About Us

Our mission is to connect passionate fans around the world with officially licensed Japanese manga and support creators.

FANTASISTA, INC. runs and operates Manga Planet with the vision of expanding the ways we can deliver the greatest and latest Japanese manga (and more) to devotees of the genre.

We listen to, care for, and respect readers and artists.

Core Members

Hiroki Kurihara

President

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.

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.

Gladys Angala

Manga Planet Producer

I was born and raised in the Philippines before moving to Japan in 2010 to take my master's degree in 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.

Business Partners

In charge of negotiations with publishers and localization

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.

https://www.dnp.co.jp/eng/

In charge of operating Manga Planet India

Super Sugoii

http://supersugoii.com

Operating Company

In charge of planning, development, operations, proofreading, promotions, and others

FANTASISTA,INC.

https://fantasista-net.jp/

About the Library

Manga Planet Library is a convenient and straightforward online manga subscription service for officially licensed Japanese manga.

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Manga Planet Blog

Welcome to the Manga Planet Blog, the companion website to our online manga subscription service for officially licensed Japanese manga. Here you can find staff updates, Manga Spotlights, interviews, and much more in the coming months.

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