Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Hayate the Combat Butler Part 1 |
Genres: Comedy, Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: Infinity Resources Inc Release Date: 07/21/2009
Tsukimiya Ayu | 07/06/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In reply to the 1 star review with the main complaint being 'this is a ripoff because it doesn't have dubbing':
What luxurious complaining. Certainly you must not be aware of the common prices of media in Japan. Fans regularly dish out $60 a disc for only one or two episodes!
As for dubs, if I stretch my imagination I can pretend to understand why a few people prefer them (maybe) but for something like Hayate with all the obscure references and jokes it makes... I can't see the dub living up to it. Plus, if they don't bother dubbing they can get the release out faster. Trailing on the popularity of the subs in the community will result in more sales. (Although Hayate is already not so new... but maybe for future shows)
Now for my opinion...
Hayate is a great comedy. Sometimes breaking the fourth wall but I'd like to say it doesn't abuse the privilege. There are no shortage of parody references to other shows, so if you're familiar with a variety of media it's a bonus.
The series maintains a balance that would be appropriate and entertaining for children while young adults can also find it appealing."
Great family friendly manic humor
Michael L. Brazinski | Maryland, USA | 07/25/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I originally picked up this disk simple by its great name. I started watching with my two daughters (13 & 10) and we could not stop laughing through first episode. The self censoring such as referring to the Yazuka as "very generous people" and the Hayate's mother's gambling problems is "bad investments" just makes it funnier.
We've now made it through six of the seven episodes and are still laughing. The series is rated 13+ but we haven't found anything offensive that our 10 year old shouldn't see. There's occasional references to Nagi (the female lead character) being flat chested but that's about it.
One of my favorite characters in the series is Nagi. Although she is a rich brat, she's likable, unlike Louise in "The Familiar of Zero". It was pleasantly surprising that she didn't come off as someone who just hates working class peasants.
The series seems to pull in the best of several other series. The slapstick humor reminds me of Excel Saga. The school relations remind me of Negima! (the original, not the fan-service reboot). All in all, it just works. I hope Bandai is committed to releasing the entire series.
The lack of a English dub is a mixed blessing. Yes, it'd be nice to be there but we're not having any problems subtitles. There's also minimal extras but I bought the disk for the series, not the extras."
Hayate as it should be~
R. Dallas | 10/08/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hayate no Gotoku has been my favourite series of both manga and anime for a few years now and as soon as I noticed there was a translated DVD here, I leapt at the chance to get it.
I was pleased to find it hadn't been dubbed, as after watching..well, over 70 episodes so far; I love the Japanese voice actors. The subs seem well done, and unlike the original TV broadcast there isn't any annoying censor guy.
7 episodes on one DVD? Certainly better than what I'm used to, so I'm well pleased by Bandai's efforts here and I'll gladly buy every DVD of this in the future.
For those who don't know of the series, Wikipedia can help. But to sum up Hayate, it is one heck of a comedy with tragic elements, fanservice, an excellent narrator, well defined characters, great music, and it's re-watchable over and over. ...oh, and it has a talking white tiger. Just thought I'd throw that out there! If you like comedy, romance and are smart enough to read subtitles while still keeping up with animation you could do alot worse than giving this a looksie."