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While out on assignment trying to document the illegal activities of the Japanese underworld, photographer Takaba crosses paths with the dark and mysterious leader Asami. Asami takes Takaba captive in an attempt to subjugate and possess him. But when the son of the Chinese mafia enters demanding evidence that Takaba may have, will Takaba be able to survive being caught in the crosshairs of a deadly underworld feud?

And here, Takaba's adventure, begins!

There's a twoshot called (Gakko no Kaidan) Love Lesson in vol 1 and vol 4.


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8 Volumes (Ongoing)

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Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (1117 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.74 / 10.0
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Biblos (2001)
Libre Shuppan (2007)

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Didn't think I'd like it but I do   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by aislin
February 6th, 2012, 8:54pm
I have to admit, despite repeatedly hearing about this series I didn't pick it up for a long time, and then when I did I was very much turned off by the first volume. I figured it would be pretty much an endless series about pointless rape and how the uke is supposed to fall in love despite that. I don't know why I eventually decided to try it again but this time I had 4 volumes with me. As soon as I got to the second volume, I was pleasantly surprised by the shift to a bit more plot with Fei Long's back story (actually volume 2 has almost no sex in it at all).

If you want a series where there's no rape-- well, you'd be able to tell pretty much immediately this isn't the series for you. And I do have to agree with another reviewer-- I don't see much of a difference between Fei Long and Asami forcing themselves on Akihito, other than the fact that Akihito slowly develops feelings for Asami. I actually think it's kind of silly that there's always blood when Fei Long rapes Akihito but rarely when Asami does. It's like they're trying to reinforce that it's ok when Asami does it.

That's an aside, though. The point is-- I'm not a fan of stories revolving around rape, and I get pretty tired of this idea that the uke should fall in love with the seme who's always hurting him. But that's why I was surprised by this... I don't know what it is about it, exactly, but I actually believe the love story in this. I mean it's definitely twisted and all about a power play especially in the beginning, but I believe that they have feelings for each other by a few volumes into it.

I was skimming comments and I guess a number of people don't like Akihito. To be honest, I never had a problem with him. And by the latest volumes, I outright love him. He's a normal guy put into a super messed up situation... I don't imagine many people would be able to react properly in situations he's thrown into.

I mean, seriously. Imagine being in that position; imagine accidentally catching the eye of someone who's so powerful he could literally have you killed at a moment's notice and nothing could stop it. Imagine other equally influential people keying into that and using you to their advantage like a pawn in a chess game. Imagine everyone deciding it's okay to rape you repeatedly. Imagine constantly being hurt and not being in control of your life at all. It would really suck. Normal people are not ready for that sort of twisted world being thrown on them out of nowhere. And normal people would be really confused by realizing they're starting to develop feelings for the very person who initially terrorized them. Now whether those feelings are true love or if it's all some twisted psychological thing based on the fact that his initial tormentor ends up sometimes being his savior too, I couldn't say. That's mostly up to the reader.

So, myself, I actually really like how Akihito tries to deal with everything. And I loooove him in the 5th volume. I will say nothing about plot but I think he's awesome there.

Anyway, I wanted to leave a comment about this series because if you were turned off by the first volume like I was, there's the possibility you may end up still liking the series. It certainly has aspects that are commonplace in a lot of BL but I guess given the fact that I did a total 180 in my opinion of the series between volume 1 and 5, I can't say I find it to be typical overall. Usually I don't go from disliking a story so much I put it down for probably years to suddenly liking it so much I can't wait to buy the next volume. To me, that says something about how well this story is told. Whether or not you like the story itself is up to you.

... Last updated on February 6th, 2012, 8:57pm
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Not sold by the love   
Rating: 5.5 / 10.0
by arethusa
February 2nd, 2012, 9:21pm
This would've been a great series if the mangaka stuck to the dark tones of the first volume, with Akihito acknowledging the wrongness of his relationship with Asami and the series going to how he has to deal with it. It already laid the groundwork for it, the unequal dynamic was great (and so darn interesting), but the story fizzled out
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
(yes, I found the contrived mafia war pointless).
Instead, Akihito turned into this passive plot device who's all bark and no bite. Heck, how the series panned out is even more disturbing than the disturbing elements in the first volume.

