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[[caption-width:195:Sexiest Triad leader ever. For good, for bad, and for worse.]]

17-year-old Kurumi Akino lives in Tokyo, helping her ill mother to take care of her little siblings and working hard at both school and her part-time job. Her life is pretty ordinary, isn't it? Well, it ''is''... until she's walking home and bumps into a handsome stranger. The guy promptly places his hand over her mouth, kisses her forcibly, and then threatens her with rape if she screams since he's being pursued by other people. He promptly collapses and Kurumi thinks she can't leave him there, so she treats his wounds at home and manages to have him tell her his name: Hakuron. However, he gives her a sleeping drug through a kiss and leaves her there, escaping from the Akino household..

Since Hakuron disappeared as soon as he arrived, Kurumi now wonders if it was all a bad dream. It isn't, actually. Few after the incident, when she's in her way to class, Kurumi finds herself whisked off her feet and shuttled to Hong Kong, and the culprit is Hakuron! It turns out that the stranger whose life she saved is actually the most powerful and badass mobster from TheTriadsAndTheTongs, and he wants to "thank" her by making her his bride. From then on, the poor girl will be caught in the struggles among several triad groups as well as the in-fights in Hakuron's group, and will also have to deal with Hakuron's own extremely screwed up view on life and love, as well as the ''very'' traumatic loss of her own innocence. All of this happens in a strange land, very far from the Tokyo where her family and her past remain...

Haou Airen (覇王·愛人 Surpreme King's Mistress?) is a shōjo manga series created by Creator/MayuShinjo, also adapted into 3 CD dramas. Like a lot of Shinjo's works, Haou Airen is heavy on sexual content and the melodrama.

Some more info about it [[http://ironteahouse.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=manga&thread=125&page=1 here]].

!!Haou Airen has the following tropes

* AlternateContinuity: The CD drama, [[spoiler: where Hakuron survives. Apparently, had he lived, he and Kurumi would've been HappilyMarried and had a daughter.]]
* [[AMatchMadeInStockholm A Match Made In]] HongKong: Hakuron and Kurumi, only it's played less by laughs and more for FanService and Drama.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler: Kurumi gives one to Hakuron, after he points a gun at her head and orders her to swear her love to him.]]
* ArrangedMarriage: Hakuron and Reilan.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Hakuron went up the Triads's ranks via basically kicking all kind of ass to get there. Also, that's how he recruited Di Long into the group.
* BastardBoyfriend: Hakuron, who threatens Kurumi with rape when they meet to keep her quiet since he's being tracked. Later he kidnaps her to make her his mistress as "thanks" for saving him, and [[spoiler:rapes Kurumi repeatedly at one point]]. Not only that, but it's pretty clear that [[spoiler: his treatment of Reilan in the past wasn't exactly the best either, considering what she ''very'' bitterly says about him "stealing her body, her life, and her soul".]]
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe, IOweYouMyLife and FlorenceNightingaleEffect: Nothing would've happened in this manga, had Kurumi not decided to treat Hakuron's wounds.
* BettyAndVeronica: Kaafai (Betty) and Hakuron (Veronica), for Kurumi. [[spoiler: Until Kaafai goes {{Yandere}} too.]]. Kurumi (Bett) and Reilan (Veronica), for Hakuron.
* BloodKnight: Hakuron, Di Long. A sort-of JustifiedTrope since both of them [[TheTriadsAndThetongs are high-ranked Triad members]] and their fighting skills are what brought them as high in the hierarchy as they are.
* [[spoiler: BloodSplatteredWeddingDress]]: Horribly subverted: [[spoiler: the one splattered in blood is the ''groom'' in a white suit.]]
* BreakHisHeartToSaveHim: Once Kurumi's StockholmSyndrome sets in, Hakuron tries this technique on her a lot because he realizes that [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies his enemies will do horrible things to her]] if he appears to care for her. He even goes so far as to [[spoiler: make her be Fuuron's mistress instead of his own.]] It doesn't work very well.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: Huo Long's backstory.]]
** And Kurumi, despite her LoveMartyr tendencies, finds herself pretty broken. A good example would be her huge HeroicBSOD after [[spoiler: Reilan's ThanatosGambit. The fact that ''immediately afterward'' Hakuron raped her repeatedly in an effort to stop her from leaving him didn't help.]]
