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Manga Sutra (Futari H) Volume 1

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Manga Sutra Volume 1 by Katsu Aki, published by TokyoPop

Manga Sutra Volume 1

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The Bottom Line

Two virgins get married and learn that there's more to sex than getting naked. While it's not a manga version of the Kama Sutra, Manga Sutra is a sizzling sex manual that offers graphic sex scenes and frank talk about the ups and downs of the ole' in and out.

Manga Sutra has its share of awkward T.M.I. moments and tends to depict men as insensitive dolts, but it's also educational. It offers useful tips about the stuff your gym teacher never bothered to teach in Sex Ed 101, including how to unhook a bra, how to kiss and how to create pleasurable experiences for yourself and your partner.

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Pros

  • Explains how-to's for pleasurable sex in an relatively tasteful, easy-to-understand comic-book style
  • Art is graphic enough to generate sexual heat and clear enough to be educational
  • Inserts helpful diagrams, facts and statistics about sex in a non-judgmental voice
  • Fairly sensitive about portraying the anxieties that come with having sex for the first time
  • Nice slip-cased packaging and larger-than-usual book format make it gift-worthy

Cons

  • Makoto's brother and mother(!) are bizarrely blunt and nosy about his sex life
  • Portrays guys as completely clueless, inept or insensitive
  • Portrays women as sexually insatiable or infinitely patient about their partner's short-comings

Description

  • Original Title: Futari Etchi (Japan)
  • Author & Artist: Katsu Aki
  • Publishers: TokyoPop (US)
    Hakusensha (Japan)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4278-0536-2
  • Cover Price: $19.99 US / $23.50 CANADA / £12.99 UK
  • Age Rating: M – Mature, Age 18+ for graphic sexual intercourse and nudity
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  • US Publication Date: January 2008
    Japan Publication Date: 1997
  • Book Description: 384 pages, black and white illustrations. Slip-cased paperback

Guide Review - Manga Sutra (Futari H) Volume 1

Two twenty-something virgins meet through a matchmaker and get wed immediately. But there's more to marriage than just living together, as the clueless couple discover the ups and downs that come with the ole' in and out.

Despite what you might think from first impressions of the cover and the title, Manga Sutra isn't a manga version of the Kama Sutra, the infamous Indian manual of sexual pleasure and pretzel-like positions. The story is set in modern day Japan, and most of the sex that the couples enjoy in this first volume is pretty vanilla, but that's okay, because newlyweds Yura and Makoto have got to start somewhere.

Manga Sutra earns its "M - Mature" rating by delivering scene after scene of graphic sex. The intercourse scenes are way hotter than the sterile diagrams that you'd see in your average sex ed manual, but Manga Sutra is basically that: a sex education manual. As Yura and Makoto bumble their way through their first encounters, Aki inserts helpful tips and factoids about stuff your gym teacher never explained, like how to unhook a bra, how to kiss and how to make "it" last longer than a minute.

Manga Sutra handles sex, love and relationships in a tasteful, educational and non-judgmental style, but it's also got a few T.M.I. (Too Much Information) moments like when Makoto's overly helpful brother offers sex tips, and his mother asks Yura, "How's he holding up in bed?" Eeyew. The other downside to Manga Sutra is that the men are uniformly depicted as clueless, insensitive or inept in bed, while the women are sexually insatiable and infinitely patient with their men's short-comings, which is somewhat unrealistic.

Nevertheless, Manga Sutra is a helpful, hentai manga manual that delivers sexy sizzle and friendly, useful advice in an appealing, gift-worthy package. Absolutely not for younger readers or the sexually repressed.

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