Hayate the Combat Butler #1 - Volume 1

is a manga book published by Viz Media that was released on 11/21/2006

Plot Summary

Hayate Ayasaki is a poor ordinary schmuck. His parents don't work, and fritter money away casually, particularly on gambling. Hayate thus has to work several jobs to pay the family's bills. This all changes when Hayate's parents borrow a boatload of money from the Yakuza, leave Hayate as collateral, and skip town. Hayate's only hope to avoid being chopped up into his component organs and sold on the black market is to kidnap someone rich and hold them for ransom. 
 
Then he meets Nagi Sanzenin, and then, through his own ineptitude as a kidnapper, saves her from other kidnappers, earns her gratitude, and has his desire to take her hostage misinterpreted for a different kind of desire. To make a long story short (too late) he ends up becoming her butler. However, considering the title of the series, you don't honestly expect things to end there, do you?

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Kenjirou Hata writer,

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Not a bad start Reviewed by Count_Zero on Oct. 3, 2010. Count_Zero has written 23 reviews. His/her last review was for Volume 5. 27 out of 27 users recommend his reviews.
When it comes to manga, the first volume is tough. You have to introduce a boatload of important characters, quickly flesh them out, set up your overarching plot line (if you have one), and keep everyone interested. If you're doing a comedy manga, then you also have to be funny
 
Fortunately, this is something that the first volume of Hayate the Combat Butler succeeds at. The story follows Hayate Ayasaki, a poor (literally) schmuck saddled with a $15 million debt from his parents, who left him as collateral. After his his attempt to kidnap wealthy heiress Nagi Sanzenin goes hilariously awry, he ends up working as her butler, and owing her the money instead. Hilarity and romantic comedy hyjinks ensue. 
 
The art is fairly well done, and unlike most comedy series these days, doesn't rely much on the fan-service. Even the rejected fan-service panel that's an extra in this volume is relatively tame by the standards of the genre.  Similarly, while there is a certain degree of self-referential humor for the genre, it's fairly minor. We get a reference to Dragonball Z, and another to A Dog of Flanders. However, both references are made fairly clear, and even if you don't get them, they're done well enough that the jokes are funny even if you don't get the reference. 
 
All in all, if you're looking for a fairly light and fluffy comedy manga, you can do much worse then then the first volume of Hayate the Combat Butler and, I'd dare say, you might find it a little tricky to do better.
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