* BrokenBird: Kurumi thinks [[spoiler: Reilan]] is one. [[spoiler: Considering Reilan's RapeAsDrama deal, she isn't ''that'' far off... only that she was ''way'' too spiteful to invoke real sympathy.]] [[spoiler: And Kurumi herself either ''barely'' averts becoming one, or by the end of the series she's a BrokenBird in her path to recovery.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Kaafai.]]
* ClingyJealousGirl: Reilan.
* ContrivedCoincidence: [[spoiler: 15-year-old Hakuron just ''happened'' to go in an important mission in Japan in ''exactly'' the same day of Mr. Akino's funeral? And then he happened to see the funeral procession ''and'' catch a glimpse of 14-year-old Kurumi?]]
* CorruptTheCutie: Discussed when [[spoiler: Reilan sets up her ThanatosGambit and claims she wants Kurumi to be tainted by her gangrape as revenge for Hakuron tainting her.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Reilan:''']] "How does it feel to see someone you love being tainted in front of your eyes? (...) But everything that hs happened until now, you have done it to ''me''! You heartlessly stole not just my body and my life, but my heart as well!"
* CrazyJealousGuy: Hakuron and [[spoiler: Kaafai.]]
* [[spoiler: DarkAndTroubledPast: Hakuron]] and [[spoiler: Huo Long]].
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: [[spoiler: Reilan invokes this in her ThanatosGambit. She knows she won't get away with setting up Kurumi for gang-rape--and uses it to spit on Hakuron and Kurumi's faces.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: We know that Shinjo uses explicit sex in her works, but this one also includes quite a bit of graphic violence and murder.
* DistressBall: [[spoiler: Kurumi ''and'' Huo Long]] in Volume 8.
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler: Kaafai.]]
* TheDragon: Fuuron, to Hakuron.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Kurumi downs a bunch of sleeping pills when she gets distraught over not being able to be with Hakuron. Huo Long saves her with a punch to the stomach.]]
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Huo Long.
* EasyAmnesia: [[spoiler: In Chapter 35, Kurumi falls down a flight of stairs and loses all her memories of the events of the whole series. She gets them all back just as easily in Chapter 43.]]
* FacialMarkings: Hakuron has a ''very'' distinguishing dragon tattoo on the side of his face. Seems that only Kurumi has seen it and lived to tell.
* [[spoiler: [[FallenPrincess Fallen Prince]]: Hakuron was a Chinese nobleman, and he and his MissingMom tried to escape from his abusive father. Upon being recaptured, Hakuron's mother urged kid!Hakuron to leave her behind, and he had to do so. It went FromBadToWorse soon afterwards.]]
* FamousLastWords:
-->[[spoiler: '''Reilan:''']] "[[spoiler:Kurumi]], I didn't really know why [[spoiler: Hakuron]] fell for you. Your virtue is just his opposite. But I'm sorry... I loved [[spoiler: Hakuron]] too... [[spoiler: Kurumi]], when I'm reborn, we'll be friends. I promise!"
-->[[spoiler: '''Hakuron:''']] "You're prettier when you smile. I wish I could see the smile on your face forever. Promise me, [[spoiler: Kurumi]], smile forever..." ''(last thoughts)'' "Because I won't be able to wipe your tears away anymore."
* ForcedToWatch: [[spoiler: Except in this case, it's the hero (sort of) raping the heroine and forcing the RomanticRunnerUp to watch.]]
** A straighter example is when [[spoiler: a rival Triad gang kidnaps Kurumi and their leader has Hakuron watch via video as he strips and molests her.]]
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Fuuron
* GirlishPigtails: Kurumi, though technically speaking she's 17 and thus a little old for the style. She wears them to emphasize her youth and innocence in contrast to the CrapsaccharineWorld she winds up in, and keeps them even as she loses said innocence through all the BreakTheCutie.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: What happened to [[spoiler: Kaafai]] when [[spoiler: he's ForcedToWatch as Hakuron rapes Kurumi. This is why he shoots Hakuron to death in the end.]]
