The manga Impz randomly decide to read this week – Lock On!


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)

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  1. Matt
    Posted June 23, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Eye patches are bad. I would like to petition the removal of the eye patch in all circumstances from THAT mascot yuri Tomoe lol.

    • Impz
      Posted June 24, 2010 at 1:15 am | Permalink

      One word: Heresy

      Two words: Lynch Matt!!!!

  2. CatzCradle
    Posted June 23, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    Actually, I’m liking this manga quite a lot. I like how different from other typical shounen’s with its slice-of-life kind of feeling and watching how the characters grow (in particular to Niko’s hatred of men). It’s a very cute series, recommended for those wanting a soft change of pace.

  3. Tama
    Posted June 24, 2010 at 12:37 am | Permalink

    I guess I will try it…. :)

    • Impz
      Posted June 24, 2010 at 1:15 am | Permalink

      Ya, If you don’t like it after five chapters, you won’t really like it. The humor style and characters don’t really change too much, or the hilarity/absurdity of the situation in the manga. ^^

  4. Posted June 24, 2010 at 2:26 am | Permalink

    Just read the first 17 chapters (at 4am in the morning D: ). It’s pretty enjoyable although (of course) it is rather cliche. Still, I like the male lead a lot for his ever so bluntly honesty. If only male protagonists in Shojo series are all like this, all drama would practically disappear. (Not that it is a good thing though. I think one of the reasons people read melodramatic Shojo series is because they just like to get frustrated over the overblown dramas.)

    Also, I did KYAAA! a lot over the beast and beauty pair. I don’t know why their scenes move my heart so much. If they actually kiss or become a couple, I think I would melt into a puddle of pink goop. However, I doubt that it would happen…sigh. I hope to be proven wrong though.

  5. Rockmanshii
    Posted June 26, 2010 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    I was reading this since the beginning and it actually ended this week, was a fun ride.

    • Impz
      Posted June 26, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

      Ehhh what????? Ok, that was weird to say the least. So, what I read is the last chapter. Weird.

  6. Jaysus
    Posted June 26, 2010 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    So, apparently it’s already over now at chapter 18… lol

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