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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!

Includes also following stories:

Volume 1
Love Lesson (Love Lesson part 1)
Yuusuke's senior, Ichijou, tells him an old horror story of an ill-fated lover who, rumor has it, was left to die in what is now the present-day basement of one of the school's buildings. Sent on an errand between classes, Yusuke can't help but recall the story as he makes his way through the eerie surroundings, when suddenly... he blacks out...

Koi o Suru Shokubutsu part of Koi o Suru DNA +

Risky Society - God Bless My Justice
A rookie to a society of people with supernatural abilities must prove himself (and his love) to his superior.

Volume 2
Koi o Suru DNA part of Koi o Suru DNA +.

Volume 3
Baked Sweet Glasses
Overenthusiastic salesman Fujiya is determined to win over businessman Mikami. But what exactly is Fujiya aiming for? And how does he know about Mikami's secret love of sweets?

Koi o Suru Baby Leaf part of Koi o Suru DNA +

Volume 4
Gakko no Kaidan (School Ghost Story) (Love Lesson part 2)

Volume 6
Koisuru Finder no Hyouteki a.k.a. Koisuru x VF Crossover
Takaba Akihito (Finder) has his hands full with Mizuno and Hiyama from Koi o Suru DNA + when they go to Kyoto for their graduation trip.


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Associated Names
Baked Sweet Glasses
Escape & Love
Finder (YAMANE Ayano)
Koisuru x VF Crossover
Love Lesson (YAMANE Ayano)
Pray in the Abyss
Risky Society (God Bless My Justice)
Viewfinder Series
Vol 1 ファインダーの標的
Vol 1 Finder no Hyouteki
Vol 2 ファインダーの檻
Vol 2 Finder no Ori
Vol 3 ファインダーの隻翼
Vol 3 Finder no Sekiyoku
Vol 4 ファインダーの虜囚
Vol 4 Finder no Ryoshuu
Vol 5 ファインダーの真実
Vol 5 Finder no Shinjitsu
Vol 6 ファインダーの熱情
Vol 6 Finder no Netsujou
Vol 7 ファインダーの渇望
Vol 7 Finder no Katsubou
Vol 8 ファインダーの密約
Vol 8 Finder no Mitsuyaku
You're My Loveprize in Viewfinder

Groups Scanlating
Club Vogue
Forever More

Latest Release(s)
c.45 by fi-no-hyouteki over 2 years ago
c.9 by fi-no-hyouteki over 4 years ago
v.7 c.8 by fi-no-hyouteki over 4 years ago
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8 Volumes (Ongoing)

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Original Publisher
Biblos (2001)
Libre Shuppan (2007)

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Be x Boy Gold
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Count me as one of the fangirls   
Rating: N/A
by PansyWansyLinsy
November 3rd, 2012, 5:15pm
If you've read or skimmed any of the reviews, you'll know that ViewFinder gets a mixed reaction from readers. However, if you know what to expect (or not to expect), you'll either not read it at all, or you'll keep reading and like it. ViewFinder is unadulterated, unabashed, nosebleed-inducing smut. Thatís not to say that itís solely focused on sex as it does have an episodic structure to the story that I enjoy. Itís not meant to be taken seriously though (like most yaoi), and if you read it with that in mind, then you won't have any trouble getting into it. If you don't like the first couple of chapters, which basically sets the tone for the series, don't bother with the rest because it's pretty much the same from there on out (minus the bit of sexual kink which happens occasionally).

VF has an arsenal of the usual yaoi elements Ė rape (or non-consensual if you want to be nice about it), sexual molestation, BDSM, menage, dub-con and even some shades of Stockholm's syndrome. Thatís not to say that VF is focused heavily on those sexual elements. Most of the time, the sex is consensual, and the other stuff makes its way there to keep things interesting.

The art is fantastic, of course. I never get tired of looking at Asami. After having read through my fair share of BL, Asami is still my favorite seme. The man is sex on legs. Heís got that dark, possessive and slightly sadistic businessman thing down pat. Takaba Akihito, on the other hand, is the young and reckless photographer who inadvertently gets caught in the web of Asamiís dark underworld. Takabaís youthful exuberance is a stark contrast to the darker and older Asami, and Iíve always found that type of relationship dynamic appealing.

While Iím on the subject of art, I think Yamane-sensei strikes the right balance with her character art. Takaba, to me, is the perfect combination of ďukeĒ masculinity that probably suits readers who are used to the slightly larger seme and smaller-framed uke. Although heís not bara big, heís also not overtly effeminate nor does he look like a pre-pubescent boy. Thankfully, he doesnít read like a female either.

