|She gets like one line in this chapter and she still gets the cover... oh well.|
|Nagi is just a few pages away from being awesome here (again) wait for it...|
Mikado explains that he gave one to Kananiwa since she seemed to specialize in that kind of stuff and that he's too much of a wuss to try and get it back now because she looks friggin scary. Anyway, Athena adds that the King's Jewel had regained its light and Mikado says that all the jewels regained their power because the curse was lifted when Athena and company defeated King Midas.
|Significance of 9/18|
At school, Kananiwa explains what level 5 is all about. Everyone gets some bracelets called "Completers" that release a relaxing lavender smell at the push of a button... and another button that transmits the location to the school to announce that the participant has given up.
|I wonder if this school trip is going to end up like Btooom!?|
Review: There are many things to talk about in this chapter, but to get the most significant one out of the way, the school trip starts on September 18, which means that it comes in direct conflict with the timeline established in CTMEOY. I suppose that this is more solid evidence that the anime has now been de-canonized... although I wouldn't put it past Hata-sensei to reuse the elements of the TV series and just somehow integrate them better into the manga. As it stands, there are simply too many inconsistencies in CTMEOY anyway... although I will be a bit bitter about the loss of the lolz Hayate x Nagi lovey dovey developments... (I totally stole that term from Doughnut Gunso's blog) that doesn't mean the manga can't do it better!
|Now Nagi is being awesome!|
I have to say, that Athena is really growing on me as a character as this series progresses. She's really a great character when she's interacting with other people whether it's Mikado, Hina, Nagi or anyone else, unlike in her own arc wherein she fails to shine because of said lack of interaction.
Since Athena doesn't seem to remember defeating King Midas, we can safely assume that this mini-Athena/Alice probably does not have big A-tan's memories, but rather, that she was filled in by someone else, probably by Aika as to the over-all grand scheme of big A-tan.
Maria pointing out that Hayate can pay off his debt if he wins is a good thing as that seems to have taken Nagi out of her comfort zone and as shown in the comiket arc, Nagi's character can really shine if she's being pressured. So, once again, something is threatening to separate her from Hayate -- and this time, it's going to be of his own choice if the debt is finally paid off.
As usual, Hayate is being his indecisive self and tries to reassure her by saying "I won't quit right away," which is just him being Hayate, I suppose... and I really hate it when he's like that... why'd you fall for such a guy, Nagi? Oh well...
|Lookit Nagi stealing the scene even before the school trip begins! @doughnutgunso|
Also, don't think that I didn't notice the subtle change in art style on Nagi thar... hoho! She looks a bit more mature here and I like it!
Don't have any fanart for this week because I chose to draw my female self anime style (which I'll post later in this blog) but... Nagi-chan has just arrived! I was planning to take pics of her with the beach ball accessory that she comes with, but the paint keeps coming off on her hand and I had to use a stain remover and gently wipe her hand for like 10 minutes before I could get those stains off. Anyway, I'm sure Tama doesn't mind being used that way.
I love this figure, by the way. It's so cute and Nagi-like, even if she's in a bikini, it doesn't seem lewd at all, but just cute and genki.
|Nagi: I see a lolicon!|
|I had to replace that beach ball...|
|With Tama! He doesn't seem to mind.|
|Nagi from the side.|
|Well... at least she's not flat from this side.|
|Nagi from the other side.|
In regards to the cover, people getting the cover image while playing a bit role in the chapter has happened before, even nagi has had that distinction. As for the actual chapter, them bringing up the possibility of Hayate leaving after paying off the debt seems to have Nagi a mite worried. With her bringing up the idea of pressing other peoples buttons to disqualify them, I wouldn't be surprised if Nagi at least considers pressing Hayates button to stop him from escaping his debt and leaving her. She'll most likely not end up going through, although either decision wouldn't be out of character for her, her not doing it showing off her character development, and her going through taking a step back to the old selfish Nagi.ReplyDelete
True enough about the cover. I just couldn't think of what else to say there. I also wouldn't put it past Nagi at least considering the idea of pressing Hayate's button at some stage in the game, but I don't think that was her intention when she initially joined. I'd also be disappointed with Hata if she actually did press that button and it was made to look funny. At least based on the build-up to that scene, I don't think that she meant to prevent Hayate from winning by entering and taking the competition seriously as I think that really goes against the behavior she's established in the last three arcs. (Athena, Ruka, Ikusa). Also the "doing it for Hayate's sake" at the side of the final page... unless she thinks that keeping him indebted to her is for his sake.Delete
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