Ranked #797

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
Premiered: Spring 2007
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.811 (scored by 51,538 users)
Ranked: #7972
Popularity: #318
Members: 112,505
Favorites: 1,418
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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.


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Characters & Voice Actors

Ayasaki, Hayate
Ayasaki, Hayate
Shiraishi, Ryoko
Shiraishi, Ryoko
Sanzenin, Nagi
Sanzenin, Nagi
Kugimiya, Rie
Kugimiya, Rie
Tanaka, Rie
Tanaka, Rie
Katsura, Hinagiku
Katsura, Hinagiku
Itou, Shizuka
Itou, Shizuka


Iwata, Shiniichi
Iwata, Shiniichi
Kawaguchi, Keiichirou
Kawaguchi, Keiichirou
Watanabe, Jun
Watanabe, Jun
Sound Director
Watanabe, Shinichi
Watanabe, Shinichi
Episode Director, Storyboard

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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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Aug 13, 2015
I remember watching this anime when I was young and I laughed so hard. Fast Forward, I still think that the anime is very funny and I even got DVDs of it :).

The Highlights
Comedy: Self-aware and well balanced; funny for the most part.
Characters: Likable, but not very deep.
Relationships: A lot of romantic interests, but very little progress; mostly there to serve the comedy.
Length: It’s impressive that the show can still be funny after fifty-two episodes.

Hayate no Gotoku!’s forte is its sense of balance. There are a lot of different types of humour jammed into this series, from awkward sitcom humour, romantic misunderstandings, black comedy, read more
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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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Jul 29, 2009
52 episodes? Yes.

Don't get me wrong now. There were some entertaining scenes and sometimes even episodes in Hayate the Combat Butler! It's just that, you know, there aren't enough. I can also say with a certainty I rarely feel regarding any anime that this was too long, way too long, for its own good. There are reasons of course. First of all; this anime is episodic, 52 episodes of episodic plots is too much. It will never be good, in any anime. I don't really have anything against episodic animes, but this genre, or these genres are perhaps not suitable as a base for a read more
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