Hinagiku’s confession…

SPOILER ALERT! Again, do not read this post if you’re really not up to knowing what happens in the Hayate storyline before the anime covers it!

Hayate no Gotoku

It is with great trepidation that I am currently writing this post….

Hayate no Gotoku

Hayate no Gotoku

Hayate no Gotoku

Hayate no Gotoku

Hayate no Gotoku

Hayate no Gotoku

Hayate no Gotoku

Hayate finally realizes his true feelings for A-tan and while it doesn’t come as much as a shocker, the way it’s framed together with the ‘unofficial’ rejection (or more like a counter-confession of love) of Hinagiku adds a lot of poignancy to it. Sure is pretty serious business in Hayate nowadays, eh.

Now… I wonder what will Hayate do to realize his feelings for A-tan?

34 Comments

  1. bluemist Said,

    September 5, 2009 @ 12:57 pm

    I’m an anime-only watcher for Hayate no Gotoku but I don’t mind spoilers. I dunno this mysterious A-tan person yet, but could you confirm if this is really a confession and not Hayate just being dazed/drugged/dreaming? Because he does look like that.

    Heh, but what a way to delay Hinagiku’s confession “further”. This series just doesn’t want to end eh?

  2. H-I-N-A-G-I-K-U Said,

    September 5, 2009 @ 1:25 pm

    OMG, I don’t want Hina to get hurt. I’m hating how this is turning out.

  3. cL0udeZ Said,

    September 5, 2009 @ 1:28 pm

    Mmmm, Nagi wasn’t in the “others” section huh..?

  4. Furuba Said,

    September 5, 2009 @ 1:44 pm

    Oh no HINAGIKU TT_TT!! I don’t want her to cry!

  5. Phocus Said,

    September 5, 2009 @ 2:20 pm

    Bah.

    It’s a disappointment that Hina got dumped, yes.
    It’s a shocker that Hayate realizes his love for A-tan, no doubt.

    But it’s OBVIOUS that the series will end with Hayate x Nagi… …I think.

    At least, the series won’t have a satisfactory conclusion until Nagi’s feelings for Hayate are addressed directly between each of them. Then I dunno, it can go any way it likes, A-tan or not.

  6. Haesslich Said,

    September 5, 2009 @ 2:45 pm

    Hinagiku and Ayumu will have to find some time with a bottle for a bout of underage drinking, given that Ayumu was afraid that Hayate was in love with someone else… which he is. And has been for ten years. And Hina got shot down before she even voiced her feelings… all because she delayed.

    She who hesitates is lost, as Hinagiku has so unfortunately proven.

    Phocus: The problem is that Hayate sees Nagi almost as a younger sister, and doesn’t think of her romantically due to her age and her immaturity. Athena’s the only one who he’s seen himself as possibly being ‘equal’ with in terms of how he’s been addressed, due to the way they met way back when, and the way Athena didn’t pull the ojou-sama act all the time on him… unlike Nagi. He followed Nagi around because he felt an obligation to protect her the way he couldn’t do for Athena for ten years, and now does so due to a sense of duty which was transferred from his duty towards Athena, which leaves him ‘free’ to recognize the feelings which caused him pain in the first place, whose conflict with his ambivalent feelings towards his parents that forced their parting. Now his folks are no longer a part of his life (by way of selling him off to the Yakuza), and now that he no longer feels totally bound to Athena by a sense of duty alone, he’s able to recognize WHY he was so upset about their parting to begin with… and why he trained so hard, along with what compelled him to want to serve her.

    Nagi’s pretty much at a dead end at this point, unless she gets over her crush on Hayate in order to develop an adult-style love. Her feelings at the moment are mostly leftovers from an almost Oedipal-complex style love for her mother (whose image she sees unconsciously in Hayate, which is why she’s so reluctant to be parted from him; she’s already lost Mom once… another reason she’s so upset that the other mother-like figure in her live, Maria, may end up leaving one day to get married), and also a bit of hero-worship for the boy who constantly comes at her beck and call in a knight-like fashion. Without progressing beyond this jealous clingy-style yearning, she’s not going to be able to establish anything lasting with Hayate, nor will she be able to make HIM understand that she ‘loves’ him in any sort of way – he recognizes that she’s latched onto him because of a childlike need to not be alone, which is why he promised to be there.

