Azuki Licenses Over 150 Manga Titles, Will Launch New Series Monthly

somari and the forest spirit manga cover feature image
©2015 by YAKO GUREISHI/COAMIX

Azuki has announced that it has finalized deals with companies Media Do International and MediBang! to add over 150 English-translated manga series to its service. A new batch of catalog titles will be announced at the beginning of every month, with select chapters available on the platform soon after. 

The first six series available on Azuki are Somari and the Guardian of the Forest, A Side Character’s Love Story, Wakako Zake, A Love Story Between My Boss and I, Natalie and Mysterious Takumi, and ARK. All titles are available now on Azuki’s web platform and iOS and Android apps, with select free chapters available as well. 

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Here are the full details for each of the six newest manga series on Azuki: 


Somari and the Guardian of the Forest 

Story and art: Yako Gureishi 

somari and the forest spirit manga volume one cover
©2015 by YAKO GUREISHI/COAMIX

Synopsis

In a world populated by a diverse range of tribes, humans have been persecuted nearly to extinction. One day, a forest guardian known as a Golem crosses paths with an abandoned little human girl. This is the story of the bond between a member of the disappearing human species and a guardian of the forest.

The web manga series was first serialized in Coamix’s Web Comic Zenyon from April 2015 to October 2019. It entered a prolonged hiatus, before being discontinued on December 22, 2020 due to Gureishi’s worsening health. 

The manga also inspired a 2020 anime adaptation titled Somali and the Forest Spirit from Satelight and Hornets, with Crunchyroll co-producing and streaming the series on its service. 

A Side Character’s Love Story 

Story and art: Akane Tamura 

a side character's love story volume one cover
©2017 by AKANE TAMURA/NSP

Synopsis

Growing up, Nobuko Tanaka was always a “side character” standing off in the corner. Now in her 20s, she’s fallen in love for the first time. While she isn’t any good at being assertive, she will muster her courage bit by bit as she tries her best to close the distance between herself and her crush – because even side characters fall in love. If you’re tired of the same old romantic protagonists, this modest, refreshing love story is for you.

The manga was first published in Coamix’s Comic Zenon anthology on March 25, 2017 and distributed by MD-i. It was previously published digitally in English by Coamix since February 11, 2020 and by Tapas since December 5, 2020.

Wakako Zake

Story and art: Chie Shinkyu

wakako zake manga volume one cover
©2011 by CHIE SHINKYU/NSP

Synopsis

Wakako Murasaki, 26, lives to eat. She was born with a taste for alcohol and good food, so every night she searches for a good place to enjoy her meals alone. Perhaps she will sit next to you tonight? These popular shorts featuring the solo heavy drinker have been successfully turned into an anime and a drama! 

The manga series has been serialized in Coamix’s Monthly Comic Zenon and Web Comic Zenyon since September 2011. It inspired a short 12-episode TV anime series in 2015 from Office DCI and a live-action TV drama. Both the anime series and the first two season of the live-action drama are streaming on Crunchyroll. 

A Love Story Between My Boss and I

Story and art: Nanameguri 

a love story between my boss and i manga volume one cover
© 2019 Nanameguri/TORICO

Synopsis

The new employee, Takanashi, could not believe his ears when his mentor, Tokunaga, confessed that he was gay. Since then, Takanashi has awkwardly struggled to adapt to a company that doesn’t seem to mind Tokunaga’s sexuality. But once Takanashi got to know his mentor better, he couldn’t take his eyes off of him anymore. Is this feeling… love?

The Boys-Love manga was first published by TORICO and serialized in Karen magazine on April 28, 2012. An English version titled Me, My Boss, and Our Love Story was previously released digitally by MediBang!. 

A sequel to A Love Story Between My Boss and I titled Another Love Story Between My Trainee and I was released digitally in English by TORICO on May 29, 2013. 

Natalie and Mysterious Takumi 

Story and art: Yumika Tsuru 

natalie and mysterious takumi manga volume one cover
© 2019 Yumika Tsuru/TORICO

Synopsis

A pure love comedy between a French Otaku Girl and a mysterious Ikemen! When she was still in France, Natalie went through a heartbreak that made her want to end her life. Surprisingly, the ray of hope that saved her from despair was anime and manga! Now determined to live her life to the fullest, Natalie travels to Japan to become closer to her 2D love, but meets a handsome and mysterious man…?!

The romance slice of life manga was first published by TORICO in 2019, with an English version released by MediBang!. 

ARK 

Story and art: Pubo

ARK volume one cover
© 2018 Pubo/TORICO

Synopsis

After a massive earthquake, five ancient ruins containing the miracle mineral “”Arkdite”” appeared. Is this another blessing of civilization or a sleeping apocalypse? “ARK” is a full-colored comic with a beautiful art style and thrilling plot!

The comic was first published by TORICO on July 24, 2018, with an English version released by MediBang!. 


Source: press release

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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