Here we go, my first manga series review!
Love in Focus is a short, three volume series that follows a girl named Mako as she starts her first year at a high school that’s outside of her hometown. She was invited to go there by her friend, Kei, who is a year ahead of her, and told her all about the school’s photography club – which is perfect for her as she grew up loving photography. Things get a little muddy when she meets Mitsuru and feels a strange pull to him, but he’d rather keep to himself.
As someone who also loves photography, I immediately liked Mako and her passion for it, especially with the backstory of how her grandfather was her inspiration to get into it in the first place. I pretty much loved all the characters, though I absolutely adored Mitsuru and just wanted to hug him after getting to the part about his past. It’s not tragic or anything, but it’s still kind of sad for a kid his age to be under that pressure. And I have to give Kei and Lucas some love because Kei is the perfect older brother figure and Lucas is just so laid back and chill – I honestly wanted more of his story!
Maybe we can get a manga series of just Lucas?
Obviously by the name, this manga is a romance, and it has a trope of a love triangle, which I’m not fond of, but I don’t hate it either. Thankfully, this actually went in the direction I wanted it to in terms of who won Mako’s affection, and I will just say that the couple is adorable (and pretty obvious when you first start reading that this will be endgame). I think my only issue with the series is that it’s only three volumes because I loved the characters and wanted more of them in my life.
I found Love In Focus by complete chance while I was browsing the manga section at the bookstore the week after it reopened, and boy am I glad I did! I highly recommend to anyone who’s looking for a short, sweet manga to read!
Series Rating: 4.5/5 stars