Hayate the Combat Butler Chapter 538 Manga Review (Moving on.)

ハヤテのごとく!/Hayate no Gotoku Manga
Hayate the Combat Butler Chapter 538 Review

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Hayate the Combat Butler Chapter 538Maria tells Hayate that because she’d been approaching Nagi as a mother, she’d been relying on Nagi and not seeing her road growth. She credits Hayate with Nagi’s growth. Hayate reminds Maria that Nagi sent them out to get chocolate for her. Maria counters that by stating that Nagi will still work on her manga even without chocolate. Maria sees her future with Nagi as being one of a simple maid. Since Maria wants to be special to Nagi, she’s going to quit.

At the mansion, Chiharu arrives with chocolate for Nagi, which turns out to be more Choco Monaka Jumbo. Chiharu takes a look at Nagi’s work and believes Nagi will be done in time.

At Yukaru-chan House, Hayate sits on the step outside and ponders everything Maria told him as well as how to provide Nagi with the Sanzenin inheritance.

Elsewhere, Yozora defeats Machina to take his King’s Jewel.

Thoughts/Review:

And so we get a chapter without any gags. You know what? It is fine without gags.

Despite her young age, Maria has been more of a mother to Nagi, even though age-wise, she should be an older sister to Nagi. I suppose Sakuya is the one Nagi considers for that “oneesan” role.

Regardless, Nagi is still a young teen girl, despite her genius. In my mind, despite her growth as a character, Nagi still needs a mother’s guiding hand. Nagi isn’t at the level of maturity that Maria was at the same age. I think Nagi still needs someone to get her to go to school on those days she doesn’t want to go. Yes, Nagi has mature friends like Hina and Chiharu. But Nagi is still younger than all her friends, as best as I can tell.

Hayate the Combat Butler Chapter 538

That said, I understand where Maria is coming from.  As a genius herself, the life of a mere maid isn’t one for her, even if she’s well paid. As Nagi’s mother figure, Maria’s life as a maid isn’t about being a maid. It is about guiding a young girl. So yeah, I completely understand Maria’s desire to move on, yet remain special to Nagi.

Hayate the Combat Butler Chapter 538

Thanks to Maria’s announcement, Hayate’s plans are now in ruins. Not that I thought Hayate’s plans for Maria would go anywhere. However, there’s still the problem of opening the path to the Royal Garden.

Finally, Yozora defeats Machina. We didn’t get to see that fight. I suspect that’s because Hata-sensei has to press on. He likely has a target end date and can’t take time showing a fight. (Now watch Hata-sensei waste time on a pure gag chapter.) We know how powerful Machina and Yozora are, based on their encounters with Hayate. As such, it is not surprising that Yozora defeated Machina. It appears he did break her visor. I’m not sure if she has other injuries or not. There does appear to be blood on the ground, but from whom, I couldn’t say.

Yozora’s remark about being a royal is interesting. I wonder what her connection is to Midas. Might she be the daughter of Midas?

In the end, Hayate the Combat Butler chapter 538 is a good chapter that pushes the plot on two fronts.

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6 Responses to “Hayate the Combat Butler Chapter 538 Manga Review (Moving on.)”

  1. Since when did we see a 13-14 year-old Maria, anyway? AFAIK, she was 10 in those flashbacks and based on her encounters with Makimura-sensei, she wasn’t all that mature. A busybody as a student council president, maybe… I wouldn’t pin that down as a sign of maturity based on one chapter, though.

    IMO Nagi has never really needed to go to school except perhaps for social interaction and character-building. From a purely pragmatic perspective, she’s probably set for life with her financial skills, luck, and assets as she is.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      We’ve seen the image of Maria when she was first brought in to be Nagi’s made. Maria defeated Nagi, which is why Nagi accepted her. Maria was about 13-14 then, if I recall correctly.

      IMO Nagi has never really needed to go to school except perhaps for social interaction and character-building.

      And that’s more than enough reason to keep her going. 🙂 She wouldn’t be able to survive on her own otherwise.

    • I think you underestimate Nagi’s growth. Comedic moments aside. She has proven every seriously negative statement thrown against her within the manga wrong every time. She’s awesome by deed not by description.

      So even without anyone prodding her to go to school, I think it’s high time people trusted her to make the right decision when it comes down the line.

      • AstroNerdBoy says:

        Can Nagi cook for herself? Can she clean for herself? She doesn’t even know where the towels in her own home are. She does have Hayate, but he’d then have to pick up all of the slack as Maria keeps that entire mansion going while Nagi and Hayate are at school. 🙂

  2. NullApostle says:

    Breaking News: It’s out! Get it quick!

    Your highly anticipated new Genshiken chapter was released into the wild barely 40 minutes ago. It’s full of nostalgia, but also progress. It’s good!

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