The Hand That Feeds HQ is creating music reviews and writing news articles about seiyuu!
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$4
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The Hand That Feeds HQ
is a website focused on reviewing male seiyuu (voice actor) music releases. We were founded in 2010 but only started working actively as THTFHQ in 2011. Since then, our website has grown to be an important spot for most male seiyuu fans across the globe (we've got readers from the Philippines, Italy, Argentina, Japan, USA, UK, Singapore, Thailand and many other countries). 7 years later, and half a million views later, The Hand That Feeds HQ continues to improve everyday.

Before we start talking about why we're on Patreon, get to know our team:

Vanessa Silva has DJ/music composition background. Music under her name as well as Mugen Naraku (side project) was produced from 2006 to 2012 (on soundcloud - both pages were closed in 2014). Was once Portugal's #1 DJ on Reverbnation's charts. When she enrolled in Law college, she decided to distance herself from music composition. She never thought that stumbling upon a random tumblr post about Durarara (damn you Shizuo!) would make her fall in love with seiyuu and seiyuu music. Since then, she started reviewing releases from OLDCODEX and Mamoru Miyano on a personal blog, hoping people outside of Japan would come across her posts and find that music interesting, in result, ending up supporting the artists. Without knowing, THTFHQ was born. She's the founder of THTFHQ, as well as lead reviewer and social media expert. Goes by the name "midorin" in all matters related to the website. Has a degree in Law, worked previously as a K-Pop concert promoter, loves rock music and sweet, rich vocals. Favorite seiyuu include: Hikaru Midorikawa, Soma Saito and Daisuke Ono.

Nadine Silva has been part of the team since 2012. With studies in music composition and translation, she's THTFHQ's secret weapon, as well as the resident reviewer for any releases by Kensho Ono, Mamoru Miyano, OLDCODEX, Daisuke Namikawa and more. Loves dark compositions, solemn piano pieces, slap bass and deep vocals. Would love to dedicate more time to THTFHQ but unfortunately, translation takes a lot of her free time.
Soon to have a degree in Translation, hardrocker to the core, the gazettE and OLDCODEX's fan. Favorite seiyuu include: Mamoru Miyano, Takuya Sato and Yoshiki Nakajima.

Both are co-workers, associates and sisters. 

Our background and situation

For 7 years our website has been hard at work covering the latest news about male seiyuu music and 2.5D units, something that, outside of Japan, wasn't that much talked about, with only a small portion of fans knowing about their favorite seiyuu's endeavors. Of course, that was in 2011 - when it wasn't common for seiyuu to endeavor to the music business and 2.5D units weren't that common.
In the past 7 years, the number of seiyuu with careers as solo singers has more than doubled and the number of 2.5D units has increased by almost 10 times. We initially covered a bit over 20 seiyuu/2.5D or seiyuu units/bands on our website, today, in 2018, we cover 317 seiyuu/2.5D projects with the same two-cell team we did when we kicked off this website.

With the increase of projects we're covering, it's hard to support our website ourselves. What was back in the day a simple 40€/month bill for three, sometimes four CDs to review, today is an over 80€/month bill in digital downloads and physical copies (and that's because we're lucky to have people helping us with some releases, easing the weight on our wallets).
While we want to review as many releases as most people ask us to, we can't due to the fact that our reviews aren't made based on pirated music, we have to spend a lot of money just to acquire each release + pay for any customs fees.

Our expenses:

  • Wordpress premium plan: 99€/year (includes custom domain, ads, 13 gb of available space + other perks)
  • Average monthly spending on music: 10 releases with final cost being between 50€ to 70€ (If those 10 releases are albums: 1 album = 3000yen (23.09€)/ 10 x 23.09 = 230,09€ / If those 10 releases are mini-albums: 1 mini-album = 1400yen (10.78€)/ 10 x 10.78 = 107,80€ / If those 10 releases are singles: 1 single = 1200yen (9.24€)/ 10 x 9.24 = 92,40 €)
  • Customs fees in Portugal: 15€ to 36€ per package / over 36€ if the package has over 2 kg

We purchase 60% of the releases we review, the other 40% correspond to releases that are lent/sponsored to us by some of the website's readers or close friends.

