-kun!

Ayumu: I wonder what it was... I wonder what it was about this past year for me...

Ruka: Now everyone! Lez get excited!

Fumi: Uwaaa! Sharna-chan Sharna Chan! Somehow, this is really exciting!

Fumi: I gotta take a pic of me with this bamboo sword or somethin (dunno what she's talkin about but it's some nonsense)

Sharna: Stahp it... just stahp!


Miki: Someone had to be santa, right?

Izumi: Hina-chan kawaii!

Chiharu: Dude, we even got fireworks now?

Kayura: Dat overflowing wealth!


Hayate: She said she'd go to the bathroom but she suddenly disappeared!

Hina: Eh? How about her phone!?

Hayate: I can't get through to it.

Kayura: Maybe she went home?

Chiharu: I guess it's possible.

Chiharu: It can't be helped. I'll check the apartment. Ayasaki, you go to the mansion.

Hayate: HAI!

Hayate: Ojou-sama...

Klaus: This is bad! I know where Hisui is!

Athena: Eh?

Mikado: Well, spill it! Where?


Himegami: Once, that old man used that unlucky guy's misfortune to open the road.

Hisui: In this party, there's bound to be such a person, right?

Isumi: A friggin airship?

Mikado: Not only that... that is...

Hisui: Well then are you comin?
Hisui: Oh hai guyz? Didja miss me?
Himegami: I suppose

Inside of that thing is the king's jewel

It can collect an innumerable amount of negative emotions therefore...

Butler guy: Sakuya-sama! That king's jewel above is opening the path!

Sakuya in virgin-killing sweater: WHAT!?

Isumi: They're forcing it open---

Peoples: Uwaaa...

Peoples 2: wtf is that?

Saki: Projection mapping?

Wataru: Awesome...

Hisui: Well then, sorry to barge in~

Isumi: I shall exterminate thee!

Hayate: Ojou-sama!

Hayate: ..... she's not here...

Hayate: Chiharu-san... how about there?

Chiharu: Well over here... 

Shun: Well, well... isn't it the party today?

Chiharu: Ah...

Chiharu: Well, Nagi disappeared...

Shun: Eh? Well, that's not good.

Shun: If that's the case, then I'll help look too.
Hayate's dad totally deserved it...maybe?
Chiharu: Thanks, sorry for the bother.

Hayate: Chiharu-san, where's ojou-tama~?

Chiharu: Ayasaki-kun... this is-

Hayate: Chiharu-san: OUTTA THE WAY!

Chiharu: Eh?

Chiharu: Wait...

Chiharu: What are you doing, Ayasaki kun?

Hayate: What am I doing?

Chiharu: Hah?

Hayate: What are you... what are you doing here...

Hayate: What have you done, dad!

Chiharu: ...... eh....?

Shun: Ah... I've been found out.

Text: Together with Chiharu is... Hayate's dad? Next issue: SHOCK!

All right... kid's gloves off. The other ships have no qualms about criticizing our ship left and right, so I'm gonna speak my mind without reservations as well in this review -- not that I plan to criticize other ships though. We're better than that -- we've always been.

Well, we're certainly moving at a fast pace. From December 10 in the previous chapter, it would seem we're already at December 23 if we go by Ayumu's declarations.

Anyway, several important things were revealed in this chapter. First of all...

Called It On Redevelopment/Real Estate Guy = Shun Ayasaki

Like I predicted in chapter 555, The real estate guy trying to buy the Violet Mansion for his company really was Shun Ayasaki AKA Hayate's dad... as Hayate has so accurately PUNCHED the statement home in this chapter.
Ahem... I love it when I'm right~
Now it's pretty easy to take a wild guess and say that Nagi's disappearance was because Shun kidnapped her, but I don't really think so. I'd like to believe that Nagi willed herself to "disappear" from Hayate's sight for a while. For what reasons? Well, there are a number of possible reasons, but let's wait for the manga to clarify this point.

The reason I want to believe this is partly because I want Shun Ayasaki to be a reformed man... or at least one who is trying in this manga. I mean, if an assassin who killed hundreds of people in the Tokugawa Era could reform himself as a mild-mannered defender of justice in the Meiji Era... why can't Hayate's parents -- or at least his dad do the same?

