Anime Herald is creating a place where we can talk nerdy about anime & manga
19

patrons

$138
per month
Hello there! Come in, take your shoes off. I'm Samantha Ferreira, and I'm one of those nutty folks who talks about anime on the internet. (Wait, don't go!) I've been working as an anime writer for over fifteen years at this point, and I've served as editor-in-chief of Anime Herald for more than seven of them.

Anime Herald began as a bit of a dream, founded in 2010 as I was helping to turn the lights off at Anime Dream (RIP). At the time, I was working full-time while going to college for a computer science degree. With $25 and a WordPress install, I was able to launch the Herald on a shared server.

Since then, we've grown into a very real player in the market, providing the news on the latest happening in the industry, reviews of titles new and old, and interviews with icons like Naokatsu TsudaLisa Ortiz, and Shoji Kawamori.

That's to say nothing about our AniWeekly news and blog roundupsthe ongoing Herald Anime Club discussion group, and our Nerdy Talk podcast.

But enough boasting. That's not why we're here.

Through the Herald's history, we've done our best to work within the confines of a traditional media outlet. We’ve used advertising networks like Adsense, cold-called potential sponsors, and generally tried to work that hustle to bring in the funds to keep the servers humming along.

Over the years, though, I've come to detest this. I've always held the belief that we should be able to exist independently. Most of all, though, I've always held a belief that you, the reader, should be the core consumer. You, the one in the chair. You're an intelligent, charming person who deserves more than to have your news crushed into sterile soundbites. You shouldn't have to suffer through that dry, soulless, sanitized mire that appears in a few leading publications.

In short: You. Deserve. Better.

You should never have to settle for a news service that's owned by some faceless mega-corp. You deserve a authentic, independent voice whose only priority is keeping you informed.

You, my magnificent reader, deserve a simple sanctuary of the geeky, where everything is clean and easy to read. You should be able to expect an ad-free haven, where quality content is delivered to you daily, with no strings attached.

You shouldn’t have to suffer through pages that look like some NASCAR paint job barfed all over them. You shouldn’t need to deal with ugly skins, blinking banners, or (gasp!) autoplay video adverts that compete for your attention when you’re just trying to get your daily dose of anime goodness.

You shouldn't ever have to worry about your experience getting bogged down because of a sluggish ad script, whether you're on your tablet or your computer. You shouldn't have to deal with those ugly interstitial banners that just add an extra step to your daily fix of all things nerdy. You deserve better than to suffer through pesky pop-under banners, irritating skyscraper spots, or bothersome content bombs.

You. Deserve. Better.

What are you building?

Anime Herald - The Website!

I, and the rest of the team love writing about anime. Being able to discuss and share our thoughts on the latest shows, and the industry at large is something of a dream for us.

But, since day one, this has been a volunteer operation. Every article, every review, and every column has been written 100% gratis, with nobody drawing a paycheque. All revenues have gone into paying for infrastructure - the server, backups, and what have you - and just about all shortfalls have been paid for out-of-pocket. I'd like to be able to change that.

I'd like to continue to offer them a free and independent platform for commentary and discussions. And, more important, I want to be able to pay our fabulous team, who contribute countless hours to the goal. We've challenged publishers, and broken stories of corruption. We're not afraid to stand tall as we deliver the truth, and we've proudly stood up to players in the industry when push comes to shove.

With your funding, I'll continue to build Anime Herald ad-free, without any skins, banners, or brand deals. As our existing ad agreements expire, we will not approach renewals. We'll be able to continue to bring high-quality content without the burdens of sponsorship, and we'll be working, first and foremost, for you.

Nerdy Talk Podcast

Nerdy Talk started as a bit of a lark, as the team sought a platform to just let loose and discuss the goings-on in the anime industry. While we've had a few setbacks in the past, Nerdy Talk has firmly become a part of our overall identity. Featuring yours truly and with a crew of Herald team members, this (roughly) monthly session mixes the thoughtful with the quirky, as we discuss the comings and goings of the anime industry. There's no filter here, so you can see how we *really* feel about those niggling topics like Anime Strike's big entrance to the anime world.

