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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 ten volumes and two novels, including these:

  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)
  7. Longing in the Finder (Finder no Katsubo)
  8. Secret in the Finder (Finder no Mitsuyaku)
  9. Heartbeat in the Finder (Finder no Kodō)
  10. Shining Moon in the Finder (Finder no Mitsugetsu)
  11. Furthest End in the Finder (Finder no Saihate)
    1. Novel: Stigma in the Finder (Finder no Rakuin)
    2. Novel: Blue Flame in the Finder (Finder no Aohonō)

This series contains examples of:

  • A Match Made in Stockholm: Akihito and Asami. The latter kidnapped Aki, who fell in love with Asami later. Averted with Akihito and Fei Long.
  • 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.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Fei Long seems a "bit unstable" in the first half of the manga series' plot until he overcomes his traumas. Anyway he is nothing compared to Sudo who evolves into a Gotta Kill Them All character.
  • 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.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Asami and Takaba
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  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Asami. The only time he wears casual clothes is during the vacation in the island and at home, 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.
  • 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 Fei Long use bondage and "props" while raping Takaba. Asami still makes with the BDSM even after forming a relationship with Takaba.
  • 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 Fei Long'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.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Both Akihito and Fei Long have low tolerance for alcohol.
  • The Charmer: Akihito makes quite a lot of people become smitten with him.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Fei Long sure acts like one along with a Woman Scorned attitude.
  • Coitus Uninterruptus: Asami's got amazing stamina for a 35-year-old.
  • Comatose Canary: When after the fight with Chernobog Asami lies unconscious, maybe comatose, in hospital, Fei Long tells him to get his ass out of bed and wake up. Asami does so.
  • 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: Fei Long and his group all wear changshan or modernized versions.
  • Damsel in Distress:
    • Takaba several times; after initially being kidnapped buy Asami and subsequently developing feelings for him, Asami's enemies catch on and often draw out Asami by capturing Takaba.
    • Fei Long uses Takaba's friends in order to give him incentive to gather information from Asami for Fei Long.
    • Fei Long gets kidnapped by Car Fu and a photo of him bruised and tied up makes Mikhail surrender to Yuri in order to save him. Eventually subverted to Damsel out of Distress as it is Fei Long who gets both of them out of there.
  • 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.
  • Do You Want to Copulate?: Fei Long, who in the 'Pray in Abyss'-arc asks Mikhail if he would help him get some sleep. The meaning is clear and so is Mikhail's answer.
  • Enemy Mine: Sudo. After he lost his standing with Asami and nearby his life, Sakazaki brings in Asami's adversary Mikhail to help him. Subverted because Sudo won't have it and simply adds Mikhail to his list of people he'll try to dispose of.
  • 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 Fei Long's backstory his brother Yan Tsui.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Yuri.
  • 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 Fei Long 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 Fei Long 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 Fei Long'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 Fei Long into a corner, and rushes headlong into danger which reopens his wounds. He does all of this just so he can rescue Takaba from Fei Long.
  • For the Evulz: Mikhail Arbatov gives no reason in getting involved in the casino deed debacle other than because it was amusing.
  • Gayngster: Yakuza, Triads and Mafiya everywhere, and Boys' Love obviously.
  • Get a Room!: Asami on the casino ship, when Mikhail tries to seduce Fei Long.
  • Going for the Big Scoop: Takaba in the beginning of it all, causing himself much grief.
  • Gunpoint Banter: Asami and Fei Long do this a lot. probably - as both Akihito and Mikhail point out - because they're both not actually willing to kill each other.
  • 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.
  • He Will Not Cry, So I Cry for Him: Akihito for Fei Long in "Naked Truth"
  • Honey Trap: Chapter 89 has Akihito seduce Asami, then grabbing a knife, raising it for the stab and saying goodbye to the other. AAAAND: Cliffhanger!... we have yet to see if it really actually IS Akihito brainwashed or whatever, or Sudou, or someone else entirely. The use of Katakana at least is really weird in this panel.
  • Housewife: 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!: Toh towards Fei Long: "After all, he is the mafia's child." Well, the feelings mutual with Fei Long's You're Not My Father proclaim: "My father died in my arms! The man standing there is my enemy, nothing more!"
  • Improbably Cool Car: Subverted by Mikhail, who in spite of his playboyish Russian Mafiya persona drives a Mini.
  • Incest Is Relative: Fei Long's older brother Yan Tsui had not very brotherly feelings for him. Subverted in that they were not actually brothers.
  • Intimate Psychotherapy: Fei Long and Mikhail. After the 'Pray in the Abyss'-arc both have sleeping problems because of nightmares and are haunted by their past. Their attempt at self-therapy leads to some rough, steamy sex. Also Sex for Solace.
