futekiya will be at Anime Expo Lite!

Catch our panel on July 4 (Sat) from 4:25 pm - 5:15 pm PDT!

We are excited to announce that the futekiya team will have a panel on Day 2 of Anime Expo Lite!

Join our very own Chairman Hyoe Narita, Editor-in-Chief Emma Hanashiro, and Producer Gladys Angala as we discuss digital manga on July 4 (Sat) from 4:25 pm – 5:15 pm PDT (July 5 (Sun) 8:25 am – 9:15 am JST) at AX Lite’s Channel 2!

Check the full schedule here:


Our Speakers


futekiya Anime Expo LiteHyoe 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.


futekiya Anime Expo LiteEmma 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.



futekiya Anime Expo LiteGladys 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 contents to fans overseas.


What is Anime Expo Lite?

Anime Expo Lite 2020 is an online event happening on July 3-4, 2020 full of live stream content, including special guests, industry announcements, Q&As, giveaways, and more!

It’s scheduled on Friday, July 3  from 12:00 PM to 11:59 PM (PDT) and on Saturday, July 4 from 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM (PDT). Don’t forget to check out the times in your own timezone!


How do I join?

No registration is required—anybody and everybody is welcome! The live streams will be done both on YouTube and Twitch (Channel 1 and Channel 2)

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See you at Anime Expo Lite!


About futekiya: BL manga subscription

Boys' Love Manga Subscription Service futekiya promotional image

In 2018, futekiya began as a Boys’ Love manga news and culture website operated by FANTASISTA, INC., a CG/VR production studio based in Tokyo, Japan. futekiya transformed into a budding global distributor of officially licensed BL manga in 2019.

futekiya launched as an online subscription service for officially licensed BL manga on July 8, 2019. Determined to connect fans around the world with English-translated BL legally and conveniently, futekiya empowers readers to support creators and the manga industry.

Readers who subscribe to futekiya 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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