* GoryDiscretionShot: When [[spoiler: Hakuron kills Kurumi's first would-be rapists.]]
** Also, when [[spoiler: Fuuron kills the shopkeeper for refusing to sell him the Dragon Sphere]] in Volume 8.
** Averted in the case of [[spoiler: Reilan]], as we clearly see [[spoiler: her]] bleed and collapse to the floor in a puddle of [[spoiler: her]] own blood after [[spoiler: Hakuron]] shoots [[spoiler: her]] to death. Made worse by how we ''think'' it'll be played straight [[http://manga.animea.net/haou-airen-chapter-16-page-22.html when the scenery changes to the building facade]]... only to return to [[spoiler: [[http://manga.animea.net/haou-airen-chapter-16-page-23.html the fatally]] [[http://manga.animea.net/haou-airen-chapter-16-page-24.html injured]] [[http://manga.animea.net/haou-airen-chapter-16-page-25.html Reilan]].]]
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Hakuron keeps saying horrible things about himself and insists in telling Kurumi that he's a monster and she should reject him for such stuff, but that doesn't stop him from hugging her passionately and sexing her up. [[RapeIsLove Many times, against her will]].
* HongKong: The plot is truly kickstarted when Hakuron abducts Kurumi and takes her to his home there...
** CrapsaccharineWorld: This is how the SAR itself is described. It's a bright, shining city full of prosperity and fun things to do... while [[{{The Triads and the Tongs}} gangsters]] train children and teenagers [[spoiler: like Hakuron, Di Long and several others as well]] as assassins in a shadow war filled with rape, murder, and suicide.
* ICanChangeMyBeloved: Kurumi ''thinks'' she can pull this in regards to the dude who practically kidnapped her and brought her to Hong Kong to be his mistress. (Then again, the poor girl is trapped in the SAR and has no way out, considering Hakuron is a high-ranked Triads leader.) [[BreakTheCutie In any way, it does NOT go well.]]
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Huo Long is an unusually proactive version of this trope.
* IllGirl: Kurumi's mother. The reason why Kurumi is the main breadwinner because of Mrs. Akino's bad health.
* IntimatePsychotherapy: Subverted. [[spoiler: Kurumi]] has sex with [[spoiler: Fuuron]] after a really hard time (including a scene in which she tells him about said problems), but she doesn't exactly feel better afterwards.
* [[spoiler: KarmaHoudini or RedemptionEqualsDeath: Hakuron, as he dies in the last volume. It ''really'' depends on your view of him.]]
* [[MafiaPrincess Mafia Princes and Princesses]]: Hakuron, Reilan and [[spoiler: Shui Long]].
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: [[spoiler: Hakuron laments how [[WhiteShirtOfDeath his groom suit]] got stained--when he's bleeding to death.]]
* MeaningfulRename: [[spoiler: After killing his asshole dad at the age of 14, Li Shen Wong renounced to his old identity and started calling himself "Hakuron".]]
** Kurumi gets the Chinese name "Qiuye Laishi", which is [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation the Mandarin Chinese pronunciation of the characters for "Akino Kurumi"]], and [[spoiler: Fuuron renounces to his former name of Lu Zhaoming as he becomes TheDragon to Hakuron.]]
* TheMedic: Shui Long. He comes from a family of these, actually.
* MoralityPet: Kurumi aims to become this to Hakuron, as much as she can be to a BastardBoyfriend like him.
* NamesToKnowInAnime: Creator/TomokazuSeki plays Hakuron [[http://bishiehaven.blogspot.com/2008/09/japanese-drama-cd-haou-airen-secret-cd.html in the drama CD's]], opposite Creator/KimikoKoyama's Kurumi. Other seiyuus there are YuuAsakawa (Huo Long), Creator/SusumuChiba (Fuuron), Creator/NobuoTobita (Shui Long), and Creator/NorioWakamoto (Narration).
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[SarcasmMode Great idea Hakuron]], [[spoiler:raping Kurumi in front of Kaafai and letting him live]] [[TemptingFate is not going to backfire in the most important day of your life.]]
* NoMisterBondIExpectYouToDine: [[spoiler: Yishan, to Kurumi.]]