  • I Own This Town: There is nothing in Hong Kong that Fei Long doesn't know about and very little that ever manages to slip from his control.
  • I Was Just Passing Through: Fei Long.
    • He tries to ship Akihito and Asami off to safety while bargaining Mikhail into getting rid of the Russian Organization threatening their lives - by sleeping with him. When Mikhail asks him, if he'd really go this far for Asami's sake Fei Long answers "My actions are for my own benefit." No one believes him - especially not Mikhail.
    • Later he comes to save Mikhail from Yuri, claiming that he had been searching for Asami and was surprised to find the former instead. In fact Fei Long on his way through the building had only had to follow the noise of a gunfight Asami was involved in to find him, but instead happened to stumble upon Mikhail. Therefore it's rather unlikely that he didn't go after Mikhail deliberately.
  • Last Request: Yoh just wishes for Fei Long to be the one to kill him.
  • Lightning Glare: Beware the high voltage at the Asami vs Fei Long pyrotechnics show!
  • Lima Syndrome: Asami developed feelings for Akihito after kidnapping him. Fei Long as well to a lesser degree.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Takaba calls Kirishima 'Glasses Secretary'.
  • 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 Fei Long, he can't really trust anyone other than Tao in the Baishe.
  • Longhaired Prettyboy: Fei Long. So shiny...
  • 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.
  • Mêlée à Trois: During the Naked Truth arc there is a three way gang war between Asami's yakuza group, Fei Long's triad and Mikhail's mafiya.
  • Macguffin: The disk Akihito is given and that brings Fei Long in the equation.
  • 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 Echo:
    • Once they reunite by the end of the Hong Kong arc, both Asami and Akihito confess that they couldn't stop thinking of each other the entire time they were apart. They make a similar confession in the Pray in the Abyss arc after getting stranded on an island, since by then they haven't seen each other for months.
    • When Akihito was still held captive in Hong Kong, Fei Long asked him at one point if Asami ever said that he loves him, to which Akihito was unable to answer because Asami never said such to him. Fifty-or-so chapters later, this changes when after Taking the Bullet for Akihito, Asami straight-up tells him that he loves him before succumbing to his wounds.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Akihito means bright, Fei Long means flying dragon.
    • Hard to miss in Fei Long's case, since he is downright called a dragon on two of the four chapters' opening pages in the High Loft arc.
  • The Mole : Yoh. At least until he decides he wants to serve both sides at once and becomes the Double Agent.
  • Mooks: The lower level mafiosos.
  • Mushroom Samba: In an extra (non-canon short story) during the time Akihito and Asami were stranded on an island, they encountered some poisonous mushrooms that make them have crazy hallucinations about driving to a resort and acting like newlyweds on a honeymoon. They're as baffled as the reader is once they snap out of it.
  • Nebulous Evil Organisation: Chernobog.
  • 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.
    • Akihito seems to have a juvie record.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Fei Long, Yan Tsui; 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:
    • Asami's justification for repeatedly raping Akihito is basically, "You're obviously getting off on it, so you must not be that upset."
    • Fei Long says, "It's not rape if you enjoyed it" when they first meet and again in the Naked Truth arc.
    • As does Sakazaki, 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.
    • Fei Long with Mikhail. First time he leaves right after sex, very much to Mikhail's disappointment. Second time he sneaks out before dawn without Mikhail noticing.
  • 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 irresponsible playboy but he his the head of the Russian mafia and he does outplay Fei Long in some instances all while acting like a fool.
  • Offing the Offspring: Fei Long's biological father tries to kill him.
  • Offstage Waiting Room: The 5 month Time Skip of chapter 89 has most characters in one. We only know that Kirishima has been trying to deal with Asami's businesses while his boss was missing and had been searching for him, while Fei Long was searching for both Asami and Akihito. The rest? Not mentioned. Then again Asami is not much better, as he is forced to stay at his brother's home to recover from his injuries and without any contact to anybody.
  • Oh, Crap!: Every time Akihito does something stupid that gets him tied up at the mercy of Asami or Fei Long.
  • 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.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Wounds in general seem to do little harm to most characters. With Asami they don't amount to anything more than an 'Ugh!' and at worst to him having to wear some bandages. They certainly don't keep him from having sex.
    • Subverted by Fei Long. The first gun wound nearly kills him, the second leaves him incapacitated and bedridden for days - though psychology might add into this effect.
  • Over-the-Shoulder Carry: Asami does it practically every time Akihito is being difficult. Also once to Fei Long because he's unconscious, but doesn't get far due to being attacked.
  • 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 Fei Long 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.
