Azuki Manga Service Accepts $500k Funding From Y Combinator
Digital manga subscription service Azuki just lately introduced by means of their press launch that they’ve accepted an funding of $500k from startup accelerator Y Combinator (YC). They’re a part of YC’s Winter 2022 batch.
Azuki is the primary ever manga service to take part within the California primarily based startup accelerator, which has helped over 3,000 startups — together with AirBNB, Dropbox, and Reddit — develop their companies.
Azuki CEO Abbas Jaffery mentioned that YC’s funding has been useful in increasing their catalog and enhancing the app.
“Final June we launched Azuki to make it straightforward for followers around the globe to maintain up with the most recent manga chapters with one easy month-to-month subscription,” mentioned Azuki CEO Abbas Jaffery. “YC’s assist and beneficiant funding have been extremely useful as we work to increase our catalog, enhance our apps, and make Azuki the perfect place to learn manga.”
Azuki manga service at the moment has a catalog of twenty-two ongoing manga together with EDENS ZERO and The Yakuza’s Information to Babysitting, with chapters launched on the identical day as Japanese editions. Together with it, they’ve a catalog of over 200 collection which have completed serialization, together with Assault on Titan.
All titles can be found worldwide in English, besides Japan.
Kodansha USA was the primary writer that Azuki collaborated with, making the hottest titles of Japanese writer’s out there for on-demand viewing. This was adopted by tie-ups with Glacier Bay Books and Star Fruit Books, which gave Azuki entry to their choice of their critically acclaimed indie manga, after which an unique partnership with Los Angeles-based manga writer, Kaiten Books.
Azuki, created by KiraKira Media Inc., debuted on June 28, 2021, on iOS, Android, and net browsers.
Choose chapters with commercials can be found to free customers. Prospects may buy a subscription for US$4.99 that permits them to learn manga with out promoting. Every chapter consists of remark threads for registered person conversations.
Supply: Press Launch