News Hayate the Combat Butler Over Sells 10 Milllion Copies
posted on 2009-01-30 02:24 EST
As of January 16, Kenjirou Hata's Hayate the Combat Butler manga has sold over 10 million copies in Japan — 10,296,000 copies, to be exact. That date was the release day of the manga's 18th volume. Hata began the manga in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine in 2004, and the first volume shipped the following year. Besides the main manga series itself, there have been two guidebooks, two sticker seal books, three light novels, and two game strategy guides.
A television anime series premiered in 2007, and the second season will begin this spring. Viz Media is publishing the tenth volume in North America next month, and Bandai Entertainment announced last July that it licensed the anime series.