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Azuki Adds Nine New Manga Series, Including The Horrors of Noroi Michiru

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Digital manga app Azuki is adding nine new manga series: The Horrors of Noroi Michiru, published by indie manga publisher Star Fruit Books; and Different Nation, Repeating Your End Together, Sinner, Flen in Black, If You Share A Kiss with Asakawa, Stories from the Shopping District, VESTIGE, and Makabe-sensei's Perfect Plan, distributed by MediBang. All nine titles are now available worldwide (except Japan) on the Azuki website and iOS and Android apps, with select free chapters available.

The Horrors of Noroi Michiru is an Azuki digital exclusive, meaning its digital release will be available only on Azuki. Star Fruit Books will release the series in print in two volumes. Volume 1 is 204 pages and goes on sale July 18, 2024.

A full list of the new series with synopses from the publishers is provided below:

The Horrors of Noroi Michiru by Noroi Michiru, published by Star Fruit Books: For the first time ever, the master of horror Noroi Michiru is available in English! This two-volume collection includes his one-shots, with each page rendered in exquisite detail to showcase his splendid artwork — each panel worthy of being framed. Noroi Michiru's aesthetic is impressive in that it conforms to Western expectations, both amongst illustrated covers and also pages of narrative — focused, realistic anatomy, as opposed to more exaggerated, fanciful forms. His concepts, artwork and narratives are as admirable as the efforts of Junji Ito, but his circulation, and consequently his fanbase, has mainly been exclusive to Japan.

Different Nation by Kakio Tsurukawa, distributed by MediBang: Since the aliens invaded Earth 20 years ago, they have co-existed with human beings in this country. ICPO, an institution with a mission to prevent violent crime happening in the invaded nation, is the main protagonist of this full-colored sci-fi human drama. Together with Roy, a former New York police officer, and a serious alien named Leonardo, Rika, a new Japanese investigator, confronts a crime organization in the bizarre but thrilling “Different Nation.”

Note: Kakio Tsurukawa also has two one-shots available from Star Fruit Books on Azuki: Sawanabe Zombie and Ikyoudo.

Repeating Your End Together by Seiju Natsumegu, distributed by MediBang: "Things I wanted to re-do seem to be endless..." An elite Office Lady, Komori, has a unique ability to do minimum time looping but the limit suddenly turned into 10 years when she got in an accident. The one who greets her in the high-school-past was that man, who had lived in Komori's heart for a long time... sometimes remembered as a smiling nerd, sometimes as a lifeless body that Komori couldn't save.

Sinner by Kye, distributed by MediBang: Babies are scanned at birth, and their criminal probability is found. All is well if they're not criminally inclined. However, if their numbers are too risky, they're removed from society. This is heartbreaking for many, so a group of sinners is now fighting back for their right to try and not just be labeled at birth. Join us on their journey.

Flen in Black by Keisuke Odagiri, distributed by MediBang: Chika grows medicinal herbs and sometimes helps treat her fellow villagers. One day, she notices someone dressed from head to toe in black standing in her herb garden. It turns out that person's name is Flen, and she also seems to be extremely knowledgeable about medicines and herbs. Chika invites her in for a drink and asks her where she's from. Flen replies with the mysterious answer “over the eastern mountain, and then as far as east goes.” However, it seems there is a secret behind Flen's amazing medicinal knowledge. What could it be?

If You Share A Kiss with Asakawa by Sachi Murakami, distributed by MediBang: In Izumi Nakama's grade are twins Satsuki and Ibuki Asakawa. Satsuki, unlike his stoic and cool younger twin Ibuki, is flirtatious and friendly. Just his luck, Izumi attracts the brother he was not interested in getting to know, Satsuki. As the two get on, Izumi starts realizing Satsuki's true character... (Note: Spiciness 1 out of 5) (Warning: uses of anti- gay slurs) "Rule 1 Series": Rio and Etsu have been together since high school and now live together as a happy couple. Madly in love and drunk in their attraction to each other, their intimate lives together are a bond nobody can break.

Stories from the Shopping District by Sanba Maekawa, distributed by MediBang: After hearing about his father's hospitalization, Shouta decided to leave his Pastaio job in Italy and inherit his family Western cuisine restaurant in Hurubita Shopping District. Not much has changed in the district, except probably his-used-to-be-innocent childhood friend, Makoto, who had now bloomed into an attractive guy everyone in the district wanted to sleep with. Makoto's casual sexual relationship with many young men in the district kinda drives Shouta crazy, but maybe... Just maybe Makoto still saves some of his innocence for the guy who hadn't been home for 7 years.

VESTIGE by Cacoethic, distributed by MediBang: A survival thriller manga in full color! Keep your guard up and hunt everything you can, because you never know when you'll be hunted!

Makabe-sensei's Perfect Plan by Kosuke Tokimune, distributed by MediBang: The high school teacher Kanichi Makabe is what you might call a "perfectionist". He does not compromise anything that might hinder his perfect routine! From fighting over seats in the train to protecting a corner of an eraser, every peaceful boring day is indeed a battlefield for him...

Azuki is available on the web at www.azuki.co and in the iOS App Store and Google Play Store. The app features over 300 manga series, including international hits like Attack on Titan, Fire Force, and A Silent Voice. Azuki also publishes acclaimed new series like Our Aimless Nights, Mecha-Ude: Mechanical Arms, and My Dear Detective: Mitsuko's Case Files, with weekly new chapters available exclusively via the Azuki app and ebooks available via the Azuki app and third-party ebook stores.

Manga fans can start reading for free with advertisements today, or upgrade to Premium and access the full Premium catalog featuring thousands of chapters for just $4.99 a month. A 14-day free trial and discounted annual plan are also available, and additional volumes outside the subscription can be purchased via direct volume sales (Premium members get 20% off all volumes). Most titles are available worldwide (except Japan). Stay up to date on the latest announcements by following Azuki at x.com/ReadAzuki, facebook.com/ReadAzuki, and instagram.com/readazuki.

About Azuki and KiraKira Media Inc.

Azuki is a digital comics publisher and subscription app dedicated to expanding worldwide access to new manga series from Japan, operated by a small team of passionate manga fans and tech experts at KiraKira Media Inc. in San Francisco, CA.

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