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MH Interviews: Binktopia

+ posted by Lingwe in Interviews on Feb 14, 2009 13:36

Hi and welcome to the first of what will hopefully be many interviews conducted with those wonderful and decent people who work to bring you manga each week - the scanlators and translators of Mangahelpers.

Each...well there's no set schedule, really, but we'll try and get a decent amount of them out every month. We can hopefully continue until we run out of people to interview.

As for myself, I go by the internet handle Lingwe, and occasionally contribute a translation or two myself. After reading some modder interviews on a completely unrelated site I thought to myself why not have the manga community do the same to for the people doing that. I asked Njt about it and it turns out that they had wanted to do it for some time, but never had the time to get around to doing it. So I've started up the initiative myself and will be interviewing the different scanlation groups and the translators who contribute translations.

There will be around 8-9 questions for each interview, mostly focusing upon what they think about manga (since it is a manga site after all) but also asking some other stuff. I think that covers the basics of this new feature for Mangahelpers, so here's our first interview, with Fxu of Binktopia.

1. Please give a short introduction of yourself and your manga scanlation group. What kinds of manga does your group scanlate, how did it get started etc.

My (user)name is fxu, I'm from Uruguay, 19 years old and single I'm in Binktopia, and been in it since December 2007, but Binktopia has been around since early 2006. Most of our scanlated mangas are part of the weeklies (WSJ), Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Reborn, Psyren, Hunter x Hunter, DGM, Eyeshield 21, but we also do a couple of seinens and from other publications when we want, Ciguatera, Vinland Saga, TRC, Fairy Tail. And this... is how we got started:

Thatbabo and mankai intended to do bleach subs for the psp. They did like two episodes, and even though 4 or 5 people said they would help, no one did. So thatbabo got burdened with all the work, had to encode the video, do the typesetting, the timing. After the second one he said "Dude, screw this...I'm spending 20 hours doing this per episode". But mankai wanted to keep on doing it. He thought he was a celebrity and the like, even though a total of 100 people downloaded those two episodes. So thatbabo convinced him that without the man power they would be unable to do the anime. Then out of the blue he said "Let's just do the manga weekly". He had no experience scanlating, and didn't expect mankai to agree since he really wanted to just do the anime. The rest as they say is history. Wait, that's not quite true. He joined Binktopia because he knew Binky. While they were doing the anime and when they started tha manga he would just put up the link at his website. They never intended for the group to be called Binktopia. That was an accident. It had some other name, but he can't remember what on earth it was. It was just that the website was called "Binktopia.net" so whenever people came to grab the manga they were all like "Thanks Binktopia". The name stuck after a couple of weeks.

2. How did you get into scanlating, and how hard did you find it at first? Has it gotten any easier with more practice? Why did you get into it in the first place?

I'm fairly new to all of this actually, I started around late 2007. I had no knowledge about this thing called "manga." I started watching anime on youtube, then I discovered it had a book (manga), and I was intrigued on how people did it (scanlate, that is). It definitely wasn't easy... people might assume that it's just moving a couple of sliders sideways, but if you want it to look good, it goes far beyond that. That's just the first step of many. But with time, it gets easier as you gain techniques from other members on how to do it faster and better, and it's a lot easier if you have people working with you. I got into it because I wanted to see --what has become my favorite-- a certain manga scanlated.

3. What types of manga are your personal favourite? Which manga titles do you like in particular? Any genres you don't like?

The ones that deal with telekinetic powers & the paranormal are my favorite. I'm a complete fanboy for telekinesis, clairvoyance, telepathy, time-travel, etc etc. My favorite manga is Psyren, because it deals exactly with everything I love. I'm also a reader of seinen; Gantz, Vinland Saga, Ciguatera, Kurozuka, Homunculus, Jackals and currently reading Berserk. I'm always taking suggestions to pick up new manga to read :]

4. How do you feel the amount of fan feedback and thanks is for the work that you have done? How do you feel overall seeing people read and discussing the manga that you have scanlated?

