An unfortunate high school student, Ayasaki Hayate spends his days working at part-time jobs to support his extravagant parents. After incurring a debt of 150 million yen, they disappear, and Hayate was left holding the bag. Whilst running away from the debt collectors, he tries to kidnap a girl for ransom (however, the girl misunderstands his intentions and thinks he is confessing his love to her). Almost immediately, he botches the kidnap attempt but then manages to save her from other kidnappers, causing her to fall in love with him. The girl, Sanzenin Nagi, is actually the daughter of a millionaire family. In recognition of his services, she hires Hayate as a resident butler and even pays off the debt collectors.
This is how Hayate becomes a combat butler. In order to serve and protect his mistress, Hayate's life-or-death butler life begins.
In a timeless romance one of the most somber things you’ll realize is that one of you will live to see the death of the other. I was 16 years old when I picked up Hayate and realized, hey, this character is the same age as me. As I grew older I came to my own realization that Hayate will continue to be 16 forever. I will be going through life while Hayate, poor Hayate, will still be attempting to pay off his debt and power through the silliest adventures you can think of. In a world where the parody genre is dominated by Gintama,
Hayate keeps breathing through the will of its ever aging fanbase.
Unlike recent titles, this manga does not change to bring more fans. It does not take a stab into the food of conformism but ignores and stays pure to its fanbase. Every arc will be a rush of euphoria as you start remembering how you spend your childhood. Maybe you spent your childhood playing B-Daman or watching Pokemon. Hayate reminds you of those precious moments with its own brand of slapstick comedy.
If you want a comedy which has quick paced plot progression this is not for you. This piece is not for those who want to look at something nice, this is for those who want to remember. With constant reminders and fourth-wall busting you’ll find something you can relate to.
Lets start off with the main protagonist: Hayate. Hayate is a happy go-lucky kid who fell in some bad times. This does not deter our protagonist. He will do anything, and I mean anything, to pay off his debt and finally live a normal teenage life. He is not spiteful of the people who have brought him into these bad times either. “Good things come to people who work hard” someone told him.
Nagi is our second main protagonist: a tsundere (yes a tsundere) girl who is the sole heiress to a massive fortune. Hayate recognized her immediately as “having money.” It would be a mistake to say that she's not the median that keeps the waving plot going. After falling in love with a Hayate in his attempt to trick her, he then signs on as her butler.
Can I describe the other characters? Probably not. Not without any bias. Everyone has their own taste in the characters but I found the characters to be the best part of the entire series. You will learn to love, hate, and admire characters as you dive in and become consumed by them. You wish you could meet them in real life and maybe you even go as far as imagining them as your friend. This comes as no surprise as I often wished that I could share a beer Hayate. This does not mean I don't want to strangle him and to knock him out. Those condescending feelings are thoughts you get after experiencing someone for years.
Most people struggle to relate to most shounen characters. The amount of plot armor and asspulls found in shounens are some of its flaws found in the genre. Yes, this is a problem of this manga too as it grows apparent that the author needs popular character relevant. Out of all the crazy and maniacal things that happen, your forehead will scrunch as you realize "Hmm. This isn't right." The manga holds for dear life as you hope that a chapter has relevant plot material.
It becomes increasingly relevant halfway through the manga that the story's worst enemy is not one of the crazy antagonists but the author himself. Every attempt to bring suspense into the story comes to a screeching halt as the suspense is overwritten and the last arc was completely irrelevant to the story itself. You'll also find that the author will begin to force things down your throat and tell you "You better like it. I just cooked it up." The author forcing things became very apparent as Hayate started become aware of the romantic feelings around you. This often happens with the harem genre as the fanbase conducts waifu wars.
As I held for dear life every week I often wondered if this manga will ever end.
Now that I'm here at the end I can't find the courage to close my laptop and say goodbye.
I can't recommend this anime to a 16 year old. I just can't. You'll find that you'll even have to Google some of the references that come up. Even I had to Google a good amount. But to a fellow 26 year old I'll definitely bring up the title with a smile to my face. Remember, art wasn't meant to look nice. Its purpose to make you feel something. I have to say that it definitely made me feel something as I went through schooling, finding a job, and other adult things with Hayate awaiting me every week for another grand story.
Hayate the Combat Butler targets a specific audience, and hits it dead-on. Hayate is for people who love rapid-fire gags and Japanese cultural references. Those looking for serious plots or extremely well-developed characters should look elsewhere.
That being said, Hayate the Combat Butler accomplishes what it sets out to do: Make you laugh. Sure, there's a little bit of a plot thrown in every now and then, and maybe a character or two makes a realization after 10 or so chapters, but the main focus is on the gags, and each characters' role in them. Character deliveries range from deadpan-humor to Manzai stand-up, and each one's
little quirks only make them that much more of a riot.
The art is simple, and if I had to count each time the artist used a black-background double-take face I'd have to get a new notebook to tally it up. However, each character has their own defining looks, and the simple art style lends itself well to the lighthearted nature of the series.
