|Futari Ecchi (ふたりエッチ Futari Ecchi?), also known by other names Manga Sutra, Step Up Love Story or Manga Love Story, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Katsu Aki.
Futari Ecchi is a story about a newlywed couple in their mid-twenties, both virgins when they married. The story chronicles their sexual explorations. The manga combines pornographic elements with factual and informative statistics. The title Futari Ecchi (“two person ecchi”) is a play on a slang term for masturbation, hitori ecchi (“single person ecchi”). This bestselling series is most famous for being a how-to guide combined into a story. So far, fifty tankōbon have been released. Two other volumes are set around the sexuality of women, called Futari Ecchi for Ladies, and there is an art book entitled Yura Yura. A four-episode anime OVA series was produced in 2002 and 2003.
As of June 17, 2007, the manga series has been licensed in North America by Tokyopop, with the first volume released on January 8, 2008. Four volumes were released, with a representative of Tokyopop saying that the volumes were expensive to produce. Also, on July 2, 2007 at Anime Expo, Media Blasters announced that they had licensed the OVA series.
In Germany, both the manga and the anime are called Manga Love Story.
The manga was adapted into a live action television series in 2003 and a film in 2011 with a sequel called Futari H: Second Kiss being released on December 17 and the DVD in 2012. A third film is in production.
Style and theme
There are many scenes in the series that look like they are actually happening but are then revealed to be the sexual fantasies of Makoto or another character. This means there are many scenes of Makoto having sex with other characters, while in truth he only has sex with Yura.
One of the fetishes explored in the series is cosplay.
Though most of the first volumes focus on Makoto and Yura’s relationship, the later chapters deviate to other characters’ love/sex lives and their development on it to cover more events to teach the readers with (about sex).