Hayate The Combat Butler Chapter 449: The 101st Or So Proposal -- Review and Synopsis
|There's something off about the angle of her face here. I believe it should be a bit rounder.|
|Hata is a self-aware troll.|
|Not sure if she's trying to confess to him or incapacitate him via CQC|
|Zetsuboushitaaa! That is all.|
Seeing that Hayate doesn't get her "confession" at all, Hina gets a push via a "Hamster flashback" and confesses again; this time with, "I want to eat your Miso Soup every day!!"
|Confession Attempt #2|
|Confession Attempt #3|
Hina is saddened a bit by Hayate's reactions to her apparent confessions and thinks that he might be deliberately ignoring her. She finds the diary of a villager who was going to confess to the one that she loved. The diary ends with the villager writing down that she just needs to honestly tell the person that she likes that she loves him because she wants to live a life without regrets. Hina thinks this is a pretty good idea, but before she can continue, she spots a second diary belonging to the same villager.
Upon opening it, she realizes what a big mistake she would have made because the villager got rejected and was writing in full-on yandere mode. Hina closes the diary and thinks to herself that she's glad that Hayate is so dense.
|Can't fault her for not trying.|
I'm also quite amused since I remarked in Doughnut Gunso's blog that it would be awesome if the villager was a "yandere" and that definitely seems to be the case here.
It actually makes sense for Hata-sensei to get Hina's confession attempts (all 3 of them in a day) out of the way in a single chapter because, as hinted at in chapter 448, the larger King's Jewels arc is beginning to move again. Therefore, we can expect more developments on the "murderer on the island" subplot and what Athena is actually planning on this island by luring Hayate, Hinagiku and now Ikusa onto the island. Also, don't forget that the bet for the King's Jewel (the pouch, actually since the King's Jewel might not even be inside anymore) between Hayate and Ikusa is still on.
Edit: Here's something I forgot to mention. I'm actually fine with Hina saying that she doesn't care what Hayate thinks, because she needs to push through with her confession no matter what. I think it's been established with Nagi and Ruka as well that Hata believes that there's really nothing wrong with ignoring Hayate's feelings in the process of trying to get together with him. It might not be agreeable for everyone in real life, but I get the feeling that Hata believes it's really fine. I suppose one justification for this is that Hayate himself is just so oblivious that you need to try something desperate (such as confessing while falling from several thousand meters high) in order to get through to him.
Speculation corner: Yeah, a bit unrelated to this chapter, but let's speculate a bit on the whole "blessed with luck" thing. Now we know that Yukariko apparently stole something from the Royal Garden and that she was apparently "loved by God." She also makes it point to tell Nagi that she would be watching her from the skies as a star. Since Hata uses long-term foreshadowing a lot and even the slightest detail might actually be a part of the main plot (Jenny's sister Hisui), I'm going to call out the theory that Yukariko might have been the one who "blessed" Nagi with good luck.
As for the next upcoming events in this manga, I'd say that the "murderer" that Athena is looking for might be Himegami since it's been implied that he would play a part in the King's Jewels plot and he hasn't even made an official appearance in this manga yet. It would be interesting to know his character outside of his non-canon "Princess God" appearances in the season 1 anime since Nagi and Maria are pretty vague in the few instances that they ever talked about him.
Ok, that's enough speculation for now, though. I'd like to see some speculation from my readers (assuming that I still have those :P). Now we all know that Ikusa probably outclasses Hayate in combat abilities at their base level seeing as how Hayate was pretty much in trouble when Robot Eight got serious, but Ikusa effortlessly destroyed him with a single kick... BUT, I'm sure that you would all agree that Hayate is at his strongest when Nagi is either kidnapped or under some kind of threat. It's been one of the oldest recurring themes of this manga since time immemorial... so, I drew this bit of fanart to illustrate a scenario that might give Hayate a fighting chance. When it involves Nagi, Hayate can enter an unofficially named "Demon Mode" that gives him somewhat superhuman combat abilities. Also, Hayate has a special move called "Hayate no Gotoku" that he mastered and used just once in this 400+ chapter long manga in order to save Nagi. Now... given these advantages, who do you think would win in this fight? Ikusa or Hayate? Take your pick in the poll and let me know what you think in the comments.