A magician, a female doctor, a gangster, an archaeology professor, a policewoman, a drug dealer, a businessman... Such a random group of people find themselves trapped on a desolate island when they wake up from sleep one day. They are surrounded by primitive tribes, mutant viruses, and countless life and death situations on this mysterious island. What will they do to survive and escape?
I would first like to point out the inaccuracy of Maikocchi. There is an attempted rape scene that gets stopped and never attempted up again as well as what looks like a fan service character who has the only 10 seconds of fan service in the entire show. That's two instances totaling two minutes across 240 minutes of content, this show is not perverted.
The season ends on a major cliffhanger as if they planned on 16 episodes, ran out of budget, and just extended the scene they were working on to end at 12 episodes. The show also doesn't really get going until
episode five or so since they flesh out each additional member as they arrive. If they edited the first two or three episodes down into one and actually gave the season an ending, I'd have rated the show a seven or eight.
The story starts with two people in a death trap. It then turns out they're on an island and they find more and more people on said island. The story continues as these people go through the island and encounter various types of ways to be killed. It's kinda like a survival version of the Saw series in that way.
The show gets a decently sized cast of diverse people. They look stereotypical, but I found that each one had good reactions; they had legitimate thoughts and acted for a reason, not for their character's type. For instance, they have an American blonde bombshell in a tank top. Instead of being there for fan service, she is an expert marksman and a cop. In fact, her character could have just as easily been drawn as a middle aged man.
Art and Sound: 6
I'm not particular about these, so I'm just going to rate them fair for unremarkable and move on.
Alright, I just binge watched this in one sitting and figured I review it.
This anime is your typical survival island anime however, it feels fresh. I am legitimately surprised at how much I enjoy this and even urge others to give it a watch. However, there is only one big trope so far that kind of irks me and has ruined my enjoyment in early episodes which is the MC having amnesia.
The MC having amnesia is a lot more irksome when you realize they made the MC a likeable bad ass character and took him away before the first even ends.
That first episode is the first time you see him actively being bad ass for quite some time. Even so, I actually still like him.
Now onto some smaller things about this anime that people may find bothersome for whatever reason.
Yeah, It's in Chinese. I see a lot of people complain about that and I personally don't get it. Not a big deal to me but whatever I guess I'll put that out there.
The animation. The animation is pretty mediocre but it does not deviate from the story at all and I have no problem with it. It's basically what anime was like in the early 2000's.
Now onto the enjoyable things.
Unlike most survival anime the characters here are not just expandable objects for the author to kill off at will in order to try and build up some false tension or a plot device used to help the MCs out at will. In fact, they actually get some decent backstory and they even end up as lovable side characters even when they do some less than lovable things, even hateable things actually. In fact, for such a large cast of characters, I'm surprised I don't hate at least one of them. They all are actually interesting despite some of them not having much backstory to them or even little to no backstory at all (so far).
I want to touch on something I've seen people mention about this anime so far that is related to the first two episodes or so, no this is not a BTOOM! rip off. The survival island cliche is an age-old premise. Ever read And Then There Were None? The anime has more in common with that than it does BTOOM! but it's still not comparable in the least.
I really see no reason not to watch this anime, definitely give it a try! It's a decent mystery anime as well as a decent thriller, I know that may not sound like a great compliment or anything but I don't want to oversell it and get peoples hopes up for some sort of Detective Conan or Death Note level mystery/thriller kinda deal. Unless they manage to mess this up I expect this review to be relevant up to the last episode. With the surprises they've thrown me so far I might even have to come back just to praise it more
EDIT: So I just finished this anime. And wow. Just wow. I honestly did not expect such a great anime from this. I honestly went into this expecting the most cliched low budget anime that exists solely to advertise the webtoon and boy was I wrong. Seriously guys, Give this anime a chance.