Because a chapter this good deserves 2 posts about it…here we go again, but now fully scanlated and with more tears.
Athena, her dedication to Hayate is so big shes even willing to sacrifice her love to not hurt him anymore…dammit I hate it when people do that!! (;A;) However right before saying her final goodbyes…she comes clean…what follows after is possibly one of the most touching moments I’ve ever seen in this manga, and mangas usually dont get me emotional a lot…
Hayate, he finally manages to apologize to Athena after 10 years…and while he still loves her, I really am grateful Athena is so emotionally strong…if she had broken down in this scene I dont know what I would’ve done.
While I really wished we could’ve had a grown up HayatexAthena kiss, this is symbolism of Hayate’s love from the past coming to a close so using them as kids to say their last words was a pretty nice touch by Hata, and it was very very effective.
And with this done….Hayate returns to where he belongs now, which is Nagi’s side
Hayate’s last words are really important here…Im sure by now we can already call Athena off from the list of possible endings since she has already won but didn’t claim her price, leaving it for whoever comes 2nd after. The fact that only Nagi is focused as this thought of his is happening is sometimes a HUGE indication of what might happen in the future, and if Hata really wants Nagi to become a potential romantic candidate Hata really needs to get to work because at this point I am not convinced in that ending at all. For fans of other characters Athena’s departure once again gives them a ray of hope since the unbreakable wall has opened its gates for anyone to take over, I guess Ayumu’s optimism really does pay off sometimes.
Ah this has been such an amazing story of Hayate no Gotoku! and I can say I am very satisfied with this, the series is set to return to the more comedic ways of before and while I dont mind them because they are truly funny, I hope Hata doesnt pull away too much from this whole story of Nagi’s inheritance and Mikado/Himegami/Ikusa/Yukariko plot for too long.
And while I do have a poll currently running asking for thoughts on this entire arc, I would love to know what the people reading my entries think about Athena as a character, I for one…think she is yet another god-tier Hata Kenjiro character, this man is seriously too good at making likeable characters >_<