Manga creator Nenzu Nyanbara has launched a new manga titled Taishū Sakaba Wakao – Wakako-zake Betten (Public Bar Wakao – Wakako-zake Different Shop) on Tokuma Shoten’s Web Comic Zenyon website. The manga is a spin-off of Chie Shinkyū’s Wakako-zake manga.
The spin-off focuses on a small bar, which is a 15-minute walk from the nearest train station, and located in a questionable part of town. A man named Wakao owns the bar, and he always serves customers with a serious look on his face. He doesn’t think his bar is that big of a deal compared to other bars in the area, and he serves a regular menu consisting of things like rolled omelettes and clams.
The original Wakako-zake manga follows 26-year old Wakako, who drinks different kinds of alcoholic beverages at bars and restaurants alone every night, searching for her place to belong.
Several e-book publishers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Rakuten Kobo, released the first volumes of Ryohei Saigan’s Kamakura Monogatari, Chie Shinkyū’s Wakako-zake, Kumi Kanatsu’s OL Visual Kei, and Kei Ōkubo’s Arte digitally on October 2, 2018. While the releases are listed with each manga’s respective Japanese publisher, their listings on Barnes & Noble show that the manga are “sold by” Media Do.
The first chapters of all the manga are available for free as samplers on some of the platforms.
Saigan launched Kamakura Monogatari in Futabasha’s Manga Action magazine in 1984, before moving it to Futabasha’s Manga Town magazine in 2000, where it has been running ever since.
Shinkyū started Wakako-zake in North Stars Pictures and Tokuma Shoten’s Monthly Comic Zenon magazine in 2011.
OL Visual Kei launched in Weekly Josei in 1999, and Shufu to Seikatsu Sha published the manga’s first volume in 2000 and the 20th and final volume in 2004.
Ōkubo launched Arte in Monthly Comic Zenon in October 2013, and Tokuma Shoten published the manga’s ninth compiled book volume on July 20, 2018.
The official website for the anime adaptation of Chie Shinkyū’s Wakako-zake manga has announced that Miyuki Sawashiro will play the lead role of Wakako.
The series is being done as three-minute shorts that will begin airing in Japan on July 5, 2015. There will be 12 shorts in all.
office DCI is animating the shorts, and Minoru Yamaoka is directing. Yoshishige Kosako is designing the characters.