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Hayate the Combat Butler Manga Takes Break, Returns in November for Last Arc

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Series returns in Weekly Shonen Sunday #51 on November 16

This year's 47th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine announced on Wednesday that Kenjirō Hata's Hayate the Combat Butler (Hayate no Gotoku!) manga will go on a break starting in the next issue. The series will return and launch its final arc in the 51st issue, which will ship in Japan on November 16.

The wraparound jacket band on the 48th compiled volume confirmed in May that the manga's story was approaching its climax. The 49th volume shipped in Japan on Tuesday.

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 28th volume in North America on September 13. 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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