Just his everyday life on an island full of women.note From left to right: Ikuto, Rin, Ayane, Chikage, Suzu, Yukino, Machi. And many more.
"There's no such thing as 'absolutely impossible' in this world!"
— Ikuto Touhouin
After a fight with his father, Ikuto Touhouin runs away from home and boards a ship. After falling overboard during a huge storm, he washes ashore on a mysterious islandinhabited by only women, with no means to escape. With a guy on the island at last, now everyone is determined to make him their husband.Originally a series of manga written and illustrated by Takeshi Fujishiro, it was later adapted into a 26-episode anime in 2007 by Studio Feel. There's also the light novel version based on the manga.The Character Page has just been started. Feel free to help.
Arbitrary Skepticism: Ikuto has gradually become accustomed to talking with the anthropomorphic animals on the island, yet still refuses to believe in anything of paranormal or mythological origin even if it is right in front of him.
Ikuto did have trouble believing in the anthropomorphic aspect of Airantou's animals, but that quickly died away when Shima-tora made a..."convincing" argument.
He doesn't have any problems believing in Aliens and Robot Girls either.
He winds up on the other end of the spectrum, when he tries to convince the islanders on the existence of the aforementioned aliens.
A recent chapter had Ikuto get sick and get a fever which made him start to believe in magic. Then when he was still recovering he started to mix science fact with magic, and then he freaked out when he realized what he was saying.
It is revealed that he had a spell cast on him to make him that way.
Art Shift: During Michiru and Tohno's confrontation, they emanate a Battle Aura that shows them how they should look like outside of Airantou.
Absurdly Youthful Mother: The first mother introduced is Chizuru, Machi and Ayane's mother (and to the hilarious reaction by Ikuto by this revelation). We then found out that the women marry at young ages since their life-style's that of the Fedual Era. Chizuru is the first to have children at her age. And thus, Machi being the oldest with a Christmas Cake issue.
Batman Gambit: The Scavenger Hunt Story Arc doesn't count on its own at first; it took the aftermath chapter to show it to be one. Obaba made sure that all the girls will be exhausted in the competition so that the winner and the "prize" (Ikuto and whoever-he-picks/whoever-picks-him) would not be disturbed at the hotsprings.
Battle Aura: Apparently, all the Leaders are supposed to possess this.
Becoming the Mask: This is what lead Shizuka to become Beniyasha: The man who she harbored her feelings for wishes to be a detective and write about them in novels. She does it herself after hearing about Ikuto, and decided to write again.
Break the Haughty: Shizuka, as Beniyasha, did this to Kagami. She kinda overdid it to the point of trauma for Kagami. Justified because Kagami never approved of Shizuka marrying her older brother, 'causing Shizuka to wear the mask and scare the hell out of her 7 times...
When we first see the haremettes in Sakuya's hotsprings, they all decide to wash themselves silly for the sole reason of Ikuto staying under the same roof as them. Things happen, and then we later see the girls have over-scrubbed themselves to the point of having rashes.
Later the girls decide to spring a trap for Ikuto so that they can join him in the hotsprings. Chikage, who was supposed to lead Ikuto into the trap, completely forgets about them when the plot picks up. What happens when you spend too long in the hotsprings again?
Speaking of Beniyasha, the flashbackStory Arc shows that Kagami is deathly afraid of the prankster especially since Beniyasha was her future sister-in-law. In the second Beniyasha arc, we have a little throwaway scene showing that Kagami is still afraid of Beniyasha.
One would never expect Ikuto's nosebleed to help him win in his first duel against Taiga, would you?
Similarly, Taiga's weakness between his tails.
During Tonkatsu's errand to go to Shima-tora alone, Suzu (who was following Tonkatsu), runs into a lost Shinobu, completely immobile because of hunger. Suzu promises to Shinobu that she will come back for her. As shown in chapter 65 here, Suzu didn't make good on that promise.
Bridal Carry: Ikuto does this to Machi when Hikaru Genji attacks them during their fake date. Unlike many instances of this trope with Action Girl Machi is fine with Ikuto carrying her like that. Then again the whole thing is part of her Batman Gambit...
The East Leader, in most of his appearances, seems to have some sort of bad luck...
Kagami, Yukino's mother, is this to Beniyasha AKA Shizuka. Therefore she is Beniyasha's personal butt monkey, to the point that Kagami cannot sleep due to her nightmares of Beniyasha.
Call Back: Several in the story. The author really knows his series.
The man with the top hat on the boat in Obaba's flashback is the same man who stopped the old way of of determining the ruler of the South Forest. He also built Chikage's mansion. He is also hinted at being Rin's ancestor!
Remember Chikage's floating chair? Well it makes a few more appearances.
Carnivore Confusion: All animals on the island can talk for some reason, so humans eat fish instead. Eggs are still fair game, though, making it a little awkward when a hen has a friendly chat with the male lead before handing over a basket of hers... This was particularly unsettling when Chikage found a spellbook and uses it to turn all the animals into people and the people into animals, and the hen becomes a woman somewhere in her 30s.
Catgirl: Suzu, who is on very good terms with the cats and spent some time being trained by their Leader, wears a bow that seems to only be there to give the impression of cat ears in certain shots, sometimes makes feline sounds when excited or scared, and a cat-like aura appears whenever she goesyandere (inherited from her mother). This is played even straighter when she turns into a cat for the human-animal transformation episode.
Because Ikuto said she is cute when she smiles, she tries to curtail her jealous tendencies later on.
While it can also be alternately interpreted as a protective instinct towards Suzu, Ikuto inverts the usual situation by reacting very badly on Beniyasha-as-Ikuto trying to seduce Suzu, to the point that Beniyasha went Oh Crap.
