;__; oh god this chapter….I’ve seen emotional HnG chapters before like the last bits of The End of the World arc or the epic save of Hayate on ch260…but this chapter here really strikes me deep down…and the reason why….well…see below
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BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWW!!!! ;A; ;A; ;A; ;A; ;A; ;A; oh god that was so beautiful and touching….
Athena and Hayate…im sorry but their relationship was just too incredibly good and sweet, something that NO ONE has come even close to matching on this series (Hayate and Hinagiku moments were nice, but they just dont match to this). So I guess this is the end of the road for now? Athena and Hayate have now officially parted ways, but obviously not before Hayate confessed that he did in fact still love her….however it looks like Athena is still convinced in not trying to ruin his present life anymore. While usually I would be happy to see Hayate declaring that he still loves Athena, it is his thoughts after that really seems to put some kind of closure on this arc…something along the lines of “I wonder when I’ll ever say ‘I love you’ to anyone again”…now this is pretty big and can be interpreted in 2 ways:
- Hayate loves Athena and will not love anyone else (at least not anytime soon)
- Hayate has decided to move on, suddenly Hinagiku and Ayumu’s chances are alive once again
One of the touches that made this chapter so good was the fact that their last words were shown with them as kids, this could symbolize the end of Hayate’s love life from the past, which was Athena, and he is now going to move on to the present. I still refuse to believe a romantic Nagi ending will happen and to be honest even though she has been extremely ignored…I still have a feeling that Maria’s chances are dangerously high. But only time will tell what happens on this series, the Athena arc which has spawned for almost 100 chapters has come to a close with a bang, and this has EASILY without a second thought become the best story that Hayate no Gotoku! has told, and even though in the end Athena’s chances might be near 0…I am extremely satisfied with that has been done with her. Whether or not the old comedy filled Hayate will now return full force or we have more mysteries to be solved, I have to thank Hata Kenjiro for having created such a great story, and such an amazing character in Athena…the fading interest I had about this series before The End of the World chapters has been completely abolished, I am fully recharged and ready for anything Hata can throw, comedy or love/drama, either way I will keep reading this series, and this manga (for now) continues to be my #1 favourite.