Manga: Adekan

Adekan, by Tsukiji Nao, is a historical shoujo manga set in the Meiji era, featuring Yoshiwara Shiro, a sexy umbrella maker with a distinct hatred of underwear, and Yamada Kojiro, an uptight but kind-hearted police officer.

Kojiro makes it his life's goal to teach Shiro the concept of basic decency, and they become unlikely friends along the way. Nevertheless, hitches arrive in the form of gruesome murders, abductions and other strange occurrences, and Kojiro and Shiro must solve each mystery and resolve their conundrums together.

However, Adekan is especially notable for its impossibly detailed art, as well as the sheer quantity of steaming Fanservice and innuendo. It's so blatant that the series could almost be considered as a BL on its own, though it never crosses that line.

There are currently seven volumes released in Japan.

Adekan provides examples of:

  • Anything That Moves: Anri, and he makes no secret of it. An extra chapter has him trying to seduce a panda. Yeah.
  • Awesome but Impractical: All of Shiro's creations; "umbrellas" plus accessories which are so flowery and wonderfully intricate... But no one in their right mind would be caught dead using them. Explains why business is so terrible most of the time.
  • Badass: Kojiro and Shiro, in action and both kicking ass.
  • Badass Normal: Kojiro to all appearances is one of these.
    • Badass Abnormal: Anri and Shiro, on the other hand, especially Shiro, are not.
  • Berserk Button: For Kojiro, don't even think about harming Shiro, and vice versa.
    • Kill any of Shiro's girlfriends, especially the ones he actually cares for, and he will utterly lose it, and you will die.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Shiro is normally a surprisingly kind and decent person who is fiercely willing to help the helpless despite his awkwardness, but if you do anything to piss him off...
  • Bishounen: Anri and Shiro, beautiful and effeminate. Enough said.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Any number of the Killers of the Week; often it's the sweetest and friendliest person who's the murderer. Later in the manga, Sakura fits the male version of this trope to a T.
  • Body Sushi: Was served to Shiro on a muscular drag queen's body, resulting in much foaming at the mouth.
  • Break the Cutie: Kojiro's naive friend Ippei, formerly a one-shot character, is slowly being turned into emotional mincemeat over the course of the latest chapters...
    • The "neko-onna" girl in the first volume comes pre-broken...as do Shiro and Anri both.
    • Subverted with Kusuko. Despite being incredibly sheltered all her life and then subjected to horrifying, creepy experiences, once away from her slaver father and out in the real world, with Kojiro and Shiro's encouragement and the help of some kind nuns, she seems to be surprisingly okay.
  • Chick Magnet: Shiro and Anri, and sometimes Kojiro to an extent. The girls all swarm after them in droves. Even men are not immune.
  • Crossdresser: Poor Shiro.
  • Cute and Psycho: It's hard to predict what Anri will do when he appears, but the odds are usually good that there'll either be brutal, creative bloodshed, or Anri cozying up to Shiro and toying with the oblivious Kojiro for fun and profit.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Shiro and Anri have a long shared history, and not much of it was happy, judging by the flashbacks.
    • Even Kojiro doesn't seem to be exempt from this, for his memories have been wiped, and it seems that he's been involved with Anri and Shiro as children.
  • Declaration of Protection: While not exactly declared or even said aloud, Kojiro wishes for nothing more than to protect Shiro.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Shiro is often mistaken for a woman, especially when decked out in full costume. Hell, even when he's mostly naked in a public swimming area he gets confused guys checking him out.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Proven when a man blatantly hits on Shiro, touching his face and comparing his eyes to ”dewdrops”. To be fair, Shiro was turning up the sex appeal in order to manipulate him. Turns out that the man intended to capture Shiro for his beauty, planning to sell his services in prostitution.
    • Saburouta's friend and co-worker Wakabayashi has admitted to "fucking Shiro at least fifty times" in his mind.
    • Anri wants him back
  • Fanservice: The Ho Yay is rampant, and there are plenty of half-naked men prancing about in suggestive positions. And that's nothing to the incredibly suggestive, elabourate, and fanservice-y Costume Porn and Cosplay that's rampant in every episode.
