Kanashimi Yo Konnichi Wa: Farewell Hayate the Combat Butler

hisui_icon_4040_round On April 12, 2017, the final chapter of Hayate the Combat Butler was released in the pages of Weekly Shonen Sunday. By this point is should be amazingly clear to anyone who reads the blog that it has been one of my favorite manga.Since the manga has concluded I feel I need a bit of ceremony to see it off.

There are practical and spiritual reasons for a funeral but they are also important as a mechanism to help those who are still alive deal with their loss.  I feel this post is mostly just to help me process the end of the series and will also just happen to serve as a tribute to the manga and anime as well. In the last Speakeasy, I mentioned that the fact that Hayate had ended but the finality had still not fully dawned on me. But as I write this post the reality of the situation is starting to sink in. This is how I enter the vital stage of acceptance.

Despite how I began I don’t want this to be a depressing farewell to Hayate and Nagi. Kenjiro Hata provided over 568 chapters worth of hilarious and touching comics. I can’t be depressed about receiving 12 and a half years of content that often brightened my week like nothing else. I want to say goodbye to one of the series that has kept my fandom and passion for blogging so strong. To most people, this was the ending of a random series in Weekly Shonen Sunday but to me, it is the end of an era.

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The Speakeasy #088: Rudolf the Black Cat, Hayate the Combat Butler, MST3K, Your Name

Ongoing Investigations: Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return from Netflix, Rudolf the Black Cat from OLM Digital and Sprite Animation Studios, Hayate the Combat Butler (finale) by Kenjiro Hata, Robot x Laserbeam (Ch. 1-3) by Tadatoshi Fujimaki, Your Name from Comix Wave Films.

Song: “Nandemonaiya” (movie version) from Your Name by RADWIMPS

Food for Thought: Which type of ending has the most emotional impact to you–happy, sad, or ambiguous? Why?

Topics: Leiji Matsumoto Writing Work that Connects His Universe, Japanese Digital Manga Market grows 27.5%, Rumiko Takahashi Has 200 Million Copies in Print, Blazing Transfer Student Live-action Netflix Series, New TV Anime Block.


The Speakeasy #079: Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, Sailor Moon Drops, Flying Witch, Crunchyroll

Ongoing Investigations: Sailor Moon Drops, Flying Witch, Goodnight Punpun vol 1-2 by Inio Asano, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, Showa: A History of Japan by Shigeru Mizuki, End of Hayate by Kenjiro Hata.

Food for Thought: What would help make a sucessful NYC anime convention?

Topics: NYC Getting A New Anime Event, Crunchyroll Becomes a Competitor in the Physical Market, One Piece is 65% Finished.


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Root of All Evil

  • 1 part Absinthe
  • 3 parts root beer

Fill the cocktail glass with ice. Pour in Absinthe and top with a quality root beer.