Published: Dec 22, 2003 to ?
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They got similar main characters: Saru-Ikki, Yamamoto-Onigiri and similar genres: Action, Comedy, Ecchi. Saru Lock is more mature and has a different kind of plot than Air Gear but both of them are enjoyable
To the best of my knowledge, City Hunter was the manga that got the ball rolling as far as episodic tales of heroism + perversion go. Even though Ryo would rub most hotties up the wrong way with his perviness, to begin with, his manly actions would eventually make them fall for him as he saved their lives... repeat x200. Sadly for poor ol' Ryo, for one reason or another, he'd neither get lucky with any of the ladies he saved, and this has become something of a tradition for series that followed it.
In the case of Saru's Lock, it set itself apart by the lead using his lock-picking skills as he found himself in unlikely situations where babes needed him, time and time again. Like City Hunter, a romance subplot between the lead and a certain girl GRADUALLY advances - never getting very far because of the outrageous content, such as the lead's girl walking in on him attempting to suck himself off.
Gimmick! is the more inventive because of Hollywood special effects and make-up tricks having a lot more variety than simple lock-picking. But it isn't as crazy-perverted as Saru (not as funny, in short) and seems to lack a romance subplot.
Since Saru Lock's story consists of its titular lead repeatedly saving well-drawn, busty ladies (and never getting laid) in the hope of sleeping with them, how can I not compare the two? Ritsuko doesn't have Kaori's hammer from City Hunter but it's already been made obvious that, despite Saru's perverted failings, he's destined to only get it on with the girl closest to him.
Saru's a virgin/midget/not hunky, unlike Ryo, but if anything that makes Saru Lock more enjoyable. It gets boring following the antics of a Superman after awhile, and Saru's room for growth makes the action exciting and his development more interesting.
Definitely recommended to those into Onizuka-esque pervy heroes.