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.
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.
It's very difficult to categorize Hayate no Gotoku in a specific genre. On the surface it is most obviously a comedy, but of what type? Situational? Slap-stick? Dramatic? Parody? Hayate no Gotoku is in fact all of these, as author Kenjiro Hata seems to be ill content with sticking to a single source of comedy. The first chapter alone contains: the titular Hayate riding head first into a subway entrance, fighting off Yakuza, referencing biblical stories, referencing Gundam, and a cameo of Santa. All wrapped up in the 'poetic' first chapter title: "Santa's Red is a Blood Colored Hell," and we have a good point
of reference to determine the tone of this manga.
Yet perhaps I'm being unfair. Hayate no Gotoku is a very effective comedy, but it is more than that. In it's parody of action anime, we see well drawn fight scenes, both filled with drama and dripping with irony, both mocking and reveling in the straight faced cliche. Hayate has its dramatic moments as well, and while Hayate may laugh it off when questioned by other characters, the reader feels more than a little sad for Hayate, who's been sold to the Yakuza by his own parents. The plot (if it could be called that) also revolves around elements of romance and harem, as Hayate somehow manages to earn the attention of every cute girl within a 100km radius. Kenjiro Hata pushes the action, and the drama, and the romance as far as it can go... before a side character drops a deadpan snark, or Hayate says something tactless yet again, and brings the whole thing crashing back down to its roots: a parody that fools the reader into thinking it's taking itself seriously, before yelling "gotcha!" and pulling the rug out from under everybody's feet, including its own.
Kenjio Hata creates a world in which the utterly impossible can happen, yet at the same time each and every character is very real. Beyond his comedic genius, perhaps one of the best indications of Hata's writing prowess is his ability to juggle so many characters (the cast of Hayate no Gotoku is huge, easily topping 25+ main characters by the time the manga is in full swing) yet giving each one a distinct look, set of mannerisms, and a 3D character. It's no wonder that many a shipping war has been waged over which of the 20+ lovely ladies Hayate will inevitably woo. Each girl gets to share in the spot light, and if they do happen to be gone for more than ten or so chapters, don't be surprised when the show up again, angry and demanding they get more panel time. This leads the the most dynamic of Hata's genius: his treatment of the fourth wall. Does Hata break the fourth wall? Perhaps he doesn't go that far, but he does bend it, crack it, warp it, twist it, sit on top of it, dig under it and paint thing hot pink. It really is a dynamic and wonderful form of comedy that needs to be experienced first hand to appreciate.
The art in Hayate no Gotoku varies, though most of the time it is a touch on the simple side. Characters are drawn simply, with standard anime overreactions as the situation calls for. Yet this does not stop Hata from cranking out a beautiful spread every now and again, whether it is of a night time city illuminated by its lights, viewed from the balcony of a clock tower, or a simple hug of two old friends reuniting. Hata has no shortage of talent, but he knows when to apply it, and when to keep things underplayed. This is not Berserk: not every panel needs to be lovingly rendered in order to convey every subtle detail of the world. Perhaps a good way to sum up Hayate's art would be: it works for what it needs to do.
I can honestly say that I don't think there is another manga out there that is anything like Hayate. Comedy manga tends to stick to one or two types of comedy, and roll with them. Hayate seems to try to blend everything it can, and somehow still have a concrete world and overarching story. It is a special manga that can some how manage to make me laugh out loud every week, much to my roommate's annoyance. It's an endearing manga that makes one care about the characters and the world, and enjoy both its comedic and dramatic moments. Anybody who is a fan of laughing (and really who isn't?) should check this manga out. It is a bright star among the genre of comedy that somehow manages to transcend its genre, yet still excel at it.
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!