Anyway, Himegami sure is proving himself to be one creepy Yukariko stalker. Hisui wasn't wrong in her assessment of him... as you're about to find out:
|Presenting the unceremonious return of the Sanzen'in SPs.|
Synopsis: Himegami: I couldn't confirm the existence of this stone. It's a good thing you found it.
Hayate: Himegami san!
Mikado: Ah, so you've come as expected.
Hayate: As expected?
Mikado: You can tell he's a stalker from just his appearance.
|I thought Himegami looked pretty cool here...|
Himegami: Eh? Anyway, I've got something good to talk to you about.
Someone: You don't worry about the details, do you?
Mikado: You might really die this time. Defend yourself.
Himegami: My, my... calling me a stalker hurts my feelings. You and Hisui are really cruel, old man.
Himegami: Anyway, I didn't come all this way just to fight.
Himegami: I've got a proposal that will bring happiness to all parties involved.
Himegami: How about this? The Sanzen'in inheritance goes to Nagi and the Royal Power goes to me
Hayate: ....... 0_0 Hah?
Himegami: Ayasaki Hayate, you don't have a wish for the jewel do you? Neither do Nagi and Hisui.
Himegami: However, it's dangerous if the power and inheritance both fall into Hisui's hands.
The other day, Yozora gave her a power boost after all.
Himegami: Also, that power originally belong to us anyway.
Himegami: Yup. It belonged to Yukariko.
|Now he just looks plain creepy.|
Himegami: it was in order to help a goddess. Yukariko appeared before me with a stone.
Himegami: It was love at first sight, which is why I wanted to draw her feelings in.
Himegami: I showed her the place where the royal power was kept.
Himegami: Even in exchange for 50 years of my life, I wanted to draw in her feelings.
Himegami: She was very surprised.
Himegami: But there was no regret.
Himegami: This is why I promised her.
Himegami: "Someday, when you arrive at that castle where the goddess power resides, I will grant your wish."
Himegami: "Right now, I have a foolish wish that I really wish to be granted."
Himegami: The castle can grant a wish in exchange for a lifespan. But if you do that, you can't get out.
Himegami: But it's ok.
Himegami: I will help out.
Himegami: For the wish that hasn't been fulfilled, I can touch the King's jewel's again.
Himegami: Then, I will always come to help.
Himegami: Next time... inside that castle... I will.. As promised, until Yukariko reaches that castle.
Himegami: However, her wish was not fulfilled.
Himegami: Using the royal power. She used it for something else.
Himegami: I wonder if our promise was forgotten.
Isumi's grandma: A woman who fell in love at first sight cannot forget everything. What are you saying about touching the King's Jewels?
HImegami: Ginka oba-sama
Ginka: You never change, do ya? Dark guy?
Himegami: It was wrong to touch it. I never knew you couldn't turn back if you touched it.
Himegami: What's wrong? Just a little bit more.
Himegami: With the royal power, I can meet Yukariko again.
Himegami: That way, everyone will be happy. Even Nagi won't be lonely.
|The face that launched... about 3-4 ships give or take. Seriously, girls. You can do better than this guy.|
A-tan: You want to get back the one you love in such a form?
Himegami: But you can't be killed!
Himegami: That's why it's ok, there is a way.
Himegami: That's why listen to my proposal! Yukariko can once again be.
Hina: However, even if you do meet her again, that person will not love you.
Hina: Your feelings will not reach her.
Himegami: This is the end of our negotiations.
Himegami: Fine then, no matter how much you prepare. Right now, Hisui is the strongest
Himegami: As originally planned, the power will go to Hisui.
Himegami: Everything will go to Hisui and I!
Mikado: WTF are you doing? Get after him! (to SP's)
Ginka: I think it's useless.
Hina: It seems pretty difficult right now.
Athena: With that said, all we can do is move forward.
Nagi: That Hayate. He isn't coming home today as well, isn't he?
Maria: Yeah, he's pretty busy at school today too.
Nagi: But this kinda feels like a year ago.
Nagi: When Himegami went away and before meeting Hayate. It was just you and me, Maria.
Nagi: I think... it was fun as well.
Maria: Then, because it's just the two of us... shall we do something fun?
Review: So, this is a bit of a transition chapter, but it does have a few highlights worth mentioning.
