The Finder Series (also known as the "Viewfinder Series") is a series of Boys Lovemanga by Yamane Ayano. The "finder" part of the title refers to a camera's viewfinder. After far too long in licensing limbo, the series has been acquired for English re-release by DMP; as of May 2011, the first three volumes have been published.The main plot deals with freelance photographer Takaba Akihito, who stumbles upon a secret deal being made by yakuza boss Asami Ryuichi. Asami punishes Takaba by kidnapping and raping him, and extremely angsty romance ensues. Various side stories of other relationships are included.The series currently consists of six volumes:
Target in the Finder (Finder no Hyouteki)
Cage in the Finder (Finder no Ori)
One Wing in the Finder (Finder no Sekiyoku)
Prisoner in the Finder (Finder no Ryoshuu)
Truth in the Finder (Finder no Shinjitsu)
Passion in the Finder (Finder no Netsujou)
A seventh, "Pray in the Abyss", is being serialized in Gold magazine; chapter 4 is due out February 28, 2012.
This series contains examples of:
A Date with Rosie Palms: Akihito after running into Asami in the street. A few hours later Asami shows up in his apartment.
Break the Cutie: the entire Hong Kong arc was basically seeing how much rape and physical/mental torture Takaba could take before he snapped. It took a lot. Apparently a few days on a tropical island makes it all better though...
The High Loft arc describes how Feilong's world falls apart after he meets Asami. He's later explicitely described in Naked Truth Zero as being so broken that he doesn't even care about the assassins sent after him in jail.
Easily Forgiven: Akihito forgives Feilong rather quickly. Asami on the other hand wanted to kill him.
Not really: Asami had several opportunities to kill Feilong, and he's a dead shot. Yet he never does anything more than disarm or at worst non-lethally injure Feilong. Even Akihito points out in the end that neither Feilong nor Asami actually intends to kill or be killed by the other.
Evil Laugh: Asami has a naughty chuckle going on whenever Akihito is involved. Dirty Old Man Yuri does the evil laught a few times and also in Feilong's backstory his brother Yangzhue.
Face Death with Dignity: Yoh. After being caught as a mole, he escapes the mooks interrogating him and helps ensure that Akihito is returned safely to Asami. Then he walks straight up to Feilong and tries to be killed on his own terms.
Fiction500: Asami's annual income has eleven figures in yen. That would be a nine figure income in american dollars.
Flower Motifs: In the artwork Asami is pictured holding out a bouquet of red roses to Akihito. In another Feilong is depicted as having received blue roses. Both Asami and Mikhail are in the same panel as well. Also may count as Foreshadowing. The chapters that introduce Feilong's backstory are titled Flower in the High Loft and he is drawn sorrounded by various flowers.
Foe Yay: Feilong and Asami, particularly on Feilong's side. Also Feilong and Akihito.
Fool for Love: Asami assembles a team of his own men, ventures to Hong Kong while not fully recovered from a gunshot wound, teams up with the Russian Mafiya to force Feilong into a corner, and rushes headlong into danger which reopens his wounds. He does all of this just so he can rescue Takaba from Feilong.
Housewife: Kei Kirishima is a marvelous cook and irons Asami's clothes.
There's also an extra in volume 6 called "Takaba Akihito's Fulfilling Life As a Housewife" Set after Takaba moves in with Asami post "Escape and Love", it features him cooking, vacuuming, doing laundry and cleaning—including throwing out Asami's antique guns. The concierge addresses him as "Asami-sama".
Lonely at the Top: Subtly hinted with Asami. He does not seem to have any friends or family and spends New Year, which is a family holiday all alone. Same thing for Feilong, he can't really trust anyone other than Tao in the Baishe.
Pet the Dog: Akihito realizes that Asami is not a monster when a child gets ice cream on his very expensive suit and walks away unscathed and with a new triple scoop cone.
Questionable Consent: Akihito and Asami's latter encounters always involve a lot of coercion on Asami's part. It does not help matters that Akihito always protests at first and only during the beginning of the Naked Truth arc does he actually give verbal consent. And even then he is under a lot of pressure.
Rape as Drama: Hot Chinese mafia boss Feilong also rapes Takaba, to get back at Asami. Asami is duly pissed. Things get worse...
Real Men Hate Sugar: On a side story Asami has to eat some sweets to show himself as a good guest and is evident that he loathes sweet stuff. And he likes scotch. Akihito on the other hand loves eating sweets, something Asami mercilessly teases him for.
She Will Come for Me: The "won't" variation. When holding Akihito captive in the second chapter, Feilong wonders out loud what to do with him in order to most upset Asami. Akihito bitterly remarks that no matter what he does, Asami won't care and appears genuinely surprised when Asami does, in fact, come to rescue him. During the Hong Kong arc, Akihito wonders whether or not Asami will rescue him a second time (or if he's even still alive to do so).
Sherlock Scan: Asami has very sharp eyes. Hardly any detail escapes him. He managed to deduce that his employee had been murdered in the hospital just by catching sight of two Chinese guys.
Shoot the Messenger: Asami empties a clip on a guy Mikhail sends to inform him that they have Akihito.
Stalker with a Crush : Akihito sometimes thinks he is this to Asami. Asami does not mind, he will always welcome Aki with his gates open. After the Hong Kong Arc Akihito gets a stalker with a crush of his own.
Wicked Cultured: Asami wears only expensive and finely tailored suits, drinks scotch, and smokes only Dunhills. Feilong as well with his traditional chinese costumes and appreciation of tea.
Yakuza: Asami and his group, and several rival groups.
You Are What You Hate: Mikhail's cohort Yuri is deeply homophobic, and is incredibly hostile towards Takaba because of the sort of relationship Takaba has with both Asami and Feilong. But Yuri is also deep in the closet and is physically attracted to Takaba, which also fuels his hatred for the young man. Mikhail is well aware of Yuri's desires and will frequently taunt him because he finds Yuri's struggles with his sexuality to be funny.
You Got Spunk: Asami to Akihito. In his stats is even stated that spirit and moxie is what attracts him to a person. Others don't think so.