Sunday, March 9, 2008

Nagasarete Airantou, episode 3

A straight-up harem anime, our hapless hero Ikuto runs away from home and ends up washing up on a island populated entirely by beautiful female ninjas (who all want a man, of course). Predictably, Ikuto can't just sit back and enjoy his new life in the world of porn film premises, but he's stranded there by the ring of whirlpools that surround the island. So he ends up loving/hating being the focus of every girl's attention and wackiness ensues.

Nothing ground-breaking going on there, but I have to admit that there's a certain appeal to the show that keeps me from just writing it off. It's become something of a guilty pleasure for me. Ikuto's obsession with proving that nothing is impossible makes him a bit more active than the standard harem hero - he's just standing there batting of beauties all the time. Having the island full of female ninjas also allows for lots of colorful, wacky characters with crazy habits and powers. The girlie he's going to obviously "end up" with (Suzu) also manages to walk that line of just brain-dead enough to be amusing, as opposed to deserving a good slapping. The character designs are be a bit bland, but nice an expressive in motion, especially for Ikuto.

This isn't really anything new, and neither is it really anything good, but it's a pleasantly amusing harem anime (more due to avoiding an annoying "hero" or women). Recommended if you like the pretty girlies and want to indulge in a bit of a harem fantasy. If you want something with really any substance, look for something else.
based on 3 episodes : ANN : Wikipedia : YouTube

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