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.
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 in production.
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.
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