I originally wasn’t planning to review this, just because the three or so yuri scenes were brief and were just for laughs, but who am I to turn down content? So since I already watched it, here’s a review anyway. 😛
Synopsis: After a school trip goes terribly wrong, Homare Onishima, Shion Kujou, Asuka Suzumori, and Mutsu Amatani are left stranded on a deserted island. While Shion, Asuka, and Mutsu are frightened and desperate, Homare seems strangely calm. Fortunately for the group, this isn’t the first time she’s been stranded! Homare spent her childhood training with her survivalist father all over the world, climbing cliffs, trapping prey, building shelters, and obtaining valuable nutrition from moose testicles. To Homare, surviving on an uninhabited island with a slim chance of rescue is child’s play. The only problem is the other three.
As Homare shamelessly guides her classmates through the finer points of survival, including drinking fish blood and eating cicadas, the girls start to realize that being stranded might not be as bad as they had imagined.
As a short anime, you could probably infer that Sounan Desu ka? wasn’t going to have a great story, and you’d be right. At roughly ten-and-a-half minutes per episode, the story goes pretty much nowhere. The girls have trouble at sea during a class trip and wind up on a deserted island. Over the course of the next eleven-and-a-half episodes, they just do what they have to do in order to survive on the island. That’s pretty much it.
There’s very little drama or any kind of story progression, so unless you’re actually stuck on a deserted island and need some quick and dirty survival tips (which this show has in abundance), you might find this anime to be too uneventful. For an entertainment property, perhaps the only thing worse than being bad is being boring, and to me, that’s kind of what Sounan Desu ka? is.
It never gets explained but, what happened to everyone else? I mean, there had to have been other students on the plane the girls were on, so did they just die? Because it makes the show seem a lot more exciting, I’m going to assume that the other students were eaten alive by sharks. It seems a lot more fun now! 😀
I just expected something else to happen, but the entire season is mostly composed of small things like collecting food. Aside from Shion getting lost, you could say the climax of the entire season was Homare and Shion giving each other an enema in order to prevent dehydration. Did I mention they did this with their mouths? It’s straight outta the Bear Grylls playbook, but at least he didn’t use his mouth. At least not yet… 😛
So what I’m basically saying is, the story is almost non-existent. If it weren’t for a last-second appearance from Homare’s dad, the show would’ve just ended with the girls still stuck on the island with no hope in sight. There wasn’t even a hatch or a smoke monster or anything like that! Oh, and the comedy is nothing to write home about. *sighs*
Taking a break from voicing my displeasure about the story, let me now voice my displeasure about the characters! Basically, I just don’t think they’re very charismatic, and certainly not charismatic enough to offset the barebones story.
Homare gets a pass for being the teenage female Bear Grylls wannabe, so at least her survival knowledge makes her a little interesting, but the others aren’t as fortunate. Asuka (sporty and outgoing), Mutsu (smart, nerdy-type), and Shion (the princess) aren’t the most entertaining or likable of characters, and most of their contributions come from their struggle to adapt to their situation. After chuckling at their incompetence a couple of times, it just got old to me, yet that’s pretty much all there is to these characters, with their different personalities not making a whole lot of difference.
I mentioned brief yuri moments, and they are as follows. Mutsu can’t produce saliva, so to avoid dehydration, Homare gives Mutsu some of hers, using her mouth. In another episode, Shion drops a pail of makeshift sunscreen on Homare, so Asuka crawls under Homare to avoid it going to waste. And in the final episode, the aforementioned oral enema involving Homare and Shion. I guess all of that is better than nothing at all, but I’m usually not too enthused when the only yuri an anime has to offer is brief and strictly for comedic effect.
But for a show this one-dimensional, you probably need really charming characters, and this show just doesn’t have characters like that. They’re not bad as much as they are bland, and I don’t think they were anywhere near good enough to make up for the uninspired story.
Since I already mentioned (like a million times) that not much happens, there isn’t a lot to say about the animation, especially since this is a short anime. We don’t see too much of the tropical environment, which seems like a wasted opportunity, so I’d say the visuals are average at best. There’s some fanservice to be found here, yet it’s nothing egregious or a lot more than you’d expect.
Like the other aspects of the show, the music didn’t contribute a lot, and I didn’t notice it too much. You probably could’ve swapped it out for the background music for almost any other anime, and I might’ve not even have noticed. In other words, it’s more or less inconsequential.
The best compliment I can give Sounan Desu ka? is: if you’re stranded on a deserted island and can only watch one anime, make it this. Not because it’s entertaining, but because the tidbits of survival knowledge could save your life. Not the best compliment, but a compliment nonetheless. 😛
Had this been a full-length anime, I would’ve dropped it, and I know I scored this show a 5 in our Final Thoughts post, but for this review, I watched it again, and I’m going even lower now. A few tiny specks of yuri are nowhere near enough to keep me entertained, and the rest of the show is also subpar, so I’ll give it a…
Aww, I liked it OK, mostly for how different it was. But I could see a second viewing losing that novelty and bring out the annoyances more. Mostly I like how towards the end they were all kind of settling in to their way of life.
And I agree that the yuri factor just wasn’t really there except as a side gag. 😦
“yet that’s pretty much all their is to these characters,”
their -> there
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I also liked it but the manga is better (usually is), and I agree with watching it a second time can take away from an anime like this.
Nuuuu, I’m in the minority! For seemingly every anime, everyone always says “the manga is better”. Maybe you’re all on to something, and I should check it out… *narrator voice: He did not in fact check it out* 😀
I say it’s better but it is still not something that I would recommend tbh and the manga isn’t always better, just like 75% of the time.
Being different isn’t so bad, but the entertainment just wasn’t there for me. It should’ve only taken one viewing, so no one to blame but myself. 😛
*shakes fist at shade then corrects the mistake*
Not related , but this site had yuri games listed right? Idk how i found them , it would be very nice (at least for me) if there was a tab (like Yuri Anime , Recommendations , etc) for “Yuri Games” , and it seems there isn’t one for “Yuri Manga” 🤔
Ah can’t edit post , to not repeat the word Yuri a lot they could be named lily or something like that (i think lily meant yuri that is why i mentioned it )
You can find a list of visual novels at the top under Reviews -> Visual Novel Reviews.
Also found four games under YR Archive:
If there was such a thing as a YR MVP, it’d be you, shade. 😀
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Thanks for the reply and the links ☺
Nice idea to include the yuri-ish games, since they’re not VN, and there wasn’t really a place to put them besides the List of All Posts like shade mentioned. Thanks for the suggestion~ *adds it to the header*
And the manga reviews are a sub-menu under the “Reviews” button on the menu. The reason that there’s a “Yuri Anime” button and not a manga one is just because the anime one is referring to those yearly posts that list all the yuri-ish anime for that year, and we don’t have a series of posts for yuri manga like that. 😛
Maybe the new year will bring a change in theme for YR, so maybe the menu could be more prominent in another theme, but we’ll just have to see about that.
Added the “Game Review” link under the “Review” button on the menu. Just hover over the button with your mouse or press the button on mobile to bring up the submenu links to all the different kinds of reviews. 😛
Im always on mobile and i didn’t knew i could press to bring sub-menus 😅 , but thank you for adding my suggestion and explaining the other stuff.
Having visual novels and other games divided makes it even easier to browse.
Before i used only to watch anime but this year i started reading manga and found some very good ones (that don’t have anime versions yet).
No problem. Thanks to you for helping make the blog a little better~
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