Azuki NFTs: All About The Brand’s Past, Present & Future

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One of Web3’s strongest brands, Azuki has a success story and an even brighter future

If you’re a fan of digital collectibles, there’s a good chance you’ve come across Azuki NFTs. The brand hasn’t been around for long but has already become one of the most popular in Web3. But what makes Azuki so special?

In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at the history of Azuki NFTs, the dirt, and the gold. We’ll also dive into future projects and speculate about where the brand might be headed. So if you’re curious about this iconic NFT brand, keep reading!

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What is Azuki?

Azuki is a Web3 brand that first came to life through the launch of the Azuki NFTs. The collection of 10,000 unique non-fungible tokens was a massive hit since its launch in early 2022 and continued despite scandals we’ll dive into later.

Azuki is inspired by anime – something much anticipated in the NFT space – and stands out for having beautiful art, variety and rarity in the collection, extensive and easy navigability on the project website, and plenty of community engagement.

Azuki NFTS
Azuki NFTs | Source:

In addition, as Azuki consolidated itself as a blue-chip NFT collection, it prioritized transparency and clarity.

The successful launch

Azuki NFTs’ launch in January 2022 took it to the top of the list of most successful releases. The 8,700 Collectibles available for sale on OpenSea and LooksRare in a Dutch auction sold out in four minutes. This generated around $29 million in revenue and caught the attention of the entire NFT space.

The remaining NFTs were minted by the whitelist, and so far, the total volume of the collection has reached $755.53 million. This places Azuki in the eighth position of the DappRadar NFT Ranking. That is, it is among the biggest and most profitable of all time.

Who is the team behind Azuki?

Chiru Labs is the company behind Azuki, and the core team faced a lot of criticism from the community when they made public the fact that Zagabond, one of the project’s co-founders, revealed that he had already participated in three NFT projects before and abandoned them.

This caused much of the community to lose faith in Azuki and fear that the resounding success was just another rug pull.

Nevertheless, the storm has passed, and Azuki has proven to be something that goes far beyond its founders – who, in fact, have vast experience not only in NFTs but also in tech, game design, and branding.

The Azuki brand was already recognized for its uniqueness and had already been truly embraced by the community. Even though NFT prices had dropped at the time of the reveal, in March 2022, Azuki continued to make new releases and continue an ambitious and promising roadmap.

The Azuki NFT world

Since the beginning, dedicated to being more than a collection of NFTs that are just used as a profile picture, the Azuki team always hinted to the community that they had big plans for the future.

In addition to the utilities acquired with the NFT, such as access to the exclusive The Garden, physical events, and so on, the project from the beginning also indicated that it was working on a gamified metaverse.

This motivated and motivates collectors to hold their investments, not just flip NFTs, and see in Azuki immeasurable value. In addition, one of the NFTs in the collection, Bobu, will also be fractionalized and transformed into the native token of the Azuki ecosystem.

It’s still too early to know everything this Azuki metaverse will deliver to the community, but it will certainly involve lots of NFT storytelling.

What’s behind Azuki’s success?

With so many PFP NFT collections in the space at the start of 2022, at first glance, there wasn’t much to make Azuki stand out. That is, until you actually stop to look into the project and see the great work they put into every aspect of the brand. Here are some factors that may have helped Azuki NFTs become such a massive success.

NFT art quality and rarity

When it comes to NFTs, you can judge a book by its cover or projects by their artwork, at least a little bit. Azuki’s anime-inspired designs are not only beautiful and carefully created, but they also reveal quality strategic preparation.

Azuki NFT Gallery
Azuki NFT Gallery | Source:

The varied traits of NFTs grant them specific unique rarities that can be easily filtered by collectors. No secrets, you can browse the gallery of 10,000 anime avatars on Azuki’s official website and dive into the world of the collection.

Azuki utility and storytelling prospect

As a complement to fine art, Azuki NFTs also provide their holders with benefits, such as:

“Membership access to The Garden: a corner of the internet where artists, builders, and web3 enthusiasts meet to create a decentralized future. Azuki holders receive access to exclusive drops, experiences, and more.”

But beyond that is that little spark of hope that the project would grow into something much more complex than just the NFTs as we knew them. The team did a very good job of demonstrating that they were investing in an expansion of the universe they were creating, and the audience couldn’t wait to see it concretized.

Community engagement

Among Azuki’s core values is putting community first. “Everything starts and ends with the community,” according to the website. And that is indeed true in this case.

Several initiatives to build Azuki’s image come from active community members, collectors, and whales who want to see their investments grow in value – out of financial interest and out of simple admiration for what Azuki is capable of achieving.

