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    New website of Otome's Way

    Dear AF visitors, Otome's Way has revamped their website to Blog style and launching their products soon! Please check out their website and give them feedbacks if possible in their website.

    WEBSITE LINK: Otome's Way



    Here's some of the things you can expect from them (as quoted from their blog, written by Courtney from Otome's Way):
    We’re not satisfied with just bringing the works of our mangaka to an English-speaking audience, then brushing our hands off and being done with it. Nope—we’re here to try and change the way you interact with your manga! What’s the use in offering digital distribution, we say, if you can’t give your readers something really valuable in exchange for their sacrifice of the printed word?

    As such, in cooperation with our partner Tigris, we’re starting to imbue many of our digital releases with visual and audio effects that you just can’t get with printed releases or your standard digital fare—blinking eyes, flushed cheeks, glistening tears, voice-overs, the works! We hope that these subtle (and not-so-subtle) effects will improve the overall enjoyment of the work, so please let us know your feedback if you try one of the pieces equipped with these effects!

    In addition, we’re breaking into the educational materials market to help BL fans improve their Japanese skills in a fun, exciting way: through BL-oriented Japanese textbooks! Our A Fujoshi’s Guide to Japanese (don’t be put off by that title—we’re confident you fudanshi out there will enjoy this work as well!) is the product of the hard work of Yusura Ai-sensei, one of our up-and-coming mangaka, and Akeba Yumiko-san, an experienced English and Japanese teacher. In Volume 1, students will be introduced to the basics of Japanese pronunciation and writing—including the hiragana and katakana syllabaries—as well as learn to master greetings, self-introductions, and counting, all with the help of interactive charts, audio guidance, manga-framed explanations, and more! Interested in brushing up on your Japanese now?? This first volume in an ongoing series will be available from the end of April for a special launch price of $20 (US), with the price increasing to $29.99 from June 15 (that’s 2 months from now!), so be sure to get your order in ASAP! We’ll notify everyone when sales are ready to start!
    Note: AarinFantasy does not take commission nor gets paid by Otome's Way in any way. I know I've been promoting their stuff quite a lot recently, but just wanna help them to connect to English speaking yaoi fans better

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    Dear all, here's today's update by Otome's Way and I am quite happy to see how they are different with some of existing publishers, please read on:

    ============Quoted from their FaceBook==============
    In light of our formal launch and new website, we wanted to take another moment to fully spell out exactly what Otome's Way is and what we stand for.


    What is Otome’s Way?
    Otome’s Way is a new digital BL manga operation aimed at promoting fresh Japanese BL manga talent not just within Japanese markets, but worldwide. We’re similar to companies like SuBLime and DPM except that we are focusing on new faces rather than already established artists in the BL manga world. We’re completely legal and ready to bring you professional translations and quality scanlations. Our site and titles are fully bilingual to help reach as many BL fans as we can.


    How does Otome’s Way differ from any other BL company? — While places like DPM and SuBLime focus mainly on licensing works from big-name manga artists, we’re more interested in fostering new talent, in finding the next big name—because everyone has to get their start somewhere! With Otome’s Way, we’re helping BL manga artists get started right out there in the open, putting them in direct line of sight of the awesome foreign market while helping them reach the Japanese fandom, as well.


    Otome's Way has a few other tricks up our sleeves to bring some change to the face of the BL manga industry utilizing the fact that we're in digital manga distribution.


    • Full-color scanlations - We’re not just talking some color overlays in photoshop; we’re talking entire chapters beautifully digitally colored by our talented mangaka. Add to that the fact that these scans are huge (and you can zoom in or out as much as you want with ease), and you’re getting some gorgeous artwork here.
    • Special effects + Audio accompaniment - Using special software on newer browsers like Google Chrome and Safari we’re going to offer digital products with really cool, special effects, such as animated blushing, audio accompaniment, and voice acted scenes. It's like bringing manga to life!
    • Language-learning materials - So I herd u liek BL?? And Japanese? Then why on earth aren’t you already using our BL-focused Japanese-language learning materials to get your study on?? Oh, right—because you only just found out about it! Well, now that you know we’re putting together a series of digital textbooks that essentially teach you Japanese using original BL manga (Volume 1’s getting released in May), you’ve got to check it out and see for yourself!



    Not all of the above are available at this moment and only select titles are available in full color and/or with SFX and audio accompaniment. However, we're continuing to think up fun new experiments to make all of your manga-reading experiences that much more enjoyable. And let’s face it, if you have to experiment with manga, why not do it with BL manga?


    What's free and what's for purchase?
    Most if not all of our series are available to preview for free, and we definitely intend to offer monthly featured works in the future free of charge in the future, but most of our library is just like any other BL publisher: y’gotta pay to peruse! We’re working to keep costs low by offering bundled anthologies and giving readers more bang for their buck in the form of the above beautifully colored panels and SFX-packed scenes.


    All of our artists are Japanese, and all of their series are available in the original Japanese or English translation. Our available anthologies start at $5 for single-language editions, or $7 for the bilingual set. Longer pieces cost a bit more, so be sure to check the site Library or Tigris’ store for summaries and purchasing details. Please note that the store itself won’t go live for another few days, so keep checking the site, Facebook, or sign up for the newsletter to be notified when you can start browsing with intent—until then, there are preview pages on our reader.


    What about community involvement?
    All of us here at Otome's Way are BL fans. We’re also totally committed to getting out there and placing ourselves in the midst of all the fujoshi and fudanshi out there. We have forums on our site and active Facebook and twitter accounts. Feel free to get in there, ask us questions, start a conversation, whatever!


    We've also got plans to visit all sorts of international conventions and our first stop is the upcoming BL-only event Sawachi Nijikai in Malaysia next month. Our featured manga artist, Yusura Ai-sensei, will be in attendance and is pretty stoked to meet the same people who’ll be reading her manga in English for the first time! Many thanks on that front to Aarinfantasy, who’s been helping Otome's Way since the beginning!


    If you guys have any questions, feel free to check the online FQ on our website, message us through the site or Facebook, or join our forums and ask around!


    We're thankful for your support and look forward to the future of Otome's Way!

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