UBU UBU, by SUGI Emiko

By • Aug 20th, 2006 • Category: move, Romance, SUGI Emiko, Title, UBU UBU

UBU UBU, by SUGI Emiko Title:UBU UBU
Author:SUGI Emiko
ISBN# 4-8342-6101-8
Eyes Comics, 1999

I purchased this manga during the Torrance Mandarake closing sale. Lots of manga for REALLY cheap. While this was a great thing money-wise, it was a bad thing because I kept buying partial collections of older series that are out of print. Arg! This is an older Emiko SUGI series, and I only have the first two volumes out of six total. I really need to find the rest of them. The only place I’ve seen that sells this series has it as a complete set. I don’t want to buy duplicate copies of volumes 1-2. This is a cute story, and Emiko Sugi’s art style is fun. Her style has changed a lot since this was published (and her stories are a bit smuttier) but this older work is worth checking out ^_^

Like most shoujo stories, this one focuses on a schoolgirl. Her name is KAZAMI Hyoko, and she has a dream of becoming a model. Well okay, so far this doesn’t sound that unusual… but wait! Hyoko doesn’t want to become just any average model, she wants to become a NUDE model! Now there’s a noble ambition for a first year high school girl. There is this hot photographer called ‘BIRD’ who is famous for taking beautiful photographs of nude models. Hyoko idolizes this photographer, and is determined to win a modelling contest that will put her in front of his camera as the prize. Hyoko has some problems getting into the contest, but is helped by a mysterious handsome guy who grabs Hyoko for a quick kiss as thanks for getting her into the contest. It turns out that he is one of the contest judges!

Next Hyoko meets a young photographer boy backstage who likes her a lot and wants to take her picture. An unexpected collision has Hyoko kissing him too! Unfortunately Hyoko doesn’t fair too well in the contest. Afterwards she sees Shiratori, also known as BIRD, the famous photographer she idolizes. She runs up to him, and he consoles her a little bit on losing the contest, and then, wouldn’t you know it, he kisses her too! That’s THREE unexpected kisses from strange but cute guys in the same day! Determined not to miss out on her chance to become a model, Hyoko follows BIRD home only to find that he lives in this huge mansion with the other two guys who kissed her! Hyoko won’t give up on her dream, and she decides to show them right there that she can become a model… romantic hijinks ensue ^_-

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  1. […] Manga artist Emiko Sugi died from stomach cancer on February 10 at the Yokohama city hospital, according to a short report from ComiPress. She was 47 years old. So near as I can tell, the only published work by Emiko Sugi to appear in English is a chapter she wrote for the how-to book Mezase!! Manga no Hoshi, which was recently published Stateside by Viz Media under the title Shojo Beat’s Manga Artist Academy. There’s rather little information available online about Ms. Sugi; she debuted as an artist in 1977 and seems to have specialized in tittilating shoujo manga; Niko-Niko.net reviews what sounds like a typical Emiko Sugi manga series, Ubu Ubu, about a high-school girl who aspires to be a famous nude model. In the only scanlation I was able to find online at a moment’s notice, a chapter of the series Luv Clinic, about a young woman in search of the love of a legendary masseuse, the scene opens with our heroine on a flight to South Korea, fantasizing about the man of her dreams undressing and fondling her, and ends with another fantasy excerpted in the image below. (By chance, this chapter was the last one in the second volume of the series, which meant that the chapter I downloaded also included the omake — which, among other things, noted that Sugi had previously undergone surgery of some sort in 2001, the year the book volume was released.) Her work was prominently featured in Cheese! Magazine, a Japanese anthology skewed toward older teenage girls, and from the looks of things, she gleefully took advantage of the opportunity for racy subject matter. […]