Urashima, an island far from the mainland. The people who live there lead carefree lives. But five years ago, the island's three great families suffered a series of misfortunes and succumbed to suspicion. The people of the island cut off all contact with the mainland and began a slow decline. The key to saving the island lies in three girls who belong to the three families. But they are bound by old traditions, and are conflicted. On that island, a lone man washes ashore. The man claims to be from the future, and he begins a solitary struggle to change the island's fate.
A stale MC, a tsundere, and a lolli walk onto a beach... This may sound like the start to a terrible joke but it is actually the premise to this season’s new hit anime “Island”. All jokes aside this show really has been a mess so far. Cookie cutter characters to a stagnant story this show has not been very promising for the first three weeks. In this review my opinions are subject to change if the show begins to improve over its course, but I honestly can’t see it improving much.
This anime is an adaption from the visual novel(with the same name) and
you can really tell this story was straight from a visual novel. The way the story starts and the way the characters are introduced feel like it is a visual novel. The story is one thing I might can see improving. The reason I say this is because we haven’t been given much the first three weeks. The show has sorta devolved into a harem in the last few weeks in true visual novel fashion. I will come back and edit once I get the full picture on the story, but so far it isn’t looking too promising.
The characters are this show’s biggest flaw. They have been given classic anime archetypes such as a tsundere and a lolli which is fine, but that is literally their character and it is weak writing. The MC doesn’t have much of a personality so far and that is most likely because of him being the MC in the visual novel where the player makes the decisions. Rinne has the potential to have the most character development since the story mainly revolves around her and the MC so far. During the latest episode they had a montage with all of the characters spending time together and tried to pass it off as character building and character development. It is strange that they are rushing things like this so early.
The sound and art are the most notable thing about “Island” so far. The art is on par with other shows coming out. The character designs are kinda bland and they look pretty generic which that isn’t really the studios fault since they are from the visual novel. The OP and ED aren’t very memorable but they do their job and aren’t bad. Rinne has a few moments during the show where she sings and it isn’t half bad.
My enjoyment so far would have to be a 3/10 mainly due to a lot of the things I listed above. This show hasn’t brought anything new to the table so far and my expectations for the rest of the way aren’t very high, but it can definitely improve
I would not recommend ”Island” so far. I have not played the visual novel so maybe the story picks up and it becomes more interesing down the stretch. I will edit my review if things pick up and it improves.
Okay , so this show is facing alot of dislikes at the moment. Only 3 episodes in and the show has so many underlying themes that people just slide over , so i will be taking it upon myself to explain it.
NOTE :- Extreme spoilers ahead aswell as a somewhat confusing time-loop which if this is your type of show "Steins; Gate , Re:Zero , Your Name etc" , then you might find Island to your interest as this has that type of smooth , slow start , crazy reveals kindof story telling.
The 3 girls (Karen - Rinne - Sara). These girls are the
core of this story and to understand this story at all we've gotta understand these girls first.
If this really is a time-loop anime...
Then from re-watching the first, second, third episode, it looks like there are concurrent loops within one bigger time-loop.
Setsuna's memories seems to be of the past rather than the distant future so far.
The three girls Sara, Karen, Rinne all seem to have their adult counterparts (either dead or alive). Though "Setsuna" does not appear to have any child counterpart. Very strange.
Except I don't think the three girls are named Rinne, Karen, or Sara. For example Karen got offended in episode 1 near the beginning when the cop calls her by that. So the entire island seems to be steeped in tradition that the three daughters are figures who represent it's history.
Sara's mom is the one who "Setsuna" saw when she was being burned alive in a flashback. Meaning "Setsuna" has memories of their adult counterparts??
Except, according to Sara it looks like her Adult counterpart who looks pretty much like her (but with huge boobs) died in a fire at the original shrine or house. Yet we are misled to assume that the memory that crosses Setsunas mind when he sees child version of Sara is some future version of Sara....yet it doesn't seem to be. It seems that he was with Sara mom when she died and they had a sexual relationship. Therefore, it implies that Sara mom and him were sleeping together in the past.
