The protagonist gets asked to work in a girls’ school which just happens to be located on an island called Lyserg which is located in the sky. The setting is a city which resembles a mid-century European town, and there, he meets many cute girlies...
I admit I enjoy the older male with younger female(s) type of stories quite a bit. Amairo*IsleNauts (AIN) gets an A for execution and fulfills its fantasy/ecchi/rom-com genre standards. Usually I am not a fan of the fantasy type settings but AIN doesn't rely heavily on that aspect at all. While students with tails and ears and are the norm, so are cell phones, cameras, going camping and playing at the beach. There were times where I've forgotten that I was actually reading a fantasy-setting manga. While AIN is a harem manga, the romance doesn't develop as you think it would. Our male lead doesn't pick a certain girl; one girl doesn't "win" and in the end, it was simply a "everybody is happy and we'll look forward to the future" type of scenario. Heart-warming but makes you wonder if the ending was rushed due to editorial decisions.
Surprisingly this wasn't a strong point of this manga. I say surprisingly because it's a rather new piece of work, published just over a year ago so you can expect some refinement at least. The overall toning, textures and shading patterns seemed a bit excessive and not "easy on the eyes". Yes, our female characters were still cute and the eye-candy/fan service was still nice to look at but at times the artwork was too aggressive for the mood. Also, I'm not sure why but the drawer for this manga loved having their characters blush. I think almost all, if not most panels had character(s) blushing in them. I personally did not enjoy that and felt like the art would've have fared better with less of the aforementioned. Maybe not a huge deal for some, but personally was a big gripe that hurt the overall score in this department.
Our male protagonist Tooru is very typical of a male lead in a harem setting. Despite being an older guy and a teacher no less, he still blushes, strongly reacts to girls teasing him, and still gets shy and embarrassed in ecchi scenarios involving his female opposites. Of course being the male lead in a harem, our female characters become naturally attracted to him like a magnet for no reason other than him being alive, a "nice guy" or because he "helps" them with something rather menial. The female leads all behaved like normal teenage girls and were nothing really memorable. I think there was an attempt of character development involving the character Shirley but it was wrapped up rather quickly. Revisiting the manga as I write this review, yeah- I remember this girl, that girl and the other girl but they aren't strong enough to stand out to me personally. Maybe a flaw with my memory but I digress...
I'm not gonna lie and say that I didn't enjoy it at least. It takes a whole lot of nonsense and garbage to make me not enjoy a manga work. Hell - I seem to enjoy the standard among standards it would seem. Mark it up to poor taste? Perhaps. *shrugs*. While AIN has its typical flaws like any other fellow manga in its genre and the art work could have used some refinement, it gets an overall 7/10 from me. The manga is something you can probably get through in one session, if that- so it can be quite enjoyable for the time invested by the reader; a fair score in my opinion.read more