  • Remember the New Guy?: The "Innocent Eyes" arc has Asami's older brother show up, who was never mentioned before, while the novel "Finder no Souen" kind of gave the impression that Asami must be an only child.
  • Right Through His Pants: In many sex scenes Asami is fully dressed.
  • Rivals Team Up: The "Pray in the Abyss" arc has Asami and Fei Long team up against a Russian Organization that's threatening both their territories, including fighting side by side and saving each other's lives but not without constant bickering. Later Mikhail joins in, too.
  • 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.
  • Secret Legacy: Tao. By The Reveal in "Finder no Rakuin" we learn that he is the son of Liu Yan Tsui and thus the rightful heir to Baishe, as Fei Long is adopted.
  • Sex for Services: Both Akihito and Fei Long trade sexual favors. Akihito gives a blowjob to Sakazaki for information, Fei Long accepts spending a night with Mikhail, if the latter in return gets rid of the russian organization threatening Akihito's and Asami's lives.
  • Sex Slave: Word of God and "Finder no Rakuin" point out that Fei Long wasn’t a virgin at any point of the manga’s storyline because he had to use "his body as a weapon" when working for his brother Yan Tsui for the benefits of Baishe.
  • She Will Come for Me: The "won't" variation. When holding Akihito captive in the second chapter, Fei Long 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
  • Slipping a Mickey: Asami does this to Takaba in the "Naked Truth" arc. In some compensatory justice he is later drugged himself by Fei Long in the "Pray in the Abyss" arc.
  • Slut-Shaming:
    • Akihito gets it a lot. On their first sexual encounter Asami calls him a slut for being responsive after being drugged. Also Fei Long. 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.
    • Fei Long gets it as well by his adoptive brother Yan Tsui, which is way beyond hypocritical as it was him who made Fei Long use his sex appeal for the good of Baishe and the family in the first place - and because his own feelings for Fei Long are far from brotherly.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Sure does look sexy on Asami. Seems to be the trademark of the cool, stoic guy as only Asami and Yoh do so. Fei Long's opium pipe is a different thing altogether.
  • Smuggling with Dolls: The key to a storage locker is hidden in a stuffed animal belonging to a child the triad boss is fostering.
  • So Beautiful It's a Curse: Both Akihito and Fei Long. Their pretty faces and hot bodies have only gotten them unwanted attentions and a big pile of misery.
  • 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.
  • Subordinate Excuse: Asami offers to pull Yoh to safety, but he would literally rather die than leave Fei Long - and yes, it is for that reason.
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: Yan Tsui with Fei Long.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Asami fits it to a tee. Also Fei Long but he is more beautiful than handsome.
  • The Bus Came Back: In a way for Yoh. As the novel "Finder no Rakuin" has not yet been translated to English its contents aren't well known to western audiences, nor will an audience, which reads a manga, necessarily also read a novel for the same story. But without knowledge of the novel, Yoh is gone for 3 books after having been exposed as a traitor and only being spared his life by Fei Long. And then he suddenly shows up by Fei Long's side and they're even on pretty friendly terms.
  • The Chessmaster: Sudo manages to play all his enemies into converging on the same warehouse, in hopes of having them getting rid of each other.
  • The Patient Has Left the Building: Sakazaki smuggles Sudo out of the hospital.
  • The Mafiya: Mikhail and his hitherto nameless group of Russian gangsters. Yuri was one of them once, but he is now with Chernobog
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Fei Long tells an unconscious and severely wounded Asami (by the fight with Chernobog) that he wouldn't allow him to die, because if anybody killed Asami that would be him.
  • The Triads and the Tongs: Fei Long's Baishe
  • Trap Is the Only Option: In chapter 89 when flying to Warsaw to retrieve Akihito, Asami is told by Fei Long that this is very likely a trap and keeps thinking so himself. He nonetheless walks into it with open eyes, once Honey Trap Akihito seduces him.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Both Akihito and Fei Long get their fare share of this.
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: The "Pray in the Abyss" arc comes down to this with Chernobog (Aaron, Yuri and their troops) facing off against Asami's group plus Takaba, as well as Fei Long and Mikhail at a certain warehouse. Mind you, Sakazaki and Sudo also aren't far off and Mikhail's men and Baishe are on their way.
    "Let's settle this!"
  • 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.
  • Water Wake-up: Aaron does this to Fei Long after kidnapping him by Car Fu.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Takaba. Asami particularly likes them.
  • Wicked Cultured: Asami wears only expensive and finely tailored suits, drinks scotch, and smokes only Dunhills. Fei Long 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 Fei Long. 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.
  • Your Tradition Is Not Mine: Asami not wanting any place in his family's criminal organization.


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