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Hayate no Gotoku!

Hayate no Gotoku!

Alternative Titles

English: Hayate the Combat Butler
Japanese: ハヤテのごとく!


Type: TV
Episodes: 52
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 1, 2007 to Mar 30, 2008
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.841 (scored by 48365 users)
Ranked: #7662
Popularity: #274
Members: 103,693
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16-year-old Hayate is really down on his luck. Because his unemployed parents are good-for-nothings who waste what money they have on gambling, Hayate had to start working at a young age to help out his family. Although such experience has made him inhumanly fast and tough and skilled at things boys aren't normally skilled at, it has also left him in an awkward position, as his parents have racked up such a huge gambling debt that they have sold Hayate to the yakuza for the value of his organs. In a desperate attempt to avoid that fate, Hayate decides to become a "bad guy" and kidnap someone to be held for ransom, but his efforts to do so are mistaken as a confession of love by the girl he targets. When he helps save the (as it turns out) ultra-wealthy 13-year-old Nagi from real kidnappers, she takes him in and gives him a job as her new personal butler (and love interest) until he can pay off his debt. But Hayate is more attracted to Nagi's beautiful teenage maid Maria, and head butler Klaus is initially disapproving of a boy with such a poor look. And then there's Nagi's pet Tama, who is also a force to be reckoned with.


Episodes  0 / 52
Aired  Apr 1, 2007 to Mar 30, 2008
Status  Finished Airing
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Related Anime

Adaptation: Hayate no Gotoku!
Sequel: Hayate no Gotoku!!: Atsu ga Natsuize - Mizugihen!

Characters & Voice Actors

Tanaka, Rie
Tanaka, Rie
Moore, Candice
Moore, Candice
Ayasaki, Hayate
Ayasaki, Hayate
Shiraishi, Ryoko
Shiraishi, Ryoko
Yang, Jeong Hwa
Yang, Jeong Hwa
Sanzenin, Nagi
Sanzenin, Nagi
Kugimiya, Rie
Kugimiya, Rie
Kim, Seo Yeong
Kim, Seo Yeong
Watanabe, Shinichi
Watanabe, Shinichi


Iwata, Shiniichi
Kawaguchi, Keiichirou
Watanabe, Jun
Sound Director
Sokuza, Makoto
Episode Director

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Apr 14, 2008
Here is an anime that's not like many others. Hayate the Combat Butler is a colaberation of all kinds of Anime thrown into one, in order to make fun of it of course. What I mean is that Hayate is one of those Animes that make fun of Anime in general. I first herd of this series when it came out as a manga and so I got the manga and read a few books. Now even more intrigued, I began my search of the animated version. To my surprise there it was and began to watch it with my good friend from campus, Edge. read more
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Oct 23, 2007
Hayate no Gotoku (Hayate the Combat Butler) is a hilarious romantic comedy that is chuck-full of parodies and censorship. It follows the story of a very ordinary boy Hayate, who’s always been a noble person and forced to work most of his life. One day his parents left him with a huge dept to pay, to some very kind people (the Yakuza). Now that he’s lost all hope, Hayate attempts to kidnap a rich girl, Nagi but he ends up saving her from the “very kind people”. She returns the favour by allowing him to work as her butler, thus their adventure begins.

That’s basically the read more
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Apr 26, 2013
For many years I had been recommended this show by a variety of friends and it looked very promising. A lot of comedy, some romance, and Queen Tsundere, Rie Kugimiya . Kugimiya also voiced other popular characters such as Louise in Zero no Tsukaima , Taiga in Toradora , and Shana in Shakugan no Shana (among with a variety of others). I personally have seen all of those except Shana and I'm a huge fan of her voice so this show was an easy pick with her playing the young, rich, spoiled, shut-in otaku tsundere Nagi.

But moving past characters let's actually talk about the show.

The read more
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Apr 26, 2008
“Hayate No Gotoku!” was an enjoyable romantic comedy, with most of the emphasis on comedy, rife with hilarious situations, absurd humor, filled with references to other anime and culture elements. Most episodes were a great laugh and I enjoyed following the series, even though most of it is based on tried and proved humor and events.
I do like the fact that the series did not take itself too seriously and often not only made fun of other anime and manga, but also made fun of itself and its own absurdities as well, which showed in elements such as characters interacting with the narrator or seemingly read more
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- That "randomness" aspect
- Fighting in both animes are usually serious, but they both throw in some aspect to make it less tense, like a funny scene of some sort
- Breaking the fourth wall MANY times in both animes
- Many cameo's and parodies/ mentions of other animes/ shows/ real life references
Does superfluous, crazy anime references make you burst out laughing? How about unexpected gags throughout the whole single episode? If you're up for it, expect the same for this anime.
Butler-mistress relationship, anime tributes, ecchi moments, and parts that will make you laugh quite much. It should be noted that KimiAru has more comedy that comes from ecchi, while Hayate is mostly based on anime tributes. Also, Hayate is more age-friendly and has a far more powerful seiyuu cast.
Maid-Master relationship in HiMM and Butler-Mistress relationship in Hayate, ecchi, comedy (and young girls, for those of you loli lovers xD) It should be noted that Hayate's art is better and has a more powerful seiyuu cast than HiMM.
Nagi and Louise have the same voice actor, and its very like each other. Boy meets girl, and girl bosses boy around.
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Both of these hyper comedy series were produced almost by a lot of same staff. Notice the similar format in on-screen advisory, commercial phrases, lyrics mark-up, etc.

Opening Theme

#1: "Hayate no Gotoku! (ハヤテのごとく!)" by KOTOKO (eps 1-26)
#2: "Shichiten Hakki ☆Shijou Shugi! (七転八起☆至上主義)" by KOTOKO (eps 27-52)

Ending Theme

#1: "Proof" by MELL (eps 1-13)
#2: "Get my way!" by Kawada Mami (eps 14-26)
#3: "Chasse" by Kaori Utatsuki (eps 27-39)
#4: "Ko no Me Kaze (木の芽風)" by IKU (eps 40-52)

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