It's... uplifting. Just knowing that there are people awaiting for your scan because (according to them) we bring quality releases. Now, I know we're not an HQ group, but based on the time frame from the raw till we release and comparing from other groups, we do bring quality manga to the weeklies, and anything else we touch. /narcissistic

5. Are there any other hobbies or things that you like to work on in your spare time?

What every other MAN in this world loves, VIDEO GAMES (and porn). Also, graphic design. I'm majoring in graphic design/arts so every once in a while I open up photoshop and do... whatever I feel like.

6. What do you feel about multiple groups scanlating the same manga? e.g 5 separate releases of Bleach and Naruto each week while other series go unscanlated.

It's definitely a waste of a manpower. There's a lot of good manga in the dark just waiting to be scanlated. But I'm guessing they're aiming to be known fast, and one of the fastest ways is to release the most awaited manga weekly, Naruto. They can do whatever they please, but it's a waste if it's not with a better quality (this includes better translation), and faster than what it's currently being provided. Or at least a couple of hours after the raw was posted. I don't like too many releases for the same manga, but at least 2-3 is fine, as long as they have DIFFERENT TRANSLATORS.

7. I notice that you (fxu) in particular are very fond of Psyren. How high would your rage level be if it was canceled? Or alternatively how low would your depression levels be if that's the reaction that you have.

To be honest, I've already made my peace (even though there's no date when it's getting axed). There were a couple of rumors in late 2008 that it was getting canceled. I was e-devastated, to the point that I just can't feel anything anymore. My heart is a stone, but inside that stone, my love for Psyren still reigns. If it gets canceled, then I'll have to move on and find another manga to love.

8. Would you like to use this chance for publicity to beg people to join your group?

YES. Binktopia is ALWAYS recruiting for more people. Cleaners, typesetters, translators, proofreaders, cheerleaders, waterboys... anything you could possibly imagine, we're recruiting that! We actually were gonna make a "cleaning school" over at binktopia.org, and we will... but err, the site is down so once everything gets settled, everyone is free to go through levels to be a cleaner (and join binktopia) :]

Shoutout to everyone in Binktopia and all fans who await for our scans!

For those of you who haven't checked out their work, you can download it here:




Katekyo Hitman Reborn


One Piece


Soul Eater

Tsubasa Resovoir Chronicle

Vinland Saga


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#1. by gumin/zx ()
Posted on Feb 14, 2009
Oh , Binktopia Interview.
My favorite Group ^ ^
#2. by Godaime_Raikage ()
Posted on Feb 14, 2009
i like that interview idea its pretty cool ^_^
#3. by Juni354 ()
Posted on Feb 14, 2009
Binktopia is the shit!
#4. by Cipo ()
Posted on Feb 14, 2009
lolz, fxu
#5. by AfterMath ()
Posted on Feb 14, 2009
wow..nice one.
great idea with interviewing scanlators and translators.
#6. by zidane ()
Posted on Feb 14, 2009
So, where's my interview, bitches...

Anyway, I especially like the history part, we shall write one down untill
the current day, it's quite fun to read...

#7. by  ()
Posted on Feb 14, 2009
#8. by Split Second Shot ()
Posted on Feb 14, 2009
fxu where's my shoutout? :|
#9. by m0rph3us ()
Posted on Feb 14, 2009
"What every other MAN in this world loves, VIDEO GAMES (and porn)."

true true :)
#10. by jide ()
Posted on Feb 14, 2009
Kool that interview rockz!!
I ♥ Binktopia's work!
#11. by zidane ()
Posted on Feb 14, 2009
and we love you jide,
now bring us more gantz <3
#12. by Gecko Moria ()
Posted on Feb 14, 2009
wooot binktopia ftw!
#13. by nat ()
Posted on Feb 15, 2009
Loved the interview and your commenst on mangas in the dark while manpower is wasted on mainstream...I love mainstream but I would love it better to have more mangas translated like Zetman, Vinland and so on...

Appreciate the effort and we love you guys. Keep up the great work!
#14. by dct21 ()
Posted on Feb 15, 2009
psyren owns, if it gets cancelled before its time i would probably stop reading manga for a couple of weeks
#15. by Laika ()
Posted on Feb 15, 2009
Cool concept. Thanks for the write up.
#16. by He-man ()
Posted on Feb 15, 2009
I thought bink merged with mangashare?
#17. by lazy-meeh ()
Posted on Feb 15, 2009
Might consider joining once I get translating-confident enough :D
#18. by Shariq ()
Posted on Feb 15, 2009

I love your scans.
#19. by zidane ()
Posted on Feb 15, 2009
"I thought bink merged with mangashare?"

