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Hayate the Combat Butler!

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When Hayate was young, Santa appeared in a dream and told him that if he worked hard, he’d be rewarded. Thus, with an unbreakable will, the unfortunate Hayate has struggled through life holding onto that belief. In the present, his parents are lazy and unemployed, forcing Hayate to work several jobs to pay the bills. As if things couldn’t get worse, Hayate’s parents then run away, leaving him with an enormous debt and loan sharks on his tail! Naturally, the best solution to find money fast is… to kidnap someone?! A girl named Nagi is the target, but due to an unfortunate miscommunication, she believes Hayate has proposed to her and falls for him hard. After Nagi paid off his debt, Hayate must now work as her butler in order to repay her; but first, he must adapt to her wacky world!

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Hayate the Combat Butler!! TV 2009 TBD
Hayate no Gotoku!! OVA OVA 2009 TBD
Hayate no Gotoku! Heaven is a Place on Earth Movie 2011 TBD
Hayate the Combat Butler: Can't Take My Eyes Off You TV 2012 TBD
Hayate no Gotoku! Cuties TV 2013 TBD
Hayate no Gotoku! (2014) OVA 2014 TBD

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Hayate the Combat Butler 2005 TBD
Colorful Hayate no Gotoku! 2012 TBD
Name Role
Osamu HORIUCHI Character Design
Keiichiro KAWAGUCHI Director
Kotaro NAKAGAWA Music
Kenjiro HATA Original Manga Creator

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Zero no Tsukaima

Zero no Tsukaima

In a world where magic is a reality, the young Louise is at the bottom of her class. Dubbed "Zero" by her classmates at Tristein Academy (due to her zero success rate for magic), Louise (along with all first year students) was charged with summoning a familiar; and instead of a cute magical creature, the familiar arrived in the form of... Saito Hiraga, a normal Japanese boy who was abruptly teleported from his own world?! Can both Louise and Saito come to terms with their new and complicated "relationship" and (more importantly) help Saito find a way home?

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Simple: Both main characters are sort of like knights for their princesses and both series have good humour and action. Well, you can probably get a much better idea if you watch them yourself :)


It's easy to get into the mood in both of these stories. Zero no Tsukaima has a fantasy setting, and Hayate the Combat Butler has a more modern setting. The male leads also show many similarities, but the female leads are even more similar; the fact both Loiuse from ZoT and Nagi from HtCB share a voice actor seem to emphasize this fact. If you liked one of these, you're sure to enjoy the other.


More lolita anime? Both has a funny thing to them. Similar really neverending plot. Theres no doubt that if you like one of them you will like them both.


The lead female characters in both series are very similar. I would put both of these anime in the harem comedy/ school life category. Funny, lighthearted, and easy to follow- there's not a ton of plot in either one.


Both series are a humorous story of a boy in service of a young girl who loves him but does not know how to handle him because she is from a rich family where she's always been the boss of servants and doesn't know how these are thinking. Punishments and orders can thereby sometimes be unreasonably big yet funny, and he endures them. Strange situations also appear due to unusual abilities of the side characters which require him to take action to protect his master. Their drawing style is also alike, so if you like one, you'd also like the other.


If you are a fan of Rie Kugimiya's, then you are sure to enjoy either of these anime. Both series main female is voiced by her, and she prefroms excellently in either one.

Also, both of these series are comical and enjoyable to watch. Basically, if you really liked one of them, then you're going to love the other. Very comical, yet somehow both have a storyline at the same time.

Both involve a girl who is deeply in love with the lead male, while the male is more apparently interested in some other female.


Spoiled girls everywhere! Nagi and Louise both are egoistic skewed girls with a dog - err boy at their side who have to do anything they want. With the story advancing, the "tenant" is getting closer to their pets - romantic comedy is on the way!

Overall, both series are very similar when it comes to fighting, love, spoiled girls and whatever. If you liked one, you'll like the other too!


in both series the caraters have kind of the same position. also the style of jokes are the same. the drawing style is too of the same kind. The thing that says the most is the master-minion relation of a young girl that has an older boy as a minion. Not to forget the tsundere in both relations. Both they are wonderfull series without a doubt, so watch it!!


Both have the protagonists in a romantic relationship. Both the males are considered low class in the animes and this is frequently commented on. Both have a bit of fan service but not heaps so it's ok to watch in your living room. Both main characters only 'real' desire is to protect their masters. I could go on but the point is they are both the same sort of romantic comedy type anime.


I totaly agree,Zero no Tsukaima is in my opinion,ever better cuz i kinda first watched ZnT then Hayate but it's oke :) Totaly watch it,worth the time !!

