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Manga: Finder Series
Takaba and Asami, after they work things out a bit.

The Finder Series (also known as the "Viewfinder Series") is a series of Boys Love manga 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:
  1. Target in the Finder (Finder no Hyouteki)
  2. Cage in the Finder (Finder no Ori)
  3. One Wing in the Finder (Finder no Sekiyoku)
  4. Prisoner in the Finder (Finder no Ryoshuu)
  5. Truth in the Finder (Finder no Shinjitsu)
  6. 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.
  • Agent Peacock: Fei Long.
  • A Match Made in Stockholm: Akihito and Asami. The latter kidnapped Aki, who fell in love with Asami later. Averted with Akihito and Feilong.
  • Alice Allusion: Asami, when lecturing Akihito tells him that, 'it gets more dangerous the further [he] goes down the rabbit hole'.
  • Am I Just a Toy to You?: Countless times this thought buzzes around Akihito's brain. And heart.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: Feilong with Akihito, somehow.
  • Art Evolution: In the first chapters Akihito had a more boyish look and Asami was more rugged. As the story goes on Akihito's features become prettier and Asami's become more refined.
  • Artifact of Doom: The disk Akihito is given and that brings Feilong in the equation.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Asami and Takaba
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Asami. The only time he wears casual clothes is during the vacation in the island, and they're very high end casual clothes.
  • Battle Butler: Kirishima is Asami's assistant and a capable fighter. In a side story he is shown cooking and ironing Asami's clothes.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: Asami. Up to Eleven.
  • Berserk Button: Akihito for Asami.
  • Betty and Veronica: Akihito and Feilong for Asami. If you squint hard.
  • Bishounen: Everybody. Especially Feilong and Takaba.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: One of Asami's henchmen is stationed outside of Akihito's apartment complex.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Asami comes to save Takaba at the end of the Hong Kong Arc.
  • Bondage Is Bad: Both Asami and Feilong use bondage and "props" while raping Takaba. Asami still makes with the BDSM even after forming a relationship with Takaba.
  • Brains and Bondage: Asami fits it perfectly.
  • 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.
  • Bring Him to Me: Happens to Akihito more than twice
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Both Akihito and Feilong have low tolerance for alcohol.
  • The Charmer: Akihito has shades of this. Quite a lot of people become smitten with him.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Feilong sure acts like one along with a Woman Scorned attitude.
  • Coitus Uninterruptus: Asami's got amazing stamina for a 35-year-old.
  • Creature of Habit: Kirishima fits the bill being very professional and punctual. At times he even comes across as a Schedule Fanatic.
  • Culture Equals Costume: Feilong and his group all wear changshan or modernized versions.
  • Darker and Edgier: No sappy romance here. OK, a little, but lovey-dovey feelings of like-OMG-true-love don't exist in here. We are talking about tough love, fights for dominance and kinky sex.
  • Dirty Cop: Yama in the beginning of the series. It is implied that Asami has a substantial number of officials in his payroll.
  • Dirty Old Man: Yuri. Later in the series, Sakazaki also fits this. Both of them have dirty thoughts about Takaba, who is very much disgusted by both of them. However, Yuri tries to deny his feelings.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Asami kidnaps and rapes Akihito because he took pictures of his club.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Feilong, until he starts speaking.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Yoh.
  • Easily Forgiven: Akihito forgives Feilong rather quickly. Asami, on the other hand, is ready to kill anyone and everyone involved in keeping Akihito in captivity.
    • 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.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Asami, Akihito, Fei Long.
  • Everyone Is Gay
  • Evil Laugh: Asami has a naughty chuckle going on whenever Akihito is involved. Dirty Old Man Yuri does the evil laugh a few times and also in Feilong's backstory his brother Yangzhui.
  • 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.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: Fei Long.
  • Fish out of Water: Akihito thrown into the world of crime.
  • 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 surrounded by various flowers.
  • 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.
  • For the Evulz: Mikhail Arbatov seems this. He gives no reason in getting involved in the casino deed debacle other than because it was amusing. But it can just be Obfuscating Stupidity.
  • Freudian Excuse: Feilong's arc basically covers all of his.
  • Front Organization: The Sion Group
  • Gayngst: Takaba, after being raped by Asami
  • Gayngster: Asami, Feilong, and several minor characters.
  • Going for the Big Scoop: Takaba in the beginning of it all, causing himself much grief.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Sudoh. Likely Feilong.
  • Has a Type: Asami apparently likes spunky and gutsy people. Arbatov seems to have a thing for people with pretty hair.
  • The Heavy: Asami. Not only he is physically imposing but most of the conflicts in the story are jump started by him.
  • Held Gaze
  • Hypocrite: Feilong, Yuri, and Asami somewhat.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: Asami, whenever Akihito is involved
  • Hot Guys Are Bastards: Asami, Feilong, Mikhail.
  • Hot Scoop: Takaba.
  • 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".
  • I Have No Son: Tou toward Feilong. "After all, he is the mafia's child."
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Akihito is always a victim.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Akihito, as due to his Uke status.
  • Incest Is Relative: Feilong's older brother Yanzhui had not very brotherly feelings for him. Subverted in that they were not actually brothers.
  • Intrepid Reporter (in training): Takaba.
