Otome’s Way

Otome’s Way

Aarinfantasy reviews “A Fujoshi’s Guide to Japanese”

A Fujoshi’s Guide to Japanese 1 by Otome’s Way, is a primer for learning Japanese language. Ai Yusura and accomplished Japanese teacher Akeba Yumiko collaborated to create this fun guide on eBook format to reach a wider audience group. It is the first book so it starts off with very basic things such as basic pronunciations, reading, writing, greetings and self-introduction.

To read the guide, I have to register with Tigris-Libra website first which is a very simple and fast procedure.After that, I am able to select the eBooks that I wanted, and for this time Iam going to review the fujoshi guide to learn Japanese.

The first thing that caught my attention me was the idea of it being targeted to Fujoshis, which means the contents may contain BL elements.

I have been eager to learn Japanese language since 2004; I paid quite a lot for a semester to learn Japanese at beginner’s stage, so I am keen to know what this guide has to offer. The first thing that caught my attention me was the idea of it being targeted to Fujoshis, which means the contents may contain BL elements. I was amazed with the quality of artwork featured in the first few pages – it is fully colored and in manga style too, which features Alexis and Shou, the main characters of the guide. To be honest, my first impression of the seme character is that it bears a resemblance of Kuroshitsuji’s Sebastian, well mainly because of the looks and Shou is also a butler in this eBook.

It also has some sort of BL CD drama feel to it due to the voice-over by voice actors. Yes! The eBook has an audio playback feature!

Aside from reading it like a manga, it also has some sort of BL CD drama feel to it due to the voice-over by voice actors. Yes! The eBook has an audio playback feature! The audio is in Japanese,but there are buttons for you to click on to convert the speech bubbles to either Japanese, English or Romanji; so you get the benefits of listening, understanding and how to read all at the same time!

As I have gone through first stages of Japanese language classes before many years ago, I can see the similarities of the syllabus I studied in the past. It all starts with simple vocabularies and mainly focusing on simple daily conversations. This is enforced by the special feature of this eBook, which is the audio teaching feature. You get to tap or click on a button and you can hear the sound on how to pronounce the word or sentence. The voice is very clear and crisp, also pretty much suited the character they are voicing for.

To learn Japanese by yourself, like through a normal guide or CD, is not easy. You will have to always go through it in a daily routine, where it may get boring. But the fujoshi guide is not boring in this sense and you will want to keep clicking on the audio especially… and it beats keeping on rewinding a CD to a certain part to learn something. Therefore, I think the learning cycle time is faster this way.

I like how Otome’s Way emphasizes on the usual mistakes that beginners/learners made on some words and how it should be read or said.

As the pages turn, I begin to see that I did pick up some understanding of the language and most of all, the understanding of Japanese culture, such as bowing and greeting manner. Though I hope there will be more of Japanese culture showcase in there such as how to order things or food related, since many of us like to eat Japanese food. Perhaps Otome’s Way might want to consider that for the next volume.

Other than just reading or listening, there’s also a section for showing us on how to write Japanese letters with the correct strokes and forms. This is helpful for people who are looking to read and write.

Other than just reading or listening, there’s also a section for showing us on how to write Japanese letters with the correct strokes and forms. This is helpful for people who are looking to read and write. While I know many people are so eager to just want to know how to speak and listen, but I think the foundation is to know how to read and write. So I think part of the eBook covering this is good.

My peeve as a fujoshi or BL fan, is that the eBook may not contain as much BL elements as I would have liked. But I think it can really appeal to anyone in general without having to think of it as BL. Perhaps if technology allows, there can be more interactive activity or practise at the end of each section rather than the current static exercise page; for example, maybe revealing more story plot of a BL manga if the reader answered a question correctly.

Pros: Love the character designs and color! I also personally like the main voice actors featured in the eBook. They sounded right for the characters and most importantly, clear to listen to.

Cons: Online reading may be a bit slow and frustrating for those who have slow Internet connection.

Recommended: Use iPad to download the eBook and then read it offline anytime, anywhere.

Aarinfantasy’s “Otome’s Way @ Sawachi Nijikai 2013 Report


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