MangaHelpers Art Contest Week 11-12

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Welcome to Art Contests Shoutout. This weekly article will bring you updates about the open Art Contests and Themes for both Submissions and Voting as well as Winner(s) of the Contests.

For the Submissions, we have Scenario Coloring open for entries until May 15th, 2016.

The Mythology Banner is also open for voting until May 8th, 2016.

Be sure to check them both before their deadlines!

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Fairy Tail Tournament begins!

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Hello Fairy Tail Fans,

The very first Fairy Tail Tournament has officially begun! The Group Stage will consist of 4 Groups of 8 fighters, who are pitted against one another in a Battle Royale. Fans are encouraged to discuss and vote for the most worthy fighters. Only 4 characters from each Group can progress further in the Tournament.

We're kicking off the Tournament with Group A. Discussion will end on May 8th, 2016 while Voting will be allowed till May 9th, 2016.

We hope to see you there.

~MangaHelpers Staff

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Fairy Tail Tournament - Group B kicks off!

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Hello Fairy Tail Fans,

With the Group A Battle Royale drawing to a close, it's now time for the next round of the Group stage. As with the first Battle Royale, 8 characters will engage in a contest of might, whereby the best 4 fighters advance to the next round.

The Group B Battle Royale is now underway! Discussion will end on May 13th, 2016; while voting will be allowed until May 14th, 2016.

Thank you to all who have participated so far, and we hope to see you all again!

~MangaHelpers Staff

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Fairy Tail Tournament - Group C kicks off!

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Hello Fairy Tail Fans,

With the Group B Battle Royale drawing to a close, it's now time for the next round of the Group stage. As with the first Battle Royale, 8 characters will engage in a contest of might, whereby the best 4 fighters advance to the next round.

The Group C Battle Royale is now underway! Discussion will end on May 18th, 2016; while voting will be allowed until May 19th, 2016.

Thank you to all who have participated so far, and we hope to see you all again!

~MangaHelpers Staff

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New Manga Shout Out: 4/18/16 - 5/8/16

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Welcome to the next New Manga Shout Out. This weekly article introduces you to manga that are new and/or have not been scanlated yet. This week(s)' feature a girl bent on dying in battle, a mysterious girl in old-fashioned clothes, a mahjong genius. Remember, if you like any of the series, favorite them. Don't forget to also thank the various people who feed your manga addiction. ^_^ Translators and Scanlators, please check out these series and see if you can spread some more manga love~

We're still looking for people who know Japanese and want to help write summaries for our manga database and for the shout out. Please PM me if you want to help out. Now onto the series~


Hiiragi-sama wa Jibun o Sagashite Iru. (柊様は自分を探している。)...​

Fairy Tail Tournament- Coming Soon!!

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Hello Fairy Tail Fans,

We are proud to announce the very first Tournament for Fairy Tail which would commence shortly. In this grand festival, different battle rounds will be held to determine the top fighter among the participants.

The Tournament is scheduled to launch on May 3rd, 2016 and we hope to see you all join to discuss and eventually pick the Tournament's finest.

See you soon.

~MangaHelpers Staff.

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New Manga Shout Out: 4/11/16 - 4/17/16

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Welcome to the next New Manga Shout Out. This weekly article introduces you to manga that are new and/or have not been scanlated yet. This week features a cyborg, a journey to the find the best tea, and love stories from an apartment complex. Remember, if you like any of the series, favorite them. Don't forget to also thank the various people who feed your manga addiction. ^_^ Translators and Scanlators, please check out these series and see if you can spread some more manga love~

We're still looking for people who know Japanese and want to help write summaries for our manga database and for the shout out. Please PM me if you want to help out. Now onto the series~


Appleseed Alpha (アップルシードα)
By: KURODA Iou​
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Manga Awards 2015- Results

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Ladies and Gentlemen,

The 2015 Manga Awards have been concluded and the results are out!

Fairy Tail and Tokyo Ghoul were the biggest winners, with both combining to take half of the categories with 5 winners each. Magi came right behind with winners in 4 categories.

Check out the full results and details Here.

