Azuki has exclusively licensed Yoshino Koyoka’s manga adaptation of the sci-fi action anime Mecha-Ude: Mechanical Arms for English release outside Asian territories. The first two chapters will launch on the platform on July 2, 2023 and will be available via the Azuki website and mobile apps. New chapters will launch every Wednesday thereafter.
Mecha-Ude will be available to read worldwide except in Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.
Moreover, Azuki and Pony Canyon will both be present at Anime Expo 2023 in Los Angeles, California. Fans can visit Azuki at Booth #3021 to participate in merchandise giveaways and numerous events at the convention. The event consists of the Mecha-Ude anime premiere and panel on July 2 at 2:30 PM, an Azuki panel on July 2 at 5:30 PM, and an autograph session with staff from the Mecha-Ude anime in Kentia Hall on July 3 at 2:00 PM.
Mecha-Ude: Mechanical Arms is an anime project created by animator Okamoto and TriF Studio. It was initially released as an independent pilot film in 2019 after a successful Kickstarter campaign.
In September 2022, Pony Canyon announced the production of a new “full-scale” anime series that will be directed by Okamoto and produced by TriF. Koyoka’s manga adaptation was launched in Japan soon after.
Azuki describes the story of the Mecha-Ude manga as:
Kitakagami City is a pretty normal town… except that some people have gotten their hands on Mecha-Ude: powerful, sentient mechanical beings attached to the limbs of their hosts. When middle school kid Hikaru accidentally activates Alma, a mysterious Mecha-Ude with no memory of his past, he forms an unlikely connection with the talking arm. But where did Alma come from? And why are shadowy secret organizations and corporate assassins with deadly Mecha-Ude of their own suddenly chasing Hikaru down, hell-bent on stealing Alma? Hikaru and Alma must learn to work together to uncover the truth behind Alma’s identity and prevent him from ending up in the wrong hands (or on the wrong arm)!
Source: press release