Sara also seems to be (the only one) technically inclined and seems to have the science behind what may be the time machine she will eventually build? She also seems to be...at least partially clued in on there being some kind of time loop? Her reaction is also to kill "Setsuna" but she only seems to know *of the name* rather than of the person. So I figure, "Setsuna" is not actually Setsuna. It may be someone else. I suspect it is either Rinne or Karen. Either the adult or child version. Which is why he only recalls that he has to kill Setsuna. (it'd be strange otherwise that he want to kill himself, right?)
We see strange behavior in Rinne, she also seems to be assuming the name "Rinne" and she also seems to be aware that they are in a time-loop. Her real name might be something else. We get a glimpse of this being the case when "Setsuna" goes to the basement library in her house and finds a book about the history of the island but the name of the author is Ohara Norimasa. While her "mother" is Ohara Koun. Her mom hides in her room in the dark because it is assumed that she will become ill if the sunlight ever touches her. Same as what the daughter thinks. Though her "mom" has told her nothing bad will happen, she does not believe it. Or more like she knows already since she was sleeping in episode 1 in front of open windows with light shining in.
So she probably doesn't want to go outside probably because she is aware that part of the timeloop has to do with a set of events that when she does go out, something might happen (probably Setsuna dies?) and that is the real reason she avoid it. (Fulfilling a self-perpetuating prophecy?)
I am guessing wildly that their older version is actually them, but come back from a certain point in the future.
I think this anime is confusing only because time does continue to roll forward (I think) but they keep coming back and redo-ing the same events on the island.
Different timeframe from the start point, same repetition over and over again? It would explain why the world building includes a long history and legends. Because the main three houses are probably enacting out a play over and over again as time rolls forward on the main timeline.
Therefore with each iteration Adult Rinne assumes a new name with her old surname. While Child Rinne comes in later after the first? Maybe.
Karen seems to be the most informed out of the three girls. She also seems to have the least freedom. She obviously has a thing for setsuna but she is desperate to leave the island and the time loop from the way everything seems to be playing out in the various hints shown so far. Child Karen seems to know when adult Setsuna shows up even without any direct knowledge. She went out of her way to find him at the very beginning. She also tries to escape the island when Setsuna finds her.
So that leads me to believe that this has happened again and again countless times that even "Setsuna" seems to know what Karen will do across each loop. And even echos his sentiments about her not living "in regret" when she tries to apply for a maid position at Rinne's household but starts to walk away. He spoke like he knew her future and some part of her seems to realize that the words had prophetic meaning.
What I haven't figured out yet, is what is the connection between the Adult Sara, Karen, Rinne and the child versions. It is not made clear how they relate to one another.
Sara's older version clearly died already. But why? Did she try to stop the loop by killing herself and her work? And if so, how did her daughter pick up on it at such a young age?
Karens Adult version went missing but we don't know what happened to her. Other than Karen "says" she want to leave to go and find her off the island. Or is it that she is aware of the loop? Still on the fence about this. Seems obvious to me that Setsuna knew where she would be even though he had no way of knowing. Just like she knew where he would be, but also had no way of knowing. It makes me wonder if "Setsuna" might be the child "Karen"?
Rinne older version hides in a darkened room. Doesn't seem to interact with the younger Rinne other than to play the role of the absent mother. She seems to be working on something but it's not shown what. She might be "Setsuna".
Now after talking about each girl individually , let's take a look at how these 3 could potentially be related in history and current time aswell.
