Manga Planet will be at Anime Expo Lite 2021!

Our panel will be available on VOD from July 5-16, 2021!

The Manga Planet/futekiya team is joining Anime Expo Lite 2021!

Join our Chairman Hyoe Narita, Editor-in-Chief Emma Hanashiro, and Producer Gladys Angala as we discuss digital manga, the latest of manga piracy, and announce upcoming titles on the Manga Planet and futekiya Libraries.

Our Industry Panel will be available on VOD from July 5-16, 2021!



Our Speakers


Hyoe Narita
Chairman, Member’s of the Board

I started in 1988 at Shogakukan, one of the biggest publishers in Japan. After moving to San Francisco, California, I served as Executive Vice President at VIZ Communications, Inc. from 1996 to 2011. There, in 2002, I also became the Editor in Chief of US SHONEN JUMP. From 2011 to 2017, I relocated to Paris, France to manage VIZ Media Europe as President. In 2018, I came back to Japan and joined Fantasista. Through such a career, I have serendipitously become an expert of the worldwide Manga business. I believe this subscription model will change the world’s Manga map in the near future.


Emma Hanashiro

I joined Fantasista in 2017 after several years researching and working in and around manga and anime industries. My specialty is in the Boys’ Love (BL) genre, particularly its history and the various subcultures surrounding its publication. Before my professional involvement in manga, I attended the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama, where I focused my research on contemporary BL sub-genres. When not working on improving futekiya, I spend my free time delving into the international omegaverse phenomenon.


Gladys Angala

I was born and raised in the Philippines before moving to Japan in 2010 to take my master’s degree at The University of Tokyo. After graduating, I worked for a Japanese NGO for almost 7 years. On the side, I worked as a Liaisons Officer for Cosplay Mania, the largest J-pop culture-centered convention in the Philippines for 6 years. I also worked as a freelance interpreter for several anime events and a freelance writer for an anisong news website. An anime and manga fan myself, I joined Fantasista in 2019 to bring more Japanese pop culture content to fans overseas.



What is Anime Expo Lite?

Anime Expo Lite is a digital version of Anime Expo, bringing together fans and industry for a celebration of Japanese pop culture.


When is Anime Expo Lite?

July 3 and July 4, 2021 are the virtual event days which will include live content. VOD/video replay will be available from July 5 through July 16, 2021. Chat replay will not be available during the VOD period. Some content may also not be available for replay.

How do I watch Anime Expo Lite?

You can watch from any web browser that has internet access. This means you can watch from your computer or mobile, your game console with a web browser, the Anime Expo app available in iOS and Android.  Anime Expo Lite will be available through your Tixr app on Apple TV and Roku.

Please refer to Tixr support for more information.


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See you at Anime Expo Lite 2021!


About Manga Planet: Read manga, support artists

In 2012, Manga Planet started as a joint project between Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. and FANTASISTA, INC. to research and explore the ways manga is read throughout the world. With the goal of bringing new manga to fans from all over the world and support artists and the industry, Manga Planet pushes for affordability and access to manga through a subscription-based service.

Readers who subscribe to Manga Planet and pay a flat monthly fee of $6.99 will have access to our expanding library of English-language manga. To subscribe, please go to and create an account. More information is in our guide.

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