|Sakuya still wearing that virgin-killing sweater.|
Synopsis: Athena Sama, there's a huge light in the sky.
This reaction is... fusion?
Athena: C-could this be... the path to the royal garden!?
Final Chapter 14: To The Promised Land
Person A: Uwaaa, what's with dat light?
Person B: Sugoi!!
Person C: Sasuga, Hakuo!
Person D: That must be expensive
Himegami: Oi, Himegami? Wazzup? What just happened?
Athena: THis is bad, desu wa~
Athena: This is... ten times... no... hundreds of times bigger than the path I predicted.
Athena: This way, everyone who has a stone will be swallowed.
Book to Nagi: Welcome
Book: I've been waiting for you to come.
Sakuya's butler: HAI!
Hina: Wait a sec! Wtf is goin on here?
Isumi: Director-san, looK!!
Athena: This is bad!
Mikado: That book is right in front of Nagi!
Book: I'm da book of Orumzuto Nadja. Now, I shall grant your wish.
Nagi: My... wish...?
Athena: Hayate, where the fudge are you, Hayate!
Isumi: Hayate-sama! Stop Nagi right now!
Isumi: If she makes that wish, Nagi can't return to this world!!
Nagi: My wish is...
Nagi: This mansion, with Maria there, with Hayate there...
Hayate: Don't ojou-sama... that is!!
(fails epically at grabbing Nagi)
Nagi: I wish for a world where Hayate loves me!
Nagi wakes up in her room
Nagi: This is...?
Hayate: Yes, what is it?
Nagi: Hayate... do you...
Hayate: I love you.
Hayate: I love you, ojou-sama.
Nagi:.... (tears up_
Nagi: I'm glad... I'm really glad.
Meanwhile, real Ayasaki and Hisui are KO'd and floating in mid-air for some reason.
Isumi: This is...
|I disagree with her wish, but how much better|
could most of us have done given what just happened to her?
Athena: Thanks to that wish earlier, the royal power took her to the closed world.
Athena: Hayate and Hisui are there too. What's that pitch-dark space?
Athena: It's visible from here so there's no mistake that it's inside the royal garden.
Athena: They lost consciousness because of the power's influence.
Athena: Nagi's wish caused it to become separated, I think.
Sakuya: Then, can't we wake her up?
Isumi: Rather than that, whoever wokes up inside the royal garden.
Isumi: can obtain the royal power.
Sakuya: That's bad ain't it? If Hisui wakes up first, then that's the end of everything.
Isumi's grandma: You can actually drive a wedge into the path.
However, the way it is right now. It's going to close soon.
Mikado: But you need a stone to enter the royal garden.
Anyway, it can't be helped... that thing over there (panel of giant king's jewel)
SFX of someone attacking
Sakuya's Butler: It's bad, Himegami is above us.
Hiegami: He's destroying the chain!!
Athena: What's he thinking?
Hina: Hey, wtf is goin on here?
Hina: What's gonna happen if you can't take the stone?
Athena: IF the stone can't be taken, when the light over the sky disappears, Nagi will be stuck forever in a dream.
Athena: Hayate too, when the royal garden is destroyed... will disappear from this world.
Mikado: Quit it, Himegami! Now's not the time to fight!
Mikado: You should know how difficult this situation is more than anyone.
Mikado: Stop doing stupid things. The royal power is here!!
Himegami: You don't get it. The fools are you guys.
Himegami: What caused Nagi's despair? What pushed her to enter? You all don't get it.
Himegami: I was watching... I know.
Himegami: Unrequited love and unfulfilled dreams as well.
Himegami: That's why this is ok as well, isn't it?
Himegami: Even if it's not real. She will obtain eternal happiness in a dream.
Himegami: My role here is over.
Mikado: Well... what about Hisui then? Hisui too...
Himegami: That's why... you're too lenient.
Himegami: Hisui was the chosen person to fall in to this situation. In the end, she will win.
Himegami: That's why don't get involed anymore than this.
Himegami: Victory goes to those who work for it.
Himegami: The eternal dream will be answered as well.
Himegami: I don't think my substitute butler Ayasaki can be saved but... you reap what you sow.
Himegami: Well, he was supposed to die last year anyway.
Himegami: He found last year quite enjoyable, so he can't complain.
