Hayate no Gotoku! Episode 1, title name as "In English, 'Unmei' Means 'Destiny'" (運命は、英語で言うとデスティニー,Unmei wa, Eigo de Iu to Desutinī?) aired on April 1st 2007, the English Animax dub aired on June 11th 2009.
The episode starts with a young girl running away from a giant robot. The robot introduces her as Nagi Sanzen'in and asks her to be caught by the robot. Nagi then says there are five reasons why she cannot. When asked, she lists them out (addressing the robot) as 1)You're stupid, 2)You're really stupid, 3)You're infinitely stupid, and 4)You're revolutionarily, cosmically stupid. The robot, or the person controlling the robot, is angered so before she lists the fifth one, aims its guns to kill her when she yells out "HAYATE!". Just before bullets from the robot hit her, a teenage boy in a suit with blue hair rescues her. She tells him the opening is about to start, and so to quickly introduce himself, but he only gets out the words "I'm the Sanzen'in family's..." out before the theme song starts.
After the theme song, a little boy asks why Santa doesn't give him presents, which the reply is that he is poor. Then Santa tells him that although he is poor, it is those who work hard that will smile in the end. The young boy then is introduced in the future as Hayate Ayasaki, a 16 year old boy working hard as a bicycle delivery boy for money for his worse-than-useless parents and the boy who was seen before the opening theme. After finishing the delivery in progress, his employer fires him after finding out that he is still in high school, and gives the salary to Hayate's parents. Normally, this wouldn't have been so bad, except his parents have a habit of spending all of their money on their dreams (which is actually wasting it through gambling).
By the time Hayate had gotten home, all that was left was some small change and his parents were gone. His parents had also left a debt of 156,804,000 yen as a Christmas present from borrowing money from loan sharks and had planned to sell him to the Yakuza in the black market(though they are referred to as the "very generous people" or "very kind people"). Soon after, the Yakuza henchmen come, but he manages to break a window and escape. In an extremely desperate situation, Hayate plans to kidnap a little girl (who is introduced as the Nagi Sanzen'in from before the opening theme) standing in front of a vending machine in the park. Santa appears in his mind again telling him the same thing at the beginning of the episode, but this time Hayate punches his imaginary face. Unfortunately, two other men try and mess with her. Instinctively, Hayate jumps out from his hiding spot and scares them off. The little girl reveals herself as Nagi. Hayate gives her his coat since she was cold. She thanks Hayate for helping her and tells him he can ask for anything from her. Hayate then asks her to come with him, though it sounded like he was confessing and that he 'wants her' and 'decided to take her away', when he was actually asking permission to kidnap her. Nagi, thinking that this was confession of his love towards her, agrees to go with him ('go out on a date').
Unfortunately for Hayate, another two criminals appear and they kidnap Nagi as Hayate is busy making the anonymous ransom call (though he accidentally says his name, wastes the last of his money and gives up). Hayate, forlorn, collapsed in the snow, is given a scarf and kindness by a random woman (who is later known to be Nagi's maid, Maria), which cheers him up. He then sees Nagi being kidnapped, so he borrows her bike to chase the speeding kidnapper's car and save Nagi. After Hayate catches up to the car going 120 kilometers per hour with the bike, he is hit by said car immediately after he races in front of the kidnappers. Hayate flies onto the hood of the car and asks for the kidnappers to return Nagi to him. The kidnappers, frightened by his demonic appearance due to blood dripping down his headand his red glowing eyes, agree. To express her gratitude, Nagi she promises to grant Hayate one wish, which was to find a new job for him, and so offered to hire him as her new butler. However, due to severe injuries (like being knocked by a speeding car while rescuing Nagi), he collapses and then is taken away by Nagi's helicopter to recover. She then reveals she is the heir to the incredibly rich Sanzen'in family.
During the introduction of this episode, Nagi is confronted by a giant robot who tells her that there is someone who would profit from her death. After Nagi had called the giant robot "stupid", it makes an attempt to take her life before Hayate jumps in and saves her before she is hit by the robot's gunfire. This is not present in the manga.
After having been asked if he was okay, Hayate tells the magazine publisher that he's well trained, causing the magazine publisher to blush. This is not present in the manga.
As Hayate was leaving on his bicycle, the magazine publisher tries to warn him of a flying baseball that hits Hayate causing him to fall down a stairway. In the manga, the magazine publisher tires to warn him of the upcoming stairway, before Hayate accidently crashes his bike and falls down the stairs.
Additionally, the sign in the background was changed. In this episode, the sign warns people to use caution on bicycles. In the manga, the sign warns people not to trip.
