Manga Sutra 2

August 8, 2008

I read this to follow one of the last volumes of Berserk I read.  They run in the same magazine, and reading them back to back just blows my mind because they’re so different.

The novelty is already starting to wear off for this series, unfortunately, but it is still extremely informative.  The lack of story is a bit grating, and the constant jump to sex sex sex, while expected, gets a little tired towards the end of the volume, and the fascination that drove me through the first volume just wasn’t here.

You gotta give it an “A” for technique, though.  There’s a section of the story that focuses on Makoto not being able to get it up and Yura trying to learn different ways to help him.  Blowjob techniques for penises are discussed in depth several times, the longest part of which tells you how to go at it from start to finish.  It’s good for letting you know whether or not you’re doing it right.

There’s also a section of story about the first sex of the new year which is kind of funny.  There’s a Japanese word for this, and the characters struggle with being questioned relentlessly about it by Makoto’s older brother as well as having to resist temptation being under the same roof with a bunch of family members.

Going hand in hand with this, quite literally, is a chapter or two about handjobs, specifically how to give one to a woman.  This is employed in the New Year’s situation in lieu of real sex, at least at first.  If I’m not mistaken, this may be the section where Makoto’s brother discusses what makes for the “perfect” vagina, a talk which includes several diagrams.  He doesn’t appear very often, which is a shame because I like his blunt and inappropriate questions, but this is discussed during one of his appearances.

There’s also a chapter or three dealing with Makoto’s sister’s first time.  It goes over her relationship with her boyfriend, things you have to consider for the first time, what the signs are that it’s okay, stuff like that.  I was actually very surprised by these sections of story since the characters are taking it so slow, where everyone else in the series is very whole-hog about it.  It struck me as strange that the sister felt obligated to have sex with her boyfriend when her older brother kept his virginity until he was married.  It seems like holding off wouldn’t be that out of the question for her, but her opinion is given very fairly in the story.

What else?  Yura’s sister is shown trying to abstain when her favorite boyfriend tells her not to cheat on him.  This is kind of funny, actually, but not… not really.

It’s still informative, and it still makes me laugh, but I don’t think I’ll be able to read the other volumes in one sitting.  To be fair, it’s two volumes in one, so maybe I should go half now and half later anyway.  And I still really like the excellent presentation.

One Response to “Manga Sutra 2”

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