Thank you all for participating. We hope to see you again next year.

~MangaHelpers Staff

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Kaotic Korner - Translation Basics

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How is it going, this is Kaoz with another edition of Kaotic Korner. Today I want to give you a very basic overview over different translation strategies. For this purpose, we are primarily going to look at "word-for-word translations", "literal translations" and "free translations", so let's jump right in.

Word-for-word translations
We will start off with the most straight-forward type. Translating word-for-word is exactly what it sounds like: you substitute every word in your source text with a different one from the target language without touching anything else. So for instance you could have a translation like this:

Source: Je te pardonne.
Translation: I you forgive.


As you can probably imagine, this can go very wrong very quickly. I only used a simple three word sentence and it's already messed up. Imagine doing that with more complex structures and you probably won't have an easy time understanding what's being said anymore. Nevertheless, until a few...

Golden Week

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Golden Week is upon us again. Most of you might have read this term before, others are utterly unaware of its existence. But what is this dreadful thing that gives us a manga free week in late April / early May?
The Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク Gōruden Wīku) is a chain of holidays, forming one of the peaks of the Japanese holiday schedule next to August's O-Bon and New Year. In recent years there has also been talk of a Silver Week in September. The single holidays, forming what we know as Golden Week, are Shōwa Day (昭和の日 Shōwa no Hi) on April 29, Constitution Memorial Day (憲法記念日 Kenpō Kinenbi) on May 3, Greenery Day (みどりの日 Midori no Hi) on May 4 and Children's Day (こどもの日 Kodomo no Hi) on May 5.


As you see, the cause of celebration varies wildly. While Shōwa Day is held in honor of the late Emperor Hirohito, Constition Memorial Day reminds the Japanese of the constitutions proclamation in 1947. Greenery Day, formerly...

National Cherry Blossom Festival - Event Update

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This Saturday, April 9, at 8:30 PM Washington DC will see a fantastic fireworks display along the Wharf in Southwest DC. And as if fireworks weren't vast enough to behold, there is a whole festival leading up to it, starting at 1 PM. The whole Southwest Waterfront Firework Festival is free and hosts a multitude of activities and shows. Among them are music, family friendly water activities, cultural experiences, live entertainment and delicious foods at four locations.



At the Cherry Blossom Plaza you will find the Harris Teeter Experience, Cherry Blossom Photos, Caligraphy, DC Dragon Boats and Excursions, as well as a Beer and Cider Garden.

A Food Truck rally, Coffee and Hot Chocolate Samples by Dunkin Donuts, Sailboat Making, Hot 99.5 Music and Giveaways, and Blossom Art can be found...​

Manga Awards 2015 - Final Voting Round

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The final round of the Manga Awards starts today and will end next Tuesday.

We hope that all of you will vote to decide the winner.

~ MangaHelpers Staff

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Japanese publisher Kadokawa has purchased a 51% stake in Yen Press.

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Sword Art Online, A Certain Magical Index, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
Many of us are familiar with those Anime which all originated from the same kind of source. A Light Novel.
But what are those things in the first place and why are the news at the top even remotely interesting?


Light novels, or ranobe, are fairly popular in the homeland of Otaku culture. They are novels whose main target audience consists of middle and high school kids in the same sense as a Manga magazine like Shounen Jump does.
Like a novel should be, ranobe are basically 99% text paired with a few illustrations and are released in bunkobon size.

Many fans of LNs in the western world are now rejoicing because Yen Press became a part of the japanese company Kadokawa. During the last few years, Yen Press already began to license and publish quite a few series like Haruhi, SAO, Accel...

