Hayate no Gotoku!

Hayate the Combat Butler

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Synonyms: Hayate no Gotoku!
Japanese: ハヤテのごとく!
English: Hayate the Combat Butler
German: Hayate the Combat Butler!
Spanish: Hayate the Combat Butler!
French: Hayate the Combat Butler!
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Type: TV
Episodes: 52
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 1, 2007 to Mar 30, 2008
Premiered: Spring 2007
Broadcast: Sundays at 10:00 (JST)
Studios: SynergySP
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy, RomanceRomance
Themes: HaremHarem, ParodyParody
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.511 (scored by 9838598,385 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #18332
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1079
Members: 227,144
Favorites: 1,587

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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!

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Characters & Voice Actors


Watanabe, Jun
Sound Director
Watanabe, Shinichi
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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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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Feb 7, 2024
Hayate no Gotoku relies on random Japanese cultural references, breaking the fourth wall, and embracing absurdity to create humor. However, the plot of Hayate no Gotoku is either nonexistent or a cliche. It follows the story of a downtrodden man who meets a girl and suddenly finds himself with superhuman abilities, fending off various characters. This narrative structure is not something new, Hayate no Gotoku isn't about deep plots. Rather, it's about relentless humor that keeps audiences hooked for all 52 episodes.

However, viewers who are not familiar with anime cliches and Japanese culture may not understand some of the jokes. This might make the show ...
Apr 26, 2013
Mixed Feelings
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 ...
Mar 23, 2012
I'm writing this review in order to help balance out the disproportionate number of positive reviews. I'm not doing it out of spite; having seen all of both the first and second seasons, I can definitely say that I was disappointed with how this series turned out. So, let this be fair warning so others do not make this mistake: Hayate no Gotoku is NOT a story-driven anime. While I began watching with some knowledge of this, the total absence of any plot whatsoever and any character development at all (I will say the second season provides a lot more development though) were incredibly frustrating ...

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