THTFHQ AWARDS 2023 are back and voting is open!


Your favorite male seiyuu, your favorite music releases, and 2D music projects. THTFHQ AWARDS are back for its 6th edition!

Welcome to this year’s edition of the THTFHQ AWARDS!

This is the 6th edition dedicated to celebrating good CD releases, impressive performances, surprising solo debuts, rising stars active in the music industry that have been impressing everyone, the best solo artists, and 2D music projects.

And all it needs is your votes!

All the categories up for voting are the following:

  • Rising Star of the Year (seiyuu 30 years old or younger who were active in, at least, two (2) 2D music projects (singing) in the present year/winners from previous editions are not eligible for this category**)
  • 2D Group of the Year
  • 2D Music Project of the Year
  • Album of the Year (by seiyuu solo artists/bands/seiyuu units)
  • Best band/seiyuu unit of the year
  • Solo Artist of the Year

** Gakuto Kajiwara won the Rising Star of the Year Award in 2021. Yuya Hirose won this award in 2022.

Best New Artist (seiyuu solo artists/bands debuted in the present year) won’t be open for voting as there were no debuts in 2023.

Shortlisting of nominees

To avoid chaos and way too many artists to vote for, all categories now feature up to 10 (maximum) seiyuu/2D groups/albums for you to vote in.

Those were shortlisted by THTFHQ taking into account the quality of the music released, uniqueness, review rating, and accolades (the latter being only used as a tie-breaker to decide who made it to the nominees in case of a draw).

As such, there are many groups and seiyuu that may not feature in any of the categories despite having been active in 2023.

Have into attention that there are over 25 different 2D music projects active in 2023, totaling over 90 different groups. CDs released by such groups amount to over 250.

So of course, it’s impossible to feature everyone at these awards.

Results announcement

Results are first presented on January 26, 2024, on a special episode of SEIYUU LOUNGE (episode 182).

The episode will only cover the winners of each category, highlighting their feats and music released in 2023.

Starting from January 30, 2024, written features will drop, and it will include all seiyuu, CDs, and 2D groups/projects that were nominated for this year’s edition.

This is a feature following the “old” format of the THTFHQ AWARDS, putting the spotlight on every project ranked 10 or higher but without reference made to votes earned. These are not popularity-driven features.

THTFHQ won’t unveil the number of votes the winner, the runner-up (or anyone else) gets.

Additionally, THTFHQ reserves to itself the right to instantly disqualify any nominee that has an abnormal rise in votes (vote manipulation by using different IPs and other underhanded strategies employed by fans) and block the IPs of the people voting multiple times.

Without further ado, THTFHQ Awards 2023 are OPEN!

Who is your Rising Star of the Year?Elegible for this category are seiyuu 30 years old or younger active in, at least, 2 music projects (and singing) in 2023. Winner of this category won't be included in next years' voting.

Who is your 2D Group of the Year of 2023?Eligible groups: those that released music in 2023 / shortlisted by THTFHQ based on review scores + quality of the music + activity in the year + uniqueness / 1 group representing the 2D music project it stems from

Which is your 2D Music Project of the Year?Eligible 2D music projects: those that released music in 2023 / shortlisted by THTFHQ based on review scores of all 2D groups in each project + quality of the music + activity in the year + uniqueness)

Which is your Band/Seiyuu Unit of the year?Eligibility: Only bands fronted by male seiyuu artists or seiyuu units / Quality + review rating taken into account / Digital singles did not count for the nomination / Shortlisted ut to 10 nominees by THTFHQ

Which is your Album of the Year?Eligibility: Only full-length albums or EP/mini-albums by solo artists/bands/seiyuu units (1 ALBUM PER ARTIST)

Which is your Solo Artist of the Year?Eligibility: Only seiyuu that released at least 1 album/mini-album/single as a solo artist in 2023 with the majority of the songs in it being new / Quality + review rating taken into account / Digital singles did not count for the nomination / Shortlisted to only 10 nominees by THTFHQ


For how long will the voting be open?

