Turn Off the Camera! by Kang Unnie, with illustrations by Miss PM, presents a unique premise revolving around Yeon Jihoon, the leader of an idol group, who finds himself entangled in a reality show alongside top stars Do Yoojin and Seon Yohan. However, the series suffers from significant flaws that hinder its overall enjoyment.
Turn Off the Camera! follows Yeon Jihoon, the leader of an idol group facing a career slump. When Jihoon gets an opportunity to save his group by appearing on a reality show with popular stars Do Yoojin and Seon Yohan, he soon discovers a major obstacle: Yoojin and Yohan can’t resist their sexual desires for each other. To prevent a scandal that could ruin the show and his own career, Jihoon must keep their passionate encounters hidden from the cameras at all costs. Will he be able to keep their steamy shenanigans a secret for two weeks? And how will he handle the attention when Yoojin and Yohan turn their sights on him instead of one another?
Please note that as of writing, the comic is still publishing under Lezhin comics, so the opinions expressed in this review may be subject to change. Also please note that the content discussed harbors themes of potential abuse as well as extreme sexual themes and nudity. Should you choose to read this comic, you have been warned.
One of the major critiques of the manhua is the lack of believability. Jihoon is seemingly straight at the beginning of the comic — or at least, not interested in romance or partnerships. Furthermore, the approaches employed by Yoojin and Yohan to engage in sexual activities with Jihoon come across as predatory and manipulative, overshadowing any potential for a healthy romantic dynamic.
The toxic relationship between Yoojin and Yohan adds to the overall negative tone of the story. Their constant fighting and competition over Jihoon create a hostile environment, lacking any semblance of a genuine and loving connection. I suppose they were going for a polyamorous angle but it remains poorly executed, failing to depict the development of a healthy and consensual relationship.
However, on the bright side, “Turn Off the Camera!” boasts a visually appealing art style that showcases polished and well-drawn illustrations. The attention to detail and quality artwork enhance the reading experience, allowing readers to appreciate the aesthetic aspect of the manhua.
While the idea is unique — a love triangle that benefits the protagonist, so they have some sort of incentive to keep it going — it is crucial to approach this series with caution due to its explicit sexual content and mature themes.
Overall, the series ends up being another weird, toxic, sex-filled comic. Now, if you enjoy these strange, toxic, love-triangle comics, you may enjoy this one! It’s extremely highly rated on Lezhin. I’m not immune to enjoying some stupid, dark and toxic relationships myself; this one just so happens to be a miss for me.
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