** [[spoiler: IHaveYourWife: What follows. More exactly: "I Have Your Girly Looking Friend Too And You WILL Help Me In My Plans Or He'll Die."]]
* ParentalFavoritism[=/=]TheUnfavorite: Poor [[spoiler: Shui Long.]]
* PetTheDog: Or better said, the kitten named Miruku.
* PleaseSpareHimMyLiege: [[spoiler: Kurumi attempts to stop Hakuron from shooting Reilan, ''even when she's to blame for Kurumi's almost gangrape''. This being Hakuron, he doesn't listen.]]
* PromotionToParent: Kurumi gets a partial one, having to help her mother with her little brothers' raising after her father's death. Not only that, but Mrs. Akino is an IllGirl who badly needs Kurumi's help.
* RagsToRiches: In Tokyo, Kurumi is from a very poor family and struggles with her part-time job, her PromotionToParent and her studies. Suddenly, she finds herself shuttled to Hong Kong ''and'' immersed in incredible riches and luxury as Hakuron's "mistress", and he promises to her that he'll send money to Mrs. Akino so she can support herself and the twins without Kurumi (And he ''does'' more or less keep his word in that sense).
* RecklessGunUsage: Kurumi waves around a loaded pistol when Hakuron is teaching her to shoot, but Hakuron yells at her to be careful and takes the gun away. Hakuron himself demonstrates [[ArtisticLicenseGunSafety unsafe gun usage later]], when he ''repeatedly'' points guns at people to threaten them, even when he does not intend to kill them.
* [[spoiler: SelfMadeOrphan: Hakuron's father was an utter bastard. Guess what was his end.]]
** [[spoiler: OffingTheOffspring: Hakuron was prophesized to bring disgrace to his family. FromBadToWorse, there we go.]]
* SexualHarassmentAndRapeTropes: Oh boy...
** AttemptedRape: More than once, but special note goes to [[spoiler: the TooDumbToLive triad guys who grab the escaping and BSOD'ing Kurumi and attempt to make her a SexSlave]] and [[spoiler: Reilan having her schoolmates try to rape Kurumi, out of jealousy and as a part of her ThanatosGambit.]]. Hakuron saves her both times, of course. Which doesn't stop him from sexing her up in non-con/dub-con ways, tho.
*** [[spoiler: Di Long]] even gets in on the action, until [[spoiler: Fuuron]] stops him by holding a sword to his throat. He tries it again later, but is thwarted by [[spoiler: Hakuron]].
*** [[spoiler: Yishan Yang]] also tries this after [[spoiler: he unsuccessfully tried to use Kurumi as a bargaining chip. As usual, Hakuron saves her.]]
** NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: Hakuron and Kurumi both buy into this argument, noting that [[spoiler: Kurumi's body reacted during his multiple rapes of her, and she starts having lustful feelings towards him in spite of herself. Hakuron argues that this means she has no choice but to stay with him, and she comes to agree with him.]]
** RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler: Reilan gets gang-raped by Yishan Yong's goons and forced into prostitution, which helps send her further into {{Yandere}} territory.]]
** RapeIsLove: Hakuron [[InsaneTrollLogic repeatedly rapes Kurumi for days in order to get her to love him.]] What's more horrifying and mindboggling is [[StockholmSyndrome that it works.]]
** RapeLeadsToInsanity: [[spoiler: As said above, Reilan was driven to bitterness and insanity after she gets gangraped by the mooks of her fiancé Hakuron's rival and forced into prostitution, and she gets so broken that she invokes the trope via setting her love rival Kurumi to be gang-raped in front of Hakuron himself to specifically mess with the girl's mind. Even when Kurumi is rescued, Reilan uses this as a part of a Thanatos Gambit as well, so she gets broken anyway — but by the end, she gets somewhat better. And also, Kurumi is raped by Hakuron himself in front of her newfound friend Kaafai... and he is the one who goes crazy instead, which leads him to ultimately shoot Hakuron dead.]]
** SexSlave: [[spoiler: Mid-series, Kurumi basically ends up as this since not only does Hakuron keep her trapped at his house and rape her whenever he feels like, he also makes her do the housecleaning and cooking.]]
* SheCleansUpNicely: Kurumi fits very well in a {{Qipao}} [[spoiler: and in a bridal gown]].
