Hayate the Combat Butler, Vol. 1 (英語) ペーパーバック – 2006/11/21
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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...
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.
Pro: The characters in Hayate are the main reason why you are reading this series, the plot (while a bit plain) is not it. While reading this book, you will understand the circumstances each character faces, Hayate with his huge debt, Nagi who is infatuated with Hayate, Maria who is trying to resolve the misunderstanding between the two and so on. The manga is filled with many humorous moments (my favorite happens to be the one where Hayate is dressed up as a cat girl and Tama goes crazy for him). Every character is interesting and refreshing, there are no 2 characters which are alike.
Con: This is a shonen so expect some things that are familiar with other shonen manga (such as tournaments, lame fights, etc...though none of these are present in this volume).
Conclusion: I highly recommend this to any fan of anime or manga as well as anyone who wants to read something funny. You will not be disappointed.