With Himegami's statements here, can we now put the theory that Yukariko=Kanzaki to rest? I know it doesn't sit well with most of you that Kanzaki was just some no-name individual only there for plot convenience 3.0, but I think that's just how Hata rolls (and trolls).
|Mai waifu just wants to chillax a bit.|
What is amusing is that with a deranged look on his face, Himegami declares that he's totally fine with this. Of course, Hina bursts his bubble in the end and he resigns like a defeated child sour-graping all the way and proclaiming how strong Hisui is and how everyone's gonna get wtfpwned all coz they wouldn't agree to his selfish proposal.
Seriously, Himegami. Go home and admire your custom-made Yukariko figures and cry on your Yukariko hug pillow or something. Give it a rest, dude.
Well, here's a plot-based theory: perhaps Himegami is meant to be an analog for Hayate. A sort of deranged future version of Hayate -- a mere shell of a man who has failed at something very important to him before. Yes, I can definitely imagine Hayate going down this route if he doesn't get his act together. In fact, all the signs are there right now. Hayate's been slowly self-destructing since the start of this arc -- but his road down the depths of depravity really began when he started considering using failed love as a means to open the path to the Royal Garden. Now don't get me wrong and take this literally. I don't mean that Himegami = Hayate. I mean that Himegami is a parallelism to Hayate just like how Wataru x Isumi's parting words were meant as a recurring motif to really make the words "I loved you" strike home and its corresponding implications.
Now let's talk a bit about the butler boy. So many people are eager to criticize the Nagi ship nowadays, but people have become so caught up in the debate of "who deserves Hayate," that we often fail to consider, "does Hayate even deserve anybody?" At this point, I would say that my ship, Nagi, definitely deserves someone better than Hayate. Hayate hasn't really done anything worthy of note that would warrant him deserving someone like Nagi -- or anyone for that matter, at least considering that rescuing Nagi from kidnappers and such is pretty much the norm for someone with his abilities.
The other shippers often talk about reciprocity in order for Nagi to deserve Hayate -- I believe that's a flawed argument. I agree that there must be reciprocity on Hayate's part, but that's in order for him to prove that he is worthy of Nagi and not the other way around -- of course, I think Hata's working on this. There just needs to a bit more build-up towards the bomb and of course, Hayate's own emotional breakdown -- which really must happen at this point for the plot to make good storytelling sense.
I mean, just look at his pathetic face in this chapter. He's definitely thinking of a lot of things, but since we have zero insight as to what he is thinking most of the time, there's not even enough material to form some really concrete theories.
Finally, there's Maria initiating "something fun" together with Nagi. One has to wonder what this might be all about. Is it one last act of motherly care for Nagi? Beating Nagi at games as per usual? Or perhaps she plans to test out how far Nagi has become in a serious game of chess with something important on the line -- who knows?
How about this, though? What if Maria plans to give Nagi a bit of a makeover. Ya know, girly stuff. Let her hair down a little. Add a few more mature adornments on her than usual. Maybe even a little bit of lip blush. Cut her hair down to shoulder length, maybe? I personally prefer a long-haired Nagi, but it might be a good way to symbolize her ongoing maturity. Just like how Garnet cut her hair to symbolize her indpendence and new identity in FFIX.
Well, anything is possible with Maria, but it does add a bit of intrigue to things. I really like the way Hata is handling Nagi's dialogue nowadays. We still see a little bit of that ojousama snark from her every now and then, but she is definitely, and very certainly more mature than she was back then -- and that is concrete, tried and tested CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT based on actual events that happened in the manga. Yes, that last statement was aiming at certain remarks made online.
Fanart Corner: You know, I started out this week being bit sore at all of the anti Hayate x Nagi comments directly attacking my ship, but I realized that's the wrong attitude to take. Seriously, all this criticism is just a whole lot of cognitive dissonance -- or to use a simpler, more appropriate term, "salt." So here's a reactionary fanart from me~
|If you're angry, that's because she's talking about you right now.|
By the way, my Nagi cat version figure has been shipped. Can't wait to receive it~. She should arrive by this week.
|I waited for nearly a year for this figure thanks to delays from Orca Toys... she's gonna be sooo worth the wait though~|