Well, you knew it had to make my list sooner or later. Any true yaoi fan knows exactly what I'm referring too. How could I possibly ignore Ayano Yamane's Finder Series (Faindaa no Hyouteki)? Yes, she is also the creator of 'Crimson Spell', which is hugely popular, and too many others to list, but it's Viewfinder I wish to discuss. Viewfinder has broken purchases records everywhere. No matter the character Ayano Yamane draws, it seems to become an instant success.
If there's a more ideal seme I'd like you to point him out or more submissive uke with attitude, let me know. Ms. Yamane does a near perfect job with her two gorgeous leading men and a story that has more twists and turns than a roller coaster.
Twenty-three year old Takaba Akihito (blond) is a young freelance photographer who's always looking for the next big scoop. After he takes photographs of crime lord, Asami Ryuichi's business dealings, Asami kidnaps and rapes him. This is very typical of the seme/uke relationship (not an uncommon theme). Asami finds the photographer attractive and believes the abuse will place him at an advantage-perhaps scare Takaba. But, of course, over time he develops feelings for Takaba and finds that he can't stay away from the young man. Takaba claims he's revolted in yet, he winds up falling for the crime lord.
Fei Long, a rival Chinese boss, who blames Asami for his father's death, takes an interest in Takaba, as well, and believes he may have found a way to execute a little revenge on Asami. I won't go any further because I'll spoil it. But I will say, this manga series does evolve, the plot does thicken and there is a grandiose ending, where true love is finally given a voice.
Asami wasn't my favourite. Initially, his character came across as aloof. Then over time his personality gradually changed. He is kind and he does express genuine affection. If you expect this man to just come out with the verbal romance, forget it. He isn't the type. But he does compliment Takaba. This young man has a big mouth and unfortunately for him it's the cause of most his woes in the beginning. Just as Asami, he changes and you discover that underneath his tough guy attitude and image, he's nice and even insecure.
The first instalment with the sadomasochism was kind of a turn-off. When I got past it and the story began to take shape, I found I was rather impressed. This manga series is really good and it does have heart with a secret thrown in. It's another long series, so be prepared. I truly enjoyed this manga and I'm giving it five flames because the sex is explicit, the characters are outstandingly beautiful and the plot, well thought out.
Happy Yaoi Hunting
Blak Rayne ^_^!!