YouTube Content

We're still kind of forging new ground into this frontier. However, we've begun publishing unboxings of some of the hottest Collector's Editions to hit the market.

Any Planned Rewards?

I'm glad you asked! Every week (give or take), we'll be publishing backer-exclusive looks behind the scenes of some of our biggest articles. We'll also be diving into the archives of classic content from fallen sister site Anime Dream.

For just a buck a month, you can get early access to all of these pieces.

For $5, you get some real power in the way we work! As part of our "Hera's Helpers" tier, you'll be able to vote for topics in our Nerdy Talk podcast, as well as which shows we'll cover in the Herald Anime Club, among other things. Your vote gains equal weight to our team, so this is a pretty powerful position!

Even better, all Hera's Helper patrons receive access to our Discord channel, where you can talk nerdy with the people who talk nerdy to you every day.

In short: You. Deserve. Better.

You deserve to have a place where you are the person who matters most. We want you to want to read our content, not be pitched product after product. I do have a few milestone goals, which are as follows:

  • Pay for infrastructure 
  • Pay our team 
  • Make a living doing Anime Herald full-time

Anything more than that would be mind-blowing, and give us the freedom to expand our team, and our scope to relevant degrees.

As of now, all of us at the Herald work full-time. Some of us are writers, some are tech gurus, others are coders. While I'd love to turn this into my career, it's up to you to determine whether I do or not.

Anything to Declare?

In the interest of full disclosure, I want to be 100% upfront in my interests, so I want to be clear about what you are and are not funding, along with all other sources of income. In the interest of transparency, all changes will be disclosed immediately as they occur.

Day Job: In my day job, I am a software engineer. In the interest of privacy, I won't disclose a specific organization, but I work in the healthcare industry.

Review Copies: Since day one, it’s been our policy to disclose whether review copies are obtained from a publisher or not. This has been our standard from day one, and it will be our policy in the future.

Our Agreement With You Isn't What You’re Funding: Again, I emphasize that we are 100% independent. With that in mind, I trust that you're a mature, intelligent individual who can understand that we will say things that you don't always agree with. And that's totally okay! Being able to discuss our differences is a fantastic thing, and it's something that I've always enjoyed. But keep in mind that, if you fund us, you're funding the fact that our writers' personal views are their personal views, and we don't care who likes it when we share them.

And I Think That's It!

That's about all of the important items. if anything else arises, I'll be happy to talk about it.

This is a whole new world for us, and we're placing our entire trust into you. It's frightening, but it's exhilarating. We've met some incredible people over the years, though, and we have incredible faith in all of you to give us a chance to be fully, utterly free from the shackles of the ad-supported treadmills and revenue funnels.

Whether you back us or not, I hope that you continue to support us, no matter where you end up.

For now, though, sit back, and get comfortable. We'll talk nerdy to you.
Tiers
Nerdy Talker
$1 or more per month 8 patrons
 

This gets you early access to Behind-the-Scenes articles and AD Classic pieces, as well as first crack at all Nerdy Talk podcast episodes.


You'll also get a shout-out in the (mostly) weekly AniWeekly posts as one of our supporting lovelies.

Hera’s Helper
$5 or more per month 8 patrons
 

You'll get the chance to vote on numerous items, from podcast topics, to upcoming Patreon blog pieces, to our seasonal Herald Anime Club show. Your vote will have the exact same weight as our Anime Herald team members.


Want to see the Nerdy Talk crew talking up your favorite topics? Would you like to see the Herald Anime Club take on a show like Devilman Crybaby or Pop Team Epic? If so, then this tier is for you.


In addition, backers of this tier will gain access to the private Anime Herald discord group.


