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Futari H's 'Big News' is Limited Edition With Bonus Manga

posted on by Karen Ressler

This year's 19th issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine announced on Friday that the 72nd and 73rd compiled volumes of Aki Katsu's Futari H (Manga Sutra) manga will get a joint limited edition release. The limited edition will include a full-color art book and an original "volume 72.5" manga

The magazine had promised "big news" for the manga in this issue. Friday's issue also noted that the "Futari H's 20th anniversary can't be stopped."

Katsu (Psychic Academy, The Vision of Escaflowne) has been drawing Manga Sutra, which describes itself as a "love bible" or a "user's manual" for people in love, in Young Animal and Young Animal Arashi since 1997. The manga inspired two original video anime (OVA) series in 2002 and 2014. Hakusensha published the manga's 71st compiled book volume on July 28. As of last December, the series had 26 million copies in print. Monkey Chop launched a spinoff of the manga focusing on Akira in June.

Tokyopop published Katsu's The Vision of Escaflowne, Psychic Academy, and Manga Sutra in North America before closing its doors in 2011. Media Blasters licensed and released the 2002 OVAs on DVD in North America under the title Step Up Love Story.

A third live-action film based on Manga Sutra shipped on home video in Japan in 2012.


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