Hayate the Combat Butler Manga Chapter 355

ハヤテのごとく!/Hayate no Gotoku Chapter 355
Hayate the Combat Butler Manga Chapter 355

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Hayate the Combat Butler Manga Chapter 355Hayate consults with Sakuya on how to eat high quality yakiniku for free, the latter is not amused by this, but gives him a copy of “Straw Millionaire,” whereupon the idea is to take what he has and trade it up for something better until he achieves his goal. All Hayate has is a coupon for a massage from him, so Sakuya reluctantly agrees to take it and gives Hayate a broken MD Walkman.

Hayate leaves and encounters Isumi’s mother, Hatsuho, who really wants the MD player, mistakenly believing it is a new model of iPod.  She won’t be dissuaded by Hayate’s attempts to tell her the truth, since she’s jealous of her daughter’s iPod. She offers either a larger wicker box or a small one in exchange, so Hayate picks the small one after a reasoned debate in his mind. It turns out to be a VHS copy of “Winter Sona,” which seems worthless until Katsura-sensei arrives and wants it.  She ends up trading him her old high school uniform for it.

Feeling that he won’t get to his goal, Hayate despairs until Kaoru-sensei arrives, who has had a crush on Yukiji since their school days together. As such, he pays for her uniform, giving Hayate the money to treat everyone.

Thoughts/Review:

Heh!heh!  Leave it to Sakuya to suggest the “dine-and-dash” maneuver in order for Hayate to get free yakiniku.  Hayate knows all about that from earlier in the series, when Katsura-sensei and others tried to do it on him.

I’ve not heard of “Straw Millionaire,” but what was revealed in the chapter reminded me of an episode of the British series, Lovejoy, where antique diva and dealer Lovejoy (Ian McShane) helps a bum aristocrat raise capital over a few hours period to get the only thing of value the bum still owns out of hock.  Basically, he started with pocket change and ended up with the money he needed (roughly what the average person would make in a week).

While I’m sure that Sony’s MD Walkman’s were popular in Japan, how much traction did they get in the U.S?  In my own circles of friends, I never knew anyone who owned one, nor did I ever notice these devices being pushed in American markets.

Hayate the Combat Butler Manga Chapter 355

I laughed at Isumi’s mother wanting the MD player so badly and figuring it to be the latest iPod despite it all.  I think what helps make it funny is the fact that Hatsuho is wealthy and could just buy her own iPod since she was jealous of Isumi’s, but she doesn’t.

I’d never heard of “Winter Sona,” but I’m pretty sure this was actually a parody of Winter Sonata, otherwise known in Japan as Fuyu no Sonata (冬のソナタ).  This is a very popular Korean drama from 2002, which was adapted into an anime in 2009.

Hayate the Combat Butler Manga Chapter 355

Finally, there’s Kaoru-sensei, who’s clearly still made no progress with Katsura-sensei. *lol* Still, the otaku collector’s element within him getting him to cough up the dough for something of hers made me laugh.

Man, all this talk of yakiniku has made me hungry.  Too bad there isn’t a yakiniku place nearby. ^_~

Hayate the Combat Butler Manga Chapter 355
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9 Responses to “Hayate the Combat Butler Manga Chapter 355”

  1. Anonymous says:

    If you look closely on the first image isn’t that Candy from Smile Precure?

  2. Anonymous says:

    There is a Wikipedia page on the Straw Millionaire story. It is based on a Japanese folk tale.

  3. Lan says:

    I loved my portable MD. They were popular in the UK around the turn of the millennium. I didnt get to own one until september 2002, and i made it last right up until christmas 2008 when i finally switched to an MP3 player which wasnt hard drive based, but SSD.

    As for my Hifi MD player- I still use it regularly to this day for recording directly from the computer/internet and radio.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Interesting. I know over here, the RIAA often does things to limit cool technology, all in the name of fighting piracy. *_*

    • Lan says:

      I should also note that portable MD players still to this day produce the clearest sound quality over mp3 players.

      Still, I have to admit that the ability to listen to your entire music collection on the move outweighs having decent playback quality.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Are you aware of the “One red paperclip” real story?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_red_paperclip

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