(Isya) Rule of Zero Chapter 5

It’s finally here! If you’re unfamiliar with Isya and these releases we do, this is a project where we work directly with the artist to provide an official English translation. This is the fifth installment of her Rule of Zero series, you can check out the earlier chapters on FAKKU here and our blog posts about it under the “Isya” tag. Just like chapter 4, this one is fully colored and uncensored too. We hope you all have enjoyed the series so far. It’s been a lot of fun to work on! As always, you can say hi to Isya on her twitter. She loves receiving messages from her western fans.

Enjoy!

FAQ section:

Where can I buy it? Fakku

How much does this cost? All chapters will be $5.95

Will there be a printed book for this/other releases? Currently we are only able to provide digital releases. We would need a significant amount of interest in printed releases to warrant doing so.

(Isya) Rule of Zero Chapters 3 and 4

And now we finally have the next chapters available for purchase. If you’re just purchasing a single chapter in this series, I highly recommend you buy chapter 4. Chapter four is fully colored and fully uncensored, she worked really hard on making this one look good. If chapter four sells really well, Isya will do more uncensored/fully colored works. If you have any questions or comments you’d like to leave Isya, you can comment here and we’ll send them to her. Or you can tweet her yourself. She’s on vacation right now, but I’m sure she’d love to see some messages from her fans when she returns to Japan. I’ve decided to provide a more detailed FAQ section to this to answer some questions and respond to feedback.

Where can I buy it? Fakku

FAQ:

Questions regarding the price: Originally we were planning on making chapters 1-3 cheaper and making 4 more expensive due to it being fully colored/uncensored. But it was suggested that we standardize the price across all chapters instead. We will adjust chapter length and value to fit this better in the future. We are also considering doing a censored release of these chapters on DLSite at a lower price for those interested in supporting her there.

Why Fakku?: I don’t remember if I ever responded to this. If I did, it was probably on /u/ or Dynasty at some point. When we were first talking to Isya we considered other sites such as DLSite/Amazon but we ultimately chose to try Fakku for the following reasons:

  • Royalties: Fakku offered a far better artist/publisher cut than she could ever get on DLSite.
  • Exposure: This is something I think a lot of people don’t think about. But if we only used DLSite, she would get a fraction of the sales. Fakku has a ton of buyers that have never even heard of her, so she is able to reach a lot more potential buyers by using the site.
  • Credibility: We had talked to Isya in the past, but her knowledge of the scanlation industry was non existent. You need to consider that a lot of Japanese artists don’t understand scanlation outside of foreigners stealing their work and redistributing it without their permission. We had to gain her trust, and having a proven publisher on our side made this a lot easier.
  • Uncensored works: We cannot sell uncensored works on DLSite. We wanted to eventually move to doing uncensored works since that is usually one of the prime reasons to buy a western release of a doujinshi.
  • Sales: This goes back to exposure, but if we didn’t sell much of her works in the first stint. We probably would have stopped there. She was skeptical from the start at how profitable something like this is. It isn’t as simple as just uploading old scans we did of hers. Everything must come directly from her computer (not scanned) and be worked on and translated recently. It’s a lot more work than I ever originally imagined.
  • Final notes: Keep in mind, we are only a Publisher posting her works on Fakku. I do not work for them, I just use them as a site to distribute works on. So anything they do is beyond me. I don’t follow any of it.

How many have we sold?: When we first started with her Precure doujinshi, we kept our expectations low. With them being both censored and parody works, we figured they’d just sell a few copies. Both Isya and I were surprised when we sold 150+ of each doujinshi. A higher number than we had anticipated. Which is why for our next project, we decided doing originals would be even better.

What impact has it had?: Ever since selling her Precure works and starting to sell Rules of Zero. Isya has tossed around the idea of getting an office to work on yuri on a more full time basis. Currently she has to balance her job and drawing at the same time. With so many con deadlines for her to meet in Japan, she often ends up having to rush to get it done in time. With the help of English sales, she may be able to achieve her dream of being a full time artist.

(Isya) Rule of Zero Chapters 1 and 2

After a long time waiting, we’re finally able to announce our next collaboration with Isya (434notfound). We will be publishing her original manga series “Rule of Zero” for you all. We have two chapters ready for you now, and you can expect two more to be ready by the end of April/early May. If you’re new to the site or don’t remember. Over a year ago we reached out to Isya to help her release her works legally in English to the west. It’s been a learning experience for us all, but it’s been an amazing one.

Getting to work with an artist directly has taught me a lot about the process and how much effort goes into making something like this. Isya has gone above and beyond to try her best for you all. We took your feedback from her first releases and we’re working on improving from them. The chapters featured here are mostly decensored, and the next ones were created fully uncensored with English sales in mind. A little preview from chapter 4 if you want [warning: super lewd!]. Due to the lewdness of this project, it’ll probably only be on Fakku. DLSite doesn’t allow you to show the naughty bits. I put a FAQ down below along with a link to the sales site. I hope you all enjoy!

FAQ section:

Where can I buy it? Fakku

How much does this cost? All chapters will be $5.95

Will there be a printed book for this/other releases? No, isya has no plans to do any printed books in English at this time. We would need a significant number of people interested to make it viable to print.

Cure Assort Selection sales update and next projects

Sorry for the delay! The Fakku version of her latest work is now available here.

Thank you all for supporting Isya all this time, I know it really means a lot to her. We wanted to announce that the next projects we’ll be doing is her original manga series “Rule of 0” next. We will also be publishing Rule of 0 fully uncensored as well, a first for Isya. Working with her has been an absolutely amazing experience for us. Her kindness knows no bounds, from telling me to rest up just when I had a cold, to personally drawing a birthday card for our QCer Patamon. I hope you all will continue to support her and look forward to her next series!

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Cure Assort Selection from Isya, Her Second Official Release

We’re happy to announce that our second collaboration with isya / 434 Not Found is now finished! Like the first one, this is another paid release, so everyone will be able to support Isya directly. This time around, we handled the translations ourselves, and Isya did all of the typesetting and SFX. While there was not as much to revise and correct as the first time, it was still plenty of work for all of us, so it’s great to see the finished work finally getting out there.

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Isya: Cure Assort Official English Release

This is something we’ve been working on for awhile, and I’m finally glad we can show our first official project with you guys. This will be a paid release that will allow everyone to show their love and support to Isya directly. A long time ago we got in a discussion with the artist Isya (434notfound) about helping her with doing an English release. We had talked to her years ago when we first started translating her work, and we wanted to see how we could help give back. This is a whole new experience for us, and we certainly still have a lot to learn, but it has been an enjoyable journey working with Isya. Continue reading