Few people probably know that my manga tastes are actually very varied compared to my anime preferences (shoujo, horror, slice of life). I generally read anything to everything, even fanservice manga for the fun of it. I can actually say that I read more than two new series every week, and I think it will be nice to do either a weekly or fortnightly recommendation on whether a manga is worth wasting some of your time to read.
The manga I will be reviewing this week is Lock On!, a Shounen Jump series. It’s a weird story of a dedicated photographer with a quirky eye patch who wants to take photos of every single pretty lady.
The story is about Utsuru Sanada, a professional photographer at the age of 17, he can guess the exact 3 sizes of any girl, he can memorize anything he sees, and he can counterattack karate moves (Most guys would want these abilities). Why? Because he has superb photographic memory called “Shutter Eye” (Shutter as in the shutter of a camera). He meets Niko Kurihara, the female protagonist, who dislikes men, is a master of martial arts, and is of course beautiful. Utsuru attempts to prove to Niko that he is not the guy she thinks he so he can take a picture of her. He starts by investigating Niko’s friend’s date, who appears to be a deceiving guy according to rumors……
What I like
An open pervert who nosebleeds whenever he takes a photograph of a hot chick is always going to be a pretty funny protagonist, and he is also impossibly serious in his art of photography. I do not get the whole relationship of how his sharingan eye (yes, I actually watch Naruto and liked it before the fillers) and his great fighting skills because this is more a fluffy show to laugh at his nose-bleeding while trying to take all sorts of weird photos…especially of Niko. It is not exactly plot driven as yet because it has only 17 odd chapters out there, and it is really more of an episodic issue per 1-2 chapters.
What I didn’t like
This manga really feels like the type of no-brainer you read when you have absolutely nothing to do. With such a plot, you will expect a lot of fanservice. Lo and behold, there is little in it (which can be a good or bad thing depending on your tolerance of pantsu and bras). I am not sure about the female protagonists too, as I have seen half a dozen of the exact stereotype and they feel quite flat in their personality. I also find it important to turn off your brain to read this, because it gets a bit nonsensical when you try to rationalize some of the assumptions made in Lock On!.
In all honesty, this is just a silly manga to relax, not unlike the Yankee-kun to Megane-chan type of light humor. Don’t expect anything out of it, and you will enjoy this waste of your time. And some good laughs.
Rating: *** (3 out of 5)