What are the most expensive Azuki NFTs ever sold?

As you can check out in DappRadar’s NFT Explorer, the top 5 most expensive Azuki NFTs all share the Spirit trait.

With last sale prices ranging from 161.25 to 420.7 ETH (worth $210,036 to $547,982 at the time of writing,) these collectibles are both rare and almost impossible to get.

That’s because all holders of Spirit Azukis gathered together and formed an exclusive club inside the Azuki community, where they share ideas on how to improve the brand. They even organized what’s called the Spirit DAO, deciding together on group investment and so on.

How do you value and track Azuki NFTs?

It can be difficult to define an NFT project’s market value as so many variables weigh in.

Azuki NFTs valuation varies according to the reputation and public faith in the project, which remains firm despite such rug pull claims. Also, rare character traits make NFTs rarer and more valuable, as with Spirit and Gold NFTs.

You can read our report on How to Value Azuki NFTs in-depth, but you can figure out the estimate faster using machine learning with the DappRadar NFT Value Estimator.

Azuki NFT Value Estimator DappRadar
Azuki #8307 estimated price according to DappRadar’s NFT Value Estimator

To track the general collection performance and the latest NFT sales, you can use the NFT Collection Explorer.

Take a look below at the data gathered about the Azuki collection regarding yesterday’s performance.

Azuki NFT Collection DappRadar Explorer
Azuki collection overview on NFT Explorer

What are Azuki’s Beanz?

Besides the original Azuki NFT collection, the project also launched a second collection called Beanz in April 2022. Besides being a cheaper entry point to the community, Beanz was the beginning of a new age for Azuki.

Every owner of an original Azuki NFT collection had received in their wallets a mysterious box – an airdropped NFT – that was later revealed as a new character of the Beanz collection.

Beanz NFTs
Azuki with Beanz | Source:

Illustrated as Azuki Beanz with personalities, the NFTs are described as:

“A small species that sprouts from the dirt in the garden, earnestly driven by the desire to help their Azuki friends”

They were a huge success and generated $52 million in sales in two weeks, as you can read in our official report.

Where to buy Azuki NFTs?

NFTs from the original Azuki collection and the second, Beanz, are available for sale in the secondary markets OpenSea and LooksRare.

They are tokens built on the Ethereum blockchain and follow the same characteristics as any non-fungible token. That is, have their characteristics, possession, and history immutable and incontestable.

It is possible that, in the future, these digital assets will be included in a much wider universe than it is today. This explains the speculation that drives so many collectors to spend thousands of dollars on something they cannot hold.

You can check the estimated price and the last sale price of each Azuki NFT in the NFT Collection Explorer.

What’s next for Azuki NFTs?

As we’ve already explored in the article, Azuki has always indicated wanting to take NFTs to participate in a wider universe with a metaverse game of its own.

Bobu, the Azuki character that will become the ecosystem’s native token, has its own Twitter account where, every now and then, the community gets a few hints of what’s coming.

After the launch of the new Ruins section to the Azuki world, the community started to seek signs of how to join what’s coming. One of the messages in the interactive image said:

“There are many superstitions about butterflies. All agree that their presence is a sign.”

That caused an increase in search and new record purchases of Azuki characters with butterflies. Whether these phrases are really indicative of what’s coming or just easter eggs, the community responds quickly and strongly to them.

In Azuki World, there is already the Alley space and the Ruins. Next, we’ll see the opening of a third and, apparently, final space that could be the beginning of the Azuki metaverse.

It’s admirable work that both the Azuki team and community are doing in raising awareness and interest through storytelling, a trend that seems to have spread across collections this year.

A new era: Azuki’s Physical Backed Tokens

Announced this October, Physical Backed Tokens (PBT) promise to blur the line between digital and physical. This innovative open-sourced token standard was created by Chiru Labs and adds a new on-chain “scan-to-own” experience with physical items.

PBTs are completely on-chain (Ethereum) and provide a decentralized way to authenticate physical goods simply by scanning with your phone.

Take a look at the announcement below:

Azuki’s first implementation of a PBT will use the new scan-to-own technology with its cryptographic BEAN chip to a series of nine golden skateboards tied to the Azuki story – on October 21.

The decentralized authentication of physical goods is an exciting new addition to the Web3 world and yet another way that Chiru Labs is shaping its future.

Keep track of blue-chip NFT collections

If you’re interested in learning and investing more in blue-chip NFT collections like Azuki, DappRadar is the right place to start.

Here you not only have access to real-time data on the main NFT projects but also learn about them with educational content through our guides and industry reports.

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