6-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 it, 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 the boy with such a poor look. And then there's Nagi's pet Tama, who is also a force to be reckoned with.
Synopsis taken from the Anime News Network review of Hayate the Combat Butler v.1 which can be found here: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/hayate-the-combat-butler-gn-1
Anyways, anyone else been following this series? I was kinda surprised that there was not already a thread about this series. Sure it suffered from slow scanlations in its early life, but its been revived lately with a healthy supply of regular releases.
Its actually a very funny series IMO Nothing to be taken to serious or anything, but its a fun and light hearted comedy that is always good for a few laughs in my experience. I wanted to see if there are any other fans of this series here to start a discussion thread and perhaps interest a few new readers to the series.
Oh and speaking of which
The anime adaptation was recently announced in Shounen Sunday, Yayzers ! Here is the seiyuu cast as followed…
! Character : Seiyuu (Voice Actor)
! [Ayasaki] Hayate : Shiraishi Ryouko
[Sanzenin] Nagi : Kugimiya Rie
Maria : Tanaka Rie
[Katsura] Hinagiku : Itou Shizuka
Will be looking forward to the anime a lot.