Ase to Sekken
Sweat and Soap
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Ase to Sekken

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Japanese: あせとせっけん
English: Sweat and Soap
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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: 8.071 (scored by 62176,217 users)
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Ranked: #5642
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Popularity: #716
Members: 19,335
Favorites: 553

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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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


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.


Takarada, Kensuke
Michinari, Ameku

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Nov 2, 2021
dadnaya (All reviews)
This manga is one huge journey, one that shouldn't be brushed off due to its weird first few chapters.

What we get throughout this manga is a somewhat slow yet steady development between our main leads. They start going out rather early and hit the "relationship goals" once in a while, in a very satisfactory manner.

On top of that, both characters really do feel like proper adults.
They communicate their feelings and their problems. They also sometimes can get annoyed with each other or even fight, but I love it that they will always seek to fix it by talking things out, saying everything out, and read more
Jan 10, 2022
KirbyWurby (All reviews)
Yes all 10, to me this was one of the weirdest stories at first, yeah it had a very weird plot...a guy that smells everthing. Threw me off won't deny that, but what got me hooked is how the characters were written and the progression. Usually you get that lame third wheel plot, a stupid clueless MC, a stroy and plot that doesn't go anywhere for years and have it's charm slowly but surely die down, no not this one. The romance was amazing, they tackled actual situations that couples go through, and throw in harsh and very difficult life moments, and how they deal read more
Jan 18, 2022
giraffenanime (All reviews)
I can't believe it... Sweat and Soap has come to an end (cries in weeb). Let's get right into the manga basics.

Story; A woman by the name of Asako Yaeshime has had a problem with sweating since she was a kid, and because of bully it's become a major dent into her everyday life. She began a hourly and daily routine to keep up with her hygiene using her favourite soap from her work, Liliadrop. By coincidence at a Liliadrop shop, Koutarou Natori with his fantastic sense of smell ran over to the unsuspected Asako looking at soaps. Without a thought or pause in his read more
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


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