There are complaints about the realism in regards to the yakuza-themed elements of the story in that they arenít realistic at all. Donít expect it anyway, thereís no slice of life aspect to VF (aside from a couple of extras here and there). Much of the action and twists that happen are terribly exaggerated or idealized, which makes it no different than ninety percent of manga centered around yakuza anyway.

That's not to say that there aren't some serious relationship elements to the story. After having read the published translated versions of View Finder, Iíve recognized that thereís an aspect of Takaba and Asamiís relationship that isnít so apparent in the scanlations. After the whole Fei Long affair, you wonder where Asami and Takabaís relationship can really go after all theyíve been through. Although it hasnít been said, isnít it obvious that theyíre in love? Thatís still a part of their relationship that remains in doubt and will hopefully be addressed in the future. However, to get back to the point, whatís come across to me in the published text is that thereís a constant struggle by Takaba to put himself on equal footing with Asami. Thereís a sense of social and experience disparity between the two that hasnít gone unnoticed by Takaba. The social and work sphere that Asami inhabits is beyond that of Takabaís standing. Although it seems like a rather trivial matter given Asamiís feelings for Takaba, and a sensibility that seems rather old-fashioned, Iíve come to realize (just by reading manga, mind you) that Japanese culture seems to put quite a lot of stock in a hierarchy of social standing. So while I was at first dismissive of what seemed to be a rather inconsequential hurdle in Takaba and Asamiís relationship, Iíve come to realize its significance given that understanding of Japanese culture. Thereís heavy emphasis on this divide in the last couple of volumes and especially in this most recent arc (Pray in the Abyss). Takabaís inability to reconcile with these differences in their relationship does cause him to run away at one point, but as always, he unerringly finds his way back to Asami. They have a magnetic attraction to one another that canít be denied.

I haven't given the manga a rating yet, as I like to reserve them until the series has ended. However, if pressed for a rating now, I'd definitely give it a 9 on a purely enjoyment basis alone. Iíve re-read this series at least six times now since Iíve started reading boy love and to this day I still enjoy it. Itís an exciting and fun mixture of sex, action, and comedy that never fails to entertain.

On a side note, Iíd just like to throw in my favorite VF scene because I really enjoyed the sweet and simplistic slice of life quality to it. Itís an extra that was attached to what I believe was the CD animate and it gives a glimpse into Asami and Takabaís home life. In probably what amounts to a dozen pages, we get a complete understanding about how much Takaba has changed Asamiís home life. There are little touches of Takabaís presence like a full refrigerator or some silly duck toys in the bath, or a couple of animal shaped shampoo bottles in the bathroom that creates an endearing image of their lives together. Takabaís colorful presence breathes life into Asamiís rather sterile existence and itís always enjoyable to read about that aspect of their lives.

... Last updated on February 21st, 2014, 12:37am
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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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The best Yaoi Manga for me so far   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by goal
September 20th, 2009, 8:08pm
For me, this is everything I want in a manga and it delivers it with brilliance. I never want it to end. I Love it and definately acknowledge Ayano Yamane for bringing us this masterpiece.

It is important to point out on what pretext one is judging the series. Yaoi manga generally tend to be controversial. So if one ponders about the manga on moral grounds I can see why there can be much to debate about. But I would say readers should educate themselves about the manga before they pick it up, especially if the 18+ rating is clearly indicated. I also could find rape, drugs and BDSM repulsive but the way Yamane wrote this manga, I believe she did it tastefully to give the desired result: ended up being a very SEXY and exciting manga for me.
I read manga for pure entertainment and I check the catagory before I pick up a manga. This manga provides mature entertainment and caters to my guilty pleasures.

Asami Ryuiichi is the sexiest male manga bishie (that I have seen so far). That is one thing important for me to enjoy in a manga that I indulge in. The other main character; Akihito, is very charismatic. The villain is delicious! Secondly the mangaka has done justice to the supporting cast of the series. A lot of fans want to know more about many of the side characters and find them fascinating. The art is excellent. It aids in visual understanding as well as fantasy. The plot is rich and has depth. It draws you in and always leaves you wanting more at the end. When it comes to smut, I find its proportion very magical and brilliant. It excites and indulges me which is what I seek in mature romance mangas.

This manga delivers on all accounts for me. I wish there were more mangas like this in shoujo/josei genre but I had to turn to yaoi to find my dream combination. We need more mangas like this. This manga certainly is a rare treat. So far I havn't found another one like this where the story and richness of the characters and romance is maintained at such a high level, mixed with mature graphic sexual content. Very entertaining and thrilling!
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*manic laughter*   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by bluedrop
October 26th, 2012, 5:35am
I'm going to start off by saying that in no way do I condone rape in reality, and yes, it's a sensitive matter that is rarely handled well in fiction. I am an activist for rape survivors and feminist ideals, having been abused before and having friends who have survived rape.

