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Hayate the Combat Butler Manga's Story Approaches Climax

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Volume 48 ships on Wednesday as "finale begins"

The wraparound jacket band of Kenjirō Hata's 48th Hayate the Combat Butler (Hayate no Gotoku!) manga volume confirmed on Wednesday that the manga's story is approaching its climax. The accompanying blurb teases, "The long journey is ending. And so, the finale begins…”

Viz Media is publishing the manga in North America, and it describes the series:

Hardworking Hayate has a plan to pay back the yakuza--who are now the legal owners of his body parts: he'll kidnap someone and ransom them for a mountain of money! But things get tricky when his would-be kidnappee--who as luck would have it is the daughter of a mind-bogglingly wealthy family--mistakes Hayate's actions for a confession of love, and subsequently hires him to be her personal servant. At least his employment future is secure, or so he thinks...

Hata launched the manga in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine in 2004. Viz Media published the manga's 27th volume in North America on February 9. The manga has inspired four television anime seasons in 2007, 2009, 2012, and 2013, as well as a three-episode OVA in 2014. It also inspired the Hayate the Combat Butler! Heaven Is a Place on Earth anime film in 2011. Synergy SP animated the first television anime season, while J.C. Staff animated the second. Now-defunct studio Manglobe animated the third and fourth seasons, as well as the OVA and anime film.

Crunchyroll streamed all four series. Bandai Entertainment licensed the first series and released it on DVD in 2009. Sentai Filmworks licensed all four seasons and the film, and released all of them throughout 2015.

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