Our earnings (average):
  • Wordpress ads (wordads) on website: 8€/month (money unavailable to us until hitting the threshold - 100 USD) - Last year's earnings - 1st year using this plan - $100.03 
  • CDJAPAN 5% commission for each purchase through affiliated links: 7€/month (money unavailable to us until hitting the threshold - 5000 yen) - Yearly around 70€
  • Donation button on our website (through Paypal) - 0€

What we'll use our money for:

Our initial goal is $150/month. This is more than enough to review a month's worth of CDs and the surplus can be saved to pay for next year's Wordpress plan.
If we reach this goal, we aim for $2000/month.

On Patreon, each of our readers can donate whatever they want per month, with that donation being recurring each month after that. Any donation you can spare is going to be used to:
  • Purchase new singles/albums [PRIORITY!]
  • Pay for our Wordpress yearly plan
  • Further improve our website

Stretch goal ($2000/month)

Forget being a lawyer of a full-time translator. Starting from here, The Hand That Feeds HQ is going to be a full-time job for us. If we reach this goal, we'll be paying our team what they deserve for their hard work. As much as everyone likes doing pro-bono work, at the end of the day, each one of us has bills to pay monthly and if we're investing all our time on this website - a passion of ours -, it's only fair that we receive some kind of reward for our work (minimum wage in Portugal is 649,83€ so this stretch goal would cover monthly wages for our two team members + website costs).

Objectives in addition to the ones mentioned above:
  • Create a weekly podcast for all seiyuu fans - covering news, music and anime.
  • Hosting outside of Wordpress + redo the website

With all this in mind, we decided to open and revamp our Patreon page, a place in which our readers can lend us a hand in order for us to keep this website alive. We want to keep working on THTFHQ, providing you with updated, free of click-bait news articles, and deliver high quality Seiyuu Digests and reviews.

Please consider being our Patron, helping this small piece of heaven for seiyuu fans around the world stay alive for years to come.

Vanessa Silva (midorin)
The Hand That Feeds HQ founder/editor-in-chief/reviewer

Find me on Twitter



Rewards
Supporter
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
You didn't give us much, however we also didn't ask you for anything, so a major thank you for going all the way to give us this amount of money!
Rookie
$5 or more per month 1 patron
$5 a month is no joke! If you stay a whole year with us you'll have helped us pay for our Wordpress plan and that's impressive in its own way.
Veteran
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
$10 are useful for a lot of things. Most of them more useful than just this title of "Veteran". However your efforts won't go to waste. To this amount we add + $2 and can purchase a single by any seiyuu or 2.5D unit. If you're subscribed for two months we can almost pay for a full-length album! That, in itself, it's already a major help. Thanks!
Star
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
Few people would even dare spend this amount of money on a website. We're no Netflix nor Crunchyroll, yet your subscription to us is more expensive than theirs. With just one month of your subscription we're able to purchase one full-length album to review and with 5 months of your subscription we can pay for our yearly Wordpress plan! Thank you so much for your support and confidence in our work! 
Superstar
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
If $25/month is crazy, then $50 is bonkers! You're amazing! With one month of your subscription we can purchase 2 full length albums or 3 singles and pay for its shipping! Did we already say you're amazing? We didn't? YOU'RE AMAZING!
There's few unique things and people out there, you're one of them!
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
You're as rare and precious as Soma Saito's forehead, Takahiro Sakurai's laugh, Kousuke Toriumi's top of the head, Natsuki Hanae's eyes, Yuichiro Umehara's Boueibo's rapper impersonation, just to name a few things.


With one month of subscription you help us pay for our yearly Wordpress plan. With two months, you help us pay for the Wordpress plan plus 5 full-length albums or 9 singles!  You're beyond awesome!  


You'll be awarded with a special Patron mention on our website's "About" page and receive a massive shout out through our twitter and facebook pages.

Unicorn
$150 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
Unicorns are beautiful mythical creatures. Over the years, some reported that they actually saw unicorns, others said it was a lie. Upon seeing you subscribing to this tier we believe in Unicorns. 


With one month of subscription you help us pay for our yearly Wordpress plan and there's still $50 surplus for us to purchase new CDs to review or pretty up our website. With two months, you help us pay for the Wordpress plan plus 10 full-length albums or 18 singles!  Taking into account that unicorns are rare and so are you, this tier is made for the first person that wants to pledge this large amount of money to our website. 


Not only we'll be forever indebted to you, but you'll also be featured on our website as and associate and know that we'll be drowning in a pool of gratitude towards you. 

