(03.04.2002 - Runner-Up Entry, Feb2002 Contest)
Who said island vacations aren't theRAPEutic?
Kaneda: "Hey boss, we're stranded! Should we
start gathering supplies and looking for a way to survive and
Ibuki: "Naw, lets go rape those girls over there
Kaneda: "Oh, ok. Weeeeeee, me first!!!"
The above isn't real dialog from the anime, but it echoes the
basic premise. Rape and humiliate innocent, nubile girl. Entrap
and repeat with next girl. Perform nipple piercing, and...oh my!
I'll be honest and tell you that although this isn't the cheeriest
and most attractive premise, great sex scenes would render the
point moot for me. Unfortunately, the sex scenes, while somewhat
varied are overall lacking any particularly stimulating or graphic
scenes. Granted, the premise of degradation and violation is represented,
but the lack of explicit detail makes them all the less...err,
Character designs are all right, but not great. The girls are
cute (complete with the rainbow of hair colors), but cute in a
way most anime girls are cute. Again, nothing special here. The
guys seemed more distinctive to me, though you couldn't exactly
call them attractive. Character personalities and their interaction
was somewhat interesting...there are elements of betrayal, deception
and double cross that cause the girls to mistrust each other.
There is palpable mistrust among the villainous males as well,
but as a whole the story and characters are nothing great. Matter
of fact, I found half the characters fairly irritating...its interesting
when you don't like the villains but you don't really like some
of the "heroines" either.
That said, this is anime porn, so a working story is just secondary,
right? Exactly, which means the lackluster sex scenes would make
or break the series for me, and in this case it just broke it.
Desert Island Story X is not a terrible hentai, particularly
if rape hentai is your fetish. You could do much worse, however
you could really do much better. Here's a test: count the number
of times I used the words "somewhat" or "rather"
in this review and you'll get an idea of how average I found this
title. I would like to say that I purposely made this review sound
boring to make a point about the title, but the truth is I just
couldn't get very excited about it (ooo...pun not intended).
Its sequel, the creatively named Desert
Island Story XX (that's TWO Xs!! Movin' on up the hardcore
scale, woohoo!!!) seems to have higher quality h-scenes. Based
on this series however, I'm in no hurry to check out its sequel.