New Manga Shout Out: 4/4/16 - 4/10/16

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Welcome to the next New Manga Shout Out. This weekly article introduces you to manga that are new and/or have not been scanlated yet. This week features a future voice actor studying school loners, a stuntsman, and a sexy robot girl. Remember, if you like any of the series, favorite them. Don't forget to also thank the various people who feed your manga addiction. ^_^ Translators and Scanlators, please check out these series and see if you can spread some more manga love~

We're still looking for people who know Japanese and want to help write summaries for our manga database and for the shout out. Please PM me if you want to help out. Now onto the series~


Bocchi Album (ぼっちアルバム)
By: YAMAGUCHI Satoshi x HIRAI Takeshi​
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National Cherry Blossom Festival - Event Update

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The final weekend of the National Cherry Blossom Festival is approaching, and with it come the last batch of event suggestions for our Japanophile readers. This Saturday, April 16, there will be three venues to check out. Do not fret though, you can visit all of them.

From 10 AM to noon, the NCBF Parade will walk on Constitution Avenue – From 7th to 17th streets, NW. Places at the Grandstand Seating start at $20. Standing along the Parade route from Constitution Avenue between 9th and 15th streets, NW is free. You will be able to see many High School Marching Bands, talent show participants (The Voice, America's Got Talent, American Idol), cast members from the musical Jersey Boys, Miss America 2016, Washington Redskins Cheerleaders and more...

MangaHelpers Becomes ComicHelpers

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Hey all,

Times are changing and so is MangaHelpers. Due to the surge of popularity of Western comics and the waning interest in manga, we have determined that we, too, must change to remain relevant moving forward. As such, we will slowly transition to a discussion site for comics starting today.

We apologize to the members that enjoyed discussing on MangaHelpers these past nine years; thank you very much for your support during that time and we hope you can understand and respect our decision. We also hope that many of you stick around and join us in debating about Batman and Superman. In fact, why not join right in? Get started here and discover the world of ComicHelpers!

Sincerely,

ComicHelpers Staff

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Manga Sections Are Back

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Ladies and gentlemen,

when you visited the site earlier, you probably noticed that the Manga section was gone and replaced by a Comics section. And upon checking our homepage an announcement that we would turn MangaHelpers into ComicHelpers. Now, some of you managed to see through our clever ruse, however, to everyone else: we tricked you. Of course we would never do something like replacing all the manga discussions with comic ones. So rejoice, everyone, and welcome back to...



...Wait...

Happy April 1st,
~MangaHelpers Staff

P.S. You can still discuss comics here.
P.P.S. Remember to do your taxes.

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Manga Award 2015 Voting is Now On!!!

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Hi Everyone,

Thank you for your active nomination for the past 2 weeks. We are delighted to commence the First Voting Round for Manga Award 2015 starting today!

Vote your favourites like best manga/manhua/manhwa, best mangaka, best male and female characters, best couples, best villain and many more in the following week and see who advances to the final round.

Come and join in the fun in the Manga Award forum .

Hope to see ya there!

~ MangaHelpers Staff

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New Manga Shout Out: 3/28/16 - 4/3/16

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Welcome to the next New Manga Shout Out. This weekly article introduces you to manga that are new and/or have not been scanlated yet. This week features high school girls with unique qualities and a creature that cuts off the toes of shoes. Remember, if you like any of the series, favorite them. Don't forget to also thank the various people who feed your manga addiction. ^_^ Translators and Scanlators, please check out these series and see if you can spread some more manga love~

We're still looking for people who know Japanese and want to help write summaries for our manga database and for the shout out. Please PM me if you want to help out. Now onto the series~


Anarchy in the JK (アナーキー・イン・ザ・JK)
By: ICHIHARA Hikari...​

National Cherry Blossom Festival - Event Update

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Hello MH, weekend is near and we have activities for you again! This time it's the Blossom Kite Festival held on Saturday, April 2, on the grounds of the Washington Monument near 17th Street NW and Constitution Avenue from 10 AM to 4:30 PM. At this free event there are many things to do and see. No matter if you were looking for a chance to show off your own build, fly a kite or just admire other peoples creations, this is your event! There are even activity stations where children can create their own kites, as long as supplies last. Got your own kite? Why not enter the Kite Makers Competition? The adult competition (16+) will be held between 11 AM and 1 PM (registration from 10 AM to 12:30 PM) and winners will be announced in the afternoon, towards the end of the Kite Festival. The youth competition will be held from 11 AM to 12 PM (registration 10 - 11 AM) and winners...​

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