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'Bathing Boyfriend' Bath Product Line Launches Manga

posted on by Jennifer Sherman

Anna Takamura's Nyūyoku Kareshi -Hadaka de Aroma Healing- (Bathing Boyfriends: Naked Aroma Healing) manga launched in this year's 46th issue of Kadokawa's B's-LOG COMIC magazine on Monday. Anime studio TMS Entertainment provided the original concept, and Takamura is illustrating the series.

The manga adapts TMS Entertainment's line of bishōnen bathing products. The line debuted this past February with eight attractive male characters representing scents.

The manga's story centers on eight males who want to use the healing products of effective scents from a bath house to treat tired, stressed-out people. The guys bring people to the Aya no Yu bath house to recuperate and heal their hearts and bodies. In the first chapter, they help a man who works for a demanding "black company." As with many Japanese workers, the employee commonly works on weekends and is forced to participate in company drinking parties. The guys introduce him to Aya no Yu to help him unwind.

TMS Entertainment released character descriptions when it launched the bath product line. The characters are:

Shota Sugimizu (the aroma of cedar wood)
Shota is 20 years old, born on April 2 (Aries), has blood type A, is a university student, and is 173 centimeters (5'8" inches) tall.

Riku Kikawa (lemongrass)
Riku is 18 years old, born on July 26 (Leo), a high school student with blood type O, and is 178 centimeters (5'10") tall.

Yukari Yagi (eucalyptus)
Yukari is a 21 year-old university student born on July 8 (Cancer) with blood type AB and is 175 centimeters (5'9") tall.

Kōga Konomi (rosemary)
Kōga is a 25 year-old pastry chef born on April 23 (Taurus) with blood type A and is 189 centimeters (6'2") tall.

The other characters include:
Yamato Ayanokōji (Rosewood)
Yamato is a 27 year-old IT company president born on November 23 (Sagittarius) with blood type B and is 180 centimeters (5'11") tall.

Reiji Shino (Blueberry)
Reiji is a 32 year-old bartender born June 6 (Gemini) with blood type AB and is 174 centimeters (5'8") tall.

Eijirō Tsurumi (Strawberry)
Eijirō is a 23 year-old nursery school teacher born December 29 (Capricorn) with blood type O and is 183 centimeters (6'0") tall.

Simon Kufasnewski (Grapefruit)
Simon is a 17 year-old foreign exchange student born January 29 (Aquarius) with blood type O and is 168 centimeters (5'6") tall.

The eighth chapter of the separate Nyūyoku Kareshi web comic debuted on October 12. The original product line currently includes bath sets, bath salts, lip packs, and aroma soaps.

Source: Comic Natalie

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