Unlimited Translation Works


After over three years of funding UTW essentially out of our own pockets, I’ve made the difficult decision of opening monthly donations.

Those of you who’ve hung around here for a while will probably remember this call for help over a year ago. Since then, I’ve focused on cutting costs (the generosity of the distro team in particular for providing their services without asking for a cent in return has allowed me to make some very substantial cuts), and I’ve been paying roughly $100 USD a month since last year.

The various DDL services we experimented with since early 2012 only made us a few dollars a month, and I never did manage to find another effective way of raising money, so I was forced to cover the costs of running UTW out of my own pocket. This was perfectly fine and well until I resigned from my job in July last year to attend medical school. Since then, I’ve been paying the $100 a month from my own savings despite having zero income. Though this was clearly unsustainable, I persevered for almost a year, as I strongly felt (and still do feel) that our subbing operations ought to be motivated by our love of anime and the desire to produce the best work that we possibly could.

Of course, there’s no keeping up with such expenses when no money is coming in, and I realized that I had to somehow monetize our operations if everything was going to keep running like it always had. You may have noticed the ads that I was experimenting with these past few days, but not only did they prove to be an absolute nuisance to you all, the revenue they generated was negligible compared to the trouble they caused. As such, I have removed them all and made the difficult decision of turning to you, our dear supporters, for help.

Please do consider donating to us if you’ve ever felt appreciative of our work and wish to directly help us out. I’m hoping to raise $100 USD a month, just enough to cover our costs, but any extra money we receive will be set aside for the following month or be used to buy the various services, equipment and goods that we need in order to keep churning out our releases. Thank you very, very much for contributing!

79 Thoughts on “Donations

  1. Hiei Godsend on May 30, 2013 at 4:02 pm said:

    was about to get my visa when i saw that donation are closed already. :C i guess we just have to wait for the next opportunity to give our thanks back. you guys are the best!.

  2. Riseborn on May 30, 2013 at 5:14 pm said:

    I’ve followed you guys since your release of Summer Wars and Angel Beats and you’ve always put out top notch quality and content, of course I would be more then willing to donate. You guys are my favorite fansub group out there.

  3. >B|

    I demand that donations be opened once more. I just got my latest paycheck, and I just found this post right now. All the demanding.

  4. Crimson on May 30, 2013 at 8:48 pm said:

    lol im too poor to donate right now, but you guys obviously have an awesome fan base (me excluded) donations were opened for less then 2 days and the money came in so fast u had to close donations lol… Now If the rest of the world, or even all of the pretend christians would donate money at a similar rate world hunger would be over in a flash lol.

  5. Nobody on May 30, 2013 at 9:48 pm said:

    ^ You mean less than one hour.

  6. Crimson on May 30, 2013 at 11:21 pm said:

    Oh really? wow, i didnt realize there were so many comments, so i just looked at the date on the top one on this page and assumed… thats pretty crazy

  7. Missing_Spartan on May 31, 2013 at 2:04 am said:

    was reading the post thinking yeah I can give’em 5-10 $ get to the end and see that you guys have closed the donations at this time. I guess I have to be quick to give you my money when you open donations up again. For me donating a few dollars a month to you all is something I want to do with all you do for us every week. keep up the great work and keep making me want to support you guys.

  8. iprolyh8u on May 31, 2013 at 2:46 am said:

    damnit. Just saw this today and I wanted to donate T_T

  9. Auroraz on May 31, 2013 at 3:43 am said:

    If there’s any deserving fansub to receive donation, that’s you UTW

  10. lenyekpenyek on May 31, 2013 at 4:11 am said:

    I never made any donation to any fansub or scanlation before, and decided to make you guys the first one. Just to find the donation was already closed.

    chill out man, I believe many people were already dead set on giving a donation to you guys for a long time, So just open the donation again so we can also cover for the 2nd 3rd 4th month too. Maybe can rach more than that.

    heck, I dont even care if you guys want to use a bit of it as your own pocket money. The releases you guys made really made our day better.

