Finder Series 1: Target in the Finder

May 5, 2007

I obtained the first two volumes of this series after Be Beautiful announced at New York the third was surely coming out. Shortly after I placed the order the whole Libre thing happened and my books got lost in the mail. I reordered them anyway. As I mentioned before, I’m a bit paranoid about ordering graphic Boy’s Love through the mail for fear of getting busted on archaic comstock laws or something, and I’m so sad that the first two volumes of this were among the less than 5 volumes I’ve ever had lost in the mail.

This was FILTHY. This was one of the most filthy, porny things I’ve ever read. I briefly debated buying an actual porn manga a la Icarus or Mangerotica, but I realized I just wasn’t into porn that much. This reaffirmed the belief, as it was unbelievably dirty and I just didn’t like it.

Those looking for more hardcore BL will probably like it, though… almost definitely.

About half the volume was dedicated to the main story, which is about a photographer getting violated in the roughest ways possible.  You… can’t really see any penises most of the time (the censorship in this one is hard to explain), but then again, he is clearly… getting rough stuff.  There is bondage.  There is a vibrator.  There is anal rape.  These things happen with two different men, which makes him the world’s most unlucky photographer, I guess.  The sex scenes last for a long time.  There is another short story dealing with the main character towards the end which, while smutty, was not nearly as graphic as the stuff at the beginning.  It also shows him coming around to the main antagonist for no reason, just like any other respectable BL story.

There are, if I remember correctly, two other stories.  I may be wrong about this, but one was fairly cute and humorous, about two boys who found out their politician fathers may be gay, then wind up doing each other while on a stakeout.  The sex in that one wasn’t very long or terribly graphic.  The other one was about two students (the translation says college, but it may have been high school in the original), one of which gets violated for absolutely no reason on his first day.  Admittedly, I kind of liked that one though, because the victim’s reactions were kind of funny.

As far as the story goes… it’s not very good, or coherent.  It reads more like a volume of short stories than anything, even though I’m pretty sure the photographer story is the one that gets carried over.  If you’re buying this, you’re buying it for porn.  I’m not aware of many truly hardcore Boys Love series, so this is definitely one if you’re looking for it.

9 Responses to “Finder Series 1: Target in the Finder”


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  2. Lianne Says:

    Finder is a bad manga, whether you like hardcore BL or not. Its popularity confuses me to no end. The mangaka, Yamane Ayano, is actually a really talented lady and is known for both her beautiful art and her surprisingly quirky stories, so why this is her most famous work… *shakes head* She has an anime coming out soon (Ikoku) and it’s based off one of her better works–a very funny story about a yakuza heir and an Italian sailor. There’s less sex in that one, too. Write Finder off–whether you like porn or not, the manga is just BAD. She probably wishes this weren’t the manga that defined her in the States.

  3. Connie Says:

    Thanks for that. I don’t usually read hardcore BL, so I wondered if maybe this was all it had to be since Finder was so popular. I kind of leaned towards the kind side when evaluating it since I thought maybe it just wasn’t my thing, but the plot was pretty terrible, even in the short stories which don’t have to have any sort of continuity or character development.

  4. ana Says:

    Hey,I was just wanting to know were I can get the The Finder Series or if you’er selling them your self.
    Because some reason I can’t get them any were!!
    And when I do find them they cost around $40-100!!
    HELP!

  5. Connie Says:

    No, I’m not selling mine. They’re tricky to get since the company that printed them sort of went out of business and didn’t really have a good way of distributing them. I don’t think they can be had at the moment for very cheap, but I’ve heard that there’s rumors of another company that’s going to publish it, so it’s likely it will be reprinted and become available again some time very soon.

  6. Ying Tao Says:

    Aha! Well, being one of Yamane-sensei’s fans myself, I have to admit the first volume to this series was truly just porn, straight out ;; There’s less plot than Yamane-sensei’s oneshots V.V;;

    However, the main plot does get more intense starting with volume 3. Volume 1 is incredibly misleading ;; In fact, it’s more like an introduction to the characters maybe? Volume 2 is a spin into the past, building background and setting the stage for ‘Naked Truth’ plot, which runs from volume 3 to volume 5, I believe.

    Yamane-sensei’s Crimson Spell is less focused on porn ;; It still has a good dosage of sex, but the plot moves forward more quickly xD;; Either way, both are amazingly popular among hardcore yaoi fans!

  7. Connie Says:

    Excellent, thanks for letting me know! Actually, I bought all three Finder Series volumes available in English all at once, but the first volume sort of scared me off the rest of them, and I hadn’t been inclined to try her other series after disliking that volume so much. She is quite popular, so I may as well give the other two volumes of this series a try just to see if I like Yamane’s plots. I forgot I had this one, actually!

  8. shouichi Says:

    I agree with Ying Tao. The volume 1 is more like an introduction (in a porn way of course, it’s hardcore, remember XD). Well sensei said it should be an S&M one shot(s) that’s why she wrote it less plot. She didn’t think it will become really popular like this

    But after its on Naked Truth arc, the plot is more interesting. I was one of the people who hate it at first because of chapter one. I was really really hate it. But when I was reading naked truth, I began wanted to read and read again.

  9. Connie Says:

    I was less familiar with BL when I read this volume, but I can see what you mean about it being more of a one-shot story than a series. All the hubbub about the license getting picked back up has piqued my interest again, so I think I’m going to crack open volumes 2 and 3 this week and see how I like it with a few years and a lot more yaoi under my belt now.


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