The 48th volume of Kenjiro Hata’s Hayate the Combat Butler manga was released today with a wraparound jacket band which confirmed that the story is nearing its climax. The band’s blurb also gave the teaser, “The long journey is ending. And so, the finale begins…”. Since Hata launched the series in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday in 2004, it’s inspired four anime series in 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2013, also branching off into a 2014 three-episode OVA, and the 2011 anime movie Hayate the Combat Butler! Heaven is a Place on Earth.

VIZ Media publish the manga in North America, and they describe the manga’s story:

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…

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