It's November 15, so that means Mangahelpers turns another year older today. Time to celebrate! Unfortunately, we do not have the annual yearbook ready *quite* yet, due to extenuating circumstances. But I can assure you that it is forthcoming. We do have some other special things, however! First, we have some handwritten messages from staff and members alike.
MH Birthday Cover Preview
Edit - updated the birthday file version with a little fix and mirror added. Please get the "new one" for anyone that downloaded the file earlier. The updated file is labeled: Mh B-Day_Greetings.rar
We also have an audio message from some of our bravest staff members. Special thanks to kdowns for helping us edit the audio file and Shinsatsu for creating the Birthday presentation templates. Last but not least, thanks to all the mh members who took the time to send something in and celebrate this special day with all of us!
In addition, we had a birthday header contest. Thank you to everyone who submitted entries. They were all great! Here are the winners:Split 1st place
By Shinsatsu3rd place
The winning headers will be shown over the next three weeks. Congrats to our winners!
And, finally, we have some answers from the boss man himself: njt! In preparation for the birthday celebration, we asked members what they'd like to ask njt. The questions and answers can be found below under the spoiler tags. Hopefully your question made the cut! :3
[dzundzun] Was it for you the work done and the experience you earned from making and managing this site worth?
There's nothing I regret from this site. The time, the experience, everything was rewarding in ways no one can imagine. MH has changed my life for the better and it is something I'm very proud to have started.
[jamesdude24] Where is the cake?
It's in a secret area at the end of Portal 1. Yep, it wasn't a lie :3
[d-loc] As the founder of this fantastic website, how satisfied are you with what it has become and is now?
While the site is great and everything, I want it to be so much more. Even though I lack a more "around" presence in the online world with the site lately, in the background I've been working on ways to make it a bit more. I still believe MH will be a key part in the future of the online world.
[lskydon] Why do you believe that MH is still so unbelievably popular, even after the removal of raws and scanlations?
That's simple. This site was a community before all the files that were on here, and as such, even with them gone the community strives. All you awesome members rock my socks :D.
[yukihime03] What is MH for you?
MH is like a child to me. It's amazing watching it grow but I'm always wanting the best for it.
[Oxwivi] How is the online mangaka and scanlator collaboration platform (I forgot it's name) coming along?
It's had its bumps here and there but before we go out to the public with it it needs more umph. Once that happens it'll be amazing :D.
[shadow42085] What are your future plans for mangahelpers because of recent developments in the manga world?
Nothing new. Just to change the world one step at a time ;).
[Dominos] How did this site came to life!? Was it your sole idea, or you were with another friends to create it?
The original idea was to create a community that was focused on making sure translations were accurate and to help fix past translations that were quite wrong… But it advanced to a site that handled all kinds of manga in many different languages. Mainly because I offered to share some of the traffic from another site that was having issues during "raw day". From there a few key members helped shape the base of what MH is now and from there countless people have had their impact on the site.
[LLamaPie] MH is clearly a very popular website, why haven't you tried renting pixels to some ads for some money?
We do but we try to keep it down to a minimum :).
[blai] Who in the staff would you rather sleep with? <343433
Wow :O. Hmmm I'd be lucky to have a chance at all the hotties that we have on staff <3 but so we can continue having a good relationship and not have that "weird" vibe I'll keep it to myself on who I'd want to… *blush* ;).
[Gwilthyunman] Why did you pick November 15 as MH birthday?
Nothing special, really. Just it happens to be the same day as another person that I've known for a long time… so easier to remember the date that way :D.
[Shinsatsu] Did you ever think that the website will become this famous when you first created it? =D
Well, on the very first site I made I was ecstatic when the site had 300 people online at the same time. So of course while I did want it to get popular, I had no idea that it would get *this* popular.
[mllhild] Is there a list of all scangroups that have ever existed and their work?
While there's no "list" there is a record of all the groups that were here and what they released. However, all the files have long been deleted.
[kenjixx] Which one between mangahelper or real life means more to you?
They're both extremely important. But I do have a family to feed so real life does take precedence.
[Black Void] The beginning compared to the present, what are the greatest changes?
Considering we don't have many things going on in terms of "construction" I'd say the past held most of the changes. But that's not to say that the future will be dull. We'll get some stuff out sooner or later so stay tuned ;).
[Serious Sam] How long did it take to make the site?
The original site was just a forum, so not long. But the development of all the things you see around here now was custom coded by Osso, and that took 2 years of full time coding. Yeah, he's amazing :3.
[Ex-Shadow] How can there be word beta in MH header?
Because I'm still not satisfied with it enough to call it complete :p.
[terralance] What would you do for MH's 6th birthday?
Party of course! I feel like getting smashed :D.
[sarganos] Do you have a Mangahelpers underwear?
3 pairs :D. I wear them at special events for good luck <3
[phio_chan] How would you picture MangaHelpers three years from now?
I can certainly see it having more bells and whistles. But for now a new design is certainly a priority ;). In terms of growth, I'd love to see it much MUCH bigger.
[3c] Who among the females in the staff would you like to see as manga characters? (any genre!)
c_k for sure :D. She could totally pull off an amazing character I'm sure :3.
[matzik1212] How did you come up with the idea of founding this forum?
