Nagasarete Airantou is sort of like Gilligan’s Island, except an anime version. This means less Skippers and Professors, and more Gingers and Mary Anns! Sounds like a good change to me!
After (apparently) falling off of a cruise ship and being abandoned by the crew, Ikuto somehow manages to survive and finds himself on an island paradise! He gets fished up by Suzu (Yui Horie!) and gets immediate CPR, even though he’s not drowning.
When he recovers, he finds out that the island is inhabited by people who left Japan after the sakoku period to explore the world. Their ship crash landed on the island, and they’ve been living there for like 100 years. That Obaa-san is old!
The village elder, who sorta looks like a miniature version of the baabaa from Sprited Away, entrusts Suzu to take care of Ikuto. Along the way, he’s harassed by some loli ninja-ish girl who hit him with a blowdart. This is only the beginning of his trials. Later on, he takes a bath and gets totally surprised when Suzu enters with him. I wasn’t surprised at all. Then the loli ninja joins and Ikuto predictably faints from loss of blood.
They have a fight. It’s pretty awesome. I wish Ikuto had stuck around to see more of it. During his escape, Ikuto also runs into the bipolar meganekko and the other blow dart girl. Then all of the women on the island start chasing him. It’s revealed that he’s the only man on the island; the rest of the inhabitants are hot women. Ikuto then decides to row away on a crappy boat.
Ummmm, what!? What kind of guy decides to leave a paradise island with hot babes of every variety (not including the obaaba)!? Is this guy insane? Stupid? Gar!? Anyway, the girls allow him to try and leave. The island is surrounded by a bunch of veritable Charybdii, and a giant whale named “Sashimi.”
So finally Ikuto relents and decides to live on the island. It can’t be that bad, right? One has to wonder, however, why there are no men on the island. It can’t just be a coincidence…
Nagasarete Airantou isn’t going to win any awards for being original. It probably won’t win any awards for having unique character designs either. Still, the animation is pretty nice, and the anime is fun to watch. All of the characters are pretty funny with their weird quirks. Suprisingly, my favorite character isn’t the meganekko. It’s probably the blow darter #2.
I wrote in my Spring anime previews that this show reminded me of Mahoraba. Apparently many of the people who worked on that show are behind this anime as well! So that’s a definite plus!
I still think there might be some kind of plot later on. Like maybe there’s a monster that eats men, or all the women are man cannibals, or something like that. For now, I can get by with the slapstick jokes and whatnot.
I can typically handle one of these generic anime per season. When there’s a lack of actual good shows, I do like to just veg out and watch these dumb, but enjoyable anime. I’ll make Nagasarete Airantou my stupid, fun anime (that I’ll watch anyway) of the season, unless a better, stupider one comes along.