    Hinagiku and Ayumu are the ones who really got the shaft this chapter, though – both were afraid he was with someone else… and with this most recent confession, especially cutting off Hinagiku the way he did (Ayumu was able to tell him she liked him, unlike our shrinking violet Class President), both will or have heard the words they feared to hear from him. It’s time for Hinagiku to retreat, nurse her wounds, then maybe rediscover her courage by way of the less-repressed Ayumu, who is much more honest about her emotions now than Hinagiku has ever been.

  7. Haesslich Said,

    September 5, 2009 @ 2:49 pm

    And the worst part of this mess? Athena feels EXACTLY the same way about Hayate now as Hayate feels about her… so they’re both at about the same ‘stage’, romantically, which means they’re more likely than anyone else to hook up, should Athena drop the tsundere act and the desire to steal the Sanzenin stone. Remember a few chapters back after she faked not remembering Hayate, only to quietly murmur his name as she blushed and tried to calm down… or Chapter 235 where she was in dere-dere mode until she tried to set aside her feelings in order to plan for the Sanzenin stone again.

  8. Game8910 Said,

    September 5, 2009 @ 2:51 pm

    As an Athena fan, I am thrilled about this chapter (but im sad for Hina because I do like her a lot still). Also the spoilers for ch 240 wont make any of the Hina fans feel any better trust me.

    I personally am loving how this story is progresing though

  9. Nellie Said,

    September 5, 2009 @ 2:59 pm

    My prediction remains the same as it was when I first started watching. I believe Hayate will end up with Nagi. Either by him continuing to serve her, even if he loves someone else, out of duty/obligation. Or by them becoming a couple only after Nagi has some sort of character/physical development. For now I”m leaning more towards the former option. Everyone else is to feed the comedy/harem/shipping fanbase.

    I’ll be surprised if he ends up with any other girl. Definitely don’t think he’ll end up with anyone romantically in the end.

  10. Putang Said,

    September 5, 2009 @ 3:09 pm

    well… lets hope this won’t end up like school days…

  11. Haesslich Said,

    September 5, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

    Nellie: I have to disagree with you; harems can change, which means the ‘chosen couple’ is not necessarily what’ll occur at the end. I’ll drag out Negima as Exhibit A of a simiarly-dragged out affair, especially with everyone assuming Asuna and Negi would be together due to their pactio and then the fact she ran into him ‘first’… and at this point, unless Akamatsu’s also into perversions beyond showing off naked girls and shotacon/lolicon, aren’t going to happen. Nagi is probably a second or third choice at this stage, given that the fact that they’re ‘bound’ to be together makes it all the more likely that they won’t end up together. Especially given how Maria was looking to be more a contender at the start, given how fixated Hayate was on her until she disabused him gently of the notion by treating him kindly, if a tad impersonably.

    Hina and Ayumu were closer to being number one and two, with Ayumu having the advantage in being normal, a rival for Nagi, and being the first girl to actually confess to him, unlike Nagi or Hinagiku who keep dancing around the topic. Hayate knows how she feels, and was flustered by it (plus he keeps seeing her naked, and has seen her in various stages of undress more than he’s seen Nagi – and more importantly gets embarassed by it, since he doesn’t see Ayumu as a child, but as a possible romantic partner). At the moment, Athena’s got top ranking due to the fact she’s also a rival, and more importantly she WAS Hayate’s ‘first girl’, who shares similar feelings towards him even despite the fact they’re currently on opposite sides of the whole Royalty Stones issue, and she’s at a similar stage of romantic readiness (she still cares deeply for him, gets flustered over him, and only her pride keeps her from reaching out to him – like Hina), and unlike Hina is seen as a partner, rather than a superior or someone completely out of reach. Plus, there’s that childhood marriage promise…

    Nothing’s set in stone, but at this stage Nagi’s trailing rather badly… almost as badly as Izumi or Isumi, both of whom are basically out of the game (the Saginomiya having stepped out of the battle, while the latter is too busy getting flustered to fight for him)… especially as Hayate can’t remember that Isumi was his SECOND kiss.

  12. PrYun Said,

    September 5, 2009 @ 3:36 pm

    Isumi belongs to Wataru…. She is not in the Hayate circle…

  13. Mentar Said,

    September 5, 2009 @ 3:38 pm

    Hina wasn’t “dumped”, she never got to ask the question.