The other reason is because of a theory put out first by meandanime in the comments section: Hayate might learn about forgiveness from Nagi's love for him. Recall Nagi's closing statements in CTMEOY: 

"When you're together, there will always be misunderstandings, but real love doesn't succumb to misunderstandings. Forgiving someone and being forgiven. That's what binds people together... and that's what the story is all about."

In other words, I want Nagi to have one last moment of awesome before this manga ends... and I'm sure Hata-sensei won't disappoint in this regard.

To Forgive And Be Better For It

Also, even if Hayate's dad hasn't reformed, I still want Hayate to learn to forgive him... from Nagi. After all, that's one way of moving on -- a concept that many people have a hard time coming to terms with. Forgiveness isn't about the other person, it's about Hayate himself accepting that what has happened (some things when broken can never be repaired) is the past and that he is better than his past self. This would also prove that his dad -- his parents, can no longer affect him, no matter what they do, they have no more power over him: this is what forgiveness is all about.

On "Hata-Sensei" Is Rushing It
Based on the pacing of the last few chapters, there is definitely that rushed feel to the story -- but let's not condemn Hata for something he hasn't done yet -- and that is: write an unsatisfactory ending. Just because the story seems rushed right now doesn't mean that at least the core plot (core story IMO being what happens to Hayate and Nagi and not your King's Jewel's intricacies, sorry) won't be resolved satisfactorily.

I believe based on ma-- errr... some anonymous commenter's response that there is still time to set off the "bomb between them" and go into a final "within the Royal Garden" mini-arc to end things with a bang.

Truth be told, there are lots of ways that Hata can botch this up, but right now, he still hasn't -- so let's not condemn him for it. If you truly support this manga, let's stop the hate. (especially the hate against OUR ship)

On Kanzaki = Yukariko With Amnesia
There is some faint possibility to this theory -- but I would call this sort of development quite cheap. It would also destroy all the developments so far with Nagi's independence and Maria's acknowledgment of said independence with her act of departure... which brings me to my next point.

On Maria's "Irresponsible" Departure

On one hand, based on Nagi's current depression, we could call Maria's sudden unannounced departure quite irresponsible. On the other hand, another way of seeing it is that she is the one who has been closest to Nagi -- arguably even more than Hayate. She has witnessed Nagi's incredible growth and transformation over the past year. So definitely, she probably knows Nagi a lot more than we give her credit for. It might seem like her decision was irresponsible right now, but it can also be seen as her final act of trust and acknowledgment of Nagi's growth. She trusts that Nagi will be fine even if she does this. Yes, she might have to cope with the pain of loss for a while, but Nagi has already proven her strength of character  -- and perhaps this is what spurred Maria's decision to leave; because she had faith that her ward is much better than most people give her credit for -- much better than most readers of this manga give her credit for.

Just because Nagi looks depressed right now doesn't mean she's totally regressed to the way she was in the past. People don't work that way. I trust Hata-sensei at least knows this much. If you've been reading this manga for years, shouldn't you at least put a little faith in the author when he hasn't even finished it yet?

I am presenting another side of the coin -- another way of interpreting her actions. How you view it is up to you -- I choose to be positive. You may blame Hata for being a horrible, horrible writer all you like if it helps you sleep better at night.

Something I Didn't Notice Before

Credits to Roop Banerjee for finding this. This is great stuff and is based on things actually in the manga as opposed to interpretations of stuff in the manga -- which a lot of people seem to have a habit of doing.