(Includes all previous rewards)

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$138 of $180 per month
Allows us to pay for one editorial article each month.
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Hello there! Come in, take your shoes off. I'm Samantha Ferreira, and I'm one of those nutty folks who talks about anime on the internet. (Wait, don't go!) I've been working as an anime writer for over fifteen years at this point, and I've served as editor-in-chief of Anime Herald for more than seven of them.

Anime Herald began as a bit of a dream, founded in 2010 as I was helping to turn the lights off at Anime Dream (RIP). At the time, I was working full-time while going to college for a computer science degree. With $25 and a WordPress install, I was able to launch the Herald on a shared server.

Since then, we've grown into a very real player in the market, providing the news on the latest happening in the industry, reviews of titles new and old, and interviews with icons like Naokatsu TsudaLisa Ortiz, and Shoji Kawamori.

That's to say nothing about our AniWeekly news and blog roundupsthe ongoing Herald Anime Club discussion group, and our Nerdy Talk podcast.

But enough boasting. That's not why we're here.

Through the Herald's history, we've done our best to work within the confines of a traditional media outlet. We’ve used advertising networks like Adsense, cold-called potential sponsors, and generally tried to work that hustle to bring in the funds to keep the servers humming along.

Over the years, though, I've come to detest this. I've always held the belief that we should be able to exist independently. Most of all, though, I've always held a belief that you, the reader, should be the core consumer. You, the one in the chair. You're an intelligent, charming person who deserves more than to have your news crushed into sterile soundbites. You shouldn't have to suffer through that dry, soulless, sanitized mire that appears in a few leading publications.

In short: You. Deserve. Better.

You should never have to settle for a news service that's owned by some faceless mega-corp. You deserve a authentic, independent voice whose only priority is keeping you informed.

You, my magnificent reader, deserve a simple sanctuary of the geeky, where everything is clean and easy to read. You should be able to expect an ad-free haven, where quality content is delivered to you daily, with no strings attached.

You shouldn’t have to suffer through pages that look like some NASCAR paint job barfed all over them. You shouldn’t need to deal with ugly skins, blinking banners, or (gasp!) autoplay video adverts that compete for your attention when you’re just trying to get your daily dose of anime goodness.

You shouldn't ever have to worry about your experience getting bogged down because of a sluggish ad script, whether you're on your tablet or your computer. You shouldn't have to deal with those ugly interstitial banners that just add an extra step to your daily fix of all things nerdy. You deserve better than to suffer through pesky pop-under banners, irritating skyscraper spots, or bothersome content bombs.

You. Deserve. Better.

What are you building?

Anime Herald - The Website!

I, and the rest of the team love writing about anime. Being able to discuss and share our thoughts on the latest shows, and the industry at large is something of a dream for us.

But, since day one, this has been a volunteer operation. Every article, every review, and every column has been written 100% gratis, with nobody drawing a paycheque. All revenues have gone into paying for infrastructure - the server, backups, and what have you - and just about all shortfalls have been paid for out-of-pocket. I'd like to be able to change that.

I'd like to continue to offer them a free and independent platform for commentary and discussions. And, more important, I want to be able to pay our fabulous team, who contribute countless hours to the goal. We've challenged publishers, and broken stories of corruption. We're not afraid to stand tall as we deliver the truth, and we've proudly stood up to players in the industry when push comes to shove.

With your funding, I'll continue to build Anime Herald ad-free, without any skins, banners, or brand deals. As our existing ad agreements expire, we will not approach renewals. We'll be able to continue to bring high-quality content without the burdens of sponsorship, and we'll be working, first and foremost, for you.

Nerdy Talk Podcast

Nerdy Talk started as a bit of a lark, as the team sought a platform to just let loose and discuss the goings-on in the anime industry. While we've had a few setbacks in the past, Nerdy Talk has firmly become a part of our overall identity. Featuring yours truly and with a crew of Herald team members, this (roughly) monthly session mixes the thoughtful with the quirky, as we discuss the comings and goings of the anime industry. There's no filter here, so you can see how we *really* feel about those niggling topics like Anime Strike's big entrance to the anime world.

