Utsuru Sanada is 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.
After the success of oneshot, the fans expected the series to do well but there were certain things which lead to its quick cancelation.
9.9/10 WSJ series are battle manga. Either they involve fights or strong rivalries. The remaining 0.1 require something really special to become a hit. Lock ON! was rather a plain romantic comedy and lacked depth in it.
The plot turned out repetitive. Sanda kept on chasing Niko and was beaten by her every time. Later he pulled off some cool accomplishment to make Niko realize that he’s actually a cool guy. As soon as she got this impression going on, Sanada again did
something perverted to piss her off.
This scenario kept on repeating again and again. And even though it was funny, the fans never got something new to look out for. It was due to this repetition that the writer failed to wrap up this series in a decent style, unlike Ane Doki which was axed too but the writer managed to wrap it up in a good way because of the plot setting.
Lock ON! has a good overall cast. Niko’s character was quite good. Her childhood trauma and present had a balance relationship. A hot and powerful Tsundere, a perfect character for such series, her character could have been developed in a better way but the writer introduced harem too earlier in the series which overshadowed the development of Niko’s character.
The side cast was pretty fun too. They weren’t that much special but that decent characters and added life to this series.
It is not common hearing that and it might come as a surprise but for me an area where this series failed to deliver was the lead character “Sanada”. Yes he was different from typical Jump heroes and fun to watch but there were some elements which halted him from becoming a great hero.
With his abilities and personality, Sanada was the perfect guy from the very first chapter (except for the nosebleed part :p). The mangaka didn’t left room for any major character development. He could have developed on the love part as it was shown later, but the mangaka left it for too late and series was given an axe before that time.
One other way of showing development was to put him up against rivals but that didn’t happen either. One rival type character appeared but he was just a contrast in personality and ended up becoming friends quickly.
Due to his abilities, Sanada appeared as an odd ball out. Later on we did get a girl with strange abilities but she was on his side too. The main problem with showing more characters with abilities was that it might have turned in to an X-MEN spoof.
This magna has a very good and refreshing which suits a romantic comedy style. The character sketches, especially the girls are drawn in a very cute manner.
I suggest this series to everyone who is interested in WSJ series. It will serve as a good learning experience that how a romantic comedy is a big time risk in WSJ
This manga was the best i ever read in my life it have many things that u can learn from it and use it in real life like love,to give a chance to others not all people are bad,some guys like girls only for their body but not all of some of them care about a girl feelings,meaning of love.I think its enough to love it wish u read this one.I wish no one understand me wrong.
Ok to begin with it found is manga randomly when I was looking through people's manga and I was like ok let's see what this is.
Story-7 I like the way the story had been set but it was getting a bit boring and there weren't as many twists in the manga.Lock on was a bit too short in my opinion, as for the result it kind of disappointed me too.
Art-8 Yes, there was a certain thing I like about this manga. Yes the art. I just loved the way they drew expressions on Niko when she got angry
or when she was quiet happy and other feelings.
Character-7 Well you see, it hadn't started of badly. Niko was a girl who hated men and she was very sweet to her friends. But then again, it got really boring with her too. Really no characters actually made me laugh or even cry in this story not even a smile...
Enjoyment-6 no comment
Overall-7 I didn't get the end....when finally she falls I'm love with him she doesn't confess or anything and they end it at that.... Now really that was a bit ridiculous the mangaka artist should have at least made an epilogue but no, she didn't and it ruined the whole manga.....
First off, this is my first review, so I can't say I have any experience in rating manga. :P
What I can say is I tried my best in rating, I just feel this is what Lock On! deserves. I can say with confidence that this is one of the few manga I couldn't stop reading after I'd begun (Its that good!). I don't see anything to be changed in this manga, the characters are great , the art has nothing to worry about, and the story NEEDS a continuation! xD
I feel this is definitely something I could enjoy over a long period of
time! Keep writing, I can't wait for the next works! ^^
R(L)ock On! Tsuchida Kenta! :D