" I just realized that for every romantic moment that hayate has spent with the girls, there has been a parallel moment that he spent with nagi. The rooftop scene with hinagiku at the clocktower is similar to the rooftop scene with nagi at sakuya's house. After the conclusion of ruka arc, the moment hayate spent with ruka was similar to the one he spent with nagi. Even the titles of the chapters were the same." - Roop Banerjee January 26, 2017 at 6:24 AM

Chapters 58,145,146 (Distance)
Chapters 430 and 432 (Shining Brightly)
Chapters 218 and 459 (Stone of Bonds)
There are many more examples like this as well as chapters with almost same titles.
Chapter 427 (No Regrets) and Chapter 537 (Last Regrets)
Chapter 2 (In English, Unmei means destiny) and Chapter 280 (Destiny)
Chapter 211 (Radical Dreamers) and Chapter 538 (Forever Dreamer)

Bye, Hamster! You were a nice Hamster till the end.
Sinking Ayumu's Ship

Ayumu's ship was sunk rather unceremoniously. Also, she gave the nod to Nagi by thinking about Athena's words and making the connection that Hayate met Nagi on the day that Ayumu went searching for him. By the way, Christmas Eve is the most romantic day in Japan. I think we have more than enough of these "random moments" which seem to be meant to develop the groundwork for Hayate x Nagi --- to at least speculate that these are actually NOT SO RANDOM MOMENTS intentionally written in by Hata-sensei and intentionally littered throughout key moments in the manga.

Yes, Hayate never saw Nagi as a romantic prospect in any of these moments -- AGAIN, must I repeat myself over 9000 times that this is an intentional plot design intended to distinguish Nagi from everyone else? The ROMANTIC GROUNDWORK or SCAFFOLDING or SUPPORT PILLARS or FOUNDATION or whatever the fudge you want to call it, doesn't necessarily have to consist of lovey dovey moments of Hayate going all gaga for Nagi (this is me, btw). They just have to logically lay out the FRAMEWORK for an ending that supports the assumption that Oh... I dunno... maybe...perhaps...somewhat...by some twist of fate... Hayate might see Nagi as a girl sometime? Yeah, that's all we Nagi shippers need. Not the lovey dovey ideal moments of smoochie woochies that you have in your head as the ideal "ONE TRUE LOVE" scenario.

Hayate Doesn't Know How He Feels About Nagi

Again, this has been going on since the level 5 arc. Hayate felt that something was off about their relationship. The narration explicitly said that "they lack love." More accurately, they lacked reciprocal romantic love because Hayate never reciprocated Nagi's romantic love for him.

So right now, again, I present another side of the same coin. You say that Hayate only sees Nagi as a sister? I say Hayate doesn't know how he feels about Nagi because he's never reflected on her initial "confession" through her manga and even after knowing about the misunderstanding through Chiharu. Hayate is being evasive about Nagi's feelings and that is why we see all these moments of confusion from him. You say it's only because he feels guilty? My friend, what a wonderful story you have in your head... I'm being sarcastic, just in case you don't get it.

On Hisui's Attack

One thing that surprised me about Hisui's attack is that we all thought that the final battle already happened -- but it seems she really didn't do anything until now.

Also, it's very surprising that Hisui hasn't considered the possibility that Nagi could open the path. She's had Yozora stalking Nagi and company since forever, so one would think she might know about the misunderstanding -- but this doesn't look to be the case. Either that or she doesn't want to hurt Nagi in the process of acquiring everything for herself.

In any case, it looks like she's almost succeeding in opening the path to the Royal Garden -- now... there does not seem to be an "explosion of negative emotions" just yet, so Nagi and Hayate's own bomb is still set to go off. Nagi still has that King's Jewel that Wataru gave her after all.


To end things on a positive note, I'd like to believe that Hayate no Gotoku! Is actually a formulaic love story -- something that people coming in with all kinds of unrealistic expectations can't seem to accept. IMO it's a lot closer to stuff like Urusei Yatsura and Inu Yasha from Rumiko Takahashi. There can be ships, but the author makes it clear who the one true pair should be from the start. Reading back on Hayate no Gotoku! The key moments of awesome are always reserved for Nagi and Hayate always treats Nagi special (YES I know you'll hit me with your plates of platonic again) and I mean very special when compared to all the other ROMANTIC PROSPECTS in his life. This HAS to be intentional somehow if it's been happening since the start of the manga, right?

Anyway, I'd like to believe that amidst the fan pandering of the Prisma Illya's and the Yuri on Ice's, the full-blown harem antics of the To Love Ru's and the Nisekoi's, there is still a place for the simple boy meets girl love story with a little twist that is Hayate no Gotoku!

Fanart Corner: Yeah, I've got quite a few today including another one drawn for me for Valentine's day by Denzil.