So what's your point...?
#20. by Helltroll ()
Posted on Feb 15, 2009
Thanks for the interview. I'm so glad they returned to scanlating Naruto :D
#21. by emer ()
Posted on Feb 15, 2009

Intersting new concept : )
#22. by Boo_hoo ()
Posted on Feb 15, 2009
Ooh nice interview.

Ives always been impressed with the level of quality from binktopia, especially your cleaning.

keep it up:D
#23. by Ryukai ()
Posted on Feb 15, 2009
Really interesting to read, more of this please!
#24. by djchayan ()
Posted on Feb 16, 2009
keep it up guys!! need quality over quantity and you guys bring that. thanks!!
#25. by Kylara ()
Posted on Feb 16, 2009
I love you, fxu. Even if we can never be. <3
#26. by Cipo ()
Posted on Feb 16, 2009
kylara <3333
#27. by fxu ()
Posted on Feb 16, 2009
What are you talking about woman?

We already ARE. You and me. Together. Forever; till the end of time and beyond.


Thanks everyone, and keep on readin' Binktopia! \m/
#28. by AscE ()
Posted on Feb 16, 2009
fxu smells.
#29. by goldb (Strongest Under the Sun)
Posted on Feb 17, 2009
this was a really good interview, its a good thing you've got going here lingwe. it was nice to find out about the people who bring us our weekly scans and what kinda things they're into so thank you!!
#30. by dedi2s ()
Posted on Feb 18, 2009
Love you .... love you

(not in a romantic -sexual kinda thing)
#31. by Arvael ()
Posted on Feb 18, 2009
Great! A Binktopia interview!
I enjoyed reading it, it was interesting :D
Especially since I do trust Binktopia's quality :)
#32. by kurz ()
Posted on Feb 19, 2009
thanx binktopia!

lolz :-P
#33. by Kazekage Gaara ()
Posted on Feb 20, 2009
Binktopia is the best :D
#34. by uekipheonix ()
Posted on Feb 20, 2009
nice interview :)
#35. by sabret00the ()
Posted on Feb 20, 2009
Good interview but i felt it was a little too safe. For example, there were no questions about how life after Naruto is for Binktopia. I feel that with Binktopia, the greatest interview is in giving insight between life during and life after Naruto. Not to mention questions about whether they feel they've achieved anything with the e-wars over times (obviously omitting names).
#36. by He-man ()
Posted on Feb 20, 2009
well i am confused are they bink or mangashare?
#37. by Fletcher ()
Posted on Feb 20, 2009
Binktopia and Mangashare were two groups that merged a little over a year ago. Nowadays the group is Binktopia, and our home base is at mangashare.com :)
#38. by AscE ()
Posted on Feb 22, 2009
"Good interview but i felt it was a little too safe. For example, there were no questions about how life after Naruto is for Binktopia. I feel that with Binktopia, the greatest interview is in giving insight between life during and life after Naruto. Not to mention questions about whether they feel they've achieved anything with the e-wars over times (obviously omitting names)."

Considering we're scanlating Naruto again (and were at the time of this interview), "life after Naruto" is a question that might have to wait. And we wage the greatest e-wars of all time, we keep ze German on the machine gun and the brits the aerial assault unit at all times!

Also, adding onto Fletcher's comment, originally there was Blood-scanlations and bludshock scanlations (oh way back in the day), then these two groups merged to make Mangashare. Then along the way, Mangashare merged with Binktopia and decided to use the name Binktopia, keeping the main site's name Mangashare. (how confusing right? Damn you blud and babo.)
#39. by Binky ()
Posted on Mar 25, 2009
I think it was Rei-Buntai before it was Binktopia, I think we were still officially called Binktopia Rei-Buntai for a while and then there was a spell where we had both Binktopia and Rei-Buntai existing side by side. Pretty convoluted really...
#40. by mab ()
Posted on Apr 12, 2009
best speedscan group.

all other join us to increase the releases of good quailty mangas

no hate plz that is my point of view so no to hate or flame :D

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