Like for example , how Sara guesses the ongoing situation with Karen and her mother (Probably older version Karen & not her real mother) & how this could potentially relate to the reason older Sara killed herself in the 2 episode flashback & became a scientist to look for a solution to the time loop aswell as the problems coming with it which according to the legends, there is a "jealousy love with Setsuna" war between these girls that will eventually lead to alot of sacrifice for all three of them. Ofcourse when we talk jealousy woman like to seduce the men they are taking advantage of to hurt the other girl. In this case seen by most as "pure fan service". I see this as plot armor if anything. The 1st "fan service" from ep.3 at the private beach was Sara and Karen trying to "trigger Rinne to come outside" , but is that REALLY what their intentions were , maybe they are actually trying to hurt Rinne , maybe this is why Rinne is keeping herself isolated from these girls. The 2nd part was for me a character development moment where Karen finally takes a step foward and triggered what will be the begining of a war between her and Rinne. One way to start this could be with Rinne entering Setsuna's room at the beginning of next episode my Boi! That would be great. That would also make the romantic scene between Setsuna and Rinne with the beutiful song in the background from episode 3 so much better and give it life and meaning as it showcases how happy Rinne is and how Karen is trying to steal that happinnes.
People that say this show is just fan service don't understand that this story has an underlying theme of "Jealousy" & it's pretty obvious from the legends that there will be problems between the girls if this is indeed them. This is fan service that can be tolerated & for me is not affecting the story , hence in some cases it's making it even better. There is just so much guessing in this show that i'm thinking "Am i the only one realizing how much potential this story has got". Karen at the end of the episode is doing smth. that will probably trigger the main problem of this story.
There is just so much to talk about , but my message is that this show needs more attention & less critics. These girls will probably enter in a very dramatic jealousy love circle with Setsuna like in the legends & alot of crazy stuff is bound to happen. Not to mention the great mystery behind te reincarnations, time paradox and the Island itself.
I just can't wait to find out more. Btw , if you're just gonna keep hating & you really think this is a bad show , whytf are you still watching it. We're at ep.3 MATE!
Also to conclude this REWIEW.
- Rinne is the sister of Setsuna in the legends (INCEST LOVE).
- Karen is the jealous girl that uses the fact that Setsuna and Rinne are incest as an excuse to take Setsuna from Rinn and when her plan fails calls out the witch to curse Rinne.
- Sara is probably the witch , whom happened to help Karen in making Rinne into a monster.
- Setsuna is still widely a mystery as he once said he was on a mission to kill "Setsuna" & why would someone be on a mission to kill himself in the first place? But i still think that due to the events from ep.3 that he is the man from the legends and that he has once again returned to reincarnate to love triangle & the drama restarts.
Also NOTE: They 4 were the only humans on the Island in the legends making this love circle make so much sense.
Anyways , this has probably been way too long already.
So much info in the first 3 episodes despite it's slow and smooth pacing? Can't be that bad can it? Well the good news is that these type of shows typically need a split core of 22-25 episodes otherwise this show won't have enough time to create the great story it potentially could.
Hope you liked my starters REWIEW. If the show becomes popular i WILL update this every week. Otherwise i'll just keep all the fun to myself.
First off, I haven`t payed the visual novel (even if amazon japan always presents it too me).
I really like the story so far, it`s very mythic and the island really suits the setting. The plot development seems very interesting too, something I`ve never seen or heard before.
The Art is really nice, with the background sound-effects it really captures the feeling of an Island!
The sound is okay, but it`s only episode 3 and there really wasn`t so much to give a complete statement.
I love the characters! Finally a male which isn`t whether a pervert or a guy who doesn`t have enough courage to say something! Setsuna
seems like a really chilld guy, and he is funny too. Rinne is very sweet but if she doesn`t like something she doesn`t keep it to her too. Karen is bit tsundere type, but she is most times normal. Sara is very funny, but when it comes to suprise anyone she isn`t the best. After all I find the hair colours very well considered, they fit the characters personalities perfect!
So far I really enjoy this show and I`m really hyped for every new episode that comes out (maybe because every episode so far ended with a cliff hanger? xD). Maybe there was an Anime like this before, but for me this is a show I haven`t ever seen before.
Overall I really enjoy it! (And I`m now sure to pick up the PS4 game with my next order).
Sry if this wasn`t very informative, this is my first review. :^