* ShootTheDog: [[spoiler: Hakuron]] seems to view his murder of [[spoiler: Reilan]] this way.
* ShowerOfAngst: Kurumi, after [[spoiler: she has sex with Fuuron when very emotionally drained... and then learns about Reilan's ThanatosGambit.]]
* SmugSnake[=/=]TheRival: Yang Yishan.
* [[spoiler: SpurnedIntoSuicide: Reilan didn't exactly kill herself with her own hands, but set a ThanatosGambit specifically to have revenge against the BastardBoyfriend that left her for Kurumi.]]
* StreetUrchin: [[spoiler: Hakuron spent a while like this, until taken in by TheTriadsAndTheTongs.]]
** [[spoiler: {{Tykebomb}}: After being "adopted" by the triads.]]
* {{Streetwalker}}: [[spoiler: Huo Long]]'s backstory.
* TeenGenius: Hakuron is a top hitman in the Triads and pretty much the heir to his group... at the very early age of 18/19. His companions are hinted to have been this in the past as well.
* TeacherStudentRomance: Referenced. [[spoiler: When Di Long tries to rape Kurumi, she protests and calls him "sensei." He realizes that she still thinks of him as her P.E. teacher, and concludes that this makes it even better, because "it'll be like doing something really naughty."]]
* [[spoiler: ThanatosGambit: Reilan, as her TakeThat to both Kurumi and Hakuron. Explained in her last will.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Reilan:''']] ''(written)'' "If my wish comes true, [[spoiler: I'll be murdered by Hakuron in front of Kurumi.]] Anyway, Father, this is [[spoiler: Hakuron]]'s mercy. And that stupid bitch will hate [[spoiler: Hakuron]] for the rest of her life. And as my last trap: "[[spoiler: Kurumi]], when I'm reborn, we'll be friends. I promise!" Stupid [[spoiler: Kurumi]], she'll never know [[spoiler: it was all a lie]]!"
* TragicKeepsake: [[spoiler: A jade jewel that Hakuron's MissingMom gave him.]]
** [[spoiler: ChekhovsGun: Thanks to having it, Hakuron was taken in by his adoptive father and then into the triads.]]
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: [[spoiler: Kurumi, after Reilan's death.]]
* TroubledButCute: Hakuron.
* TheTriadsAndTheTongs: And Hakuron is the most dangerous one there.
* UnwantedHarem: Kurumi has Hakuron, Huo Long, Di Long, Yishan Yang, and Kaafai after her, each in their own ways. (And ''maybe'' Fuuron). Very much not PlayedForLaughs.
* UnwittingPawn: Many of Hakuron's enemies try to use Kurumi as this.
* VillainousCrossdresser[=/=]WholesomeCrossdresser: Huo Long. His heart is in the right place, but he ''is'' a Triad member.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Di Long.
* WallBangHer: Up against a door. [[spoiler: With Hou Ron listening behind said door.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: In Volume 8, [[spoiler: Mrs. Akino]] gives one to Hakuron after [[spoiler: the Akino's home is burned down]].
** Followed by one from [[spoiler: Fuuron]], who calls him out for [[spoiler: going out of his way too much for Kurumi.]]
** And Kurumi attempts to give him one when [[spoiler: she recovers her memories. Doesn't work ''as'' well.]]
** Even earlier, Kurumi gives a huge one to Hakuron [[spoiler: when he kills Reilan.]]
* [[spoiler: WhiteShirtOfDeath: Hakuron.]]
* YamatoNadeshiko: Kurumi's mother. Kurumi was shaping up into one of these as well, until her life... "changed". [[spoiler: She seems to have become a real one after Hakuron's death.]]
* {{Yandere}}: Hakuron, Reilan, and [[spoiler: Kaafai after his FaceHeelTurn.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Hakuron does this. ''Very'' bitterly lampshaded by [[spoiler: Reilan]] right before [[spoiler: he shoots her to death.]]
-->"[[spoiler: Kurumi]]! Take a good look at him! This is the fate destined to those who aren't useful to Hakuron anymore!"
* ZettaiRyouiki: Kurumi's school uniform. Also Reilan, who combines it with a {{Qipao}} shirt as part of her school clothes.

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