Goals
$4 of $2,000 per month
Now, this is a dream for us. For a website like us we aren't even expecting to hit the first goal, much less this one. If we ever do hit this goal you'll be helping us:
  • Purchase enough CDs to review in a month
  • Pay for our Wordpress yearly plan in one go and save for next year's
  • Redo our website + self host it without ads
  • Pay minimum wages to each of our team members (it's  649,83€ in Portugal)
  • Kick off our podcast (including purchasing a quality podcast mic, between other things that we don't even know we need to handle a podcast)
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The Hand That Feeds HQ
is a website focused on reviewing male seiyuu (voice actor) music releases. We were founded in 2010 but only started working actively as THTFHQ in 2011. Since then, our website has grown to be an important spot for most male seiyuu fans across the globe (we've got readers from the Philippines, Italy, Argentina, Japan, USA, UK, Singapore, Thailand and many other countries). 7 years later, and half a million views later, The Hand That Feeds HQ continues to improve everyday.

Before we start talking about why we're on Patreon, get to know our team:

Vanessa Silva has DJ/music composition background. Music under her name as well as Mugen Naraku (side project) was produced from 2006 to 2012 (on soundcloud - both pages were closed in 2014). Was once Portugal's #1 DJ on Reverbnation's charts. When she enrolled in Law college, she decided to distance herself from music composition. She never thought that stumbling upon a random tumblr post about Durarara (damn you Shizuo!) would make her fall in love with seiyuu and seiyuu music. Since then, she started reviewing releases from OLDCODEX and Mamoru Miyano on a personal blog, hoping people outside of Japan would come across her posts and find that music interesting, in result, ending up supporting the artists. Without knowing, THTFHQ was born. She's the founder of THTFHQ, as well as lead reviewer and social media expert. Goes by the name "midorin" in all matters related to the website. Has a degree in Law, worked previously as a K-Pop concert promoter, loves rock music and sweet, rich vocals. Favorite seiyuu include: Hikaru Midorikawa, Soma Saito and Daisuke Ono.

Nadine Silva has been part of the team since 2012. With studies in music composition and translation, she's THTFHQ's secret weapon, as well as the resident reviewer for any releases by Kensho Ono, Mamoru Miyano, OLDCODEX, Daisuke Namikawa and more. Loves dark compositions, solemn piano pieces, slap bass and deep vocals. Would love to dedicate more time to THTFHQ but unfortunately, translation takes a lot of her free time.
Soon to have a degree in Translation, hardrocker to the core, the gazettE and OLDCODEX's fan. Favorite seiyuu include: Mamoru Miyano, Takuya Sato and Yoshiki Nakajima.

Both are co-workers, associates and sisters. 

Our background and situation

For 7 years our website has been hard at work covering the latest news about male seiyuu music and 2.5D units, something that, outside of Japan, wasn't that much talked about, with only a small portion of fans knowing about their favorite seiyuu's endeavors. Of course, that was in 2011 - when it wasn't common for seiyuu to endeavor to the music business and 2.5D units weren't that common.
In the past 7 years, the number of seiyuu with careers as solo singers has more than doubled and the number of 2.5D units has increased by almost 10 times. We initially covered a bit over 20 seiyuu/2.5D or seiyuu units/bands on our website, today, in 2018, we cover 317 seiyuu/2.5D projects with the same two-cell team we did when we kicked off this website.

With the increase of projects we're covering, it's hard to support our website ourselves. What was back in the day a simple 40€/month bill for three, sometimes four CDs to review, today is an over 80€/month bill in digital downloads and physical copies (and that's because we're lucky to have people helping us with some releases, easing the weight on our wallets).
While we want to review as many releases as most people ask us to, we can't due to the fact that our reviews aren't made based on pirated music, we have to spend a lot of money just to acquire each release + pay for any customs fees.

Our expenses:

  • Wordpress premium plan: 99€/year (includes custom domain, ads, 13 gb of available space + other perks)
  • Average monthly spending on music: 10 releases with final cost being between 50€ to 70€ (If those 10 releases are albums: 1 album = 3000yen (23.09€)/ 10 x 23.09 = 230,09€ / If those 10 releases are mini-albums: 1 mini-album = 1400yen (10.78€)/ 10 x 10.78 = 107,80€ / If those 10 releases are singles: 1 single = 1200yen (9.24€)/ 10 x 9.24 = 92,40 €)
  • Customs fees in Portugal: 15€ to 36€ per package / over 36€ if the package has over 2 kg

We purchase 60% of the releases we review, the other 40% correspond to releases that are lent/sponsored to us by some of the website's readers or close friends.