That said, I just want to push Akihito down onto the nearest surface, tie him up, and screw him incoherent though I might not be equipped to do that. I agree wholeheartedly with Ballads' view (order the comments by usefulness and his/hers will pop up) and many of those who have come to love this manga. It's pretty addicting and I can't properly explain how I came to love this.

The premise hooked me on (gangsters/yakuza/mafia? WIN)...then I read the first chapter. Kinky stuff, this. Then I read more. Then I fell into a weird sort of love with this manga. I know it's supposed to be dark but I can't help but giggle madly at some parts. From the very start, I was able to easily suspend my disbelief, because, hey, I expected it. It's why I read.

Though, when the sex actually becomes consensual, I found it even hotter which I did not even think possible because after I read dub-con, I usually get bored when everything is resolved and they just have vanilla sex, but here, it just felt more...something. It just felt stronger, hotter, more intense. Love.

This is, as chicchai_yubimusubi already commented, and I quote:
"...But if you're looking for a serious, realistic, angst-ridden drama that flowers into a beautiful and meaningful relationship that comments on the human experience...well, I don't know if this is for you."

If you're looking for something meaningful and character-altering, yeah, this isn't it, buddy. If you're looking for a fast-paced, unrealistic manga rife with kinky, sometimes dub-con(and outright non-con), smexy mansex scenes, give this a go.

Actually, I still can't get over the first sex scene (though I do wish the seme/s would blush a bit or any indication that they're enjoying the 'activity' just as much as the uke) because, wow, I was not expecting...a lot of stuff and was quite pleasantly surprised in many parts of this manga.

Really, don't take this seriously, because if you do, you'll just end up having an aneurysm or something. It doesn't have comedy but the stuff that keeps happening to the uke just has me completely amused at times (it makes me want to bend him over even more and do indecent things to him). I love the art and the guys aren't too fem or bara, just right. The color pages and covers are a treat and I can't help but ogle.

It has tropes that usually make me want to facepalm or rant, but here, I find myself enjoying the flow of the story completely, despite how ridiculous things get.

But, truly, my favorite thing about this manga was the uke. I can kind of get the flack he gets from the readers, but I think he's pretty amazing. Asami's great too. Still, Akihito is just admirable in his strength and spirit. (Not to mention his expressions, and OMG, the scene where he gets the gun after he's had enough with all the crap that's been happening?!? but all that's just a plus) I love that he isn't some girly, self-depreciating wimp. He fights back when he can, and when he doesn't, well, he's smart. He's not overly stupid to try and get himself killed when he can and I count his self-preservation tactics as a point in his favor.

About the rape, well, it's one of the things that helped me suspend my disbelief. The psychological impacts and issues aren't used as a plot source and the manga glosses over it. I get why this infuriates many readers but I myself prefer it. Is it strange to want to read the non/dub-con in only a sexual aspect and not in its whole, including its ramifications? It's what this manga does.

The reader is able to enjoy reading and empathizing with the characters without dwelling on the unrealistic aspects but instead accepts it as what it was meant to be by the mangaka.

There is character growth(which I just love even if it isn't groundbreaking) and those who like yaoi manga with lots of action but isn't confusing or boring, this is great though I will warn that it can get addicting.

I came into this expecting to facepalm and get irritated a lot but I ended up really enjoying it and getting amused at the unbelievable events that make me want to cuddle Akihito in a room all to ourselves. After bouts of endless sex, of course.

Edit: Read up 'til ch.40 and OMFFFFFFFG!! Huge cliff-hanger. I love Akihito even more now. F********ck...I will kill for the next update.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
He shows amazing strength by making a choice between his dreams/career/beliefs and a relationship he is still not quite sure of. I was expecting him to go for the relationship thing and I would've been okay with that but daaamn, him choosing the former and this new development in his character?!? Nyaaghr. Without any doubt will I love Akihito forevaaa!

... Last updated on October 27th, 2012, 10:32am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Yo!!
May 5th, 2013, 12:47am
Is he the hottest manga character ever? Well no, that is an understatement actually, HE DRIPS SEX!
Girls who don't read yaoi, SHOULD read this manga to catch a glimpse of this ...HOT^HOT guy, I mean it.
As for the series, it's good I guess ...loads of mindless sex involved but who cares? That's what Yaoi is all about *evil grin*
I read what some of my previous reviewers have written and I can't understand why you're making such a big deal of the whole rape thing? It's a MANGA for crying out loud, not some autobiography or some news you've heard. The thing about yaoi rape is that, the Uke does it to the Seme out of sheer possessiveness that's all. Some woman like men like that, although they may not wish for them in real life. Look at FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, why do you think its popular?