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Lucky Star

Lucky Star

In present day Japan, the life of a school girl is never dull. The easily-bored Konata never finds time to study because of her otaku habits, which frustrates hard-working Kagami to no end. On the other hand, laid-back Tsukasa always manages to go with the flow, while Miyuki is concerned with keeping her status as resident know-it-all. Join these four girls as they muse and meander their way through everyday events such as eating chocolate cones, doing homework, gaming, and trips to the beach galore.

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Lucky Star and Hayate the Combat Butler have very similar styles of comedy. Both feature an "otaku" character (Lucky Star's Konata and Hayate's Nagi), and each episode contains references to other anime, manga, or games. Both also have a lot of non sequiturs in the sequence of events. Lucky Star does this a bit more than Hayate; once one little gag has passed, the story will sometimes suddenly shift to the next without a transition in between. However, Hayate is not without its own sudden shifts, mostly due to strange things that suddenly happen, robots that inexplicably appear, etc. Both will keep you on your toes! The animation is also very similar, and both focus around school-age kids. Overall, I find the two series to be extremely alike, so if you like one, you should absolutely check out the other.


Both Hayate and Lucky Star provide a lot of references in every episode to other random anime shows like Gundam, Haruhi, Saint Seiya and Dragon Ball. You will not be disappointed with the random jokes if you like anime with no real plotline to follow.


Both heavily parodies other animes (though lucky star more focusing on past kyo-ani works, hayate more shounen and past voice works of the characters). Both females leads are anime/manga otakus and posess the similar quasi-lolli qualities. Both series further have the range of moe female characters (where they are actually likeable and not completely bland).

Hayate is a bit more plot based than Lucky Star, and is probably more accessible than Lucky Star which feels more (male) otaku-centric.


Hayate no Gotoku! borrows a lot of elements from different series and Lucky Star is one of them. Nagi from HnG and Konata from LS are somewhat similar, but not only them. You can find a number of characters that behave or\and looks like one of the characters from LS, among the huge cast of HnG. Both of those shows are random comedies and neat parodies, so if you like such shows, those titles are a must watch.


Both of these anime are fairly episodic, making many references to other anime, sharing similar humor, and are episodic in nature (Although Lucky Star is more episodic). Each of these series also has a main character that is a NEET and in the otaku culture (Nagi and Konata).


Lucky Star and Hayate the Combat Butler are perfect tests for a viewer's knowledge of otaku culture. Both have similar styles of hilarious comedy and do a great job creating humor out of subverting standard anime tropes.


The random humor in both shows is very similar. Both parody other anime (a lot). Both feature the same kind of characters(otaku, airhead, you know the drill). If you liked one, it's worth checking out the other.  


Both series contain a lot of references to other anime/manga. The female leads in both series are huge otakus. Also both series are essentially about nothing, but both contain some great humor.


Hayate and Lucky star have many things common.

The female lead in both anime are otaku. And they tend to have a wacky sense about Japanese culture. In this case lucky Star is better.

Both have references to other anime and manga. Mixing other anime's elements to provide some moments of laughter. Hayate has upperhand at this point.

The diffrence is that, Hayate has a romantic comedy vibe in it, while lucky star tends to be slice of life/school life.

Excel Saga

Excel Saga

F City, F Prefecture: the battleground where good and evil have finally chosen to decide once and for all who will rule the world…or at least that's the general idea! Neither side seems up for the task, as surviving the brutality of everyday life is enough of a chore. On the side of evil is the organization of Across, its only member the loudmouthed and abrasive Excel who struggles just to put food in her stomach; on the side of good, three disenfranchised, unemployed bachelors whose only pursuit in life is romance. Add in alien invasions, jungle warfare, and Mexican immigrant laborers to Japan, and this war doesn't seem likely to be ending soon!


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Excel Saga lampoons a different subgenre per episode and is only loosely held together by an overarching plot. It is the more zany, chaotic, and self-referential of the two, and requires a deep saturation in a broad variety of anime to really get it.

Hayate no Gotoku stands more on its own feet, plot-wise, but it is thick with obvious and deliberate references to other notable anime, and it is full of the same wacky humor.

If you liked Excel Saga but thought it was a little too weird, try Hayate no Gotoku. If you liked Hayate no Gotoku and thought it was too tame - or want a denser version of the same thing, try Excel Saga.


Hayate no Gotoku, or Hayate the Combat Butler and Excel Saga work in very much the same way. Each episode vaguely parodies some aspect of anime, manga, or Japanese pop culture. While each is a bit of a parody, or satirical, there is an overarching storyline that can be broken up into two parts. The first is a broad introductory phase that leads you into the second which becomes more serialized than the episodic first half. Also the end of certain episodes in the second half of the series is a mini-sode that later ties up with the overall plot. All in all, if you enjoyed the story structure and genre one show, and didn't tire of Nabeshin, then other is another great series to watch.


Compared to Excel and Puni; Hayate is much more laid back and slow, they both share a love of making fun of manga and anime. The shows are filled with them and manage to add a few good laughs thoughout without getting too repetitve and annoying.


