Hayate the Combat Butler Chapter 433 Manga Review (No shirt, no shoes, but he still gets service!)

ハヤテのごとく!/Hayate no Gotoku Manga
Hayate the Combat Butler Chapter 433 Review

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Hayate the Combat Butler Chapter 433Hayate and entourage arrive to see a shirtless Ikusa on the beach. As Ayumu and Kayura wonder why there isn’t a touching reunion scene going on, the other girls ponder whether Ikusa even owns a shirt or not. Ayumu decides to ask him about whether he owns a shirt, or if he’s had something for ten years, like the King’s Jewel. Ikusa says all he’s had is a pouch, which Hayate recognizes as the one he gave Ikusa as a child.

Ikusa refuses to give Hayate the pouch, saying it is his only link to his younger brother. When Hayate tries to explain that he is that brother, Ikusa punches him, saying that his vague memories of his younger brother are of a cute kid.

With a stalemate at hand, Souya-kun, who’s a classmate of Ayumu’s and a former classmate of Hayate’s, tells Ikusa, his old comrade, that Ikusa and Hayate should have a competition. Ikusa isn’t convinced, but Souya insists that Hayate is even better than him. After accurately assessing Hayate’s unluckiness and unconscious ability to attract women, Ikusa agrees to a competition.

Nagi is concerned that Hayate is outclassed physically, based on Ikusa’s effortless trashing of Eight, but Ikusa wants a seaside restaurant challenge. Pointing to the remains of Life Restaurant, Ikusa says that if Hayate can rebuild the restaurant, he’ll give Hayate the pouch. If Hayate doesn’t meet the challenge, the entire debt (of the restaurant?) is passed onto Hayate, some ¥8,920,000. Nagi offers to loan Hayate the money since he’s helping her regain her old mansion, but Hayate refuses, saying this is between him and Ikusa. After tossing Hayate the IOU and a seal, Hayate stamps it and the game is on.

Thoughts/Review:

Har! So, we get a little light chapter that could be setting the stage for something more. Certainly, Ikusa having Hayate’s old pouch is tied to the central plot, but somehow, I figure the King’s Jewel may not be in there.  Either that or someone takes it after Hayate wins the contest.

Speaking of someone, there’s Ah-tan. I wonder if she had something to do with Ikusa’s memory loss. Further, I wonder if she actually remembers everything from her life as Athena, since her power meter (key fob) is at full. I may be reading things into the chapter, but I couldn’t help but think that Ah-tan’s remarks were in fact spoken not just in agreement with Chiharu, but also from her experience with Ikusa in the past.

Hayate the Combat Butler Chapter 433

Souya showing up isn’t unexpected since he was the main character from Umi no Yuusha Lifesavers. Since Ayumu is here, I’d kinda like her to be the one to get Souya to speak a bit more about the Lifesavers manga. It doesn’t have to be deep or anything, but I’d like to know. And since we all know Viz wouldn’t touch that manga with a ten foot pole, that’s pretty much the only way I’ll get to read it (unless there’s a scanlation out there I’m unaware of).

Hayate the Combat Butler Chapter 433

I absolutely loved Nagi’s little moment here, where she offered to loan Hayate the money from the restaurant debt (I’m presuming it is the restaurant debt, though that’s never made clear to me in the chapter). Initially, I wondered where she’d get that much money, but then I remembered something from early in the manga where she mentioned how she’d survive if needed. I’m guessing that, along with being a landlord, is how Nagi is paying for this trip.

Hayate the Combat Butler Chapter 433

Now that Hayate has this challenge in front of him, I don’t think it is too difficult to predict that once the cafe is rebuilt, having Hina, Ayumu, Maria, Chiharu, Kayura, Ah-tan, and Nagi in swimsuits will cause business to boom like never before, paying off the debt and then some.

We’ll see what’s in store next week. ^_^

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4 Responses to “Hayate the Combat Butler Chapter 433 Manga Review (No shirt, no shoes, but he still gets service!)”

  1. I thought Ikusa and Hamster looked pretty good together in that one panel. Shipping aside, this was one of the funniest recent chapters of this series that I’ve read from the no-shirt thing to when Ikusa randomly punches Hayate and then later scoffs at Nagi and Hayate for suggesting/thinking that they should try to settle things through violence.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      I thought Ikusa and Hamster looked pretty good together in that one panel.

      I see, so when Hayate turns Ayumu down for good, she still has a guy to be with. ^_~

      It was an amusing chapter to be sure. ^_^

  2. Bill says:

    The kind of plotting we see in this chapter is the kind of plotting an author can do when he has a firm grasp on where his plot is going. I am convinced that the main plot of this manga is everything having to do with Athena and the King’s jewel, and everything else is more or less a digression, so that his main plot was really settled on right at the start of Hayate. If we go all the way back to the first chapter, we will see that the very first page is the Santa Claus scene. This scene recurs when the main plot is restarting. On the fourth page of the first chapter (as someone pointed out) we can clearly see Athena’s house. On the first page of volume 1 we can see the goddess from the earlier strip he was writing just before Hayate. The appearance of Souya from Umi no Yuusha, therefore, also should not be a surprise because that was also close in time to the start of Hayate.

    On the other hand, when the author is just making things up as he goes, the plot appears choppy and arbitrary, things you have pointed out in relation to UQ Holder.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      The kind of plotting we see in this chapter is the kind of plotting an author can do when he has a firm grasp on where his plot is going.

      Everytime I reread Hayate the Combat Butler (usually whenever Viz releases a new manga volume), I am more convinced than ever about how much of a firm grasp Hata-sensei has on the overall plot.

      I am convinced that the main plot of this manga is everything having to do with Athena and the King’s jewel, and everything else is more or less a digression, so that his main plot was really settled on right at the start of Hayate.

      I agree. The King’s Jewel was introduced very early on, and while Athena didn’t get a mention right away, she did first appear in that flashback while Hayate, Ayumu, Miki, Risa, and Izumi were looking for a birthday present for Hina. And to think, at the time, I just thought it was a humorous gag when Ah-tan was shown “training” Hayate to be a good boyfriend. When Hata-sensei finally took the manga to the flashback arc (which I guess he was reluctant to do because it limited the gag humor elements), it was then that I realized, “Whoa! There’s been a plot here all along and I just didn’t notice it.” ^_^;

      The only part of the manga that comes off as a retcon is Ah-tan making Hayate her butler when he was a child. When Hayate explains to Maria in chapter 4 on why he’s so good with cleaning, he is embarrassed and says he had to lie about his age and get cleaning jobs. That doesn’t preclude him being a butler for Ah-tan and initially learning how to care for luxury items, but considering how a little later, Hayate acts like he really doesn’t know what the role of butler is, that’s what makes him having been a butler as a kid feel like a retcon.

      That aside, things have been tight and very interesting from a plot standpoint.

      On the other hand, when the author is just making things up as he goes, the plot appears choppy and arbitrary, things you have pointed out in relation to UQ Holder.

      Fairy Tail and Ah! My Goddess are better examples as both authors write what they want and don’t worry too much about conflicts with earlier stories.

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