There's only two saving graces on this series: the artwork and the chemistry.
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Love, love, love this!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by streetwalker
October 21st, 2011, 2:29pm
When I first started reading this I thought "ugh, the most awful rape scene right off the bat!" and almost stopped right there. But the fantastic art kept me reading and I'm so glad. By the end I'd completely fallen in love with the series and all the characters. I think Akihito has gotten quite a bit of criticism but I don't really agree with it. Sure he's not the most agentive uke ever but I think the whole point of this manga is the emotional development and whether or not Akihito can give in to his feelings. I also liked it how Akihito had aspirations to be acknowledged as a man and make Asami submit. smile So as an uke I can't call him typical either... I didn't like Asami much to begin with but as the depth of the relationship grew I started to like him a lot better till the end where I really already liked him lots. The extra "temporary paradise" is my favorite of Asami. It's cute really! And I love Asami's vacation hair... x) The side characters weren't bad either and I enjoyed the whole backgroud on Asami and Feilong. The relationship between Feilong and Akihito was interesting as well. I kinda felt bad for Feilong though... Anyway, if you haven't read this, do it NOW! Hah.. And don't stop in the middle or you'll miss out I tell ya! wink Can't wait for the rest... Should be good?

... Last updated on October 21st, 2011, 2:59pm
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extremely overrated   
Rating: N/A
by Illegal Goddess
October 13th, 2011, 5:29pm
Lots of cliche porn featuring a macho criminal who needs a good kick in the nuts and a secretly mazo photographer who must give off some incredible pheromones because everyone wants to rape him. Most of the time, they succeed.
Asamiís personality makes you want to kick him in the nuts, oops, I have already said that. Akihito switches from boring to pathetic and back, he needs to grow a backbone.
Fei Long is the only interesting character in the manga (and the best looking one, too), but the nonsensical development ruins him.
The background is actually rather good, but the central characters and their relationship is such a cheap rape fantasy that you have to really adore that type of yaoi to get to the very last chapter.
I donít.

I also donít get the so-called difference between Asami forcing Akihito to have sex with him and Fei Long doing the same. People seem to think that being the official seme gives Asami some divine right to rape his uke whenever he pleases or something.
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So good~!   
Rating: N/A
by Pebble_
October 10th, 2011, 3:34am
Viewfinder was actually my 2d yaoi ever, (right after Trigger), and that's, some would say, oh! such a bad 2d choice. The kind of read that makes you hate yaoi forever, right? Well, as for me, it got me soooooooooo completely hooked on yaoi !!
It's kinda hardcore, yes. Contains rape & a lil'bit of bdsm, yes. What can I say?
Even though, Viewfinder is a really great series, and I really really ! do not regret picking it. And I love yakuza plots, strong-willed ukes, dominant & possessive semes, and Yamane Ayano's drawings, oh my! *drooling*
Yaoi forever, and this one is a must-read !

... Last updated on October 10th, 2011, 3:37am
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Serendipity_
October 8th, 2011, 2:02pm
This manga seemed to be something many people recommended to me, so I decided to give it a try. And I am..... Disapointed and with the feeling of " Not this type of plot....again"

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Here´s the thing, you either love this one, or you don´t. I´m somewhere in the middle. The plot was really cliché. We have this ambitous uke with righteous ideal who stumbles upon a Yakuza. The yakuza rapes the uke, uke hates him.....then when this kinda shit goes on for awhile the uke falls in love with the yakuza...and yaddayaddayadda. We should also not forget the man that comes between them and kidnappes Takaba ( Ohmygod, that wasn´t prediiictable at all *sarcastic* ) because he has some unsolved issues with Asami.

