The Hand That Feeds HQ is creating male seiyuu music reviews and delivering clickbait-free news!
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patron

$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). 8 years later, and half a million views later, The Hand That Feeds HQ continues to improve everyday and showing that unbiased and clickbait-free news are the way to go.

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

Vanessa Silva (founder, editor-in-chief and main reviewer) 
  • Known as midorin
  • Law School graduate
  • Former music producer/DJ (2006 - 2012)
  • K-Pop concert promoter (2016 - internship)

Started reviewing Japanese music in 2010 after found a newfound interest in Japanese animation. As a fan of voices and all the possibilities and techniques associated with it, it was a matter of time until seiyuu piqued her interest. Mamoru Miyano and OLDCODEX were the entry points in reviewing seiyuu music. She has over 150 reviews made in 8 years across multiple franchises and music genres. The rest is history.
Reviews seiyuu music without bias to seiyuu but extremely picky when it comes to analyzing the music and vocal performances. 
Favorite seiyuu include: Hikaru Midorikawa, Soma Saito and Daisuke Ono.

Nadine Silva (associate, resident reviewer)
  • Part of the team since 2012.
  • Faculty of Letters graduate - Translation

Took an interest in reviewing back in 2011 and soon joined THTFHQ as a guest reviewer. The continuous passion for it took her to a bigger spot within the website - resident reviewer).
Has music composition studies and knows how to play the piano, covering both theory and practice. 
Extremely picky when it comes to which songs and vocals will pique her interest. 
Loves dark compositions, solemn piano pieces, slap bass and deep vocals. 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 8 years our website has been hard at work covering the latest news about male seiyuu music and 2D units. When THTFHQ kicked off its activities, male seiyuu working as solo artists were a rare thing. 2D units were few, the fingers in our hands were enough for all of them. Things changed since 2011 and now our website doesn't cover 10 acts + seiyuu but 317 (out of those 207 are active). 
While our website now has daily news, we've always been known for our reviews (no matter how much people love or hate our opinions) and people keep asking for it.


THTFHQ made as little as $187 in 2018 (includes affiliated links by CDJAPAN + WordAds)
Our Wordpress premium plan costs $119/year.
That leaves us with a balance of $68.
Per month we review 5 up to 8 releases (singles, albums, mini-albums, digital releases). 
We're no longer purchasing physical releases to drop the costs related to purchasing music, yet it still is virtually impossible with $68 to review over 60 releases/year (based on 2018's number of releases reviewed at THTFHQ).
Right now THTFHQ purchases 50% of the music reviewed (some are personal purchases from the staff not using THTFHQ's funds) + 50% sponsored or lent by friends, website's readers and patrons.

With all this on our plate we can here asking for your collaboration. For you to be our Patron and help us making more reviews and add better curated content to our website.

What we'll use our money for:

Our initial goal is $50/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.
We have several goals after that but our objective is to be self-sufficient, meaning that we can totally dedicate our lives to this website to deliver more and better content to everyone for years to come. And also expand our team.
If we reach all those goals, we aim for the ambitious $1000/month goal.

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 to review [PRIORITY!]
  • Pay for our Wordpress yearly plan 
  • Further improve our website

Stretch goal ($1000/month)

Forget all about being a lawyer or 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. While the money wouldn't be enough to cover our individual bills, it would be a start. 

Objectives in addition to the ones mentioned above:
  • Add 2 new team members
  • Hosting outside of Wordpress + redo the website

We don't know for how long our website will be up but as long as it is, we'd like this website to continue to be THE website for those that are fans of seiyuu and seiyuu music.
We're not in this for the clicks, views or whatever. We're in this because, like you, we're fans of male seiyuu and their music and we want to spread love on and about it.
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 website thrive and continue to be a safe haven for fans of male seiyuu + music for years to come.

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

Find me on Twitter if you have any questions.



Tiers
Supporter
$1 or more per month
Any amount you pitch in is already helping us a whole lot. A major thank you for going all the way to give us this amount of money!



What you'll get:


- Our eternal thanks

Rookie
$5 or more per month
$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.


What you'll get:


 - Feature on a special "Patron" page we'll set-up on our website's "About" page. [To be determined] 

- Our eternal thanks

Veteran
$10 or more per month
$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. 


What we'll get:


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 is already a major help. Thanks!


What you'll get:


  - Feature on a special "Patron" page we'll set-up on our website's "About" page. [To be determined]  

- Eternal thanks

Star
$25 or more per month
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. 


What we get:


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! 



