Who doesn’t love Katsura Hinagiku?
This cutie is unknowingly in love with Ayasaki Hayate from the Hayate no Gotoku! (Hayate the Combat Butler) anime series. She’s 16 years old, 161 cm tall, Blood type 0, her favorite dish is curry and hamburger patties and she’s currently (and second youngest to be) the president of Hakuou Academy’s student council. She’s also afraid of heights, something Hayate takes advantage of in the Hakuou marathon meet. Hinagiku is also a kendo master and a good cook. Being both kind, cool, reliable and beautiful, most girls envy Hinagiku and most boys (including Hayate) are fascinated by her. But there is something she’s hiding. To find out what that is – keep watching the show!

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Hayate no Gotoku! Season One -update

Ayasaki Hayate is a boy, 16 years of age, who always seems to run out of luck. To keep the household running, he has to take spare-time jobs because his parents are gamblers beyond salvation and are always in debt. One day, to pay off their own debts, Hayate’s parents give their debt to the Yakuza to him as a Christmas gift. The Yakuza show up at Hayate’s house and plan to sell his internal organs for money. In order to survive, he flies and tries to find a way to pay 156,804,000 yen to the Yakuza in exchange for his life. This is when he meets Sanzenin Nagi, a filthy rich 13-year-old orphan, whose only living relative is her grandfather. She lives in her own mansion in the middle of Tokyo, destined to inherit the multi-trillion dollar Sanzenin estate. Hayate did not know this, but somehow he figures that if he kidnaps her and demands ransom, he might get out of this situation alive. He has his manners though and, in trying to explain that he has to kidnap Nagi, she mistakes his choice of words for a confession of love. Two brothers, who also owe money to the Yakuza then kidnap Nagi while Hayate calls Nagi’s guardian.
Out searching for Nagi is her maid Maria and sees Hayate, who has given up all hope (after giving away his name during the phone call to Nagi’s guardian that cost his last coins) lying down to die in the snow. She helps him and Hayate decides to repay Maria’s kindness by saving Nagi. After chasing and stopping the kidnapper’s car on his bicycle, Hayate asks Nagi to find him a job just before he collapses of his injuries. That is when Nagi declares that Hayate has to become her butler. Later, when she finds out Hayate owe money to the Yakuza, she pays them off, demanding that Hayate has to work off his debt to her as her butler.

Hayate no Gotoku!

Hayate no Gotoku! (Hayate the Combat Butler) is an “anything goes” anime (originally a manga) in which anything can happen. Being a butler to Lady Nagi is probably more demanding than anything Hayate has done before (which is a lot). Not only that Nagi is a Hikikomori, a person who rather not go outside to do stuff (like go to school) and thereby shutting herself out from society, she is also often targeted by varying kinds of enemies (not always because of her money though). Hayate must cure Nagi of her indoor-lifestyle, fight off robots, Yakuza, – even other butlers! All the while Hayate’s only wish is to finish Highschool.

This anime is bound to make you laugh, as Hayate often have to face hilarious situations. Somehow he is invincible as a combat butler but he gets in some tight spots throughout the anime. Hayate no Gotoku! has a broad character gallery and it is in the misunderstandings between the unique characters where most of the comical parts lie. Character personality is this series strength; who doesn’t fall for Nagi’s cuteness or Katsura-sensei’s drinking habits?

For anime fans, this series is a must because of all the references to other anime series (which often is partly censored). Other popular culture icons are being referred to as well.

Also worth noticing is the deconstruction of the fourth wall; the characters all know too well that they are in an anime and often complain about getting too little screen time. Even the narrator discusses things in the story with the characters; the anime’s target audience for instance…

Hayate no Gotoku! season one has run for a total of 52 episodes during about a year know (2007-04-01 to 2008-03-30 according to ANN) and the always so fantastic Eclipse Productions in collaboration with Static-Subs have fansubbed every single episode. Thank you for bringing anime fans this fun, entertaining and amazing anime series before anyone else!

On behalf of all anime fans, including myself, I thank you on beforehand if you are thinking of fansubbing season two

Update! Which indeed they are! Hayate the Combat Butler: Season 2 is being subbed by the awesome Eclipse and Static! Thanks guys! This is much appreciated!

Eclipse Productions and a Post on Fansubbing

Let me give the outstanding fansubbing group Eclipse Productions some cred for their fast, reliable, high-quality subs.

This group, according to their F.A.Q. has a few members who have worked with fansubbing for years but formed Eclipse in October 2005. What makes this group stand out of the crowd is how fast, relative to when an anime airs in Japan they can sub, and at great quality. Their subs are often true to the spoken Japanese and only a few or no puns, etc. are changed to a more understandable form. When something can be confusing for a non-Japanese viewer, Eclipse usually insert an on-screen explanation which is really useful for people like me who wants to get to know Japanese culture and language. This is unlike for example Dattebayo who often tries to come up with their own English version of puns and the like (see this: http://www.dattebayo.com/pr/66).

On Eclipse Productions’ list of merit are the following top anime series:

Anime fansubbing started sometime in the 1980’s but the real boom came with the Internet and increasingly faster computers. When a fansub is made, a raw is needed for which a translated script is written. This is then timed so that the subtitle in question appears on screen at appropriate times and remain on screen long enough for a comfortable read speed. Fansubbing are by fans for fans and most groups have therefore no commercial interests in their productions. Both Eclipse and Dattebayo exercise this policy. Dattebayo have once asked for donations when they faced an imminent hardware failure. Though, they had to make a swift close-down of the donations because too much money flowed in. This meant that they could buy precisely what they wanted for continued fansubbing, and the rest of the money went to Doctors Without Borders (read a pressrelease here: http://www.dattebayo.com/pr/18).

Now fansubbing is not by any means legal; since, the unauthorized redistribution of copyrighted material is prohibited by international law. This is sometimes troublesome for the fansubbers; yet, it becomes even harder when a series has been licensed in their native country (Japanese companies won’t trackdown a fansubber in like Moldova, but an American corporation might trackdown a fansubber in America).

Risk of legal action taken by large companies who own the rights to the anime series can force fansubbers to halt production, as in the case of Kuro-Hana, who were only two episodes short of finishing Death Note when they received a C&D.

Fansubs are the best way to enjoy an anime (until official subbed/dubbed versions are released) and as such you must give the fansubbers some credit for their work. One of the crappiest things you can do is to upload and/or watch anime at low-quality on streaming video sites like YouTube. The fansubbers work really hard and for free to bring fans good quality videos of fantastic anime series and they do not want to see their work decimated in a low-resolution streaming video. It does not take long to download an entire episode for you to enjoy via Bittorrent and it enables the fansubbing groups to keep statistics on how many viewers they have. Because one thing is for certain, it is a thrill for every fansubber to know that many people watch their subs and enjoy them.

Read more about fansubbing here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fansub
Find anime from fabulous fansubbers: http://baka-updates.com