Our mission is to connect passionate fans around the world with officially licensed Japanese Boys’ Love (BL) manga and support creators.
FANTASISTA, INC. runs and operates futekiya with the vision of expanding the ways we can deliver the greatest and latest BL manga (and more) to devotees of the genre.
I was teaching at a technical computing school until changing gears and founding FANTASISTA, INC. in 2005. Some of my interests include listening to music (rock and dance), watching any and all sports, and cycling on my road bike.
Of course, I am an avid reader of manga and go through an astronomical number of volumes every month. When my bookshelves start overflowing at home, I bring the manga to my office and file them under “paperwork.” As an ardent fan of manga myself, with this new service, I strive to provide an experience that will have all manga-lovers happy and satisfied.
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.
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.