    There are several reasons why I’m certain that he won’t end up with Athena, but in the meantime, these times are horrible for Hina and her fans.Well, we have to grit our teeth and prevail until then. The classical drama arc demands the heroine to be on her knees now. And I can already say that Hina will fulfill this in the upcoming chapters.

    Ow :(

  14. ryggim Said,

    September 5, 2009 @ 4:39 pm

    Hahaha well Im just seeing a scene where Hina borrows Ayumu’s shoulder as she cries it out if she ever will, and where Ayumu herself cries also. You saw it here first if it ever happens XD

  15. H-I-N-A-G-I-K-U Said,

    September 5, 2009 @ 5:11 pm

    Keep on blogging the next chapters! I wanna see Hina’s endeavors after this.

  16. Bill Said,

    September 5, 2009 @ 5:31 pm

    Athena dies. Hina x Hayate = Good end.

  17. SirMuffin Said,

    September 5, 2009 @ 8:48 pm

    Ah the post was too attractive to skip. I’m not a manga reader but a big anime fan of this… I wonder when are they going to introduce Athena, looks really interesting but GRRRRR CANNOT UNSEE!!!

  18. Captain Arepa Said,

    September 5, 2009 @ 10:18 pm

    Holy sh— Gotta read HnG nao!

  19. Nellie Said,

    September 5, 2009 @ 11:19 pm

    The fact that she’s his master and the fact that Nagi is trailing is why I say that. It’s not as if the end is just around the corner. Also, more than anything I just don’t think he’ll end up with anyone. With this many raging shippers I just don’t think he will.

  20. Xellos-_^ Said,

    September 6, 2009 @ 1:04 am

    @bluemist

    this is real and not some drug induce dream of hayate. this has been building on since the “End of the World Arc” which the anime hasn’t gotten to yet.

  21. Mainimi Said,

    September 6, 2009 @ 1:48 am

    I read this the other day and was like, NOOOOOOO

    But then I started thinking, and Hina never got a real chance, Hayate’s feelings for A-tan were already too strong. But Hina looks good with Ayumu, so I wouldn’t mind that pairing.

    Now Maria, I don’t want her to be left alone, judging by the scene when Hayate remembers everyone (even Klaus and the gay butler), except Nagi for some reason (maybe it’s going to be an important reason), Maria got the biggest panel, so it would look like she’s the most important of the girls to him, I hope that at least she has a chance against A-tan.

    Sadly the otehr girl I liked, Izumi, was never a real competitor.

  22. S_1 Said,

    September 6, 2009 @ 6:51 am

    I think Hina remains a major player because Hata intentionally added a bit about her being estranged friends with Athena. I think she might be seeing and interrogating A-tan in future.

    Maria I believe is an important player not only because of the ‘biggest panel’ but because she was seen in the end of the world arc. We don’t actually know her past and she may become very important.

    On Athena, I think it was supremely ballsy of Hata to suddenly introduce a new character who is the most serious contender to couple with Hayate XD Since she’s gotten a popular I think he’s safe from fan hate.

    On Isumi – she belongs to Wataru. Saki can educate the boy in more adult matters so he can employ experience with Isumi XD

  23. Silver Said,

    September 6, 2009 @ 7:45 am

    Well, this really does not contribute anything to the discussion but don’t you guys agree that the background for the panel with Hayate saying “she is the person that I love” just strikingly beautiful? To bad if it was more like “Hina, I love you” then it would be awesome. Either way, both Hina and Athena are great.

  24. Haesslich Said,

    September 6, 2009 @ 10:05 am

    Nellie: The ‘no girl’ ending is probably the most likely, but saying that Nagi’s likely to win because she’s trailing and because she’s his master is a bit much. It’s because Athena ISN’T Hayate’s master that he’s starting to realize why he feels so deeply for her – that whole master-servant relationship that Hayate’s set up in his mind with regards to Nagi keeps him from thinking of her as a girl. And, more importantly, keeps him from thinking that he’s ‘worthy’… a problem that goes back multiple volumes, back to when he was out shopping with Ayumu for Hina’s birthday gift.

    As for Isumi, the reason she’s not in Hayate’s harem is that she’s already given up on him, seeing him more as Nagi’s knight and not hers… which is what she found so attractive about him; the protector of the innocent.

