Hayate the Combat Butler Manga Chapter 354

ハヤテのごとく!/Hayate no Gotoku Chapter 354
Hayate the Combat Butler Manga Chapter 354

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Once the exams are over, Nagi demands to be given some kind of heart-racing reward for being forced to attend school every day without being late during the exam period. This prompts Hayate to ask what kind of reward would cause the heart to race, leading Maria to recall how as a child, Nagi’s grandfather gave her sea monkeys, which she imagined would be something awesome, but in the end, turned out to be nothing like she expected. Nagi is furious with the notion of being given a reward that would bring her disappointment and cause her to never want to leave the apartment.

Hayate the Combat Butler Manga Chapter 354

Hina arrives with a tale of disappointment, telling of a time when she was eight, her Papa (her adoptive father) told her about nagashi soumen, in which soumen is sent down a long, bamboo shoot and you grab it with chopsticks as it shoots past. Hina pleaded with her parents to make it, so they installed a nagashi soumen set in the back yard. The experience was very disappointing to Hina, though she lied to her parents about liking the soumen.

Chiharu enters, stating that the one reward that never fails to get the heart racing is yakiniku.  This is because you go to a yakiniku restaurant, cook the meat on the grill at the table, put it on rice, and eat and eat. Thus, it is the king of rewards.

Nagi is sold, so Hayate figures that since she’s never been to one, he can take her to a cheap restaurant. However, Chiharu and Hina hear this as Hayate treating them as well as Nagi. Ah-chan and Kayura also hear this as an invite. Hayate tries to put down everyone’s expectations, but Nagi has already sent hers through the roof.

Hayate knows he’s going to have to take them to an expensive yakiniku place, but when Nagi asks if this will be too expensive for him, Hayate assures her that he will treat her to the best yakiniku. Maria wonders if Hayate will be OK, and though he tells her he will be, Maria sees that the opposite is true.


Yikes. OK, there’s clearly more happened here than I even suspected.  It seems like everyone is now living in an apartment? Hina and Chiharu are there too?  And Ah-chan is there as a kid?  (I had to cheat a bit just to find the name.)  And this character I’ve never seen, Kayura (again, I had to cheat to get the name).  *lol*  Well, this will be fun to catch up and find out what the heck has happened over time.

Hayate the Combat Butler Manga Chapter 354

I loved Maria’s story about the sea monkeys. I never had any as a child because my parent’s already knew how disappointing it would be and thus weren’t going to waste money.  However, I would look at comic book ads about sea monkeys and think, “Really, these things HAVE to be cool.”  One of my friends convinced his parents to buy him sea monkeys, so I came by to look.  I was stunned that reality didn’t match what was on paper, but it did teach me that (1) my parents were right about things, even when I didn’t want them to be, and (2) don’t believe everything you see or read. Always do more research.

Hayate the Combat Butler Manga Chapter 354

I find it interesting that Maria has been tied to the Sanzenin family since she was a child.  I hadn’t remembered that coming up in the Viz releases, only that she was an orphan. However, it makes sense and if she were raised by the Sanzenin, then when Nagi came along, she was drafted somehow into being Nagi’s maid.  Maybe during my catch up, maybe more will be revealed there.

I can understand why Hina would consider nagashi soumen exciting. I never saw this when I was in Japan. My first experience with it was xxxHOLiC, believe it or not. It does seem like a lot of work for little reward though. *lol*

Hayate the Combat Butler Manga Chapter 354

Ah, childhood, eh? ^_^

Anyway, there’s a lot of fun in this chapter.  I’m kind of excited to see what all I’ve missed.  Let’s hope I’m not disappointed. ^_~

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4 Responses to “Hayate the Combat Butler Manga Chapter 354”

  1. Arabesque says:

    lol, I’m sorry, I shouldn’t be laughing at your reactions but it’s simply hilarious watching you freak out at the current events 😛

    Ah, sea monkeys. It’s the same, sad old story of every kid who grew up in the 90’s all across the world. The story of your parents telling it’s a waste of money, badgering them enough times just so they could get for you until they did and your initial excitement ends up eroding away as you realize that your parents were right after all and it was a waste of money … haha, yeah …


    I do think that it was mentioned early on that Maria had been a genius who was raised at the Sanzenin since she was abounded as a child on Christmas eve in one of the volume omakes (and I think we did get a flashback story to when she had first meet Nagi as well at some point)

  2. Anonymous says:

    Maria explains how she met Nagi in Volume 19. I don’t know it was ever specifically said that she was taken in by the Sanzenins, but it makes sense. How else would she afford tuition at Hakou?

    Also, just for fun, take a look at the title page of Volume 2 after you read the Maria/Nagi story. 😉

    Hata has said that the title page of every volume depicts something that happened but has not been specifically shown to that point in the series.

    As for current events…hehehe. You’re in for a fun ride.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      >Maria explains how she met Nagi in Volume 19.

      Gah. I forgot about that. I’ve only read 19 once, and just forgot that bit was in there. I just went and looked it up and thought, “Man! How’d I forget that?” Well, I have a huge backlog of manga still to blog about as I’ve read a lot since I read volume 19. ^_^;;; I need to reread the first 19 volumes again.

      >Hata has said that the title page of every volume depicts something that happened but has not been specifically shown to that point in the series.

      Interesting. I’ll pay attention next time I read through to notice those images.

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