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!
While visiting his hometown, junior high school student Michishio Nagasumi's life was changed forever when he nearly drowned. Though he was saved by a mermaid named San, there’s a catch -- her family is part of a merfolk mafia, and they abide by a strict rule: If a mermaid is discovered by a man, either he or the mermaid must die. That is, unless the man marries into the family! Faced with such a decision, Nagasumi can only oblige their customs and become a "happy" newlywed. Now, with a new school year around the corner, Nagasumi must find a way to deal with his new bride, keep her true nature a secret, and most importantly, escape inevitable death at the hands of San's over-protective father’s gang!
Need some more offbeat anime humor? Give Seto no Hanayome a watch. Again, you'll find a rather average male being saved by a completely unusual girl, and the parade of ridiculous people who intrude on his life afterward.
I promise you won't be disappointed.
Seto no Hanayome and Hayate the Combat Butler are similar both in premise and style. An unassuming young man is rescued by a wealthy and well-connected young woman and is rapidly pulled into situations over his head as a result. Both animes have frequent shifts in drawing style and make frequent parodic references to classic anime and moe conventions.
HnG and SnH are both comedies with similar style of humor and lots of parody. If you liked one for that reason, you should check the other as well.
P.S. SnH gets better after a few episodes.
Hiro Hiyorimi is a boy who moved to the city to live with his sister; but as he was walking around town one day, he sacrificed himself to protect a girl from being hit by falling beams, and subsequently lost his life. Her name is Hime, and she is a princess who has the power to revive the dead with the flames of life. In return for reviving Hiro, he must work as a servant to protect her from any harm that comes her way. Yet even though Hiro now has a partially immortal life, his flames of life must be recharged daily or he will die yet again. Hime’s life is targeted by her siblings because the throne of the royalty is at stake, so Hiro must step up as a faithful servant to protect her life at all cost!
Besides the fact that more people need to know about this series, Monster Princess keeps up the premise of a boy becoming a servant to a blonde haired girl, and then takes off in a supernatural direction as Hiro, the hapless hero, tries his best to survive his new master's world of vampires and werewolves and androids. Luckily for Hiro, he's also newly immortal, and his master, Hime, happens to be an expert at using any weapon (but especially chainsaws!) to turn monsters into mush.
Both Kaibutsu Oujo and Hayate the Combat Butler are two guys who managed to get themselves roped into the servant role. Although they have their differences, both of these animes center around these two characters and the different hardships and tasks that they must undergo while protect their masters. Both their indivual masters help them in different ways, if you like this one you will like the other.
Naeko and Kousuke Fujiwara have just been given a gift from their grandfather: the mess of a mansion they live in will now be cared for by two capable maids – Fubiki, a beauty that appeals to Kousuke’s fetish; and Kogarashi, a huge, strong man who will perform his maid duties to his fullest! What the two don’t know is that they are the last in line for their family’s inheritance, and these two “maids” have been hired to protect them. For Kousuke, this new life is a dream come true; but for Naeko, her mammoth, gravity-defying breasts will never be safe from Kogarashi or any other male’s antics again!
Both series are about butlers trying to serve their master to the best of their ability. And of course just because they are butlers doesn't mean they can do no wrong. With mistakes that will make you laugh so hard, if you like one you are sure to like the other
Both are funny and will make you laugh so hard that you will cry. There is action in both with comedy to make a serious situation into a joke.
Watch this anime if you want a die laughing show
Having lived in the same orphanage as children, Takumi Tsuzuki and Fumino Serizawa grew up together and remain fast friends. Now living and working at a bakery, Takumi does his best to prevent catastrophe, particularly when the clumsy Otome is in the kitchen! He attends school with Fumino and is still the only person capable of reading through her baffling habit of hiding her emotions by saying exactly the opposite to what she means. However, the arrival on the scene of enigmatic catgirl Nozomi may force Fumino to be more honest with her feelings than she is used to - or perhaps even able to. This, along with a host of crazy friends and associates such as the stuck-up Chise and the otaku Ieyasu, ensures that there is rarely a dull moment in their lives!
Both, Mayoi Neko Overrun! and Hayate no Gotoku have lots of similarities.
Personalities of the main characters are alike. For example gentle, weak-looking protagonist, who despite his look will always find a way to help someone in need. In Mayoi Neko it's Takumi, and in the Combat Butler it's Hayate;
a princes-like girl, who posses enormous amount of money, but is really stubborn and noisy - Nagi from Hayate no Gotoku, and Chise from Mayoi Neko. Other characters have similar personalities too, but I think 2 examples are enuogh.
The second thing that makes these animes look similiar are its jokes.
The third similarity is that there are a lot of refferences to the otaku life and other anime.
These 3 reasons should be enough to make you want watch either one of them if you haven't yet. Mayoi Neko Overrun isn't as hilarious as Hayate no Gotoku, but it's worth trying, because there is always a chance, that You will like it.
Each series focuses around a harem and involves a large amount of comedy and allusions to other anime. Further, each series focuses on a guy oblivious to the fact that the girls around him all like him and have several other similar characters floating around.
Yuuto Ayase is not interested in girls - if his two housemates are anything to go by, girls are loud, brazen slobs that are best left alone. However, when Yuuto accidentally discovers an important secret of his school’s most popular female, Haruka Nogizaka, the two become bound in a budding friendship. All too soon, Yuuto discovers that, despite her flawless appearance, Haruka is clumsy, naive, and a closet otaku... and he just might be falling for her.
These two anime are similar in the way that they both are romantical comedies featuring a boy who is being forcefully dragged in the "otaku world" by a wealthy young girl. The humor is quite different in each series but you'll surely enjoy one if you liked the other.
Like Hayate no Gotoku!, Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu also features one of those otaku oujo type characters. Although the series is not as funny as Hayate no Gotoku!, it has some good points too i.e. said oujo character in Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu isn't a tsundere. So, if you like Hayate no Gotoku! and want to watch something similar, you could give Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu a try.