  25. Nellie Said,

    September 6, 2009 @ 10:57 am

    Haesslich, Which is why I said that Nagi would have to undergo some character/physical development for it to happen.

    You seem to think that I’m choosing Nagi as a love interest when I’m not. Unless she changes then I just don’t see that happening and I just think he’ll end up with no one in the end, but will still be serving/protecting Nagi because he is indebted to her. Which would be the “no girl” ending.

    So I think all the other girls are just fodder for the shippers.

  26. Haesslich Said,

    September 6, 2009 @ 11:48 am

    Nellie: I said that earlier as well, but she’d also have to step out of the master/servant relationship for things to happen – that’s getting in the way of his thought processes with regards to relationships (he’s too busy being a servant to handle a relationship), as well as the whole mental block he has against being with someone who he’s serving. With Athena earlier on, he was supposed to be serving her, but they were playing together (and occasionally having her beat him up) than fitting into their roles as master and servant.

    Unlike someone like say… Saito, who is a supreme masochist who also happens to enjoy being dominated, Hayate’s mental block would need to have Nagi upset the whole master/servant dynamic that she established way back when she rescued him from the YakuzaVery Nice Men. Without that getting deleted, she’s under too great a handicap, even with character development, to get as far as even Ayumu has. She’ll be stuck somewhere in the background with Izumi Segawa, who at least had a (small) connection to Hayate before the series began. While he may serve Nagi out of a strong sense of obligation (and guilt towards failing in his first attempt at serving Athena), he’s not exactly willing to pursue a relationship with anyone as is… and with him slotting Nagi into the ‘precocious kid’ category in his mind, she may never get past the ‘sister to be protected’ relationship unless she replaces the roles he’s currently got stuck in his head with something else.

    And in other news, Hinagiku’ll probably be tempted to go curl up with a bottle of alcohol somewhere, since she got cut off before she could work herself up to confessing. She NEVER should have hesitated, as doing so within her relationships may have caused her split from A-tan, on top of this sudden confession for someone else.

  27. Anise Punter Said,

    September 6, 2009 @ 12:56 pm

    Astounding chapter. I didn’t think they’d go that route seemingly this early.

    I’m still hoping he ends up with anyone who is not Hina (seriously, I like Hina but her magnitude of popularity is inexplicable to me), but this chapter leaves more questions than answers.

    Sadly, I don’t think Hina’s out of the running yet though I sorely wish that she was.

  28. RP Said,

    September 6, 2009 @ 1:21 pm

    Aw man, this hurts. You can never say never, but this hurts for Hina and Hina fans. Still, there’s plenty of time for anything to change, right? Has an end been announced for the manga yet?

  29. Aderee Said,

    September 6, 2009 @ 8:12 pm

    From my opinion,it’s like Hinagiku is the first person to be ‘rejected’ by Hayate,if you know what I mean… =P

    Oh well,have high hopes guys…(for anything in mind or course..)

  30. BlackSun88 Said,

    September 6, 2009 @ 9:28 pm

    why is maria-san among the others!! no!! and hinagiku and ayumu too!! HnG has too many nice girls T_T damn you hayate

  31. cclragnarok Said,

    September 7, 2009 @ 12:55 pm

    If this is real life, Hayate x Athena would have a very good chance of happening at this point. Since this is a story, I don’t think it works that way. It would be weird to introduce a new character and have her end up with Hayate like this. Athena just hasn’t been around long enough story wise.

    I think Athena, Hinagiku, Ayumu, Nagi, and Maria all have a decent chance to eventually end up with Hayate. The “no girl” ending is probably the most likely though.

  32. ☆Azure★ Said,

    September 7, 2009 @ 3:51 pm

    Great now I’m torn between Athena and Hinagiku. Too bad Athena probably won’t reciprocate Hayate’s love… And trying so hard to steal hayate’s necklace thingy too…

  33. zodanhko Said,

    September 24, 2009 @ 3:14 pm

    How I wanted Hina to confess her feelings to see if she can compare to Athena in Hayate’s heart. ^^

  34. C Said,

    December 2, 2009 @ 5:36 am

    Considering the large margin by which Hinagiku has consistently placed 1st in the popularity poles, she and Hayate will soon come together. No doubt about it!

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