Himegami: He's a uselss 2nd class butler. He can die for his lord's dream. He'd like that, right?
|Nagi's tears of joy seem pretty fake to me. Give our main heroine a little time, she'll come around.|
Isumi: Athena-sama, the road... it won't work anymore like this!!
Athena: It can't be helped, Isumi-san. The road, we have to...
Himegami: I see, so be it!!
HImegami: Anyone who gets in the way of this situation--
|Even if this dream isn't real. Hayate has no right to drag her away from it if he cannot love her romantically. At least let her be happy after everything his sin by lack of knowledge and omission has put her through.|
Hina: I dunno what's goin on but...I won't let you get what you want.
Hina: You handle the path for Hayate and the others to return meanwhile... (thank you to doughnut gunso for the clarification.)
HIna: I'm going to fetch that stone over there.
Himegami: Who the fudge are you...?
Hina: I'm just a hero of justice passing by...
end of chapter!
Review: I have a few things to say about this chapter, but let me divide the review up a bit for easier reading.
Also, some highly perceptive anon commenter on this blog totally called it on the mansion being sucked into the Royal Garden -- or at least something to that effect happened in this chapter.
What I Liked
Well, things are moving along at a better pace than the last few chapters. At least now the stage has been set for a good finale. I believe that in order to be truly satisfying, the ending should have a definitive answer to two very important questions:
1. Will Hayate ever love Nagi romantically?
2. Can Nagi's love for Hayate snap her out of the fake dream that she has concocted for herself?
With that said, I'll always believe in Nagi's love for Hayate. At the very least, this series has shown us that her love isn't fake even if the premise was a lie. I believe (perhaps with Hayate's help) that she can overcome this trial that she is currently facing.
As for Hayate, let's just say that if platonic love is all he will ever have for Nagi, then this whole story would have been pointless -- and a big waste of Nagi's character development.
We also have Hina stepping up to the challenge and seemingly about to square off against Himegami. That was a nice touch. It gives her a chance to shine and show off what she can do with the Shirousakura. At the very least, she's taken Himegami by surprise.
I was actually rooting for Himegami when he started lecturing everyone about Nagi and Hisui. I have to agree. He's right except for dragging Hayate into things. I believe that if Hayate really has no romantic feelings at all for Nagi, then he should just pack up and leave the Royal Garden as soon as he awakens and leave Nagi in her deluded but happy fantasy for eternity.
Of course, I really don't see the story heading in this direction. As I've said many times before, I fully expect Nagi to make a dramatic comeback even though she's made a pretty selfish wish right now and inadvertently dragged everyone into it.
Furthermore, Hata has set the stage for Hayate to really shine and redeem himself as the main protagonist of this series. If he expects to convince Nagi to come back to reality with him, then he'll have to do it while overcoming the fake Hayate in Nagi's dream world who apparently is "in love" with her.
What I Didn't Like
I really didn't like how Hayate got a free ticket into the royal garden just because he was holding a King's Jewel.
Also, he was unconscious for almost the entire chapter -- which prevents us from seeing any kind of introspection from him regarding what has happened between him and Nagi so far. We really, really need a good, clear look into what Hayate is thinking at this point because Hata has kept him ambiguous about how he really feels about Nagi for so long. All we can do is glean implications from his reluctance to tackle the issue of Nagi's feelings. Some people see it this way or that way, but we have no actual confirmation of any of our theories because Hayate just can't say it out loud.
With that said, things are moving at quite a clip and I'm pretty excited for the next chapter. I really hope we see things from Hayate's viewpoint pretty soon.
Nagi's wish was obviously a big mistake on her part. Yet, how much better could most of us have done. Here we have a young girl whose heart had just been broken. Not only that, the very foundation of the love that she had developed for so long turned out to be a lie. I think we can afford to give her a little leniency for her selfish, irresponsible wish. At the very least, wait until the next few chapters before blaming her because I'm pretty confident she'll redeem herself.
Nagi is currently in the fantasy world that Hayate dreamed about just a few chapters ago. She can and she will snap out of it and I believe Maria's letter, which she was clutching as the explosion of negative emotions happened will have something to do with it. I think the letter might contain a simple message like, "reality is much more beautiful than you might think."
Fanart Corner: Just one unfinished sketch of Nagi for this week. Didn't have a whole lot of time to draw.