What you'll get:

 

  - Feature on a special "Patron" page we'll set-up on our website's "About" page. [To be determined]  

- Eternal thanks

Superstar
$50 or more per month
If $25/month is crazy, then $50 is bonkers! You're amazing! 


What we'll get:


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!



What you'll get:

 

  - Feature on a special "Patron" page we'll set-up on our website's "About" page. [To be determined]  

-  Choose who we'll be writing about on a future Seiyuu Digest

- Guest write 1 article for our website(must be related to seiyuu, 2.5D units, and will be checked by our staff before being posted on our website) [If you don't want to write for us, this reward can be skippable but won't be replaced]

- Our eternal thanks



 [Where we ask for address you need to insert your email so that we can contact you about the Seiyuu Digest] 

There's few unique things and people out there, you're one of them!
$100 or more per month only 5 left
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.


What we'll get:


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!  


What you'll get:

 

  - Feature on a special "Patron" page we'll set-up on our website's "About" page. [To be determined]  

-  Choose who we'll be writing about on a future Seiyuu Digest [1 seiyuu]

- Guest write up to 2 articles for our website(must be related to seiyuu, 2.5D units, and will be checked by our staff before being posted on our website) [If you don't want to write for us, this reward can be replaced with 1 more seiyuu digest]

- Our eternal thanks


[Where we ask for address you need to insert your email so that we can contact you to receive all these perks] 

Unicorn
$150 or more per month only 1 left
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. 


What we get:


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. 


What you get:


  - Feature as "Honorary Patron" on a special "Patron" page we'll set-up on our website's "About" page. [To be determined]  

-  Choose who we'll be writing about on a future Seiyuu Digest [3 seiyuu]

- Guest write up to 4 articles for our website (must be related to seiyuu, 2.5D units, and will be checked by our staff before being posted on our website) [If you don't want to write for us, this reward can be replaced with choosing 2 more seiyuu digests]

- For each month you're subscribed in this tier you'll get to write an additional article for our website [as a guest writer]

- The opportunity to pitch in ideas for our website with our founder (things you want to change, what you don't like, your favorite features, etc) [via twitter or email]

 - Our eternal thanks 



[Where we ask for address you need to insert your email so that we can contact you to receive all these perks]

Goals
$4 of $50 per month
This would be a starting goal for us to work up from. We'll comfortably be able to:
  • review 2 full-length albums/4 singles on our website per month 
Additional donations would help us afford more releases to review, and level up our goals to a new tier.
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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). 8 years later, and half a million views later, The Hand That Feeds HQ continues to improve everyday and showing that unbiased and clickbait-free news are the way to go.

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

Vanessa Silva (founder, editor-in-chief and main reviewer) 
  • Known as midorin
  • Law School graduate
  • Former music producer/DJ (2006 - 2012)
  • K-Pop concert promoter (2016 - internship)

Started reviewing Japanese music in 2010 after found a newfound interest in Japanese animation. As a fan of voices and all the possibilities and techniques associated with it, it was a matter of time until seiyuu piqued her interest. Mamoru Miyano and OLDCODEX were the entry points in reviewing seiyuu music. She has over 150 reviews made in 8 years across multiple franchises and music genres. The rest is history.
Reviews seiyuu music without bias to seiyuu but extremely picky when it comes to analyzing the music and vocal performances. 
Favorite seiyuu include: Hikaru Midorikawa, Soma Saito and Daisuke Ono.

Nadine Silva (associate, resident reviewer)
  • Part of the team since 2012.
  • Faculty of Letters graduate - Translation

Took an interest in reviewing back in 2011 and soon joined THTFHQ as a guest reviewer. The continuous passion for it took her to a bigger spot within the website - resident reviewer).
Has music composition studies and knows how to play the piano, covering both theory and practice. 
Extremely picky when it comes to which songs and vocals will pique her interest. 
Loves dark compositions, solemn piano pieces, slap bass and deep vocals. 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 8 years our website has been hard at work covering the latest news about male seiyuu music and 2D units. When THTFHQ kicked off its activities, male seiyuu working as solo artists were a rare thing. 2D units were few, the fingers in our hands were enough for all of them. Things changed since 2011 and now our website doesn't cover 10 acts + seiyuu but 317 (out of those 207 are active). 
While our website now has daily news, we've always been known for our reviews (no matter how much people love or hate our opinions) and people keep asking for it.


