Sweat and Soap, Volume 1 by Kintetsu Yamada

Posted September 1, 2021 by Silvia in Manga & Graphic Novels / 12 Comments

Sweat and Soap, Volume 1 by Kintetsu YamadaSeries: Sweat and Soap #1
Published by Kodansha Comics on October 10, 2018
Demographic: Seinen
Genres: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life
Source: Purchased
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Don't miss a rom-com manga like no other! In an office romance, there's a fine line between sexy and awkward . . . and that line is where Asako—a woman who sweats copiously—met Koutarou—a perfume developer who can't get enough of Asako's, er, scent.
Asako's living her dream, working at the toiletry maker Lilia Drop. Little do her coworkers know, the reason she loves the company so much is that she's ashamed of her body odor, and their soap is the only thing that does the trick. So when the company's lead product developer, a perfuming genius, approaches her in the lobby and wonders what "that smell" is, she's terrified . . . but could it be . . . that he likes it? And, even more surprising to Yae . . . does she like him?
The hilarious ups and downs of an office romance at a personal care products company are the subject of this sexy, strange romp. Sweat and Soap combines the odd-couple chemistry of Wotakoi, the "too real!" workplace comedy of Aggretsuko, and a heavy dollop of office steaminess!

Sometimes we find ourselves reading something really weird that we can either hate, or completely love. Sweat and Soap is exactly one of these reads, and I ended up ridiculously loving it!

The absurdity of the situation grabs your attention and just won’t let go. What is the deal with Asako’s body odour? And why do I wanna smell her all of a sudden? Gotta blame Koutarou with his odd behaviour, but mostly how he let you realise a scent can reveal a lot more than we tend to believe . . . Doesn’t that make things even more interesting? Surely they are at the Lilia Drop company, where readers may soon notice that the perfuming genius addiction to scents kinda looks like the one they develop for the odd couple. Indeed, their chemistry is genuinely addictive, and rooting for them just comes natural. Exactly like for Koutarou is to smell Asako. Wait . . .

Original, funny, and steamy. A peculiar beginning that with its great mix of awkwardness and humour sends you buy more volumes! Can you smell quite the unique rom-com?


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12 responses to “Sweat and Soap, Volume 1 by Kintetsu Yamada

  1. This is such a premise! And “why do I want to smell her all of a sudden?” lol. I’m wondering WHAT she smells like, exactly, too! Okay, this sounds like a lot of fun, and now I want to know what happens. 🙂

  2. Why do I imagine something different while reading that title?, wahahaha.
    And yes, I can definitely relate about finding some really weird story and then ended up liking it. I’m a sucker for rom-com anyway, and this sounds really really interesting. Awesome find Silvia, I’ll definitely add this one to my list. Btw, is this still ongoing?

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    • If it can be of any consolation, I was imagining another thing when I first read the title, too! ?? I hope you’ll give it a go, Vanessa, it’s a different read and funny but sweet at the same time. There should be 11 volumes in total, but they are still releasing the english version. So far there are 8 volumes available and the 9th is about to be released later this month. I already grabbed 2 & 3 and I definitely plan on keeping the read up ?

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