Otome’s Way

Otome’s Way

ABOUT OTOME’S WAY

  1. What is Otome’s Way about?
    • Otome’s Way is an online digital manga distribution site that specializes in original Boy’s Love (or “BL”) content. In addition to offering top-notch English translations (as well as original Japanese versions) of the titles we produce, Otome’s Way is also developing uniquely interactive web-based stories/comics that include such features as sound effects, colorization, and animation, as well as producing a line of textbooks to help aspiring students learn Japanese in a fun, BL-themed environment. We’re based in Ikebukuro, Tokyo–the mecca of BL fans worldwide–and while we’re located in Japan, we make overseas appearances at various international conventions. With a dozen talented artists on our roster and helpful contributors to the site lending their aid, we’re growing by the day.
  2. What is Otome’s Way’s ultimate purpose?
    • While we’re a relatively small group at present, we’re hoping to gain some footing and expand into larger markets in the very near future. We plan to continue promoting our site internationally and hope to visit Europe and America, as well as other locations in Asia. Basically, we want to grow and grow, all the while helping our rising stars of BL manga make a splash among international fujoshi and fudanshi!
  3. What’s the easiest way to contact you?
    • We’re happy to receive e-mails here or field responses via the contact form or our forums. It may take a few hours to get back to you, so if you don’t hear back from us within 48 hours, please try another method.

ACCESSING OUR CONTENT

  1. Where can I find a complete list of the titles available?
    • You can view a list of the available works in our Library (including a summary and details), reachable from the main menu of our website. The same information is also available from OW’s Tigris-based store page as well as on each individual title’s page.
  2. What forms of payment do you accept?
    • Unfortunately, Paypal is the only payment method we accept at the moment.
  3. I don’t have a paypal account; is there any other way for me to pay or access paid content?
    • While we can only accept Paypal payments for now–the good news is it’s completely free and a safe, well-respected website for facilitating online transactions. Head on over to paypal.com to set up your own account!
  4. I want to read my purchase offline; is there a way to download the content to my computer or smartphone?
    • iOS users can download select purchased titles to their iPhones/iPads in the form of “iBooks”. Please visit Tigris’ website for details. You can also download epub versions to your Android device and view your purchase using an epub reader such as Moon+ or Himawari, with the caveat that these versions will not include the special effects available on the main reader or iBooks versions. If neither of those work for you, we’re preparing to allow PDF downloads as well in summer 2013 which should be compatible with any device capable of displaying PDF content.
  5. Can I use any browser to view Otome’s Way content?
    • Our main site is accessible on any up-to-date browser (including Firefox and Internet Explorer). However, while visitors are welcome to look at our free content on the site reader as well as participate in our forums and fan pages (such as Facebook and Twitter), downloads and interactive content are only available on webkit browsers (i.e. Chrome or Safari). We apologize for the inconvenience as we search for more methods to make our productions accessible to as wide an audience as possible.
  6. I can’t use Chrome or Safari on my computer; is there another way to access the Tigris reader or enjoy the content?
    • Users with absolutely no way to access paid content on Tigris’ reader through either Chrome or Safari should contact Otome’s Way via the contact form, and we’ll try to work something out.
  7. Is there any free content?
    • All of our manga available for purchase are available for a limited free sampling, so you know exactly what you’re getting into! In addition, each month we’ll be offering a free sample from our featured mangaka–so stick around!
  8. Is there any non-manga content?
    • We’re always looking for new ways to offer great goods to our fans, so be sure to subscribe to our post announcement mailing list or our RSS feed to receive the latest updates on exciting upcoming digital downloads such as desktop/smartphone wallpapers and shimeji as well as premium physical content like postcards and mugs.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  1. How do I make an account on the forums?
  2. How do I get an icon for the forums?
    • Your icon is the one hosted on your Gravatar account, so head on over to gravatar.com to give yourself an icon.
  3. I have a suggestion for a good BL/yaoi manga for you to translate! Can I contact you about it?
    • At the moment, we’re only focusing on promoting original content from up-and-coming Japanese artists to help further diversify the world of BL, so we aren’t taking requests for licensing already-in-print works.
  4. I’d love to help out! Are you hiring any translators/scanlators right now?
    • If you count yourself a BL fangirl or fanboy and currently reside in the Land of the Rising Sun (that’s Japan!), please contact us regarding job opportunities so we can chat! We’re only considering aid from inside Japan at the moment, sorry!

Questions?

Drop us a line by e-mail or give us a call/visit us in person at:
  • Sakura Shin-machi 1-17-10, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo-to, 154-0015
  • Phone: +81-03-3425-9988
  • Fax: +81-03-3425-8989