BECAUSE YOU ASKED FOR IT AND I HAVE GOT TIME NOW
Just as a head’s up tho, no, this isn’t a peaceful moment. It is quite actually one of the most dramatically tense yet lazy moments there are in the entire manga, and also a huge disappointment from die-hard fans who were waiting for the conclusion of the epicness and bloodbath that was ocurring just one chapter back.
Takei made a whole fuzz about this chapter being one that would change Shaman King forever, actually managing to stretch the publications for a bunch of chapters more (251 was supposed to be the final chapter!). Now, did he deliver?
It was all SHIT THE HANAGUMI ARE DEAD HAO’S FACING ANNA AND SHE JUST LOST AND SHE’S BEEN CALLING FOR YOH AND JEANNE AND LYSERG ARE DEAD AND SATI AND EVERYONE HOLY SHIT THE HUMANS ARE COMING THAT’S GONNA NOT BE GOOD AT ALL AND PEYOTE AND SHIT AND WHAT IS THE FKJLSDFHGJJSKDFJSJKFJSD FUCK Y- YOH SHOWED UP HOLY FUCKIGN SDFJKSDHGSJKHFSJSFD THEY’RE GONNA FIGHT
and haha, jump again, skip how all of that ended and make a lame tense scene instead where they say NOTHING about how all of that ended and of course there’s no side-effects more than the Hanagumi being dead and apparently on Yoh’s side now?? (also if they’re dead how do they come back to life or is the hao-dragon ball effect retroactive when he revives all the freaking world)
On with the chapter, then. Hao and Yoh decided to have a cup of coffee together to discuss what’s going to happen after the I’M ASSUMING FUCKUP. Yoh is clueless about what to order because he’s still a child so he’s never gone to “have a cup of coffee” because that’s what grown-ups do. Of course, Hao does, and tells him he should get a cappuccino because that’s softer. I sure know, I’ve been told the same LIE before the first time I went to do the same. Mine had cream though.
So, they sit down and try to have a decent conversation. Of course, that doesn’t happen, because they constantly try to outread the other, only making Yoh the more miserable and Hao the more pitiable in his eyes. Please note the choice of words I’m doing here. Hao announces he’ll just continue onwards and that they’re bound to meet again. Yoh tries to get him to feel regret (no, not open up, he’s deliberately trying to make Hao feel bad about wanting to kill him) and fails. Hao gets them both not to pay and splits (also WOW douchebag move that one was but still wouldn’t put it past him so it’s like yeah that can happen).
Yes, Yoh is miserable that Hao doesn’t care. Yes, Yoh would like for him to be something other than an enemy. Yes, Yoh would love for him to actually act like the brother he never knew he wanted, because it would mean someone from his family could bring upon themselves to accept him as a human being, even if they were born from the same soul and were once one.
But Yoh doesn’t feel sad about Hao not being able to feel or not being able to get past that reading barrier of his — he feels pity for him. He’s a poor bastard who doesn’t have any friends and only fuels himself from summed-up hatred from his three harsh lives. But he never tries to understand him or to reach just a bit further like he did with, idk, Ren, for example. He went the extra mile and tried to get Ren to understand there’s a world after hatred, that there’s good, that he could find good in him, and, most importantly, that he could be there for him to be his friend if he wanted it. And he actually does shit to prove that instead of just promising empty words.
Hao, on the other hand, doesn’t want to because why the fuck would he want to get close to someone who isn’t completely honest about his own feelings and doesn’t really want to befriend him, only wanting to stop him from his goals?
Yoh thinks he’s right by trying to save everyone from their own mistakes. Hao thinks he’s right by making himself so powerful no one can go against him ever again. Yoh wants to save everyone but everyone’s already a prince from their own world. Hao wants no one to fuck with him and wants to believe he’s king from a barren land because that’s better than princes fucking up with him.
In Hao’s eyes, Yoh is just someone else who doesn’t get him, doesn’t try to get him, and actually wants to fuck his way.
Can you all honestly think that, if people weren’t fucking up with Hao all the fucking time for three lives in a row, that his hatred for humans would’ve gotten him to go hermit?
There is one last thing. By the end, Yoh pays the patch for his coffee — but, oh, can you tell this part? He thanks the guy for the latte he made for him. Not cappuccino. He had made a face that the cappuccino he was drinking was bitter and Hao was like lol told you you’re such a child Yoh. But, oooooooh? Turns out it wasn’t a cappuccino, wasn’t bitter at all? What is this bullshit? What does it mean? Meaningless detail?
For those who don’t know, cappuccino is kinda coffee with stuff. Latte is kinda milk with stuff.
Yoh with that proved that Hao’s reishi is not perfect. Yoh believed and thought to himself it would be bitter and so he acted it out, deeply thinking ‘this cappuccino is bitter’, and so… Hao read he was really having cappuccino instead of the latte he was really having. Yoh was able to keep his mind clear and trick Hao.
AND ISN’T THAT NEAT.