    • In-universe, Kojiro's muscles are this for a rather enormous number of people, including a one-shot character from the first volume who reappears specifically to ogle Kojiro while awkwardly trying to work out how to confess to him.
    • Anri deliberately makes himself into Walking Fanservice. From what we've seen, his reasons for doing this were less than family-friendly.
  • Game Face: Bishounen Shiro has one. Pray you never, ever see it.
  • Girl in a Box: Quite literally.
  • Godiva Hair: When Kusuko beckons to her father and asks him to "learn with her", stark naked.
  • Heroic BSOD: After burying Sae. Shiro doesn't fly into a rage, but his half-insane expression is far scarier.
  • Hot-Blooded: Kojiro.
  • Hidden Weapons: Shiro has knives, collapsible swords and a collection of assorted weaponry strapped on his person.
    • So does Anri, and other members of their gang.
  • I Just Want to Be You: All three women of the Mermaid arc were extremely jealous of one another for various reasons, but all three hid their true feelings. It's revealed later that they each planned on murdering their rival on the very same day.
  • Lovable Coward: Saburouta, although he does have his moments, especially when it's Kojiro in danger.
  • Madness Mantra: "Onna-neko... help me... onna-neko..."
  • Monster of the Week: Or Villain/Problem Of The Chapter, as each chapter is a mini self-enclosed arc, with the main issue usually resolved before the chapter closes. Also means that there are quite a few One Shot Characters.
  • Nice Guy: Kojiro is the real deal. He's uniformly kind to and likes women (he tells an aging actress how beautiful she is, and comments on seeing a group of ladies of...varying looks that he finds all of them attractive in different ways), is a good and supportive brother to his dorky siblings, takes his job as a cop incredibly seriously, can't stand to see injustice done, and works hard to befriend Shiro and teach him the "proper" way to live. No wonder Shiro cares for him so much.
  • Not What It Looks Like: In the very first chapter. Kojiro walks into Shiro's house to see a woman bending over him whilst he is stark naked. Turns out that she was just covering him up.
  • Only Sane Man: Anri's subordinate Shinzo, who is deeply faithful to him but immune to his over the top antics and come-ons. Kojiro can also be this for the good guys...unless cats are involved.
  • Overprotective Dad: Kusuko's father would do anything for her. He would even lock her inside a box for the entirety of her life, just to shield her from outside influences. This backfires on him horrifically and he snaps.
  • Pixellation: ”Accidents” happen, but we are spared a view of Shiro's crotch by a slapped-on "18+" and pile of pixels.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: Kojiro to Shiro, though less and less as the manga progresses.
  • Running Gag: Kojiro trying to wrestle Shiro into some damn underwear (and, half the time, trying to feed him at well).
    • Kojiro loves cats. Cats don't love Kojiro.
    • The coppersmith's young daughter makes a few reappearances in omake and later chapters. Each time, she wants to confess to Kojiro but winds up compromised by his muscles.
  • Scenery Porn: Tsukiji Nao, like Shiro, loves to add a ridiculous amount of detail to her work.
  • Shout-Out: Saburouta's distinctive hairstyle is a homage to Goku from Dragon Ball Z.
  • Super-Deformed: Many chibis in the funny scenes.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Both Shiro and Kojiro could qualify as this.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Happens all too often as the antagonists of each arc dramatically break down and confess their motives.
  • Would Hurt a Child: One woman would murder babies for money and love.
  • Yandere: Anri flip-flops between this and Cute But Psycho. Sakura, on the other hand, turns out to be a cut-glass example to his "big brother".
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Kojiro's little sister Aguri is implied to be one, frequently catching Kojiro and Shiro in compromising positions and laughing when Kojiro stutters in embarrassment and denies it.
    • While Aguri mainly seems amused by her big brother's antics. Wakabayashi's older sister, on the other hand, is a full-blown fujoshi who disguises herself as a fortune teller and recommends lotion sumo as a solution to the main male characters' personal problems in a side story.