THTFHQ made as little as $187 in 2018 (includes affiliated links by CDJAPAN + WordAds)
Our Wordpress premium plan costs $119/year.
That leaves us with a balance of $68.
Per month we review 5 up to 8 releases (singles, albums, mini-albums, digital releases). 
We're no longer purchasing physical releases to drop the costs related to purchasing music, yet it still is virtually impossible with $68 to review over 60 releases/year (based on 2018's number of releases reviewed at THTFHQ).
Right now THTFHQ purchases 50% of the music reviewed (some are personal purchases from the staff not using THTFHQ's funds) + 50% sponsored or lent by friends, website's readers and patrons.

With all this on our plate we can here asking for your collaboration. For you to be our Patron and help us making more reviews and add better curated content to our website.

What we'll use our money for:

Our initial goal is $50/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.
We have several goals after that but our objective is to be self-sufficient, meaning that we can totally dedicate our lives to this website to deliver more and better content to everyone for years to come. And also expand our team.
If we reach all those goals, we aim for the ambitious $1000/month goal.

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 to review [PRIORITY!]
  • Pay for our Wordpress yearly plan 
  • Further improve our website

Stretch goal ($1000/month)

Forget all about being a lawyer or 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. While the money wouldn't be enough to cover our individual bills, it would be a start. 

Objectives in addition to the ones mentioned above:
  • Add 2 new team members
  • Hosting outside of Wordpress + redo the website

We don't know for how long our website will be up but as long as it is, we'd like this website to continue to be THE website for those that are fans of seiyuu and seiyuu music.
We're not in this for the clicks, views or whatever. We're in this because, like you, we're fans of male seiyuu and their music and we want to spread love on and about it.
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 website thrive and continue to be a safe haven for fans of male seiyuu + music for years to come.

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

Find me on Twitter if you have any questions.



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Tiers
Supporter
$1 or more per month
Any amount you pitch in is already helping us a whole lot. A major thank you for going all the way to give us this amount of money!



What you'll get:


- Our eternal thanks

Rookie
$5 or more per month
$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.


What you'll get:


 - Feature on a special "Patron" page we'll set-up on our website's "About" page. [To be determined] 

- Our eternal thanks

Veteran
$10 or more per month
$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. 


What we'll get:


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 is already a major help. Thanks!


What you'll get:


  - Feature on a special "Patron" page we'll set-up on our website's "About" page. [To be determined]  

- Eternal thanks

Star
$25 or more per month
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. 


What we get:


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! 



What you'll get:

 

  - Feature on a special "Patron" page we'll set-up on our website's "About" page. [To be determined]  

- Eternal thanks

Superstar
$50 or more per month
If $25/month is crazy, then $50 is bonkers! You're amazing! 


What we'll get:


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!



What you'll get:

 

  - Feature on a special "Patron" page we'll set-up on our website's "About" page. [To be determined]  

-  Choose who we'll be writing about on a future Seiyuu Digest

- Guest write 1 article for our website(must be related to seiyuu, 2.5D units, and will be checked by our staff before being posted on our website) [If you don't want to write for us, this reward can be skippable but won't be replaced]

- Our eternal thanks



 [Where we ask for address you need to insert your email so that we can contact you about the Seiyuu Digest] 

There's few unique things and people out there, you're one of them!
$100 or more per month only 5 left
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.


What we'll get:


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!  


What you'll get:

 

  - Feature on a special "Patron" page we'll set-up on our website's "About" page. [To be determined]  

-  Choose who we'll be writing about on a future Seiyuu Digest [1 seiyuu]

- Guest write up to 2 articles for our website(must be related to seiyuu, 2.5D units, and will be checked by our staff before being posted on our website) [If you don't want to write for us, this reward can be replaced with 1 more seiyuu digest]

- Our eternal thanks


[Where we ask for address you need to insert your email so that we can contact you to receive all these perks] 

Unicorn
$150 or more per month only 1 left
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. 


What we get:


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. 


What you get:


  - Feature as "Honorary Patron" on a special "Patron" page we'll set-up on our website's "About" page. [To be determined]  

-  Choose who we'll be writing about on a future Seiyuu Digest [3 seiyuu]

- Guest write up to 4 articles for our website (must be related to seiyuu, 2.5D units, and will be checked by our staff before being posted on our website) [If you don't want to write for us, this reward can be replaced with choosing 2 more seiyuu digests]

- For each month you're subscribed in this tier you'll get to write an additional article for our website [as a guest writer]

- The opportunity to pitch in ideas for our website with our founder (things you want to change, what you don't like, your favorite features, etc) [via twitter or email]

 - Our eternal thanks 



[Where we ask for address you need to insert your email so that we can contact you to receive all these perks]