Hayate the Combat Butler
(ハヤテのごとく!, Hayate no Gotoku!
?) is a Japanese manga series, written and illustrated by manga author Kenjiro Hata, about a boy who starts a new job as a butler and the events he experiences with his employer. The manga is currently on its twentieth volume in Japan. The English edition of the series has been licensed by Viz Media for distribution in North America. The style of the manga has a comedic gag with a slight harem feel and constantly breaks the fourth wall. The series includes numerous references to other anime, manga, video games, and popular culture. An anime adaptation of the manga started airing on April 1, 2007, and ended on March 30, 2008 on TV Tokyo. A second anime season of Hayate the Combat Butler
was officially confirmed for production by TV Tokyo on the official site on March 31, 2008, and in Shōnen Sunday
volume eighteen, released on April 2, 2008. Another such announcement immediately followed the ending credits of the final episode of season one. On July 4, 2008, Bandai Entertainment announced that they have licensed the anime series. On June 11 2009, Animax-Asia started airing the anime in South-East Asia with English dubs done by Red Angel Media.