SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Digital manga subscription service Azuki is adding four manga series from Media Do International, Inc. and MediBang! to its library, part of a deal to add over 150 series in 2023. The four titles — Drifting Net Cafe, The Tenth Prism, Diary of My Daily Failures, and Tunnel of Spring Rain — are available now (including select free chapters) on the Azuki website and iOS and Android apps. Synopses for all four series are below:
Drifting Net Cafe by Shuzo Oshimi, published by Futabasha and distributed by MD-i: In a unique work mixing eroticism and true love, this is the acclaimed Shozo Oshimi’s newest work in “Manga Action.” Koichi Toki, 29, enters a net cafe on a whim and is reunited with his first true love. They are elated to meet again, but then the city around their net cafe disappears! The fated couple share the cafe with nerds, thugs, a brash young kid, girls, and businessmen, and as the interactions between these unconnected people unfold, it results in a sudden interdimensional love story!
The Tenth Prism by Masahito Soda (Author, Artist), Kanaka Mizuki (Author), published by CORK and distributed by MD-i: “In a distant time, a small country — the “Land of Bones” — discovers a strange technology, and plunges the world into fear and despair.” Since the dawn of time, the Kingdom of Karan — loved by its inhabitants and neighbors alike — has existed in peace and in harmony with nature. But now, the kingdom has fallen and its citizens have scattered. Karan’s sole hope? A small boy — Prince Tsunashi. Despite his reluctance to accept the challenges of reviving Karan, Tsunashi’s right eye patch hides the mark of the prophesied savior: THE EYE OF GOLD. Threatened by the intensifying advance of the fearsome and mysterious Land of Bones, a skillful ploy by a vassal allows Tsunashi to discover and harness his legendary ability hidden underneath the eye patch — and fight to save his kingdom. From bestselling author Masahito Soda, creator of “Firefighter! Daigo of Fire Company” (8.3 million copies sold) — and the kart racing manga Capeta (6 million) — comes THE TENTH PRISM. Soda’s new epic fantasy marks his entry into the genre and is certain to be yet another masterstroke for this author.
Diary of My Daily Failures by Eriko Kobayashi, published by TORICO with an English version by MediBang!: A bold comic essay of a depression survivor looking back to her past blunder. In the depth of despair, Eriko struggled as she tried adapting to mental health institution environment. Eriko Kobayashi’s superb ability to deliver dark but comedic self-narrative would not only let readers ponder the importance of mental health but might also reveal the hidden anxiety inside our mind we never know we had…
Tunnel of Spring Rain by Kei Ginkawa, published by TORICO with an English version by MediBang!: The rain that started to fall turned into April’s last snowfall. On that day, my sister died. My shoulders that wouldn’t stop shaking… were held down by Eiji.” Although Asahi knew Eiji only pampered him as a replacement, it doesn’t stop him from harboring romantic feelings for his sister’s former fiancee. The feelings won’t come across, the love won’t bloom, but Asahi still stays beside the man he loves. Until one night…
A chest-tightening touching love story under the mercy of rain, A Tunnel of Spring Rain knocks the softest part of your heart.
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About Azuki and KiraKira Media Inc.
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About Media Do International, Inc.
Tokyo-based Media Do Co., Ltd. is one of the largest eBook distribution companies in the world and retains the largest share of Japan’s eBook market. Media Do International, Inc. is based in San Diego, California. Media Do Group’s mission is to make more content available for more people. NetGalley and its owner, Quality Solutions/Firebrand Technologies, were acquired by Media Do in 2021. Firebrand and NetGalley provide leading marketing and technology services to more than 500 publishers worldwide. NetGalley, LLC operates websites in the US, UK, France, Germany, and Japan. Supadü Ltd. was acquired by Media Do in 2022. Supadü is the lead provider of website and e-commerce solutions for more than 270 publishers in the US and Europe. For more information on Media Do’s services and corporate divisions, please visit: https://mediado.jp/english.
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