According to Murphy’s Law, “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong,” and truer words cannot describe the unfortunate life of the hard-working Hayate Ayasaki. Abandoned by his parents after accumulating a debt of over one hundred fifty million yen, he is sold off to the yakuza, initiating his swift getaway from a future he does not want. On that fateful night, he runs into Nagi Sanzenin, a young girl whom he decides to try and kidnap to pay for his family’s massive debt. Unfortunately, due to his kind-hearted nature and a string of misunderstandings, Nagi believes Hayate to be confessing his love to her. After saving her from real kidnappers, Hayate is hired as Nagi’s personal butler, upon which she is revealed to be a member of one of the wealthiest families in Japan. Highly skilled but cursed with the world’s worst luck, Hayate gets straight to work serving his employer all the while trying to deal with the many misfortunes that befall him. From taking care of a mansion to fending off dangerous foes, and even unintentionally wooing the hearts of the women around him, Hayate is in over his head in the butler comedy Hayate no Gotoku! – My Anime List
I recommend people to watch this, but before you do, you should watch the first series, so you can understand the plot and the story. It picks up where the last series left off.
While this intro might sound like a drama, Hayate no Gotoku is in fact presented in a very hilarious way and very funny for that. It’s the story of unlucky Hayate who now works as a butler and has a hard time protection his little selfish master Nagi. There’s also romance but as many other girls join the ship along the way, it is not certain Hayate is going to stick with Nagi. Still this is not yet another harem show, but rather a comedy/romance thing.
I like Hayate the Combat Butler. I don’t love it but it’s more than decent and never fails to put a smile on my face which is the most important part. If you think that 52 episodes is a bit too intimidating be assured that you can watch as you please and don’t have to marathon the entire show in one sitting. In fact, it’s probably for the best that you not do that.
Hayate the Combat Butler Season 1 may show its age visually but the wild style of comedy that helped establish the series still remains as solid as ever nine years later. Those looking for a classic comedy series with at least some form of a storyline mixed in will find that, thanks to the many well-handled and established characters, fits the bill perfectly. Although it may be something of a large investment, those looking to dive into the series will find that this first season is easily the best way to start.
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In the end I wrote nothing but good about this anime, that’s because I favor humor against many popular animes. Indeed not many of you will enjoy this Anime, it’s all about preferences and interests. I, however, will encourage you to watch a few episodes and see what I mean. This Anime is one for my record books. I’ve got my laughs and can’t wait till the next season comes out, oh wait…kinda spoiled it for you guys, lol.
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At the end of the day, however, fifty-two episodes is a long time for pretty much nothing to happen. The series itself points out that it’s a love comedy show that doesn’t go anywhere, which shows that the molasses like pacing is quite deliberate. However, ultimately comedy is what this show is intently focused on, and it has a decent enough grasp of its own strengths to confidently play to them. Hayate no Gotoku! can be thought of as one of many of the new breed of self-aware otaku comedies, but it’s also one of the better ones. Kannagi or Ouran Host Club might be better if you just want the short version, but if you’re in the mood for a comedy with staying power, you can trust Hayate no Gotoku! to deliver for the long haul.