THTFHQ Awards kick off on January 5, at 00h00 WET and end on January 15, 2024, at 23h59 WET. Daily reminders will be made on THTFHQ’s social media accounts.

When will I get to know the results?

On January 26, 2024, via a SEIYUU LOUNGE episode and later on, published as a series of articles hitting the website around January 30, 2024.

How many times can I vote?

Only once (1) for each category during the whole voting period.

Who is eligible for this edition of THTFHQ AWARDS?

First and foremost, male seiyuu. Then, per category, there are restrictions, making each a unique voting.

Bands/Seiyuu Unit of the Year: only bands, duos, or groups created not stemming from anime or 2D projects
Rising stars: only male seiyuu 30 years old or younger that have been active in more than two (2) 2D music projects in the present year / Previous winners are not eligible for this category (2021: Gakuto Kajiwara)
2D music projects: only those active in 2023 and that had quality music, highly-ranked CDs at THTFHQ, uniqueness, or achieved impressive accolades
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: only by solo artists/bands/seiyuu units that do not stem from anime or 2D projects
SOLO ARTIST OF THE YEAR: only solo artists/bands/seiyuu units that do not stem from anime or 2D projects

What if I vote several times?

Only your first vote on each category counts.

Multiple votes by the same people or erratic voting by different IPs in a short amount of time – or prolonged amount of time – will not be counted and the seiyuu, 2D group, or the CD in question that is receiving those boosted votes will be disqualified from the voting.

Be really careful of this. Also, don’t try to outsmart me, there are ways to know when people are spamming votes.

I can’t vote! Please, help!

The survey should be mobile-friendly, however, a couple of notes:
If you encounter any issues with accessing the voting, it is recommended that MAC users use Google Chrome to complete the survey or, for iOS users, enable DESKTOP MODE on your browser.
If you are an Android user and find yourself unable to vote, please make sure that you have u0022desktop modeu0022 enabled in the options on your browser. After that, please try again. It should work.

You forgot to add seiyuu X/2D group X to the survey. Can you add them?

If a seiyuu/2D group/album is not featured in a category, it’s because it was not shortlisted (nominated) for it.

Are the THTFHQ AWARDS a popularity contest?

They are hybrid.

While the winner of each category will be celebrated in the SEIYUU LOUNGE episode in which the results will be first announced, the written version will celebrate the top 10 in each category and besides the winner of the category, no one else will be ranked.

Both versions of the final results won’t disclose the number of votes each nominee got.

I am not a fan of one of the seiyuu/2D groups in the survey, or I don’t have an opinion in a certain category, can I skip those?

Yes, you can.
Vote for the categories you feel like you have an opinion about. If your favorite seiyuu is not featured, you can skip as well voting.

Are THTFHQ Awards sponsored? Are you going to hand in awards to the seiyuu in real life?

These awards are, in no way, sponsored.
THTFHQ Awards are a way to connect with our passionate community and get to know what music you like and the seiyuu you love every given year. In this format, and at the same time, fans will get to check the pulse of their fandom by voting for their favorite seiyuu music releases.

Although THTFHQ does want to start handing awards to seiyuu, unfortunately, at the moment, this is not possible.
Contrary to popular belief, contacting seiyuu talent agencies and getting a reply from them on the matter (handing something bigger than a letter) is hard, not to mention, financially impossible without sponsors.

Remember, THTFHQ AWARDS are all about celebrating the music released yearly as well as the awesome voices of various male seiyuu that consistently impress us all.

Hope you enjoyed all the music your favorite seiyuu and 2D groups released in 2023!

Vanessa Silva
Vanessa Silva
The Hand That Feeds HQ founder, content creator, and music reviewer. Basically, the only person managing everything at The Hand That Feeds HQ. Stumbling upon Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus" in 2011 was the start of this journey. If music is thought-provoking or deep, you may find her writing almost essays (not limited to, but it happens a lot with Soma Saito's music). She's the producer and host of the male seiyuu-centric podcast, SEIYUU LOUNGE (see Spotify link in this profile).

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