ハヤテのごとく！/Hayate no Gotoku Manga
Hayate the Combat Butler Chapter 422 Review
Despite Ikusa’s warning, Eight has no intention of ceasing his octopus gathering operation as Makimura said that if Eight wanted her to marry him, he’d need to give her ¥600-million won with Toto. Despite his computing resources, Eight was unable to win the money requested by Shiori. At his wit’s end, Eight decides to enlist the help of the descendants of “Paul-kun”, whom Hayate doesn’t know. Nagi explains that Paul-kun was an octopus that correctly predicted all of the German matches during the World Cup.
Ikusa says that he understands, but cannot forgive. As such, Eight unleashes a barrage of missile at Ikusa. When Hayate goes to see if his brother is OK, he finds a battered Kotetsu instead. Ikusa unleashes a “Certain Death” attack, destroying Eight’s body. Nagi says she feels sorry for Eight because he did love Makimura, but Isuka says that he protects all life, revealing that Eight’s AI is still functioning in his head.
Makimura arrives, and she’s not concerned that Eight couldn’t win the money. She tells him that since he’s not a citizen, Eight cannot marry her. She takes Eight’s head with her, promising to always be by his side, fixing him. She also promises to build him a new body with the ¥600-million she won betting in Toto.
With that over, Hayate asks the man (presumed to be Isuka) if he’s Hayate’s brother. After a pause, Ikusa says he has no brother.
This chapter was basically designed to show how much more powerful Ikusa is over Hayate. While Hayate has overcome Eight, he’s never done so in such an overwhelming fashion as Ikusa did. One drop kick from Ikusa, Eight was destroyed, but without destroying Eight’s processors, nor damaging his AI or other programs.
I get the feeling that Ikusa may indeed know Hayate. If so, why say he has no brother. I can’t help but wonder what happened in the Royal Garden so that Ikusa was able to rescue Ah-tan. Hopefully, we’ll get that information one way or the other.
As to Makimura and Eight, their relationship is so absurd, it always makes me laugh. By the way, you can learn more about Toto (providing you can read Japanese) by clicking the link. ^_^
Returning to chapter 439, I still think that the silhouetted image of the woman being proposed to is Yukariko. Here’s why. During Eight’s flashback, Makimura is not wearing a blouse with a high neckline. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Yukariko often wore outfits with higher necklines. From a side profile perspective, Makimura and Yukariko have some similarities, but the silhouette image seems much more like Yukariko to me than Makimura.
Further, Hata-sensei is notorious for putting a nugget of canon information in places unexpected. I suspected this is the case here. After all, Yukariko is the one that likely caused the pathway to the Royal Garden to be closed after Ah-tan was freed from that place, taking that coffin and placing it in Yuraki-chan House. I have this feeling that Yukariko had Shin do something related to all of this. After all, he did get involved with the Kurotsubaki sword, which is the mate to the Shirozakura sword that Hina currently has.
Finally, Kotetsu’s unexpected appearance did cause me to chuckle.
Still, that’s just speculation on my part. But, I have been on a roll lately for making predictions, so we’ll see if this is another score for me. ^_~
Otherwise, nothing else to say that I can think of. The chapter was mildly amusing for what it was. I’m looking forward to seeing where things go with Ikusa.