Hayate the Combat Butler Chapter 446 Manga Review (What makes a tough girl get scared?)

ハヤテのごとく!/Hayate no Gotoku Manga
Hayate the Combat Butler Chapter 446 Review

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Hayate and Hina fall into a pit, causing Ah-tan to make a remark about restraint to someone. Neither are injured in the fall. Hayate recons that the pit they fall in was a trap set by the murderer on the island. Hina discovers a human skull and freaks out as a result. Instead of the twenty people having died, the pair discover that there are hundreds of skeletons on the ground of the caverns.

Hayate falls into another pit as Hina sees and hears evidence of the supernatural. She finds someone sitting in the cavern who speaks to her, but it is a skeleton. Hina freaks out as Hayate emerges from the pit. Hina collapses into Hayate’s arms from fright.

Hayate the Combat Butler Chapter 446

Hayate carries Hina as Hayate remarks on how he was surprised at her fear, considering her normal bravado. She’s initially irritated by this until Hayate says the look on her is cute. Hina realizes that Chiharu’s remarks about going on the offensive mean romance, so she decides that maybe she should take a chance.

Up on the beach, Ah-tan hears laughter behind her and addresses the person as the murderer.

Thoughts/Review:

My initial thoughts on Ah-tan taking Hayate and Hina to the murder island was to possibly cause a massive burst of negative emotions from Hina. Well, Hina’s fear certainly is a lot of negative emotion.

That said, I’m now starting to wonder about Ah-tan’s motives. I still think she wants Shirozakura, or at least the power from it, to return herself to normal. But, I now think that Ah-tan wanted to meet this murderer on the island. Is she an ally of said person, or is she there to expunge it?

Hayate the Combat Butler Chapter 446

I still think Isumi will show up before all is said and done. ^_~

As to Hina’s and Hayate’s journey in the dark (how can they see where they are going anyway?), I know a lot of folks think this is where Hina gets removed from the harem.  I’m not so sure about that, but they could be right. While there’s no doubt that the manga is on the downward slope, I’m thinking that Hina isn’t ready to check out of the romantic mix. I don’t remember the Heaven is a Place on Earth move nor Can’t Take My Eyes Off You having Hina in position where she wasn’t still in the running for romancing Hayate.

Hayate the Combat Butler Chapter 446

Granted, those two anime titles tried not to spoil too much for the future of the manga (we did get to see Nagi’s manga briefly), and it could be that if I rewatched these titles, I’d see something different about them that would change my mind.

For now, I don’t think that Hina will end up dropping her feelings for Hayate.  Besides, how many other times have we seen Hina and Hayate alone where it seems like Hina will make progress, only to have the status quo set again? ^_~

I’m rather curious to see where this island part of the story goes.  Can’t wait for the next chapter. ^_^

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6 Responses to “Hayate the Combat Butler Chapter 446 Manga Review (What makes a tough girl get scared?)”

  1. I agree that Hata’s probably not ready to take Hina out of the harem just yet for several plot-based reasons as well as economic ones :D.

    Speaking of Isumi (and Sakuya, we haven’t seen those two make an appearance since forever. I hadn’t thought about Isumi getting involved here, but with ghosts around, it does make sense for her to make an appearance soon.

    I’m wondering if the “murderer” might be Himegami — which is the real reason why Athena wanted to go to the island.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      I’m wondering if the “murderer” might be Himegami — which is the real reason why Athena wanted to go to the island.

      Hmmmm…that would be an interesting twist. Himegami not being an actual murderer, but using a deserted “murder” island for a meeting with Athena. I like it.

  2. Random Lurker says:

    I’m calling it now, what Ah-tan will see will be Isumi having beaten the murderer already!
    If that’s not the case, that’s fine too. Just wanted to get my sudden idea of a theory out there somewhere 😀

  3. Bill says:

    My vote would be that this is indeed the arc where Hina gets removed from the romantic subplot. When you state that there have been many times that the Hina/Hayate subplot has been reset, I think that that is the point; just how many times are we going to see this subplot reset? I think that at this point Hata has pretty much used up every single variation you can have on this aspect of his story, and he intends to move on. As you say, he is on the downhill slope. This is not to say that she will be removed altogether, because her heroic aspects are still in play. But I don’t see how Hata can reasonably reuse this subplot one more time. This story is not Superman and Lois Lane, where the romance went on for many decades. That was a very fetching picture of Athena on the front page, by the way. For some reason, Hata always gives her the best shots. She is also almost the only girl in this story with a well-developed figure.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      I’m just thinking that in those anime titles I mentioned, Hina isn’t removed as best as I could tell.

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