Hayate the Combat Butler, Volume 1

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Overview

Hardworking Hayate has a plan to pay the yakuza—who are now the legal owners of his vital organs—back: he'll kidnap someone and ransom them for a mountain of money. But things get tricky when his would-be kidnappee—who as luck would have it is the daughter of a mind-bogglingly wealthy family—mistakes Hayate's actions for a confession of love, and hires him to be her personal servant. At least his employment future is secure, or so he thinks...

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Overview

Hardworking Hayate has a plan to pay the yakuza—who are now the legal owners of his vital organs—back: he'll kidnap someone and ransom them for a mountain of money. But things get tricky when his would-be kidnappee—who as luck would have it is the daughter of a mind-bogglingly wealthy family—mistakes Hayate's actions for a confession of love, and hires him to be her personal servant. At least his employment future is secure, or so he thinks...

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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - George Galuschak
Hayate Ayaski works so many part-time jobs that he doesn't have any time to be an ordinary high school student. When his deadbeat parents sell his internal organs to the Yakuza to cover their gambling debts, Hayate has no time left at all. The Yakuza have no intention of waiting until he's dead before they collect. Hayate decides to turn to a life of crime—unfortunately, he isn't a competent criminal and ends up rescuing the girl he intended to kidnap and hold for ransom. Thirteen-year old Nagi Sanzenin, the girl in question, falls for Hayate's rugged good looks. She offers him a job as her new butler, a job offer Hayate foolishly accepts. Three days later—after running afoul of a berserk robot, engaging in hand-to-hand combat with Nagi's pet tiger, and being forced to model a pretty sailor dress—the Yakuza are starting to look like a pretty good deal. Hayate the Combat Butler is a comedy-romance manga. The plot revolves around the misunderstandings that arise from a love triangle (Hayate/Nagi/Maria), and Hayate's ability to absorb superhuman amounts of physical abuse. Hayate is a likable guy—he's honest, reliable, hardworking and probably not too bright. Other members of the cast include Nagi, a spoiled brat; Klaus, the sinister head butler; and Maria the maid, the smartest of the bunch. Contains comic book violence and mild sexuality; this is recommended for collections that emphasize shonen (boy's) manga.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421508511
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • Publication date: 11/21/2006
  • Series: Hayate the Combat Butler Series , #1
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 514,094
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Hayate the Combat Butler is Kenjiro Hata's first manga series. He debuted with Kamisama ni Rocket Punch. He is a big fan of classic children's stories such as Frances Hodgson Burnett's Little Lord Fauntleroy and A Little Princess.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2008

    You might die laughing.

    Hayate the Combat Butler is a comedy/romance/parody manga. It has quite a lot of jokes that only people who are quite familiar with many anime/manga and a decent amount of Japanese culture will understand. However, even if you are unfamiliar with this stuff it is still hilarious. I consider volume one to be the best of the series, though the rest is great too. So if you are still reading this review, wondering, 'should I buy it?' The answers is, if you like comedy, 'Yes!' So enjoy, please!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2007

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    WOW! If you like action, a tiny pinch of romance, and lots and lots of comedy, you've gotta read this! This is something guys and girls would love, the story line is funny and all the characters are likeable, this is an absolute must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2007

    Hilarious

    This book is just funny, especially the misunderstandings. I let my friend read it and it got passed around, and they all said it was funny and asked whether I had the next volume or not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2007

    coolest book ever

    awsome book!

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