27th May 2008

Finder Series 1

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

Akihito Takaba (uke) is a freelance photographer who falls into the clutches of one of the leaders of Japan’s underworld, Ryuichi Asami (seme). While in Asami’s clutches, Takaba is molested five ways to Sunday. Takaba ends up becoming fascinated by Asami and keeps falling into his circle.

Intrigue grows and Takaba ends up getting kidnapped by the mysterious head of a Chinese tong (mafia/secret society) by the name of Fei Long Lui. More molestation for our poor photographer and an unexpected rescue by Asami, who may not be such a bad guy after all.

This book also includes three one shots: “Plants in Bloom,” “Love Lesson” and “Risky Society”.

Ayano Yamane is known for her art and with good reason. Her characters are beautiful and muscular. The faces are full of expression and the sex scenes are down right filthy. This is definitely not a book for people who are new to the genre.

The main complaint I have with the release is the shoddy way that Be Beautiful designed and released the manga. I have the original Japanese release, complete with dust cover and full-color insert. Be Beautiful left off the dust cover, printed oversized black and white scenes from the manga on the inside cover and left out the full cover insert. Drama Queen and DMP seem to grasp that we enjoy having our manga in a format that’s as close to the original as possible, why doesn’t Be Beautiful?

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