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 The Triads and the Tongs, 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 Mayu Shinjo, 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 here.
Asskicking Equals Authority: 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.
Bastard Boyfriend: 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 rapes Kurumi repeatedly at one point. Not only that, but it's pretty clear that 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".
And Kurumi, despite her Love Martyr tendencies, finds herself pretty broken. A good example would be her huge Heroic BSOD after Reilan's Thanatos Gambit. The fact that immediately afterward Hakuron raped her repeatedly in an effort to stop her from leaving him didn't help.
Broken Bird: Kurumi thinks Reilan is one. Considering Reilan's Rape as Drama deal, she isn't that far off... only that she was way too spiteful to invoke real sympathy. And Kurumi herself either barely averts becoming one, or by the end of the series she's a Broken Bird in her path to recovery.
Contrived Coincidence: 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?
Corrupt the Cutie: Discussed when Reilan sets up her Thanatos Gambit and claims she wants Kurumi to be tainted by her gangrape as revenge for Hakuron tainting her.
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!"
Easy Amnesia: 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.
Facial Markings: Hakuron has a very distinguishing dragon tattoo on the side of his face. Seems that only Kurumi has seen it and lived to tell.
Fallen Prince: Hakuron was a Chinese nobleman, and he and his Missing Mom 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 From Bad to Worse soon afterwards.
Reilan: "Kurumi, I didn't really know why Hakuron fell for you. Your virtue is just his opposite. But I'm sorry... I loved Hakuron too... Kurumi, when I'm reborn, we'll be friends. I promise!"
Hakuron: "You're prettier when you smile. I wish I could see the smile on your face forever. Promise me, Kurumi, smile forever..." (last thoughts) "Because I won't be able to wipe your tears away anymore."
Girlish Pigtails: 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 Crapsaccharine World she winds up in, and keeps them even as she loses said innocence through all the Break the Cutie.
Heroic Self-Deprecation: 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. Many times, against her will.
Hong Kong: The plot is truly kickstarted when Hakuron abducts Kurumi and takes her to his home there...
Crapsaccharine World: This is how the SAR itself is described. It's a bright, shining city full of prosperity and fun things to do... while gangsters train children and teenagers like Hakuron, Di Long and several others as well as assassins in a shadow war filled with rape, murder, and suicide.
I Can Change My Beloved: 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.) In any way, it does NOT go well.
Please Spare Him, My Liege!: 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.
Promotion to Parent: 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 Ill Girl who badly needs Kurumi's help.
Rags to Riches: In Tokyo, Kurumi is from a very poor family and struggles with her part-time job, her Promotion to Parent 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).
Reckless Gun Usage: 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 unsafe gun usage later, when he repeatedly points guns at people to threaten them, even when he does not intend to kill them.
Self-Made Orphan: Hakuron's father was an utter bastard. Guess what was his end.
Attempted Rape: More than once, but special note goes to the Too Dumb to Live triad guys who grab the escaping and BSOD'ing Kurumi and attempt to make her a Sex Slave and Reilan having her schoolmates try to rape Kurumi, out of jealousy and as a part of her Thanatos Gambit.. Hakuron saves her both times, of course. Which doesn't stop him from sexing her up in non-con/dub-con ways, tho.
Di Long even gets in on the action, until Fuuron stops him by holding a sword to his throat. He tries it again later, but is thwarted by Hakuron.
Yishan Yang also tries this after he unsuccessfully tried to use Kurumi as a bargaining chip. As usual, Hakuron saves her.
"Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization: Hakuron and Kurumi both buy into this argument, noting that 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.
Rape as Drama: Reilan gets gang-raped by Yishan Yong's goons and forced into prostitution, which helps send her further into Yandere territory.
Rape Leads To Insanity: 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.
Sex Slave: 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.
Teen Genius: 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.
Teacher/Student Romance: Referenced. 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."
Reilan:(written) "If my wish comes true, I'll be murdered by Hakuron in front of Kurumi. Anyway, Father, this is Hakuron's mercy. And that stupid bitch will hate Hakuron for the rest of her life. And as my last trap: " Kurumi, when I'm reborn, we'll be friends. I promise!" Stupid Kurumi, she'll never know it was all a lie!"