Both series are hilarious satires that throw their protagonists in all sorts of anime cliches, and poke fun at these cliches.


Simply put, Nabeshin, he's in both these series (though ony in 1 episode of Hayate). Gotta love that Afro!

On a more serious note, if you like an anime that more or less makes fun of anime at anime's expense (for instance, generic style stuff, hyper active talking, people that have powers that shouldn't (i.e. Butlers)) and a story that appears to have no plot, but a slight underlining plot, you will love this. The humor is very similar and the anime's story board is done by the same person (Shinichi Watanbe)


Both Hayate no Gotoku and Excel Saga contain similar whacky humor and are truly random comedies. While the style of the jokes is similar, jokes in HnG seam to be much better (and funnier) than jokes in ES. If you liked one of those shows you could check the other, but even if those shows are similar I can't guarantee that you'll like it.

P.S. Did I mentioned that they are both parodies?

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He is My Master

He is My Master

Runaway sisters Izumi and Mitsuki have a problem. They've got no place to go! That is, until Yoshitaka Nakabayashi, a teenage orphan rich beyond their wildest dreams, offers them jobs as maids. It seems like a dream come true... for all of a few minutes. From spy cameras in the sauna to fetish wear as uniforms, Yoshitaka will stop at nothing to gratify his own perversities, with or without the girls' consent. Can the girls stave off his advances with the help of their hyperactive pet alligator, or will they end up doing service a lot more personal than just cleaning house?


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Both anime are similar. They both have main characters who are a master and his butler and/or maid. In each love-comedy, both main characters are in a deep realtionship, not knowing if they like each other or not, and are too stubborn to admit it. 

Also, Hayate has been nicknamed by some fans as "The 2nd He is my Master", when really it isn't.


Whilst both stories are based on repayment of a debt by working for a master, Hayate features a male butler and He is my Master uses two female maids.

Both have comedic pets (who can forget the perverted Pochi the alligator...) and a splash of fan serving panty shots. Cute comedies with romantic undertones, and both come highly recommended.


Both series are aboutbutlers who have a lot of funny problems while serving their masters. If you like that king of humor you will for sure like the anime I recommend.


I recommend these to any who hasn't seen the other becuse of the simularity in theme, they both go upon the maid butler kind of anime and both have a odd yet msater. Both are funny and will draw you back to watch more episodes and are very enjoyable.


Similar setting, content and what not. I like both of them to be honest and I think viewers one will enjoy the other :p

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Lotte no Omocha!

Lotte no Omocha!

Lotte, the princess of Ygvarland, hates men - a fact that ordinarily wouldn't be a problem given she's just a child. There's just one issue: the girl is a succubus that must suck the life seed from the male species or die! Now approaching adulthood, Lotte must learn to tolerate the opposite sex, but her royal highness won't have any of it. That is, until Judith, the girl's lady-in-waiting, brings Lotte a human boy to the demon world. This unfortunate young man, Naoya, must now open the princess's heart to his gender, but as caring and considerate as he may be, he'll certainly have his work cut out for him!

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Take Hayate the Combat Butler! add a more "interesting" premise and you have Lotte no Omocha

Please don't judge Lotte no Omocha by it's premise, it may sound suspicious but believe, unless your against Big Oppai there's nothing wrong so far...

The thing that makes these two a perfect recommendation is simple both the main characters are caring, considerate guys who go out of their way to help their young madam.

Both Astralotte and Nagi are voiced by the same seiyuu and have very similiar Tsundere personalities.

Both animes create a immense 'feel good' feeling within you without providing any complex story plots to distract you. Also I find that the style of the two animes is similiar.

The only difference I can see between the two is that Lotte no Omocha is designed for an older male audience and deals with more mature themes -as opposed to the kid-friendly Hayate-

In Conclusion don't hate Lotte cause it sounds sus, if you liked Hayate you will definitely love Lotte no Omocha. If your liking Lotte no Omocha and want to watch something else like it don't hesitate to watch Hayate.


This is a no brainer, both animes are similar in both characters and humour.

Both revolve around a young man taken to work for a rich young spoiled girl that takes a strong liking to him. On top of that both main characters have a strong fatherly feeling of protectiion for the two girls.

The main differences are in the action part of the anime, Hayate offers more on that side.

Both have the cute factor and well developed stories/characters.

I strongly recommend them, despite Lotte is not yet finished at the moment I am writing this recommendation.



both of these are about older men who are actually very young for their age taking care of young girls who are rich/spoiled but also really nice. if you like one watch the other and if you're a fan of tsundere or cute girls then definitely watch both.


These series each focus around a spoiled loli growing a relationship with a butler/servant type figure (both lolis voiced by Kugimiya Rie). They mix comedy, drama, and growing up together to make series that fit very well together.


Both follow the same genre where the male protagonist is brought to serve a rich and small female child.