  11. ghost21 on May 31, 2013 at 6:23 am said:

    “heck, I dont even care if you guys want to use a bit of it as your own pocket money. The releases you guys made really made our day better.” – lenyekpenyek

    ^ What this guy said…

    in fact where do i go to throw you general donations? is there any particular equipment/software you have your eyes on at the moment? ive registered feel free to throw me an email if i can throw you money in any other way to the currently disabled donation button 😀

  12. stiltzkin on May 31, 2013 at 6:40 am said:

    I’m following you guys since when you just started, and also had the honor of sharing my blu ray raws with you guys ( b gata h kei ) ofcoure i’ll help utw out and donate some ! though its closed now i geuss it can wait until next month ^^

  13. Abdiel on May 31, 2013 at 6:42 am said:

    Hell We Love ur Job, im srry I just saw this late…

    Hope I can help next time this opens so i may send u some pesos from mexico (lols) (well like 20-30 dollars for the love of ur job guys)

  14. jacakeus on May 31, 2013 at 1:50 pm said:

    aww donations closed…..:( guess theirs always next time

  15. I hope you’ve learnt how readily donations are available and won’t put any ads on your site ever again.

  16. You guys really deserve these donations; very few groups can match your quality. Hell, take some to pay back your own savings investment; you earned it.

    Still, I’ve been wondering for a long time how fansub groups cost so much; everybody puts out these huge $100/month estimates and I’ve always wondered what the breakdown was. Where’s the money going? How much does hosting cost, how much does distro cost, how much do raws cost, etc.

  17. Macavity on June 1, 2013 at 4:08 am said:

    You may also consider to accept bitcoin in next donation.

  18. Yo I think her name is Brenda no Frenda

  19. I wouldn’t have minded, personally, if you had done a combination of ads, download stuff (I always used torrents, but there are ways to monetize those also), and donations.

  20. Pretty impressive how grateful the community is ^_^

  21. mirai on June 2, 2013 at 7:18 pm said:

    Open up the god damn donations….. I just received my pay and got home from a trip when I saw this post (and the closed donations button -.-)

  22. Eledore on June 2, 2013 at 8:53 pm said:

    Idem dito. unable to donate because its closed.
    To i am interested as to what your currently using to warent $100 a month. (just curious)

  23. idiotsthesedays on June 2, 2013 at 10:00 pm said:

    How about you kids actually google how much Blu-ray costs in Japan instead of asking for no good reason. He has to host IRC, and of course this site which probably gets a ton of traffic when you weeaboos flock here going whereismyanimu!!!?!!?

    Send me an email, I’ll gladly match what has been donated so far.

  24. ghost21 on June 4, 2013 at 8:04 pm said:

    idiotsthesedays , people seem to be asking more out of curiosity

    but yeah… to anyone asking The bandwidth required for a popular site like this, plus reg fees plus if they purchase everything they sub would amount to a lot…

    I run a server (which i wouldnt be surprised if they do on here for file storage and better download stability of links) and that can come to $60 minimum if you have optional extras like backups or additional domains

    Also UTW people… if im understanding this correctly you are aware that if you contact me and idiotsthesedays youre looking at the next 6 months paid for too right?… and thats just from two people… based on what im seeing here you could probably have your savings back in a very short time ^.^

  25. whatmeworry on June 7, 2013 at 1:11 am said:

    I have been following you forever, and have absolutey zero problem with donating to you guys to help cover costs. I donated during that 2012 time as well. I love your work, appreciate your time, and hope you keep going.

    Please send out notices when donations are open again, and I will gladly donate.

  26. RikkuTingel on June 7, 2013 at 4:00 am said:

    Count me in monthly. I’ve been following you guys for a long time; there’s no better fansub out there.
    I suggest you make a post like this monthly, as you open donations; so we’ll get notified.

  27. mashiro on June 8, 2013 at 12:13 am said:

    Im actually surprised at the comments above me .I never expected that there are still a lot of grateful people on this planet .And just like someone said, “If everyone is like that, world hunger would be solved in a flash”

    I hope I’ll be here when when the donations button is available again . And thanks for all the hard work .

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  29. black_lightning on June 30, 2013 at 11:12 pm said:

    Just glad I made it in time to donate, the previous times it was always closed before I got a chance to. Thanks for the work.

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