|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: WELCOME HOME, HAYATE-KUN!
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.
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?
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: I see... Hayate still has an older brother.
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!?
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?|
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!
Hayate: Well then... I'll go prepare dinner.
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~)
Review: 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.