I saw old translations of Naruto that were horrid, so I wanted to help make those better. The site just grew and grew from there though :D.
[mr_ark] Why you named the site "mangahelpers"?
I've always liked helping people, and as I wrote above, wanted to help people with translations. So the name came from me wanting to help, and with what I love, Manga. So it was kind of a no brainer :D. I also like taking a proactive role in anything. Especially when I see, or think there is a need for it :D.
[munafn] Do you get a lot of action being a successful dot com business owner :P ?
I'd need a few more zeros in my bank account for it to matter much but I can name a couple of times being a site owner hasn't hurt :D.
[Josef K.] Which of these 6 years do you think was the best for the site?
I think the release of the new system was the start of the best year for the site. It's hard to imagine that that was over 3 years ago already.
[Esc.] Where do you think the Manga community would be if you hadn't created an outlet for all the manga enthusiasts out there?
I believe necessity is the mother of invention, so if I didn't have a hand in it, someone else would have. I'm sure of it.
[serizawa ] So, what are the plans for the next steps? Is it true that now MH is going for something completely different, like a translation with three buttocks?
I can not confirm nor deny that statement.
[DrPepperPro] What is your favorite single panel from a manga?
hmm there are tons I'm sure I loved, but one that stands out now is the scene from Gantz when Katou is pulling out Anzu from the monster she was nearly killed by. I loved the look on her face and how pimping Katou looked :p.
[Liductan] What are you up to right now?
I'm in Starbucks writing the answers to all these questions on a Macbook air while drinking a fruit juice (not coffee, weird, i know…) :p
[Biotrin] What were some of the first manga you read and got you hocked up?
Samurai Deeper Kyo, Naruto, Dragon ball were all some manga that really got me into reading.
[Sir Eagle] What is your top 10 of favorite manga of all time?
Jojo's bizarre adventure 1-7
Arakawa under the bridge
Hunter x Hunter
[Hykari] Do you think if Christians can say "go to hell" to someone that they should be charged for threat and/ or Hate and Discrimination against Atheists? (If this is too personal, I will understand.)
Nah, I think people already have too many reasons to sue one another that we could do without more law suits… where's the love? :(
[MAX_COLA_POWER] Hey nihon, happy birthday to Mangahelpers^^. If you would suggest your own personal favorite manga representing each gender from your 6 years here, which ones would they be?
Oyasumi PunPun for Seinen
One piece for Shounen
Darling wa namamoni ni tsuki for Josei
And I haven't really read a whole shoujo manga yet… ^^;; but on my reading list is the shojo called Zero by Yamazaki Takako
[Aikidoka] Which apocalypse would you prefer, given the choice? Zombies, Robots, giant asteroid, etc.?
I guess Robots. I doubt they'd be into tourture :p.
[SkamSoso] Is there something you hate?
[max mahito] Do you like Buyuden? Ever read it?
Nope, but I'll check it out :D.
[Midcat] Do you think that manga will ever become as popular here in the US as it is in Japan? Why?
I think it has the chance to become as popular, yes. More and more ebook readers are becoming accepted so getting more manga in the hands of readers will increase indeed. With more demand for those types of content then printed versions will follow. People need to start reading to realize they need more manga in their life. Not all will like digital so demand for paper will rise so the sooner digital manga takes demand the better.
[bebuxe] What's you favorite meme?
the "Yo Dawg" one :D.
[azzam100] Do you like being treated as a 6 year old?
Of course :3. Everyone wants to be treated like a spoiled little brat every now and then :p.
[7sun] Which manga would you cancel in the shonen jump?
[Arctigor] Will you read mangas when you will be a 69 year old man?
Hell yeah :D.
[jack1005] Do you have some special abilities?
I can see ghosts some times :O.
[M3J] What would you rather drink and with which manga character?
I'd like to drink with Anzu from gantz and then hope it lead to something else. As for the drink in question, anything that would get her in a good mood :D.
[lordHokage] Besides being a father and a husband, what else do you do for a living?
I write for a Japanese IT blog, I'm a financial advisor for expats working in Japan, I translate, consult companies in new IT trends and help direct the creation of a few sites.
[ibra87] If Kuroro fought against Partisan, who would win?
[SaitoSpike] Considering this is almost the end of an era, In terms of Shonen since about 99 we've seen the 3 heirs to classics like DBZ and Kenshin, in Naruto, Bleach and One Piece. With that being said In your opinion what do you think is coming next? is there a manga from recent years that seems poised to take over as the next big one(s) for this decade?
Considering I tend to focus on minor manga, I'm not that certain who would take over. But Toriko seems to have a good following and is interesting from what I've seen. Perhaps the new series by Yokota-sensei(the guy that wrote onani- master ;) ) will be the next hit :D.
[kokochan] If you were not to related with manga, do you think your life would be better or worse?
I doubt I'd ever live without manga. I read too much to ignore something like that. However if manga wasn't in my life then it'd be for the worse that's for sure. Manga has been such a huge plus in my life that taking it out would change it drastically. It scares me to think how much manga means to me >.>;;;
Join us in spamming it up while we celebrate in the Birthday thread
. Happy Birthday, MH! Here's to 6 more years! :D