This manga is a bit too overrated I think, maybe it´s because I´ve read alot of manga and seen this kind of plot many times I can´t get why it´s so hyped. But I gotta admit that the sex scenes was hot, sometimes a bit to disturbing ( I don´t like when the uke gets passed around too much, you will get what I mean when you read it )
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by DeDe4ever
September 21st, 2011, 5:25pm
2 me this manga isnt your average o0o im going to rape you cause your annoying then well fall for eachtoher. O0O0 ITS NOT!!! its totally diffrent to me, when i found this by reccomendations i said o0o finder huh and got hooked right away. i dnt get how sme say its not better then totally captiaved..... THEY R TOTALLY DIFFRENT this is about a middle aged yakuza n a photogher (undercover cop type) , n totally captivaed is about a college guy n a yakuza who should be in college!!! DIFFERENT PPL! well anyway I LUV IT. YOU SHOULD READ IT, IM WAITING 4 SCANS IF IF NONE CME ON IM OFFICALLY LEARNIN JAPANESE!!! biggrin

... Last updated on May 23rd, 2012, 2:21pm
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Killer Plot, Pun Intended   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Ballads
August 20th, 2011, 3:53am
All right, I found this when I was manga-surfing, the equivalent of channel-surfing, through a whole list of Yaoi, and I wasn't really looking for much, basically, smut, eye candy and pretty drawing. I'm not particularly picky about the plot as long as the drawing's good, if I wanted a stunning plot, I'd go hunting down a thriller novel, so essentially I was looking for something frivolous.

But then I came upon this, and my pal, who shares similar tastes as me, had recomended this sometime ago, and I remembered when I saw it. So I thought to myself, 'Cool, why not?' and I clicked the button that said Start Reading. The first chapter was exactly what I was looking for, intense and beautiful in a purely simplistic way, I liked it, in an 'I'll just read this cause my brain's dead and I like looking at pretty pictures when I'm brain dead' kind of way. So I continued.

What I didn't expect was character development, the kind that smacks you in the face and says this isn't just another smutty yaoi, it literally hauled me by the throat and forced me to give my attention. Personally, I like Akihito best, and that's rather strange, since I've always leaned towards the ruthless characters, like Asami.

But in some fundamental way, I believe Akihito's pretty ruthless himself, in the sense that he'd do anything to protect what he places importance on, his friends for one. And he doesn't seem to shy away from the blood and darkness in life, he doesn't quite like it, no one would, but he's able to see reason where all those righteous idiots often don't.

Akihito in essence is, I quote Harry Potter, 'a very good person who bad things have happened to'. And Asami is, in all accounts, ruthless and practical and real. He's flawed in a very perfect way, which inspires a lot of respect on a purely idealogical level. Capable, pragmatic and determined, it's the basic things that'd pull one all the way to the top of the food chain, and ficitonal he may be, Asami's definitely at the top of this food chain.

What really strikes me as simply amazing, is how this author is able to twist cliches and cliffhangers to something actually believable. We have the jaded badass businessman, and the idealistic photographer, they're very sexually compatible and after a series of events, they find trust and on some underlying level, yes, the L-word, love. Frankly, that doesn't seem quite possible if one puts it that way, but Yamane Ayano has managed to make this utterly real.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
And in one of the latest chapters, Akihito gets shot, major cliffhanger, of course we find in the next chapter, that the bullet simply grazed him, and it's all really fine and dandy, now that seems like a cliche but it wasn't phrased as a cliche, rather, I'd say it's an extremely telling moment where we scratch the suface of what may be the depth of Asami's feelings for Akihito, and Akihito, clearly vulnerable here, after being kidnapped twice and almost killed a couple of times, also chooses to show the extent of his feelings towards Asami, whom he originally detests.

It's an amazing read and I'd recommend this to anyone, I'm also utterly thankful that my pal knew me well enough to recommend it to me.

UPDATE: Now that I've just finished Pray in the Abyss, I thought it'd be a nice time to update my review of Viewfinder, and as much as I hate to say it... Really, I'm hopelessly addicted. Viewfinder is my drug. (And while this brings us back to Twilight, that reference was purely unintended.) Also, as a response to the recurring theme of certain reviews: Rape, cliched plot, et cetera. I feel compelled to defend the manga, as a loyal fan.