Afterwards, a little boy picks up his baseball and apologizes to Hayate, as the magazine publishers watch on and comment on Hayate's bad luck. This is not present in the manga.
While on his way back to work, Hayate is greeted by his classmates from Shiomi High school, who attempt to invite him to a Christmas party. In the manga, Hijiri is seen with Souya and Ayu. In this episode, Ayumu was given Hijiri's role.
As Souya was giving Hayate the details of the Christmas party, Ayu comments to Ayumu on how much she is looking forward to the party. This is not present in the manga.
Afterwards, Ayu tells Hayate that he is very athletic and suggests that he should join a club. In the manga, Hijiri says this to him.
As Souya and his friends accuse Hayate of only caring about money, Ayumu tries to make an attempt to intervene in their conversation. In the manga, Hijiri is seen along with her friends accusing him of only caring about money.
After having been asked why he needs it so badly, Hayate reveals to his classmates that his parents are unemployed. In the manga, Hayate says his dad was unemployed.
Afterwards, as Hayate's classmates leave for the Christmas party, Hayate waves at them and tells them to have fun at the party. This is absent in this episode.
As Hayate rides off on his bicycle, Ayumu turns her head towards him with a concerned look. This is not present in the manga.
During Hayate's parents introduction, as Mrs. Ayasaki says that she is investing their money in her dream, her line about buying race horse tickets is omitted in this episode.
As Hayate was fired from his job, Hayate's boss is seen with his hands folded in front of his face. In the manga, Hayate's boss was seen reading a newspaper.
After Hayate's boss had told him that he had given his wages of 170,000 yen to his parents, Hayate tells him that his parents would "invest it in some dream". In the manga, Hayate tells him that they would spend it in casinos.
After returning to his home and having found the remainder of his paycheck, Hayate laments to himself on how they're going to greet the new year with only 12 yen. This is not present in the manga.
As Hayate was reading his parent's letter, after he had found their IOU for 156,804,000, his parents note that they had borrowed money from "very generous people" and had given him their debt and asked him to pay it back. In the manga, their letter had informed him that they had sold his organs to the Yakuza.
Afterwards, as the "very generous people" were kicking his front door, Hayate finds a sales diagram listing the prices of his organs owned by the "very generous people"(Yakuza). This is omitted in this episode.
After the "very generous people" had kicked open his front door, Hayate informs them that he couldn't pay them 156,804,000 yen. Kashiwagi tells him to come with them and pay the debt back by doing some "shady jobs", which causes Hayate to jump out the window and run away from them. In the manga, as Hayate finds the sales diagram listing the prices of his organs, one of the Yakuza members yells to Shun to hand over his sons organs to them, which prompts Hayate into running away from them by jumping out the window.
Additionally, the "very generous people's" (Yakuza's) pet Chihuahua is not shown in this episode.
After Hayate had fled from his family's apartment, the bald sensitive Yakuza member orders the other two members to take everything in the apartment and threaten the land lady to get the Ayasaki family's security deposit. This is absent in this episode.
Having taken refuge at Loser Park, Hayate laments to himself on his debt and how he was abandoned by his parents. In the manga, Hayate contemplates on going to the police before realizing that he has no where to go and that he would have to become a criminal to survive.
Afterwards, Hayate overhears Nagi complain to herself that the vending machine wouldn't take her credit card. This is not present in the manga.
Additionally, the vending machine Nagi tries to use is labeled "Synergy". In the manga, it had a "Coca-Cola" logo instead.
Back at the Ayasaki family's apartment, the bald sensitive Yakuza member receives a payment from two men and then threatens them by saying that they would pay with their bodies, if they didn't have the rest of the money they owed them by the following day. In this episode, this scene takes places in their van in the parking lot. In the manga, this scene took place in the Ayasaki family's apartment right after Hayate left.
Back at Loser Park, as Hayate was preparing to kidnap Nagi, an angel and devil version of Hayate appear on his shoulders. The devil suggests for Hayate to give himself up to the ""very generous people", before the angel encourages Hayate to kidnap Nagi and demand a 150 million yen ransom. This is not present in the manga.
Before Hayate makes his attempt to kidnap Nagi, she is approached by two men. The one in the brown coat grabs her arm and suggest that they go somewhere fun. In this episode, Hayate immediately punches the man in the brown coat in his face. In the manga, Hayate comically slaps both men in their faces.
Additionally, as Hayate was hitting the man, Hayate yells "keep your hands off other peoples game". This is absent in this episode.
