I’ll start by saying that this isn’t my first “exposer” to Hayate The Combat Butler – I randomly read chapters 42-51 of the Hayate The Combat Butler manga (couldn’t get my hands on the rest of it though) and thought it was one the most highly entertaining things I’ve ever read. Watching the anime, I can’t say that the manga was better than the anime, do to me only reading chapters 42-51 (yes, I suck), but that just makes it bearable to watch do to me not knowing the differences in quality between the two, no?
So the story revolves around Hayate Ayasaki, an unlucky boy who unluckily has terrible, terrible parents. No really, they’re terrible. THEY’RE FRIKKEN TERRIBLE. Both of them are “unemployed” bums leaving Hayate to work hiding his age (with him having to switch jobs every time because they RAT HIS BUTT OUT). Eventually they go so low as to abandon Hayate, take everything that was in the damn apartment, and leave him to pay a 156,804,000 yen debt to the yakuza.
However, he chooses the wrong choice of words and Nagi mistakes it for a confession of love. As Hayate tries to make the ransom phone call (and failing as he accidentally introduced himself when he called), real thugs show up and kidnap Nagi. Now, unlike Hayate, they actually chuck her into a car rapist-style and drive off. Laying in the freezing snow to his death, a girl arrives (Maria), shows him kindness and all that jazz, sees those thugs driving away with Nagi and with his heart so bright, steals the girl’s bike and goes to save her. BECAUSE KIDNAPPING’S NOT COOL.
After saving her, she’s in his debt. he tells her that she could find a new job for him as he falls on the ground injured (and as the censorship arrives). It turns out that Nagi is rich, VERY rich. This leads to Nagi deciding to make him her butler. Oh yeah, and a cool random helicopter appears.
What can I say? I guess I’ll tuning in. The anime has plenty of comedy (I esspecially love the references to other anime, like the statue of Conan Edogawa in the anime trailer and episode preview), good art (the character designs are pretty cute), a decent BGM track, decent voice acting (for the most part) and the narrator rules all. Spring is sure looking great right now.