“Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” Unfortunately for Hayate Ayasaki in Hayate The Combat Butler, Murphy’s Law seems to dictate his entire life and all the unlucky events that come with it. After being abandoned by his parents and left with an enormous debt, he’s sold off to the yakuza with no way out; that is unless he can somehow make the money to pay back the debt. After spotting a young girl, Nagi Sanzenin, he decides that taking her for in exchange for ransom money would be perfect. However, he’s not even close to that kind of person and, after a series of misunderstandings including a “love confession,” Hayate ends up as Nagi’s butler.
Anime like Hayate the Combat Butler are surprisingly not that hard to find! The genre built for maids and butlers typically has a reason why characters end up in these situations and, most of the time, they’re actually very humorous. Take He is my Master, for example, where girls find themselves working as maids in order to make ends meet. And don’t worry, there’s plenty more where that came from! If you need some recommendations to follow Hayate the Combat Butler, we’ve found 13 series that are perfect for you.