Our earnings (average):
  • Wordpress ads (wordads) on website: 8€/month (money unavailable to us until hitting the threshold - 100 USD) - Last year's earnings - 1st year using this plan - $100.03 
  • CDJAPAN 5% commission for each purchase through affiliated links: 7€/month (money unavailable to us until hitting the threshold - 5000 yen) - Yearly around 70€
  • Donation button on our website (through Paypal) - 0€

What we'll use our money for:

Our initial goal is $150/month. This is more than enough to review a month's worth of CDs and the surplus can be saved to pay for next year's Wordpress plan.
If we reach this goal, we aim for $2000/month.

On Patreon, each of our readers can donate whatever they want per month, with that donation being recurring each month after that. Any donation you can spare is going to be used to:
  • Purchase new singles/albums [PRIORITY!]
  • Pay for our Wordpress yearly plan
  • Further improve our website

Stretch goal ($2000/month)

Forget being a lawyer of a full-time translator. Starting from here, The Hand That Feeds HQ is going to be a full-time job for us. If we reach this goal, we'll be paying our team what they deserve for their hard work. As much as everyone likes doing pro-bono work, at the end of the day, each one of us has bills to pay monthly and if we're investing all our time on this website - a passion of ours -, it's only fair that we receive some kind of reward for our work (minimum wage in Portugal is 649,83€ so this stretch goal would cover monthly wages for our two team members + website costs).

Objectives in addition to the ones mentioned above:
  • Create a weekly podcast for all seiyuu fans - covering news, music and anime.
  • Hosting outside of Wordpress + redo the website

With all this in mind, we decided to open and revamp our Patreon page, a place in which our readers can lend us a hand in order for us to keep this website alive. We want to keep working on THTFHQ, providing you with updated, free of click-bait news articles, and deliver high quality Seiyuu Digests and reviews.

Please consider being our Patron, helping this small piece of heaven for seiyuu fans around the world stay alive for years to come.

Vanessa Silva (midorin)
The Hand That Feeds HQ founder/editor-in-chief/reviewer

Find me on Twitter



Recent posts by The Hand That Feeds HQ

Rewards
Supporter
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
You didn't give us much, however we also didn't ask you for anything, so a major thank you for going all the way to give us this amount of money!
Rookie
$5 or more per month 1 patron
$5 a month is no joke! If you stay a whole year with us you'll have helped us pay for our Wordpress plan and that's impressive in its own way.
Veteran
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
$10 are useful for a lot of things. Most of them more useful than just this title of "Veteran". However your efforts won't go to waste. To this amount we add + $2 and can purchase a single by any seiyuu or 2.5D unit. If you're subscribed for two months we can almost pay for a full-length album! That, in itself, it's already a major help. Thanks!
Star
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
Few people would even dare spend this amount of money on a website. We're no Netflix nor Crunchyroll, yet your subscription to us is more expensive than theirs. With just one month of your subscription we're able to purchase one full-length album to review and with 5 months of your subscription we can pay for our yearly Wordpress plan! Thank you so much for your support and confidence in our work! 
Superstar
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
If $25/month is crazy, then $50 is bonkers! You're amazing! With one month of your subscription we can purchase 2 full length albums or 3 singles and pay for its shipping! Did we already say you're amazing? We didn't? YOU'RE AMAZING!
There's few unique things and people out there, you're one of them!
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
You're as rare and precious as Soma Saito's forehead, Takahiro Sakurai's laugh, Kousuke Toriumi's top of the head, Natsuki Hanae's eyes, Yuichiro Umehara's Boueibo's rapper impersonation, just to name a few things.


With one month of subscription you help us pay for our yearly Wordpress plan. With two months, you help us pay for the Wordpress plan plus 5 full-length albums or 9 singles!  You're beyond awesome!  


You'll be awarded with a special Patron mention on our website's "About" page and receive a massive shout out through our twitter and facebook pages.

Unicorn
$150 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
Unicorns are beautiful mythical creatures. Over the years, some reported that they actually saw unicorns, others said it was a lie. Upon seeing you subscribing to this tier we believe in Unicorns. 


With one month of subscription you help us pay for our yearly Wordpress plan and there's still $50 surplus for us to purchase new CDs to review or pretty up our website. With two months, you help us pay for the Wordpress plan plus 10 full-length albums or 18 singles!  Taking into account that unicorns are rare and so are you, this tier is made for the first person that wants to pledge this large amount of money to our website. 


Not only we'll be forever indebted to you, but you'll also be featured on our website as and associate and know that we'll be drowning in a pool of gratitude towards you.