Hayate the Combat Butler 12
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Posted 5/4/11
Hello Crunchers,
you wouldn't happen to know a place that still has copies of Hayate the Combat Butler 12? I was looking for it but didn't find any sellers except rare bookstores or private sellers where the cheapest price was 88 dollars.

Or...

You are in the same predicament as me and know anything useful like Viz Media is planning to print more etc.

After buying volumes 1 - 16 in one go with the exception of volume 12 I'm even considering purchasing straight from Shogakukan (untranslated). Reading manga with a dictionary will be a pain. And well, I guess it's just silly principles that keep me from purchasing a cheap used/worn book and use that to complete the gap in my collection.

Looks like volume 28 is out on 17th May 2011, translated prints from Viz Media is actually that far behind? Not hard to understand how online manga sites are popular when purchasing it legally leaves you far behind official release dates. Not to mention that offical translations have various errors that even a non-native English speaker can see. In a fan translation they often use a hybrid form where they keep some Japanese onomatopoia and honorifics which gives a better impression on manga fans. Most fans pick up basic Japanese when reading anyway so translating too much is often something that leaves a bad taste in my mouth when reading my purchased legal manga.
Anyways, this post was mainly about volume 12 but considering it is probably like finding the needle in the haystack I wanted to express my opinion in a combo post.
Thanks for reading!

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Posted 5/4/11 , edited 5/4/11
I'll be darned! I've checked numerous web site and nobody as one at a regular price. Now I want to know why volume 12 is so hard to get. I've never heard of a ongoing manga going out of print. I'm going to check my copy to see if there anything bad about it.
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Ordering from somewhere online would be best. If you can't do that, then try Borders or Barnes and Nobles.
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I tried ordering from Borders and Barnes & Noble online, they both canceled the order within three days afterward for undisclosed reasons. I really want it, but I'm not so much that I'd pay $80+.
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Posted 5/5/11 , edited 5/7/11
It's a conspiracy I'm sure. I'll let this post stick around for a few days more before I e-mail Viz Media and ask about whether they are gonna print more or not. If not, then I suppose I'll order it from Shogakukan (they are the owners of Viz Media).

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Thats odd, I bought mine when it came out at borders, for regular price,so I had no clue there was an issue with it.
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Posted 5/7/11 , edited 5/7/11

akamarulover2 wrote:

Thats odd, I bought mine when it came out at borders, for regular price,so I had no clue there was an issue with it.


When did you buy it? The Borders where I live hasn't had anyhting Hayate related since before the bankruptcy announcement, and before that they didn't have anything from before Volume 14.
The first print came out only three years ago in 2009. Perhaps the reason Viz is in no hurry to print more is because what recently sold out was still the first print, though I don't know for sure.
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Thanks, stickclub. I'll mail them and ask about volume 12. Too bad I won't be able to read the answer until Wednesday evening... Conscription is fun! (not)

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Posted 6/5/11
The price on the Viz website has dropped to about $5, guess that means they have more copies now. Ordering, ordering...
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Posted 11/29/11
Well, just to put a conclusion to this thread. It seems volume 12 is back again. But now my money is gone and I need to scrounge some more .
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