Ase to Sekken
Sweat and Soap
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Ase to Sekken

Alternative Titles

English: Sweat and Soap
Japanese: あせとせっけん


Type: Manga
Volumes: 11
Chapters: 104
Status: Finished
Published: Jun 21, 2018 to Jan 7, 2021
Genres: Comedy Comedy, Romance Romance, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Morning
Authors: Yamada, Kintetsu (Story & Art)


Score: 7.871 (scored by 40094,009 users)
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Ranked: #9482
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Popularity: #983
Members: 13,881
Favorites: 298

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At Liliadrop, a high-class manufacturer of women's cosmetics, employees are just as outstanding and glamorous as the variety of their products. In contrast stands Asako Yaeshima, a worker formerly nicknamed "Aseko"—"ase" meaning sweat—due to her unusual problem of excessive perspiration.

To deal with her crisis, Asako develops a morning routine: she mixes different scents of Liliadrop soaps and unscented deodorants to mask her body odor. But her effort does not fool Koutarou Natori, a genius fragrance developer at the company with a sensitive and infallible sense of smell.

Koutarou, astounded by Asako's natural smell combined with the soap, insists on sniffing her every day for a week to save their company's reputation by creating new Asako-inspired fragrances. With such an important reason at stake, Asako consents but never imagines how close she and Koutarou would soon become.

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Ase to Sekken placed second at the third annual Tsutaya Comic Awards in 2019. In the same year, it ranked ninth in the Web Category of the Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Awards. In 2020, the series placed sixth on the "Nationwide Bookstore Employees' Recommended Comics of 2020" by Honya Club's online bookstore. In 2021, it was nominated for the 45th Kodansha Manga Awards in the general manga category.

The series has been published in English as Sweat and Soap by Kodansha Comics USA since February 25, 2020.

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Nov 18, 2020
pinkhearted (All reviews)
This manga has the cutest and most wholesome couple ever. Truly an underrated series, as this couple not only portrays one of the more realistic relationships I've read in manga, but also the most healthiest in terms of character progression and motivation.

To give a short summary, Ase to Sekken is a romance between Yaeshima Asako, an office worker who struggles with an excessive sweating problem, and Natori Koutaro, a man with a keen nose and smelling fetish, who also develops soaps for the same company Yaeshima works in.

At first glance, this manga sounds like something ecchi or hentai related. However, this is a read more
Apr 10, 2020
taehoeung (All reviews)
To be honest, when I first read the synopsis, I was turned off from reading the manga thinking it was a story about a strange man having a 'smell fetish'. While the latter remains somewhat true, I was surprised that I came to like the story and Asako and Natori-san's relationship. Despite the smell fetish, their relationship is quite relaxing without any orchestrated drama. It's a refreshing (no pun intended) and lighthearted work within the josei genre. If you are looking for a josei romance with a little bit of fluff and smut, this might be for you. I am definitely looking forward to more read more
Nov 12, 2020
Mochi_Buns (All reviews)
Finally! A romance manga for sweaty girls like me!

It's actually really refreshing to read a manga that not only has actual romance in it, but plays with that romance in an incredibly fun and heartwarming way. The nearly tangible chemistry between our two main characters, I'm not ashamed to admit, gives me butterflies every time. This manga doesn't shy away from the "sexy" parts of exploring love, but it's never explicit or gratuitous, which is another refreshing concept to add to the list.

This is one of the most realistically evolving love stories I've read in a very long time, and I can't recommend it read more
Feb 15, 2021
monn (All reviews)
Heyo, i was reluctant to read this after reading a summary about about smelling fetish like some reviewers but as them i jumped the train and boy the ride was awesome!

Story 9/10

The premise is about scents and romance between two coworkers and their slice of life full of healthy relationship moments (and wholesome ones with some erotic touch).
World setting is more or less realistic and natural besides their meeting (it was kinda artificial) but other than that you see two adults passionately loving each other solving relationship problems in adult like manner, serious relationship questions are solved and are showed to a reader (how to read more

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