Azuki Reveals 10 New Manga Additions & EBook Purchasing Options

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© Kaoru Tada

At their Anime Expo 2023 panel, Azuki has announced 10 new manga licenses joining its service, upcoming volume releases, and a beta feature allowing fans to download eBooks directly from the Azuki website.

The 10 manga series come from Media Do International, MediBang!, and Star Fruit Books, which includes Itazurana Kiss, Wonder House of Horrors, and four series from legendary josei manga artist Moyoco Anno. Most titles are available to read right now. 

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Azuki’s new beta feature is also now available, allowing fans to directly purchase eBooks on the Azuki website and download files to read in their favorite reader. Azuki premium members can receive a discount of up to 20% off volume purchases. The manga volumes that are now available include My Dear Detective: Mitsuko’s Case Files, Turning the Tables on the Seatmate Killer!, The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting, Gacha Girls Corps, My Dad’s the Queen of All VTubers?!, and UzaMaid: Our Maid is Way Too Annoying!. More eBook releases from Azuki are planned in the near future.

The full list of manga titles coming to Azuki are as follows:


Itazurana Kiss 

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© Kaoru Tada

Story and art: Kaoru Tada

Synopsis

A high school girl named Kotoko Aihara’s love letter has been rejected by her crush, a genius with an IQ of 200 and a sports champion who’s popular with all the girls — Naoki Irie.

As if Kotoko’s luck wasn’t bad enough, shortly after her house gets destroyed by an earthquake and she has to find somewhere to stay, her father reaches out to a good friend to help them out but by some twist of fate her father’s friend is… Naoki Irie’s father!

First she got rejected and now she has to live under the same roof as her crush who rejected her! Will Kotoko’s luck finally turn around?

Buffalo 5 Girls

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© Moyoco Anno

Story and art: Moyoco Anno

Synopsis

In the unforgiving towns dotting the barren desert, girls sold into brothels must face the carnal desires of men day in and day out. In a world rampant with sex and violence, what happens when prostitutes fall in love? Is there a way for them to survive? 

Two working girls, Candy and Suzy, will risk their lives to break the cycle, all for the sake of the freedom they’ve never had. Stronger than they ever thought possible, these girls on the run learn to give their instincts free rein. 

Insufficient Direction 

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© Moyoco Anno

Story and art: Moyoco Anno 

Synopsis

When Moyoco Anno, the widely successful creator of women’s manga, married Hideaki Anno, creator of Neon Genesis Evangelion and a director famed for being an otaku, she had one important doubt:

“Am I really ready to be an otaku’s wife?”

Taking up that challenge, Moyoco Anno launched herself into the deep and beautiful world of married life. This comic essay, an account of the private lives of two of Japan’s most high-profile creators, is raw, unfiltered, and unforgettably hilarious.

Memoirs of Amorous Gentlemen 

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© Moyoco Anno

Story and art: Moyoco Anno

Synopsis

Paris, France — Beginning of the 20th century. Colette works in a brothel and entertains clients with “perverted” desires. She feels she’s living a life without prospects — the only thing that brings her happiness are her secret meetings with a handsome gigolo named Leon. She feels helplessly attracted to the mysterious Leon despite his obvious inability to remain faithful…

This is the first new series by Moyocco Anno in eight years! After “Sakuran” and “Buffalo 5 Girls” comes another story about the strong lives of prostitutes.

The Diary of Ochibi-san

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© Moyoco Anno

Story and art: Moyoco Anno

Synopsis

“Even if I can make you smile, I can’t erase the tears you’ve cried.”

In Mametsubu-cho, a little town somewhere in Japan’s ancient capital of Kamakura, the cheerful Ochibi lives a free and easy life. Together with his friends — the dog Nazeni, the mischievous cat Jack, and the ever-hungry pooch Pankui — he welcomes the new discoveries and acquaintances that come with the changing seasons. 

The spring brings flowers and greenery; the summer, chances to swim in the cool sea. With autumn come the fiery red maples, and winter brings hot and hearty meals. These events and shifts of season are drawn with a soft and tender touch, bringing out the warmth in the details of everyday life.

Urban Legend Hunters 

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Story: Yvon Lee

Art: NOFI 

Synopsis

After getting wrapped up in a grisly crime at school, Yangda has to investigate the urban legend he believes to be at the root of the cause. His investigation leads him to believe a “dating ban” is behind a tense atmosphere that’s breeding spirits that resemble babies. Will he hold a ritual and speak with the spirits to find out if the murderer is actually a ghost or just pretending?

DON’T COUNT YOUR TANUKIS 

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© Mayu Minase

Story and art: Mayu Minase

Synopsis

A new love comedy from Mayu Minase that takes place in the heart of Tokushima, featuring nonhuman entities and love! The son and heir to an indigo dyeing shop, Riku, has dreamed of going to university outside his prefecture with his childhood best friend and girl he loves, but is instead forced to marry a girl named Miyo due to an old family promise. However, just what is Miyo’s incredible secret?! Tokushima’s very own Mayu Minase sets the stage in her hometown for this youthful love fantasy.

Wonder House of Horrors 

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© Miyako Cojima

Story and art: Miyako Cojima

Synopsis

A 10-story horror anthology by Miyako Cojima that is sometimes kooky, sometimes gory, and sometimes positively profound!

Young, Alive, In Love 

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© Daisuke Nishijima 

Story and art: Daisuke Nishijima 

Synopsis

Makoto uses a Geiger to measure radiation, and Mana can see ghosts. The two fall in love. What is more important, decontamination or spirit cleanse?

Transit 

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© Makoto Aizawa

Story and art: Makoto Aizawa

The series will launch on July 21, 2023. 

Synopsis

Life is just a repetition of encounters and partings, and where we are now is in any case a transit point. A series of coming of age stories about the days we go through feeling lost. 

Additionally, Azuki will publish eBook editions of Shunsuke Sorato’s romantic comedy manga Natsume & Natsume. The first volume will go on sale on August 25, 2023 via Amazon, BookWalker, Apple Books, and Google Play Books. Azuki is currently serializing new English chapters of Natsume & Natsume every Friday in their app. 

Azuki also launched pre-orders for the second volume of My Dear Detective: Mitsuko’s Case Files, which will be released on September 5, 2023. 


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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