Afterwards, Hayate tells the men that they should gaze on the painting of Rubens and reflect on their actions. In the manga, Hayate tells them that those who have homes should go home at once.
Afterwards Hayate glares at both men, causing them to run away, after the man in the brown coat says "I was never hit by my father too". This is not present in the manga.
After having thanked Hayate, Nagi asks him how to get a warm drink out of the vending machine, to which Hayate tells her that she needs to put money in the machine to get it. She then tells him that without the warm drink she would freeze to death. Hayate then pulls out what money he has on him and then gives her his jacket. In the manga, Hayate notices Nagi shivering and asks her if she was cold. She tells him that she had ran away from a party and had accidently forgotten her coat.
After Hayate had given Nagi his coat, Hayate's inner thoughts of how he is too naïve and would never be a great criminal is not present in this episode.
After having left the phone booth, Hayate trips in the snow and looses his remaining 2 yen in a storm drain. This is not present in the manga.
As he was trying to fish out the 2 yen from the storm drain, a pile of snow falls from a tree and hits Hayate on the head causing him to fall down on the ground. In the manga, Hayate gives up and falls down on the ground, after he had found an ice cream stick on the ground that had the word "Luck" written on it.
After he had given up, Hayate tries to go to sleep in the snow before Maria calls out to him asking if he was alright. In the manga, Maria accidently runs over him with her bicycle before asking him this.
After Maria had found Hayate in the snow, she grabs his hands and comments on how cold he is, which causes Hayate to immediately stand up. In the manga, as Hayate sat up, Maria asks him if she should call for a doctor.
After Hayate had stood up, Maria immediately gives him her scarf before telling him that if he slept in the snow he'd catch a cold. Touched by her kind act, Hayate breaks down in tears before he and Maria overhear Nagi being abducted by two kidnappers. In the manga, Maria asks Hayate if he had seen a little girl nearby. Realizing that she was referring to Nagi, Hayate pretends that he had not seen her and attempts to leave. Maria then gives Hayate her scarf before they overhear Nagi being abducted by two kidnappers.
After Nagi was kidnapped, Maria tells Hayate that she doesn't know what to do and then mentions that Himegami wasn't around. In the manga, Maria suggests that they should call the police.
After Nagi had told the two kidnappers that they shouldn't breath, the beanie kidnapper tells her that their organs where being hunted by the Yakuza due to their gambling debt. This is absent in this episode
Afterwards, as the sunglasses kidnapper threatened Nagi, she immediately kicks him in the face in response. In the manga, Nagi insults his sunglasses.
Afterwards, the sunglasses kidnapper tells Nagi that he would use his body to teach her not to disrespect her elders. This is omitted in this episode.
After having been hit by the kidnapper's car, Hayate realizes that he was about to die and begins to reflect on his actions before having a vision of his parents happily announcing that they have paid off their debt due to Hayate's life insurance. This is absent in this episode.
As Hayate lands on the hood of the kidnapper's car, Hayate smears his blood on their windshield. This is omitted in this episode.
Additionally, in this episode, as Hayate lands on their car, he is shown to be uninjured. In the manga, Hayate's head was bleeding profusely.
After Hayate had collapsed on the road, Nagi says that she sees red liquid coming out of him. He tells her that it was nothing and he only has a scratch on his head, body and appendages that they couldn't put on the airwaves. In the manga, Hayate doesn't say anything.
After having found Nagi, Maria informs her that she had contacted Klaus and had asked for him to pick them up. In the manga, Nagi asks Maria for a cellphone, contacting Klaus and asking him to bring an emergency medical staff to their location.
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As Hayate was rushing to make his delievery on time, the scenes of him riding his bicycle are a reference to Mikoto Shinozaki from the series Over Drive.
After Hayate was hit in the head with a baseball, the little boy that apologizes to him is seen wearing a baseball hat with the letters "BO" and a uniform with the number 56. This is a reference to the Blue Oceans player Gorō Honda/Shigeno from the series Major.
Afterwards, a pink toy monster that heavily resembles Pikachu from Pokémon can be seen on a shelf behind Hayate's boss.
In one of Kashiwagi's examples of the odd jobs Hayate would have to do to pay them back, Hayate is seen hiding behind a utility poll with a telephone advertisement featuring Dorothy from the series MÄR.
After having taken refuge at Loser Park, Hayate brings up Nello and his dog Patrasche, from the novel and anime series A Dog of Flanders.
During the preview for the next episode, Hayate uses the line “Honestly, next week will be interesting and cool, too!”. This is a reference to the final line used in the episode previews of Mashin Hero Wataru.