All right! Here’s the final part of my mini BK1 tutorial. This final part is a wee bit too long, so I have to break it up into two parts. Be sure to check the last 2 tutorials for registering an account in BK1 and accessing your account.
Part 03a – Purchasing: Searching to Stuff to Buy
Bk1 is rather… rigid. It doesn’t allow customers to search for a title in English or even Romaji. So be sure to have the title in Japanese (Kanji, Hiragana or Katakana) before hitting the search button in BK1.
If you already know what you want, just do a google search on that title or mangaka for the Japanese title. The place I always ended up using is Mangaupdates. Under series’ “Associated Names”, usually you’ll find the Japanese title. In the mangaka/author’s page, you’ll find the Japanese name under “Name (in native language).
You can try amazon.co.jp to search for new release. Amazon.co.jp is kind enough to translate the page to English on individual release page but other than that, it’s Japanese. It’s a good place to look for latest release because amazon usually posts covers before the release date, but not all the time. The review on amazon’s pretty useful to know whether a book’s worth buying or not. Just look at the amount of stars the book has :)
少年コミック – Shounen comic
青年コミック – Seinen comic
少女コミック – Shoujo comic
女性コミック – Josei comic
4コマ漫画 – 4-coma manga
ボーイズラブコミックス – Boys Love comic
ボーイズラブノベルス – Boy’s love Novel
その他 – Rest/Miscellaneous
コミックセット – Comic set
限定版・特装版 – Special editions
イラスト集・オフィシャルブック – Illustration, artbooks, official book
コミック・アニメ研究 – Comic and Anime Research
レーベル別 – List by Label
出版社別 – List by Publisher
著者別 – List by Mangaka
雑誌 – Magazines
マンガ大賞 – Manga Prize
Amazon.co.jp has almost the same interface with Amazon.com. Only thing is that it has a category just for manga. If you prefer looking for books by publisher or mangaka instead of release dates or titles, simply click on 著者別 or 出版社別 near the bottom of left sidebar. Label here means the title of the magazine, in essence. For example:
Publisher: Libre Shuppan
Label: B-boy, Kurofune Zero, Citron, B-boy novels, B-boy Honey and etc.
Label: Dear+, Cheri+, Wings, Kaguya Spade
Label: Craft, Hertz
Another Japanese website you can check out is Chil-chil for latest release. Chil-chil is an awesome place to follow if you’re a fujoshi. The site’s constantly updated with BL manga or manga news, release dates, features and etc.
Release list: http://www.chil-chil.net/releaseList/ <- Bookmark this
Blogs are awesome places to look for reviews, sneak peaks and release news. I don’t really have a comprehensive list of blogs for you guys to follow because I get my news directly from the publisher and mangaka via twitter or editor’s blog (got to love google reader). I’ll compile a list of mangaka sites and twitter when I have the time [wip links]. But the links below are pretty awesome blogs for English speaking community. :)
http://hazukashiikedo.wordpress.com/ — Fuuko’s Fujoshi blog, everybody goes there
http://otakutofujoshi.wordpress.com/ — Hachi’s Fujoshi blog
http://shinkeikaku.wordpress.com/ — Shinkeikaku’s blog covers a write range of genre and not just BL. :)
http://www.punkednoodle.com/champloo/ — Otaku Champloo’s a pretty well written blog for manga in general but it’s more focused on BL scene.
–Continue to part 3b–
Maybe in another month. Going to continue writing my review of Minazuki Akira’s lovely Oboseru Karada now or another batch of sneak peaks…