Thanks again, Denzil! I can only dream that she'd even look my way~

I'm buying this figure when it's available. PREORDER OF COURSE!

Nagi makin this virgin-killing sweater look cute~

AMV Corner: I'm adding in this AMV made by a friend of mine here. It's so rare to see a Hayate x Nagi AMV after all.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hayate The Combat Butler Chapter 560: Final Chapter 12: Broken Mirror - Partial Spoilers and Clarifications

Because people have been clinging on to false rumors... a clarificatory spoiler post for all~

Again, this is not the full chapter yet, so wait for it~

You know you wanted to see this for the longest time~

there's no truth in the rumors that Hayate and Nagi have the same father. Not only is that illogical for the flow of the story, but there's not even a single hint of that in this chapter... or in any kind of foreshadowing events.

So, the spoilers seem to be divided into three distinct parts. First off, there's Ayumu sinking her ship in Nagi's favor like so:

Nice knowin ya, Hamster. Dun worry. You can still hook up with Souya.

Ayumu: Hah... tomorrow is Christmas Eve huh?

Ayumu: Many things happened this year.

Ayumu: That day I searched for Hayate was the day he met Nagi chan.

Ayumu: Gradually, the future came close.

Athena flashback: I understood when I saw his eyes

Athena flashback: those eyes, I was no longer reflected in them.

Ayumu: It's ok. If Nagi-chan is depressed, just encourage her. She'll have fun.

Ayumu: Well then, I'll be at my parents home for winter break. bye bye, Hayate-kun. (so yes, Ayumu has excluded herself from the plot while giving the nod to Nagi-chan)

Next, we see Hina, Kayura, Sakuya and the Hakuo baka-trio over at Hakuo academy. Hayate is frantically running around looking for Nagi coz she disappeared and her phone can't be contacted for some reason after she said she'd go to the toilet.

Finally, we see Chiharu talking to the redevelopment company/real estate guy and he says he'll help look too. The scene plays out like this:

Shun: If that's so... then I'll go look too...

Chiharu: Sorry about this.

Hayate: Chiharu san... ojou-sama is...

Chiharu: A-ayasaki... this is...

Hayate: >(

Hayate: Chiharu-san... out of the way!

Chiharu: Eh?

Hayate: (punches dad)

Chiharu: Wa- what are you doing Ayasaki-kun?

Hayate: What am I doing?

Hayate: This is... this is...

Hayate: What are you doing here, father!

Shun: I've been caught.

text at side: Together with Chiharu is... Hayate's father? Next issue -- shock!

End of spoilers. See ya in the actual chapter review.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Hayate The Combat Butler Chapter 559: Final Chapter 11: Oath Sign -- Review and Synopsis

Based on Hata's twitter, he was listening to this song -- the namesake of this chapter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJ4yehnerHQ

This face... this beautiful sad, lonely, depressed face!

Synopsis: Last Christmas

Ayumu: Let's invite Hayate too!

Souya: But that guy and money...

Ayumu: D-definitely, Hayate is poor but...

Some guy: So straightforward.

Ayumu: However... if he's in trouble with money then his friends should help him.

Souya: K, fine, let's invite him too.

Ayumu: Thank ya, Souya.

Ayumu: Anywayz, I'mma look for Hayate kyun~

However, I searched all night but...

Eventually, I couldn't find Hayate.

Ayumu: However, this year's Christmas eve... I'll spend it with Hayate!

Hayate: Yo, it's Ayasaki~


Ayumu: There's something I'd like to talk to you about... IS THAT OK!?

Hayate: Eh? What is it? Is curry ok for supper?

Hayate: Let's see we have enough materials for curry...

Ayumu: I dun wanna talk about today's menu!

Ayumu: Hayate-kyun, you got ze plans for Christmas EVE!?

Hayate: No... nothing in particular...

Ayumu: That's why... would you like to have a curry party with me?

Hayate: Eh, curry? :D

Ayumu: That's wrong! Christmas! I meant Christmas Party!

Hayate: Oh yeah, I turned down the invite for Souya's party last year huh?

Ayumu: Yeah, yeah, that's it.

