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Manga Sutra -- Futari H Volume 1 (v. 1) Paperback – January 8, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Yura and Makoto are 25-year-old newlyweds and terrified virgins. They're deeply in love (although Aki never bothers to explain how they met or fell in love), and in the first volume of this long-running series, they take a few soap-operatic chapters to get over their nervousness before they plunge into hentai-style sex, drawn with soft-core–cheesecake aplomb. (At crucial moments, Aki resorts to anatomical cross-sections.) But poor Makoto is a premature ejaculator, and they've both got a few things to learn—some of them from his know-it-all older brother and her promiscuous younger sister. Aki draws beautiful women with enormous shojo eyes, usually in states of embarrassment, but it's the book's goofy-looking, sexually inept men who are really the objects of mockery. American readers may be amused by the book's unnerving insights into Japanese sexual culture—Aki's narration declares that if going to the professionals at the soaplands is like eating out gourmet, then doing it with a significant other is like a warm home-cooked meal! And after a few hundred pages of thrusts and moans, there's a page that solemnly documents a series of techniques for French kissing. Still, despite the factual nuggets dropped in for what used to be called redeeming social value, this volume is much more about titillation than education. (Jan.)
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The characters are very well written into the story. The character's personas are memorable and very heart-felt. Their attitudes and the general way the book is written gives it a very light hearted and uplifting feel. Sure, the characters of Yura and Makoto have their share of problems (in bed) but they give off a good vibe of understanding and caring. Makoto's brother tries to help him with his inadaquecies and give him a few pointers to help Makoto pleasure his wife. Akira (Makoto's brother) isn't overbearing in his attempts to help his brother and doesn't stick his nose in too far (like a lot of other similar manga characters do).
The book is wonderfully illustrated with beautiful artwork. Its pretty obvious that the artist did a lot of anatomical study for his art. The sex scenes, although very well done, are done in a more tasteful manner compared to most other hentai. The art is sexy and the layouts of each page are well thought out.
What surprised me was the length of this book and its size. Easily its double the size and thickness of a regular manga. It's got a very easily feasable plot, it's not "over the top". The characters are very down to Earth, very memorable and even adorable. The facts and tidbits are also very interesting (it is a "sex guide").
My vote: Worth buying.
This book is worth every penny for those who have had sex, are planning on/hoping to experience sex, etc. The story is excellent. The plot is uplifting and adorable. Yura and Makoto are very engaging protagonists. The book was all worth it.
It does a very good job of describing the physiology - and psychology - of good sex, and gives judicious advice on sometimes overlooked details.
From a moral standpoint however, I would stop short of recommending this book to newlyweds, for two reasons :
-It strays a little too complacently into extramarital situations, imaginary or real, but quite explicit.
-The book was sponsored by a condom factory. You know what to expect.
Just my thoughts.
This is only the first volume and, frankly, not sure how far they can push this kind of thing. How much do you need to know about sex before you start figuring it out on your own? If I get the other volumes will I become bored? Is this going to become hard-core Triple-X-Rated? Only time will tell.
I thought about sending it back but curiosity being what it is, I decided to go ahead and open it and read it.
And for once, my curiosity didn't smack me upside the head (see: A Night to Remember by Eve Vaughn which is an example of curiosity that should have been left alone).
Although there are a lot of interesting (and surprisingly helpful) tidbits about sexual relations (this is a sex guide after all), the story of newlyweds, Makoto and Yura, (along with Yura's sister and Makoto's family) is a refreshing hoot.
Makoto and Yura are 25 and married via a marriage broker service. They are both virgins. As the story unfolds, one will read about a honeymoon night with long pajamas, the near misses moments and the almost-theres, the too much info brother, the too experienced sister, the sex under the family roof, thin walls, the too soon, the too much, and the "don't worry we can try again" scenarios and all the funny humor that can result from such situations.
And it is all told in a non-judgmental, easy reading style with appealing art to accompany the story that made this buy a completely enjoyable surprise.
So whether you've had sex (or just read it in a book somewhere), this series is worth a look. The story and its characters are very likable and one might just learn something new.