  • Last Request: Yoh. He just wishes for Feilong to be the one to kill him.
  • Lecherous Licking: Asami.
  • Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club: Club Sion
  • Lima Syndrome: Asami developed feelings for Akihito after kidnapping him. Feilong as well to a lesser degree.
  • Living MacGuffin: Akihito during the Naked Truth Arc.
  • 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.
  • Longhaired Prettyboy: Feilong. So shiny...
  • Love Hurts: Poor Akihito. Also Feilong, and possibly Sudoh.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Asami murders an enemy mook in a rare explosion of anger after speaking to Takaba for the first time since the latter's kidnapping.
  • Lust Object: Akihito.
    • Feilong for Yanzhui. And in his jealousy, Yanzhui extends this to anyone who supports Feilong as the future head of the organization.
  • The Mafiya: Mikhail Arbatov and his goons.
  • Mle Trois: During the Naked Truth arc there is a three way gang war between Asami's yakuza group, Feilong's triad and Arbatov's mafiya.
  • Made of Iron: Asami going on a mob war was only weeks after being severely injured. Kirishima is shot on the ship and gets up and kills several mooks.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Asami; wears custom made designer suits and only smokes Dunhills, among other things.
  • Meaningful Name: Akihito means bright, Feilong means flying dragon.
    • Hard to miss in Feilong's case, since he is downright called a dragon on two of the four chapters' opening pages in the High Loft arc.
  • Mob War: Several, as secondary plot points.
  • The Mole or Reverse Mole depending on which side you take: Yoh. At least until he decides he wants to serve both sides at once and becomes the Double Agent.
  • Mooks: The lower level mafiosos.
  • No Fame, No Wealth, No Service: Asami's exclusive, members only Club Sion has this vibe.
  • Noodle Incident: The tomato body scrub has left Asami chuckling and Akihito unable to look at tomatoes.
    • Also Akihito seems to have a juvie record.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Feilong, Yangzhui; and in the Pray in the Abyss, Asami seems unable to handle any suggestion that Akihito might leave him.
  • "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization:
    • Akihito and pretty much everyone. Asami's justification for repeatedly raping Akihito is basically, "You're obviously getting off on it, so you must not be that upset."
    • Feilong says, "It's not rape if you enjoyed it" when they first meet and again in the Naked Truth arc.
    • As does Sagaki, the host club manager in volume 6 who non-consensually fondles Akihito, only stopping when he realizes who Aki's lover is.
  • Not Staying for Breakfast: Early in Asami's and Akihito's relationship, Akihito would either run at first chance or kick Asami out.
  • Not With Them For The Money: Akihito gives off this vibe when he violently refuses Asami's offers to support him.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Arbatov plays the irresponible playboy but he his the head of the Russian mafia and he does outplay Feilong in some instances all while acting like a fool.
  • Offing the Offspring: Feilong's biological father tries this on him.
  • Oh, Crap: Every time Akihito does something stupid that gets him tied up at the mercy of Asami or Feilong.
  • Older Than They Look: Takaba is 23, and yet he looks like he is 17 or 18. Mikhail thinks that he can't be a day over 18 and the police chase him away because he looks underage.
  • Over-the-Shoulder Carry: Asami does it practically every time Akihito is being difficult.
  • 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, then kidnaps him and takes him to Hong Kong, where he continuously rapes Akihito. 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.
  • Right Through His Pants: In many sex scenes Asami is fully dressed.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Asami and Akihito, arguably. The first is a calm and collected crime lord and the other is an hyperactive and happy go lucky photographer.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!!
  • Seme: Asami and Feilong
  • Sex Slave: Akihito. He tries not to be, but he is.
  • Shameful Strip: Mikhail does it to Akihito.
  • 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.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Akihito and Asami, every time...
  • Slut Shaming: Akihito gets it a lot. On their first sexual encounter Asami calls him a slut for being responsive after being drugged. Also Feilong. It is extremely hypocritical. This takes its toll on Akihito during the Hong Kong arc, during which he wonders how much abuse he can take physically and mentally before breaking down completely.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Both Akihito and Feilong. Their pretty faces and hot bodies have only gotten them unwanted attentions and a big pile of misery.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Asami and his Dunhills.
  • 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.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Akihito is made of this.
  • Subordinate Excuse: Asami offers to pull Yoh to safety, but he would literally rather die than leave Feilong - and yes, it is for that reason.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Asami fits it to a tee. Also Feilong but he is more beautiful than handsome.
  • Those Two Guys: How Akihito thinks of Suoh and Kirishima. Although after Naked Truth that may have changed.
  • Tranquil Fury: Asami and Feilong.
  • The Triads and the Tongs: Feilong and his group.
  • Triang Relations: Asami, Akihito, and Feilong.
  • Uke: Akihito/Feilong (Feilong Arc)
  • Unequal Pairing: Asami and Akihito. In Pray in the Abyss this is the main hurdle in their relationship and it taking its toll on Akihito more than getting kidnapped and abused ever did.
  • Uptight Loves Wild
  • Victim Blaming
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Feilong, full stop (toward his adoptive father Liu).
  • What Beautiful Eyes: Takaba. Asami particularly likes them.
  • 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.

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