Hayate the Combat Butler #2 - Volume 2

is a manga book published by Viz Media that was released on 02/13/2007

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In chapter 1, Hayate learns Tama can talk, and learns his back-story right before Nursing Robot 8 returns to seek vengeance on Hayate. Then (on chapter 2) Nagi's cousin Aizawa Sakuya from Osaka comes to the Sanzenin estate to test Hayate's comic timing. On New Years Eve (chapter 3), Nagi expresses her desire to see the first sunrise of the New Year on the beach at Kujukuri-hama, 60 miles from the mansion, and she wants to do it alone with Hayate. Can Hayate make it over 60 miles in an hour on a bicycle? 
 
Finally, in chapter 4 & 5, the main plot begins, with Hayate, Nagi, Maria and Sakuya traveling to the main Sanzenin family mansion to meet Nagi's grandfather, Mikado. There Hayate is given a stone by Mikado which is described as Hayate's "compass", which will help him find meaning. He also sets up an open challenge that any person who can force Nagi to apologize in tears will receive her inheritance, forcing Hayate to fight to save Nagi from becoming destitute. 
 
Chapter 6 establishes Hayate's rather mild goal in life - to own a 3-bedroom home. 
 
Chapters 7 and 8 introduce Saginomiya Isumi, Nagi's best friend, who Hayate meets in the park while going to pick up some Earl Grey tea while wearing an expensive Cashmere coat. Hayate now must help Isumi get back to the Sanzenin estate, and fend off attacks by her butlers, and fend of attacks from the Yakuza from last volume and keep from ruining the coat. 
 
Chapter 9 has Nagi attempting to nurse Hayate back to help with her terrible cooking, and Chapter 10 has Hayate revealing how he feels about Nagi over a game of pool. Finally, Chapter 11 introduces Wataru Tachibana, Nagi's fiancee.

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One-shots with a side of plot Reviewed by Count_Zero on Jan. 2, 2011. Count_Zero has written 23 reviews. His/her last review was for Volume 5. 27 out of 27 users recommend his reviews. 1 out of 1 user found this review helpful.
When it comes to gag manga that aren't 4-Koma, you have three ways you can take the manga - you can go for a bunch of stand-alone one-shot gags, you can try for some over-arcing plot, or you can find some middle ground. Most comedy manga tend to pick the latter option, and Hayate the Combat Butler is no exception. 
 
The manga's second volume splits itself between introducing several new characters, all of them Nagi's friends and family members, while including a few one-off jokes involving Nagi's attempts to further woo Hayate, with varying degrees of failure. 
 
The humor in this volume continues with some of the referential humor of earlier volumes, though some of this volume's humor might be considered a little too obscure for newcomers to anime - including a running joke with Sakuya, Nagi's cousin, which requires some basic knowledge of manzai beyond just knowing what it is. The art style is still solid, and contains even less fan-service then the last volume, while still maintaining the same level of humor. 
 
So, while volume 2 of Hayate the Combat Butler won't win any converts from people who were ambivalent towards the last volume, it should keep the interest of people who enjoyed the previous volume.
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