Takashi Kumagai, Shogakukan's editor in charge of the Hayate the Combat Butler manga, revealed in an interview with the Mainichi Shimbun paper's Mantan Web site that the next step after the Hayate film is already being planned. Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine had announced last month that first-time director Hideto Komori is helming the theatrical film. The original manga and the anime based on it follow a boy named Hayate who serves as a butler, bodyguard, confidante, and more to a girl named Nagi to pay off a 156,804,000-yen (aprrox. US$1.8-million) debt.
Kumagai also mentioned the separate live-action television series that the Taiwanese production and broadcasting company Gala TV will premiere this spring. This live-action series is part of the overall "2011 Hayate the Combat Butler Project" along with the anime film, although Kumagai noted that the live-action cast is depicted as adults (unlike in the original manga). He also indicated that big changes are in store for the heroine Nagi in the original manga this year.
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