Finder Vol. #03: One Wing in the Viewfinder (Mania.com)

By:Briana Lawrence
Review Date: Thursday, January 27, 2011
Release Date: Sunday, February 20, 2011

In which Akihito is the dumbest uke ever.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Ayano Yamane

What They Say:
"I don't feel like giving you your freedom anymore. You're coming with me, even to the depths of hell."

Just as Asami and Akihito are on the verge of facing their feelings for each other, Akihito falls victim to Fei Long's trap! Akihito has only one person he can turn for help: the person he despises more than anyone else, yakuza boss Asami, who once made Akihito his sex slave. How will Asami respond to Akihito? Will he help him? And if he does, what is it going to cost him?

Content:
If you're a fan of the series -- like me -- then you know that this volume is where the series ended all those years ago, but let's take a trip down memory lane, plunge into part 3 of this series, and hope that DMP releases volume four soon. It's a little surreal reading this again since I was the one who reviewed it the first time. As I was reading my mind would remember things like, 'Oh yeah, Akihito's friends were dragged into this,' and, 'Oh yeah, Asami is gorgeous,' and most importantly, 'Oh yeah... Akihito's a dumb a** uke.' Don't believe me? Well, keep reading.

Akihito returns home after spending time with two of his friends, pretty relaxed and at ease, as if things hadn't been turned upside down by-... hey look, his place is destroyed. Just when he thought he could take it easy after his confrontations with Asami and Fei Long his entire apartment is left in quite a mess after Fei Long went in and searched for leaked information involving Asami. Later on that day, when Akihiko is alone, Fei Long decides to approach him directly and reveals that he has both of his friends in his custody. Akihito now has until 4 a.m. to get the information from Asami or his friends will be killed. This leads to Akihito going to Asami for help, but Asami refuses to assist him because of the consequences of giving information to Fei Long. Insert delicious amounts of sex and... spiked soda(?)... and Akihito passes out while Asami rushes out to try and throw a wrench into Fei Long's plans.

This doesn't work. At all.

When Akihito wakes up he panics when he sees that it's past the 4 a.m. deadline. He immediately calls Fei Long, tells him where Asami has gone -- he overheard him discussing plans over the phone after their massive amounts of sex -- and a shoot out commences where Asami is. Lots of dead bodies later and Asami isn't a happy seme, as seen in his meeting with Akihito. Determined to get away from Asami's grasp, Akihito decides to follow Fei Long when he sees him the next day once he's sure that his friends are safe. This way, he can tell Asami where Fei Long is and the two of them can finally end things.

Again. This doesn't work. At all.

And this is where that famous -- well, famous to fans of the series at least -- cliffhanger occurs. Fei Long ends up kidnapping Akihito after getting into another confrontation with Asami, and the story ends with an injured Asami watching Fei Long take off with Akihito. There are a couple of side stories that end this volume and Asami and Akihito have one of the funniest moments I've ever read in a boy's love manga. Akihito is ringing in the new year with some friends and some drunken phone calls occur on his end, much to Asami's dismay since he's trying to go to sleep. The dialogue in this story is just hilarious, getting great lines like, 'It's your fault that Japan is in the shape of a seahorse.' Thank you, drunk Akihito. The next story is about a cute boy who is trying to sell his products to a rather handsome man, the product being... underwear... and he even takes his pants off to show it off. For some reason there's a bake shop involved, too, which gives it a bit too much -- underwear and cake, hell why not I guess. The final story is about two boys in the same school, one constantly trying to be better than the other as far as their grades go but the other doesn't seem to care about being the best at all. Much to my surprise by the end of the story, the whole thing is a flashback between the two father's from the previous side stories, 'DNA in Love,' and, 'Plants in Love.'

In summary:
After I read the DMP version I looked to my original copy. Wow. 2007. So this cliffhanger has been sitting in the U.S. for nearly 4 years. Just... argh! It's even more annoying to read this for a second time and remember that, oh yeah, Akihito has been kidnapped for 4 frickin' years! I'm still not sure why Akihito thought it would be a good idea to chase after the dangerous Chinese beauty who not only raped him, but put his friends' lives in danger. I get the idea of his plan, but... seriously, what makes you think you can take on Fei Long and his gang? Bad move, kid. Bad move indeed. All and all, I don't have too much to say. This was like getting a recap before the new volume, now all I have to do is wait for said volume to be released. Any day now, DMP.

Please.



Mania Grade: A
Art Rating: A+
Packaging Rating: A+
Text/Translation Rating: A
Age Rating: 18 and Up
Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
MSRP: 13.95