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Old 2013-10-20, 17:14   Link #9661
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Gaaaaaah what a teasing cliffhanger ><
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Old 2013-10-20, 20:11   Link #9662
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Oh Hata, you glorious bastard! Way to leave us on such a big cliffhanger! And I once again like when Nagi cried tears of joy after she sold all her manga. The "manga looks poorly drawn, but people like it for the story" remind me of the works by Yokota Takuma.

Who was Maizumi again though? I know he appeared sometime during the beginning of the Doujinshi arc, but I can't remember when and why?

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Old 2013-10-20, 20:21   Link #9663
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Maizumi is the established circle guy who came around during the first event and started bashing Ruka's "Fly Dolphin" manga. Nagi got defensive and ended up challenging him to a doujin selling contest.

At the second con, Maizumi showed up, did a silly little skit and then flaked out because he didn't end up finishing anything and Nagi refocused on beating Ruka instead. (This is the one where she ended up humiliated and screaming on the roof.)

Basically he's just a guy who was kind of a dick before so Nagi is a little taken aback when he starts being nice to her and buys her manga.
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Old 2013-10-20, 20:23   Link #9664
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Come on Hata... let it be a tie... PLEASE....
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Old 2013-10-21, 12:55   Link #9665
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Come on Hata... let it be a tie... PLEASE....
A tie allows for Hayate to return to Nagi while allowing Ruka to give a friendly, "I'm not giving up on Hayate" statement to Nagi, whereby they remain friends and rivals. A tie would also be a win of sorts for Nagi, who was expected to lose against Ruka and lose badly.

So I can see a tie as an outcome.
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Old 2013-10-21, 21:57   Link #9666
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Or, Ruka might lose then she goes into massive despair and the main story about the King's Jewel comes in where she gets kidnapped by Yozora and is used for opening the way towards the Royal Garden just as said in Mystery Room arc, then Hayate goes to save her.
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Old 2013-10-23, 18:50   Link #9667
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Come on Hata... let it be a tie... PLEASE....
Tie = status quo

so yes, it will be a tie.
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Old 2013-10-24, 10:39   Link #9668
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Tie = status quo

so yes, it will be a tie.
You are probably right, though with Hata-sensei, one never knows just how he's going to go. I can see him having Ruka lose and tie that in with whatever Hina, Hayate, and Kurosu are/were doing.
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Old 2013-10-27, 01:42   Link #9669
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Now I wonder why Ruka had one unsold copy stashed away...
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Old 2013-10-27, 02:28   Link #9670
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Oh Hata, you sly bastard. First making me think I had read the last chapter wrong or it was a mis-translation, then making me think it was a tie as I thought, but then having it shown that Nagi was the winner all along. Damn you!

And more character growth for Nagi. Just some icing on that cake.
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Old 2013-10-27, 06:32   Link #9671
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Now I wonder why Ruka had one unsold copy stashed away...
she saved it for Hayate??

well.... we know that this contest isn't really deciding who will be with Hayate at the end since Ruka hugged Hayate in apartment yard
congratulations, Nagi... finally you are in the right way to be a proper heroine
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Old 2013-10-27, 06:46   Link #9672
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Fake-out or not, I really like that moment where Chiharu tries to jump in and protect Nagi and she tells her to stop. Nagi gets to be cool to the end, as it should be. She's come a long way over the summer.

Hayate will step in and make it a draw, but more importantly he'll probably say something to Ruka to settle things. He's been dodging her long enough.

I still have no idea what he's been up to the last two weeks, though.
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Old 2013-10-27, 07:03   Link #9673
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Someone called it earlier (maybe here...I didn't see it immediately on my blog comments) where they said that Ruka would sell 99 and actually hold back a single copy. That's what seems to have happened here. I don't think she held it back for Hayate specifically, but she had decided what to do with her own future and had given up on marrying Hayate. Holding back one copy but carrying on with the doujinshi contest allows Ruka to save face and not actually appear to be quitting or giving up.

Looks like Hayate is going to buy the last copy though.

Hata-sensei really has surprised me of late by not obsessing about the need to have a comedy chapter or throw in comedy just for the sake of it, whereby it would derail the story. I'm happy to see Nagi's character development and how things have proceeded.
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Old 2013-10-27, 07:36   Link #9674
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Wait, but Kayura said she wants to buy Ruka's last copy though o.o

And wtf why Ruka only sell 99?!!!
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Old 2013-10-27, 08:59   Link #9675
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Wait, but Kayura said she wants to buy Ruka's last copy though o.o

And wtf why Ruka only sell 99?!!!
It's not Kayura speaking in the last two panels. It's almost certainly Hayate, but there's an outside chance of something more surprising, like her parents.

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That's what seems to have happened here. I don't think she held it back for Hayate specifically, but she had decided what to do with her own future and had given up on marrying Hayate. Holding back one copy but carrying on with the doujinshi contest allows Ruka to save face and not actually appear to be quitting or giving up.
Since Ruka attributes it to "one copies worth of difference in passion" I suspect it's at least partially an acknowledgement of Nagi's feelings and what not. That said, one copy isn't much of a handicap. If Nagi hadn't sold out, she still would have lost.

I think what happened is that while Nagi spent the entire event caught up in the bliss of selling her manga, Ruka spent the entire time thinking about the contest and the consequences. Perhaps she just couldn't bring herself to sell the last copy. It's been several weeks since we've been inside Ruka's head so it's hard to judge what she's thinking.
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Old 2013-10-27, 09:58   Link #9676
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I also feel like Ruka deliberately hid one copy so she couldn't win, since so much already points towards her realising she doesn't "need" Hayate and all. This is her way of backing out.

At any rate, good job, Nagi.
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Old 2013-10-27, 11:07   Link #9677
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Having this whole arc end so facilely (with Hayate arriving to tie a ribbon 'round the whole thing) seems vaguely unsatisfying, so I suspect Hata has a few more things up his sleeve.

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Old 2013-10-27, 11:46   Link #9678
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Having this whole arc end so facilely (with Hayate arriving to tie a ribbon 'round the whole thing) seems vaguely unsatisfying, so I suspect Hata has a few more things up his sleeve.
I hope so.

It does make sense that Nagi needed a "clean" win for her own character development, without any outside interference. If there's any shoes left to drop though, now would the time.
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Old 2013-10-27, 12:06   Link #9679
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Well there is still the whole thing where Ruka being a candidate for something to do with the King's Jewel and the Royal Garden
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Old 2013-10-27, 13:44   Link #9680
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Illogical, what, sold out since 10 minutes and then one is left over? Only explanation is Ruka left one deliberately.
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