Anyway, some fiercely independent woman don't like the idea of being controlled or caged or whatever that goes on in their minds but like I said before, it just a MANGA! So chill and enjoy the sex! Which is what I'm here for xD

RECOMMENDED to anyone who want to take in a sex bomb! (ASAMI!!!!!!)
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[tw: rape] Rape =/= love   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by iamaspen
December 21st, 2010, 5:18pm
I've read Viewfinder all to the latest chapter, and I must say, this series is overrated and a bit disturbing.

So. Every other man wants to screw Takaba, and 80% of the time, he seems to be fine with it. I don't think he even realizes that having sex without consent, even if you orgasm from it, is rape until it gets to the third or fourth guy. And then there's Asami being all primitive and possessive and just plain abusive: TAKABA, IS, MINE, DON'T MESS WITH MY POSSESSIONS, RAWR *blood ooze*.

But what's disturbing, however, isn't how overrated Vf is. Or how Takaba is raped at least 20 times over the course of 36+ chapters. What's disturbing is the fans who think Asami raping Takaba is love, while FeiLong's rape isn't. Or that rape is a sign of passion or love.

There is no difference or variation between rape. Rape is not done out of love, or passion, or even desire. It's negativity and hatred and anger, and that's an understatement. To call rape a form of love at first sight or caring obsession is going too far. I'm fine with rape as a turn on or one of your kinks, and that's all fine and good, but I hate that people try to mistake rape as a form of love. It's not love, even if the one raping you is the hottest bishie alive.

All in all, Viewfinder isn't a bad manga. I mean, the art is pretty, as a redeeming feature for your troubles, but rape =/= love. Get that straight.

... Last updated on May 28th, 2013, 4:03am
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A Sexplosion Of Erotic Proportions.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by CurlyJoe
April 1st, 2012, 6:16pm
Plot 8.5/10
Art 9/10
Romance 8/10
Eroticism 9.8/10

This is a manga that every yaoi fan has to read. I only read oneshots, and I adore this one. I actually am loving the plot, and the sex is graphic enough to be enjoyed (also frequent enough to please me). The uke is masculine enough not to creep me out (I don't read ones with what look like boys under 16), and the bishounen are divine. Read it. Love it. Have sweaty dreams about it.

P.S.: Be prepared for rape, almost all of the sex is either rape, or a little forced. If you hate Stockholm syndrome type romances (Raped until he likes it), then this won't be for you!

PPS: The threesome more than I could ever ask for. *o*

Oh and BTW: Who ACTUALLY reads Yaoi for the plot?!?! Go read a novel for god's sake, as this stuff is for kinky sex and basically porn.

... Last updated on June 4th, 2012, 12:54pm
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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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GREAT...if it's your thing   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by chicchai_yubimusubi
March 15th, 2012, 10:42pm
Here's the thing. If you like the traditional spunky, resisting uke, and the strong, sultry, forceful seme...this is YOUR manga. This series defines those roles and takes it to a beyond perfect level.

But if you're looking for a serious, realistic, angst-ridden drama that flowers into a beautiful and meaningful relationship that comments on the human experience...well, I don't know if this is for you.

Ayano Yamane is brilliant not only in her art (my FAVORITE style...gorgeous), but in her ability to create these endearing characters that we come to care about. Yes, there is a lot of rape. Yes, some of the plot is contrived and unrealistic. But it's a fast-paced, mafia vs. yakuza story with an irresistible uke caught in the middle. If that sounds even a little appealing, you will LOVE this series.

It's a classic.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lololo008
February 13th, 2012, 8:43am
Yeah, it goes without saying since everyone in the yaoiland must (or should) have known Ayano Yamane and her amazing works. This series so far is the 1st in my list. The art is the first thing that attracted me, it's so smooth, cute but not too cute like some shoujo or shota. The story lines are brilliant and the plots are just...the best.

Takaba - the main uke - is just my fav type of uke. He has well-build, a little muscular but not too much. His personality is very interesting and hard to read. His will is strong and I just loveee his stubbornness. Although he always acts like a man but i think he's nothing more than an arrogant kid.

And Asami - the seme. He must be the top of the top semes in yaoi world. I mean really, who could win over this person? He is like...perfect, from the look to the personality. And the best thing is, he's not the type of guy who is always overprotective his lover. The way he shows his love to Takaba is so cute (and sick sometimes). I just so so so love this man.

I also love lots of other mangas such as Crimson Spell and Nekota Yonezou's works (especially Elektel Delusion and Otona Keikenchi) but i guess there will be no other yaoi manga that can take away the 1st place from Viewfinder in my list.

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