SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Azuki is a new digital manga service offering hundreds of manga chapters soon after they hit stores in Japan, officially licensed and in high quality. The service will launch on June 28, 2021 on Web, iOS, and Android and will offer content for both free and subscription users. Free users will be able to access select chapters with advertisements, while those who pay a monthly subscription fee of $4.99 can read Azuki’s expansive catalog with no ads. Comment threads are available on each chapter for registered users to discuss the stories with fellow fans.
At launch, Azuki will be available in English worldwide excluding Japan, so fans everywhere can read manga in their web browser or on their mobile devices.
Azuki has announced their first publisher partnership, with Kodansha USA Publishing. Titles available at launch include worldwide hits like Attack on Titan, Tokyo Revengers, and Fairy Tail, as well as critical darlings like Land of the Lustrous and Chihayafuru. Simulpub titles, including To Your Eternity, EDENS ZERO, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, and A Sign of Affection, will go live on the website and apps shortly after their Japanese release. Fans can also catch up on classic Kodansha titles like Battle Angel Alita, Chi’s Sweet Home, and Love Hina. The full list of titles is included below.
“We started Azuki to create a place where fans like us can come together in our shared passion for manga,” said Abbas Jaffery, co-founder and CEO. “Our goal is to not only reach the manga fans of today but to expand readership of manga as a whole by making it easier for everyone to experience all the wonderfully inventive stories manga has to offer. Kodansha shares in our vision for the future and has been an important ally in bringing Azuki to fruition.”
“We’re excited to be on the ground floor of this new digital manga service to help expand the worldwide reach of our amazing manga titles,” said Alvin Lu, President and CEO of Kodansha USA Publishing. “We are very much aligned with Azuki’s mission of expanding manga readership, and are happy to help this launch with such fan-favorite series like Attack on Titan, Battle Angel Alita, EDENS ZERO, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, and more! We’re sure you’ll find a new favorite series by diving into the Kodansha catalog on Azuki.”
Readers can sign up to be reminded when the service launches by visiting https://azuki.co or following Azuki’s social media accounts at https://twitter.com/ReadAzuki, https://facebook.com/ReadAzuki, and https://instagram.com/ReadAzuki.
About Azuki and KiraKira Media Inc.
Azuki is created by KiraKira Media Inc., a proudly worker-owned business dedicated to improving access to legally licensed manga, led by a small team of passionate manga fans and tech experts in San Francisco, CA. KiraKira Media Inc.’s founders are Adela Chang, Abbas Jaffery, Evan Minto, and Krystyn Neisess.
About Kodansha USA Publishing, LLC
A subsidiary of Kodansha, Japan’s largest publisher, Kodansha USA Publishing is the English-language publisher of some of the world’s most recognizable manga properties, including Katsuhiro Otomo‘s AKIRA and Naoko Takeuchi‘s Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, along with a robust catalog of English-language Japanese novels, cookbooks, craft guides, historical and cultural literature, and more. Today, thanks to recent fan-favorite and critically acclaimed hits like Attack on Titan, Battle Angel Alita, Witch Hat Atelier, and the popular MONOGATARI novels, Kodansha USA Publishing is one of the best-selling manga publishers in the United States. Kodansha USA Publishing‘s print offerings are distributed by Penguin Random House Publisher Services, and their digital manga and select digital books are available across a number of digital comics, manga, and book vendors. For more information visit Kodansha.us.
Full List of Titles Available on Azuki
A Sign of Affection
As Gods Will The Second Series
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan Anthology
Battle Angel Alita
BLAME! Academy and So On
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card
Chi’s Sweet Home
Fairy Tail City Hero
Fairy Tail S
Full-Time Wife Escapist
Heroic Legend of Arslan
Kiss for Real
Land of the Lustrous
Prince in His Dark DAYS
Seven Deadly Sins: Four Knights of the Apocalypse
Springtime with Ninjas
To Your Eternity
Walls Between Us
Yagyu Ninja Scrolls
Yamada-kun and Seven Witches
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