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
Theme: Workplace Workplace
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Morning
Authors: Yamada, Kintetsu (Story & Art)


Score: 8.161 (scored by 1474914,749 users)
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Ranked: #4952
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Popularity: #431
Members: 39,691
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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 was published in English as Sweat and Soap by Kodansha Comics USA from February 25, 2020, to January 11, 2022. It was also released in Polish as Zapach Miłości by Waneko from November 3, 2021, to February 15, 2023.

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Jul 22, 2023
Ase to Sekken managed to impress me with how smoothly the story flows. Romance manga has never been much to my liking, but this read was extremely enjoyable and fun, my eyes floated through the pages.

Prior to this manga, I read another short romance manga that also caught my attention, called "Telework Yotabanashi." Soon after, I started reading Ase to Sekken, but I never imagined that the author would be the same. What surprised me, he truly has a talent for romance stories.

At first, I found it strange how Natori had this obsession with smelling and how he would be constantly sniffing Asako, but it ...
Jun 16, 2022
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (71/104 eps)
This is meant to be a gentle, heartwarming romance between a shy girl with excessive perspiration and a brilliant coworker with a smelling fetish.
They meet, get involved with each other and gradually their relationship deepens. So, where's the problem?
Well, maybe it's a good read for girls, I wouldn't know, but from a guys point of view there are several issues.
Their relationship is too perfect. Come on, it's an eternal honeymoon, not even one tiny slice of selfishness anywhere!
He is really too kind and sweet and caring; every single waking moment he is only thinking of her, how to make her happy, how to surprise her. ...
Jan 3, 2023
Preliminary (6/104 eps)
I went in with high hopes after seeing the glowing reviews but dropped it in just 6 chapters though I would’ve dropped sooner…I wanted to stick it through for a bit first.

It was a weird read. Hear me out, I love josei romances set after high school (though fem MC acts & looks like a high school girl IMO). I’m down for steamy scenes. But it was just too weird and the pacing was not great.

When I read the premise & saw the cover I thought it was going to be some fetishy smutty stuff (and from what I read it was) but ...

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