That said, I do not condone rape in the true sense. Rape as a fantasy, on the other hand, is a completely different thing. The line that separates one from the other is something Laurell K Hamilton deals with plenty in her novels. (The fact that I started on her books at the age of thirteen says something about my views on several controversial subjects.) Rape as a fantasy is certainly distinct in Viewfinder, I will, however, concede, that there are some instances where the line is crossed.

Mainly in the Naked Truth Arc, and probably, in the first chapter of the series (a helluva way to start the series with a bang, isn't it?). And in those instances, I believe it was dealt with as rape, Akihito did feel an emotional, partly psychological, impact. Of course, certain readers may feel that the issue was glossed over too easily, Akihito should be traumatized for life, if not for life, for a longer span of time surely... Personally, I've no problem with Yamane Ayano's plot, Akihito, I would peg, as the type to mentally shy away from the bad things in life.

It's not weak, it's a way of survival.

As I've mentioned in my review previously, I believe Akihito an incredibly strong character, with iron-clad faith in what he believes in. What I fail to find any sense in, is the claims of an overused cliche. Firstly, (I believe I've said this in a review somewhere, so if it's a little familiar, bear with me please) I see no reason why people cry foul at a plot supposedly cliched. There's a reason why certain story lines come off as overused, they work.

Why would authors use it repeatedly, if the plot had been proven a failure to gain a good audience. It's not shallow, it's purely economics. Think comparative advantage. If I've a comparative advantage in this line, clearly I'd direct my resources to it. Opportunity Cost: The opportunity cost of not following the conventional (going unconventional, while heralded as brave by some, and it is brave, I will concede) could mean larger losses if the manga doesn't sell.

And now that I'm done defending all things labelled with 'The Cliched Plot' out there, (Yes, Harlequin, your books are probably it, but I still love them to bits.) Viewfinder is hardly overused. Yes, we have the possessive, sadistic seme, and we have the cheerful, and sometimes a little dense, uke. But Viewfinder's got a gorgeous character arc. No, I didn't mis-type. Character arc. Not art. (Yes, we have gorgeous art too, but that's been mentioned hundreds of times.)

If it was like every other cliche, and I don't use cliche as an insult, mind you, they would have continued to stay as they are, Akihito wouldn't have been tested to his limits, he wouldn't have shown potential to be a tragic hero as much as he's an idiotic one. Asami would have simply remained a thorn in Akihito's side, he wouldn't show so much affection, (I see affection, maybe you don't. Call me shallow and romantic.) or concern over Akihito's well-being. He's got a soft spot somewhere.

Bottom line: I love Viewfinder regardless. I acknowledge the views of others, but ultimately, it's still my drug, isn't it?

... Last updated on June 16th, 2012, 5:16am
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A Lot of Fun! And Hot!   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by sofistree
August 18th, 2011, 1:43am
The plot nicely compliments the romance in this manga. It doesn't get too convoluted, but it also isn't just a waste of time. I really enjoy the main kid's job of photography - it seems to fit him, and it makes the story way more interesting.

I'd recommend trying it.
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Love This.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ookamisama
August 15th, 2011, 1:51am
Of all the series out there that I have come to collect and read, Viewfinder is one of those that is one of a kind and doesn't fit in a specific category. To be honest, when I read the first chapter, I wasn't very sure where the story was going, but as the chapters progressed; it cleared out somewhat. I understand some of the reviewers have agreed and disagreed about Akihito and Asami, the rape and the angst in this series, but that's what makes it so unique. The fact that these two are attracted to each other even through all the issues in their "relationship" may have, they still manage to work it out. Akihito is not a 'stupid uke' as someone has referred, he's a character who has a limit to how much he can cope with, that doesn't make him stupid. Their relationship is complicated sometimes, there are no 'I Love You' words in there, but their actions alone say what they feel. Asami is from the underworld, everything about him says 'danger' and then there is Akihito, a determined photographer waiting to get the right shot. They have a 'love/hate' relationship, like what a relationship should have, with issues and fixes. The well drawn sex scenes and the S&M in it is just a bonus for the readers who are actually into this sorta thing (I know I am). So if you like complicated-angst-love-hate with a tint of dangerous pleasure and allure, then this is what you should be reading wink
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