Manga Sutra to Deal with Pregnancy 14+ Years Later
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Futari Ecchi (Futari H) author Aki Katsu revealed in an interview with his editor Ryō Tomoda that the time when he will draw Yura's pregnancy is not far off, although he admitted he is not sure of the timing yet. Katsu also revealed that the birth of a child would not signify the end of the manga, as some fans have speculated. The manga follows an inexperienced couple and their comic adventures as they explore intimacy with each other.
Katsu (Psychic Academy, The Vision of Escaflowne) has been drawing the manga, 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. Hakusensha published the manga's 50th compiled book volume in Japan on July 29, and the manga has sold more than 23 million copies so far. Tokyopop published the manga in North America under the name Manga Sutra - Futari H before announcing that it would close its North American publishing operations.
A live-action film and online project adaptation of the manga will be released this summer, and each project has separate casts. Media Blasters released the 2002-2004 original video anime adaptation of the same manga under the name Step Up Love Story. There was a previous live-action television mini-series adaptation of the manga in 2003.
[Via Hachima Kikō]