An excellent and very educational series. About a newlywed couple who are virgins and their comedic ups and downs in learning how to have sex. Not really a hentai, though there are scenes which can be called hentai. Tastefully rendered taboo themes. A funny "how to" guide for sex illiterate and experts.
It is not sex that gives the pleasure, but the lover. (Marge Piercy)
Futari Ecchi is undoubtedly the most informative and educating manga out there. However the information provided is on ‘sex’. The story revolves around the sexual life of a married couple. Lives of their friends, co-workers, family members and neighbors are also covered time to time.
Because of the extra focus on sexual aspects, this manga gets blames like ‘a series that only revolves around the bed’, ‘series with zero plot development’ etc. These acquisitions are quite wrong.
Despite being quite slow, there is quite decent plot development in this series. And we also see
that the sexual aspect of life is just not only about ‘the main thing’ but the things like problems and hindrances in sex life, marriage v/s single relationships, multiple sex partners, pregnancy etc are also important part of a sex life.
We also see other aspects for a married life time to time in this manga.
The cast of this series is nothing short of fabulous. You’ll find good for nothing bastards who got lucky and landed hot partners, honest and caring wives, sexually depressed middle age people, teens whoring around, and office ladies trying their best to ruin the relationship of others. The lead couple is great and adorable. Their sync and progress as a couple is something great to see.
The overall art of this magna is really good. The character sketches are beautiful but the main this is the ‘main thing’.
The sex scenes are drawn really magnificently. And the inclusion of information panels during the scenes makes it great. The reader gets the feeling that he’s reading a educating manga and not a plain borderline hentai with lots of sex.
Futari Ecchi is full of facts, figures, information, stats and tips regarding sexual stuff. Since this series has been running over a decade, many of these stats are outdated but it still goes to show the fact that lot of effort has been put in this series and this is a manual not a perverted series.
TARGET AUDIENCE: -
There’s a misconception about this series that it is for fans of ecchi and perverted stuff. I believe every manga fan that is 18 and above, should read this series.
* Don’t read it in front of others (lol)
* Don’t look at the scenes only, pay the attention to the stats as well. :P
Saying that this is hentai is like saying any movie with sex or boobs in it is porn. It astonishes me how prude people are in this day and age. This is why there needs to be more proper and realistic sexual education, and not only about the risks but mainly about how sex normally is conducted, men and women don't know anything about each others mind and body and when a man is expected to know exactly what to do he will take reference to the only sexual experience he has... porn. This is why the author (of the manga) created this series and
this is why it is highly needed. Of course the manga can be arousing, and you shouldn't feel any shame for that. Because that is what happens when you develop on a sexual level. Sex is a very important part of life and there should be no shame for it, especially when you want to learn to understand and enjoy your own and your (future) partner sexuality.
I have read the manga with a female friend (we never had sex or were in any relationship other than very close friends before or after) when we were younger, we took notes and talked about it and learned a lot which I was grateful, because when I got in a relationship with my girlfriend, my gf and I were still virgins but we both actually enjoyed the first time we had sex and after several years our sex life and love for each other has only deepened and improved. I'm life long grateful to the manga and I have recommended to a lot of people I know.
I first found out about Futari Ecchi on the internet whilst looking for some manga to read up on and i thought the idea behind was very intriguing and real to life which has always been popular to be in real life.
the story revolves around a newly married, inexperienced, virginal couple called Makoto and Yura who are determined to make sure their experiences together can only get better as the days go by. Meanwhile their friends & families will have something to say and plenty of advice to give to them.
one of the key points i will bring up is that the manga is rated
mature because of its sexual contents and graphic wording at times but surprisingly the whole things works extremely well and even a very sensitive person will have a hard time being totally offended by what happens in this manga series.
I am sure you are all assuming that this is more a Hentai Manga than anything else but you will be surprised to hear that its much more than that...you shouldnt see this as a Hentai but more like the Erotic soap dramas you see on TV after 9 or 10 at night.
The only major drawback i can see to this amazing series is its new name in the shops...MANGA SUTRA. I mean its kinda embarassing asking at a shop if they got anything called sutra in the first place and i personally think Futari Ecchi was a ok title to begin with but don't let that name deter you from this quite awesome book
This manga is actually very educational about sex. I like the plot and the characters for the most part (even though the main guy character can be an a-hole a lot of the time) But for someone like me who was never taught much about sex or how the body develops throughout puberty, I was able to learn just about everything through this manga. One thing that I find kind of ridiculous is that they show just about every part of the woman's body, but when it came to the guy's d*ck, it was replaced with a banana....I don't know, maybe that's just supposed to
be funny or something lol :) But all in all, I really loved this manga and can't wait for the completion!! :)