Welcome back, everyone!
I’m Courtney, and I’ll be your host today–so please buckle up and strap in for takeoff! It’s (re)launch day here at Otome’s Way Central, and we’re here to update you on our awesome, revamped site as well as where we’re heading in the very near future. More on our new presence behind the cut!
If you’re just tuning in, please permit me to brief you on just who we are: we’re Otome’s Way, a brand new BL manga venture dedicated to polishing the best and brightest new gems in the Japanese BL manga industry and streaming them directly to you, our lovely readers and future-readers, over the internet! We’re available in Japanese and English (as are all of our works), with our translations overseen by a group of talented, dedicated, and most important: qualified BL fangirls who’ve decided to use their love for BL and prowess with the Japanese language for good (or is it evil?), hooking you up with new mangaka you’ve never met before.
We’re an entirely digital venture at the moment, offering works from a number of authors on our roster and churning out new pieces at breakneck speed. These ladies are eager to meet you all, and we’re just as excited to introduce you to them!
But wait, there’s more!
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!
At the risk of sounding long-winded, I’ll wrap up this post for now, but we’ll be back in the coming few days (and prowling the forums as well) with more information, so stick around!