Ayumu: I want the two of us...

Hayate: Sure, I'll go.

Hayate: Please tell Souya-kun and the others too, It'll be fun.

Chibi Ayumu-San

Ayumu: :) (the part about just the two of us didn't get through did it?)

Ayumu: Oh well, anywayz, this is Hayate's Christmas. I'll think about getting the two of us alone together later.

Such things happened one month ago. Anywayz, One week atter Maria disappeared.

Ojou-sama was very depressed.

Hayate: Ojou-sama... lunch is ready.

Nagi: Yes, thank you.

Hayate.... (looks at the still unopened letter from Maria)

Hayate: You still haven't read Maria's letter huh?

Nagi: That's because... If I read it, then that will be the end of everything...

Hayate:..... Oh, right, weren't you meeting someone today? Kanzaki wasn't it?

Nagi: Eh?

Hayate: It's good to go out once in a while, isn't it?

Hayate: Let's not worry about what lies ahead. Now, shall we go?


Hayate: Her condition isn't good, huh?

Kurosu: That patient's conditon changed abruptly just a while ago, it seems.

Kurosu: It's been a while... who'd have thought we'd meet in a place like this.

Hayate: Ah... you're... DR. BLACKJACK! (lol Dr. Kurosu)

Hayate: Do you work at this hospital?

Kurosu: Nah, I'm a freelancing doctor~

Kurosu: I just came to see how some of my old patients were doing.

Kurosu: Oh, and it seems I met your older brother too.

Hayate: H-how do you know?

Kurosu: Hah, dun underestimate a freelance doctor's info network!

Kurosu: But, I'm glad we met.

Hayate: Yah, well he still refuses to acknowledge me as his younger brother.

Kurosu: Haha, he never changes.

Noo... don't be sad, Nagi! My Heart can't take it watching you like this!

Nagi: ......

Nagi: I see... Hayate still has an older brother.

Hayate: Ojou-sama....

At Hakuo Clock Tower

WHAT!? Maria disappeared and now Nagi-chan is depressed!?

Kayura: Yeah, with school aside, she also hasn't come to the apartment.

Hayate: yes, she won't get up out of bed.

Aika: If it takes over a year for her to recover, it might just get worse.

Risa: I see... Therefore, HINA! Isn't it time for that!?

Hina: That?

Risa: Hakuo Gakuin's traditional Christmas Event! The Big Bubble Christmas Party.

Hayate: Big Bubble Christmas Party?

Hina: Wait a sec, wtf is that, Risa?

Aika: That's going too far! That's dangerous!

Hayate: Err... wtf are ya all sayin?

Hina: Hakuo academy's traditional event. a most awful, terrible event...

Hina: The name came from Japan's bubble era. Using money like hot water to party until morning!

How can being depressed make her look this pretty?

Hayate: .....

Hina: For your information, the use of the money isn't justified.

Once (some reference that I do not get to some event that caused somethin major )

Hayate: Th... that kind of thing?

Hayate: But speaking about that, do we even have permission to do that?

Kananiwa: I heardz ya. Let's go for it~

Hayate: Ka-kananiwa san?

Kananiwa: When the rich use money, the economy progresses! I'll talk to the other directors about this, so by all means, do it!

Kananiwa: And with this, I shall put an end to my lonely Christmas eve!

Kayura: Ah, this person...

Aika: Doesn't care about spending the school's money.

Kananiwa: I will definitely find a nice guy with this!

Kayura: She really doesn't care, does she?

Hina: This has become a really big party, eh?

Hayate: Yes, but thank you.

Hayate: With this, ojou-sama will cheer up...

Redev Guy (who will be Hayate's dad, I'm sure): Eh, they really celebrate things differently at a rich school huh?

Redev Guy: But the landlady's condition is rather worrisome, isn't it?

Chiharu: It sure is.

Redev Guy: But that Ayazaki-kun was it? That butler is really supportive.

Chiharu: That is... well...

I can totally understand her sentiments~!

Redev Guy: Eh? Am I in trouble? Does the landlady not want to sell anymore?

Chiharu: No, no. It's already been sold hasn't it?

Nagi: My body has no energy...