If you need a break from heavy plot and just want to chuckle (or roll on the floor), you could do a whole lot worse than Hayate the Combat Butler.
Story: It's very creative and original, albeit unrealistic, but not in a way that detracts from the series. It's a fairly simple slice-of-life type of story, but it's a very unusual life that the characters lead. This allows for plenty of interesting, crazy things to happen that flow well because the whole thing is interesting and crazy. The story is exciting and new, giving infinite possibility for the author to let loose with his creativity.
Art: The very pretty and distinct characters are fun to look at; again, the variety and uniqueness make it a great manga. There aren't many gorgeous glory
scenes that stick out in one's mind, but there are also no weird, out of place scenes. The backgrounds look pretty good too, and although the blank background is used quite often, it's used for comedic timing to set the mood, and it all works well.
Character: The charactes are just awesome. They are many and varied, and all of them have their unique charms so you really love all of them. Their personalities really bring out the best in each other, and it's just great to watch.
Enjoyment: Certainly one of my all-time favorites. First and foremost, Hayate no Gotoku is a comedy, and comedy it does very, very well. And then, there are bits of romance, and a pinch of angst, and some cool action, and then that deep-down-emotional-inspirational-goodness that we all love. Used in moderation and with humor being omnipresent, all of these other genres come together really well in Hayate no Gotoku. It's all done well - Hayate is the perfect protagonist for showing these elements - and so there's something for everyone.
Overall: I highly recommend this series for anyone, old and young (but not too young - there is sexual humor, but it's not anything really bad. Compared to some other series, the sexual humor is quite mild, despite being used quite often.) I truly believe there's a lot to appreciate in this manga, not just the humor and the parodies, so check it out if you want to pick up a new series.
It pains me to see so many old reviews of Hayate no Gotoku! manga since this has changed drastically since the 300 chapters, so I decided to write one knowingly how bad I am to express myself and how bad I am for writing. So please bear with my writing. I am also sorry for all the grammar mistakes.
Before anyone comment on how I rated it higher in my list than this review, it is because one particuliar arc that was so great it forced me to keep a high score. In other words my rating in the list was more feeling wise and this
review is about what the manga really gives.
After more then 450 chapters I spent hours of reading this manga, what was the result? A great experience before to get disappointed. This manga really plays on how patient you are and how you feel about twist. Now before to continue please respond to these questions in your head.
-Do you like comedy?
-Do you like parody?
-Do you like a great twist?
-Are you patient?
These are the prerequist to be able to read all the 462 chapters if you really can't agree with one of those you will really have bad time to go through this manga and won't be able to go past 300 chapters.
Now onto the real review.
As I said and as the tag says, the manga is comedy taking it into consideration, I will have to rate the manga story with comedy's expectation. And of course, Hayate no Gotoku is hilarous sometimes but with so many chapters some will feel boring. Now is it possible to read 400 chapter of comedy? Of course not, not for most people anyway. That why this manga have, if my memory serves right, 4 big arc and the 2 first are extremely great.
Now If I had to rate the story since its really changes. For the arc, I am going to put some sign without spoiling for the one who already read them.
Comedy before becoming serious: 8
First arc(EOTW): 9
Second arc(Athens): 10
Comedy in between the second and third arc and(violet mansion): 8
Third arc(Idol): 7
Fourth arc(Lifesaver): 4
All the Comedy part left(especially around Lifesaver): 3
Now the manga is extremely good until the end of the 3rd arc but this is were "patience" come by. The manga art decrease in quality, the jokes become dull, the minor characters and the heroine get tossed aside and even the story is lacking but since this is an ongoing manga of course it can redeem itself with better work, but for now this is what we have and it is seriously disappointing.
The art was average at first but after 20 chapter or so it really became a little better than average. At the first and second arc the art was at his peak which was good but right after it, it became duller and worse which is why patience is still required.
This is comedy don't expect big characterisation. That why the characters here are good since they have distinct personality, are fun and actually don't get out of character. Now the 2 main one. Since there is too much to review.
Hayate: The main lead, he really changes a lot to the extent that he get out of character sometimes(or can this be called his character?), but he is the center of the comedy so I can't hate him. He is an enjoyable character with some redeeming feature, but his design is not too appealing.
Nagi: The tsundere main girl, she can get annoying but in serious time she actually seem smart and considerate also her personality actually give some life to the manga so this is a plus.
I really enjoyed this manga a lot before but in its current state I just can't enjoy it, I am still reading it with the expectation that it will get better like in the first and second arc although it is the current state of the manga that made the overall score lower.
If I had to rate the manga before it became awful and right now they would respectively get a 9 and a 5.
In conclusion, the manga is great until a certain point but becomes dull and really unappealing. If people can't get pass by how better the first arcs were and can't bear the comedy anymore(which is the main point of the manga) they should drop it around chapter 370 or so, it all depends of when you find the comedy duller and duller but the last remnant of interesting story is around chapters 360.
We love cute couples and following the development of their relative relationships in our favorite manga series. But let's turn up the heat, and see what happens when characters have more than a singular love interest. Let's enter the wild world of the harem manga!