YouTube Content

We're still kind of forging new ground into this frontier. However, we've begun publishing unboxings of some of the hottest Collector's Editions to hit the market.

Any Planned Rewards?

I'm glad you asked! Every week (give or take), we'll be publishing backer-exclusive looks behind the scenes of some of our biggest articles. We'll also be diving into the archives of classic content from fallen sister site Anime Dream.

For just a buck a month, you can get early access to all of these pieces.

For $5, you get some real power in the way we work! As part of our "Hera's Helpers" tier, you'll be able to vote for topics in our Nerdy Talk podcast, as well as which shows we'll cover in the Herald Anime Club, among other things. Your vote gains equal weight to our team, so this is a pretty powerful position!

Even better, all Hera's Helper patrons receive access to our Discord channel, where you can talk nerdy with the people who talk nerdy to you every day.

In short: You. Deserve. Better.

You deserve to have a place where you are the person who matters most. We want you to want to read our content, not be pitched product after product. I do have a few milestone goals, which are as follows:

  • Pay for infrastructure 
  • Pay our team 
  • Make a living doing Anime Herald full-time

Anything more than that would be mind-blowing, and give us the freedom to expand our team, and our scope to relevant degrees.

As of now, all of us at the Herald work full-time. Some of us are writers, some are tech gurus, others are coders. While I'd love to turn this into my career, it's up to you to determine whether I do or not.

Anything to Declare?

In the interest of full disclosure, I want to be 100% upfront in my interests, so I want to be clear about what you are and are not funding, along with all other sources of income. In the interest of transparency, all changes will be disclosed immediately as they occur.

Day Job: In my day job, I am a software engineer. In the interest of privacy, I won't disclose a specific organization, but I work in the healthcare industry.

Review Copies: Since day one, it’s been our policy to disclose whether review copies are obtained from a publisher or not. This has been our standard from day one, and it will be our policy in the future.

Our Agreement With You Isn't What You’re Funding: Again, I emphasize that we are 100% independent. With that in mind, I trust that you're a mature, intelligent individual who can understand that we will say things that you don't always agree with. And that's totally okay! Being able to discuss our differences is a fantastic thing, and it's something that I've always enjoyed. But keep in mind that, if you fund us, you're funding the fact that our writers' personal views are their personal views, and we don't care who likes it when we share them.

And I Think That's It!

That's about all of the important items. if anything else arises, I'll be happy to talk about it.

This is a whole new world for us, and we're placing our entire trust into you. It's frightening, but it's exhilarating. We've met some incredible people over the years, though, and we have incredible faith in all of you to give us a chance to be fully, utterly free from the shackles of the ad-supported treadmills and revenue funnels.

Whether you back us or not, I hope that you continue to support us, no matter where you end up.

For now, though, sit back, and get comfortable. We'll talk nerdy to you.

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Tiers
Nerdy Talker
$1 or more per month 8 patrons
 

This gets you early access to Behind-the-Scenes articles and AD Classic pieces, as well as first crack at all Nerdy Talk podcast episodes.


You'll also get a shout-out in the (mostly) weekly AniWeekly posts as one of our supporting lovelies.

Hera’s Helper
$5 or more per month 8 patrons
 

You'll get the chance to vote on numerous items, from podcast topics, to upcoming Patreon blog pieces, to our seasonal Herald Anime Club show. Your vote will have the exact same weight as our Anime Herald team members.


Want to see the Nerdy Talk crew talking up your favorite topics? Would you like to see the Herald Anime Club take on a show like Devilman Crybaby or Pop Team Epic? If so, then this tier is for you.


In addition, backers of this tier will gain access to the private Anime Herald discord group.


(Includes all previous rewards)

Includes Discord rewards