Nagi: The pain of lose just won't go away.

Nagi: Darn it... at this rate...

Hayate: Listen up, Ojou-sama! Everyone's going to have a party on Christmas Eve. Ruka's going to be performing live too. It's super exciting!

Nagi: :(

Hayate: Well then... I'll go prepare dinner.

Nagi: Hayate

Nagi: Hayate... you're not going away too are you?

Nagi: You're in love with me so... you'll stay by my side, won't you?

Hayate: ....I will always be... by ojou-sama's side...

Next chapter will be out 2/15 (or spoiled earlier~)

Contrary to our initial concerns from last chapter... except for the abrupt timeskip, it seems Hata is not really rushing things that much. If he has the time to cook up this Christmas Party thing to try and console Nagi while only subtly moving the main plot forward, then he probably isn't in that much of a hurry to end things abruptly.

With the abrupt timeskip and the mystery behind what happened in November aside, things seem to be progressing at a good pace. We even get to see characters like Kananiwa, Aika and the Hakuo baka-trio whom we haven't heard from for a while.

I kinda like how concerned Hayate is for Nagi here when all logic would dictate that he really shoudn't be anymore unless he really did have feelings for her~

Anyway, I'm really happy with Hayate this chapter and how hard he's trying to console Nagi. He may not be showing any romantic feelings for her just yet, but I love how even the redev guy has noticed how he's really going out of his way for Nagi. I really can't buy the theory that he's just doing this because he feels guilty. I mean, such a thing may be plausible IRL, but it makes zero sense for a structured story -- it's illogical.

My poor little baby... I just wanna give her a hug!

So to put it simply, Ayasaki scored some Main Character points with me in this chapter, but unfortunately, he had to make that declaration to Nagi again at the end. Seriously, what is he thinking right now?

By the way, the way he defused Ayumu's advances subtly, I get the feeling he did that on purpose rather than being oblivious as usual.

Also, I don't believe for one moment that Nagi giving Hayate a watch for his birthday was forgotten by Hata. It's probably a relevant plot point that will be explored in a flashback later on. It may even be the trigger for Hayate to start thinking of Nagi in a different light -- which is really what we all want him to do so that this manga can speed towards it good ending.


Date check, we're probably at around December 10-11 right now. That still leaves a few days until the 24th, so it's all good.

I really love the art for Nagi in this chapter. She's 14, she's super depressed, but wow does she look ravishing. I love the amount of detail on her face, her eyes, her disheveled hair... Hayate, take a good long look at her, will you?

Going on a tangent and talking about Maria for a bit, I'd like to challenge the notion that she's underdeveloped. She's underused as a character, but her development follows a logical progression. It began with her feeling insecure about Nagi not needing her anymore in the mangaka arc. This was explored further when Nagi beat her at roulette in an epic fashion in the level 5 arc. I think it was then when she fully accepted how much Nagi had matured. After that, she made a decision that was no doubt calculated to help out Nagi as well as herself - to quit being a maid. While her sudden disappearance seems rather irresponsible now considering how Nagi is taking it in this chapter, I get the feeling that Maria saw this coming as well and we'll probably know more about why she still made her final decision to disappear without telling Nagi inside that letter she left behind.

Busou Shinki NagiReserving this corner for my newest acquisition: Busou Shinki Nagi. She may be small, but she' s super posable and comes with all kinds of accessories. I really love her -- but she's Nagi, of course I love her! This is a really rare figure that only came with the limited edition of the PSP game, Hayate no Gotoku!! Nightmare Paradise.

Busou Shinki Nagi ready for Take-Off!

Fanart Corner: Got quite a few today -- including a redraw of Nagi's face in this chapter. Also, I have one guest fanart from Stella featuring mai waifu and Miku -- my... ex waifu... haha! I still love Miku though~ it's just that Nagi is mai laifu! Oh whatever... enjoy!
Text: We believe in Hata-sensei! (I tweeted this to him)
Drawn Quickly on a whiteboard today. I tried to make her look as if she's smiling but still with those dreamy eyes
Mai waifu with my ex waifu by Stella.

Adding in this cute kitty because the reason I drew it is because it reminds me of Nagi~