Ayane, after she really falls in love with Ikuto rather than in lust with him, displays many jealous tendencies and starts to follow him around a lot more.
Determinator: Ikuto once he decides something he does not give up on it,even when his decision is not have a bath with three gorgeous women.
A more straight example is any of his battles with the guardians.
And in the first chapters when he was determined to leave the island, despite the whirlwinds, his fear of heights and the fact that no one had been able to leave before
Deus Exit Machina: Twice, the West Leader was conveniently out of the story just when things are getting hairy. First with Mei Mei and Tohno's introductions, leading into a crisis that involved the other three Leaders (granted, the West Leader's identity is a secret up to this point, but that's out of the subject), and the second time when a couple of troublemakers decided to usurp his position, leading Ikuto to protect the West in his place.
Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Ayane has not caught on that most people scheme in their head silently. She just blurts her plans out loud and hopes no one hears them. Being the Butt Monkey they usually do.
Double Entendre: Not infrequently but chapter 90 in the manga is this trope. From the title to the last scene. A large part of this chapter is Shinobu, Yukino, and Suzu talking about riding Ikuto; you know on his shoulders.
Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Not actually rape, but when when Ayane paralyses Ikuto with poison and accidentally kisses him, he "mans up" and takes responsibility for "offending" her. And he actually seems to think that it was his fault...
Dream Land: A chapter deals with Machi spying on peoples dreams and we get to see some of these.
Eat the Pig: One bonus chapter has mame daifuku that were accidentally made with alcohol, so Suzu gets drunk...and sees Tonkatsu, or anything round and soft for that matternote including Rin's breasts, as a mame daifuku. Hilarity Ensues.
Everything's Better with Penguins: Though the penguins on the island are rarely given the spotlight. We've got Pen-Pen from Yukino's family, Sumeragi the shaved ice sales-penguin, and Totega-san of the carpenters (yes, he's a penguin).
Pen-Pen did become an Ascended Extra of sorts during the current Story Arc. He solves part of Beniyasha's riddle and...was rewarded by becoming the "sidekick" in the resulting novel.
Fanservice: With one exception, no female has any inhibitions about bathing with the male lead; Suzu in particular is upset throughout the series because Ikuto won't let her come in with him. And that's just the most common way to give Ikuto something to nosebleed over.
When they were looking for the "Thief" Mei Mei Suzu is the one who grasps the pattern in their crime spree. Fast Forward 70 chapters later guess who solves the pattern in the Beniyasha case?
Also remember how in chapter 57 Ikuto felt Michiru was somewhat familiar to him because she looks a lot like his sister, and like his sister, complains about the heat even when she shouldn't be and doesn't mind the cold even when she should? Well guess who else is revealed to not be entirely human in later on?
Henohenomoheji: An eggplant with a henohenomoheji face is often used as a dummy to draw girls away from Ikuto.
Heroism Incentive: To get the girls to care about the test results they offer a date with Ikuto as the incentive.
Hey, You!: Michiru is called this by almost everyone on the island, because they don't remember who she is.
Hilarious in Hindsight: in regards to the retconnote simply put, Michiru claiming that she was there when Suzu first brought Ikuto to Obaba's house, yet no one "remembers" her, develops into the running gag above.
Innocent Fanservice Girl: An entire island full of them. Since most of the main cast grew up without any contact with males, they never had to develop a since a modesty. As the story goes on, some of the girls begin to realize the affect they have on Ikuto and avert this trope. Though they still do the same things and realize what it entails.
Averted with Rin who doesn't like to bathe or reveal herself even with other females.
Innocent Innuendo: In Chapter 90, Suzu and Shinobu have a discussion about how much fun it would be to ride Ikuto. Sitting on his shoulders like Yukino, of course.
Interspecies Romance: For their mother's birthday, Shinobu, Mikoto and Kunai decide to give her a grandchild as a present. Which is the person they each chose to "do it" with them? Ikuto, Rin, and Totega, respectively. And that wasn't the even only hint of Kunai's attraction to Totega...
The manga has since retconned her into the very beginning of the story: she is now seen helping treat Ikuto when he first shows up on the island. Her late appearance is explained away as a consequence of being the daughter of a snow woman, a spirit associated with winter. She is immune to cold but sensitive to heat, and thus rarely went outdoors to avoid the sun.
Last of Her Kind: This is what Tohno believes when she thinks there's no more Kappa on the island. As it turns out, she's not and Ayane and Tohno didn't seem to ask Chizuru of all people due to her hilariously horrific artwork.
Oba-sama is getting tired of Ikuto not making progress with any girl on the island, even though 50 issues have passed already.
The flashback chapters starring Suzuran and Karaage are chock-full of this. Notably, when narrating a certain event in the flashback, Karaage compares Suzuran to a demon, only for Suzuran to go berserk and point at Karaage's dialogue box while beating him up.
Lethal Chef: Double subverted with Machi. After she takes lessons in cooking, it still looks like the stuff is literally CURSED...but actually tastes quite good. The catch? She makes A LOT of food, and won't let you leave until you eat it ALL of it.
During one certain storyline, she becomes a Cute Witch, ironically enough.
Made of Iron: Ayane and Shinobu are noted in story to be exceptionally tough.
It seems like Ikuto learned this by being on the island. In the beginning he would actually have to rest a day after being beaten to a pulp. Now he can fight all 4 guardians, fall in a river, get eaten by a fish, and still be perfectly fine the next day. He has come a VERY long way.
He may have always been this. He drifted at sea for 7 days without any food or water with no visible discomfort. He may have just been recovering from that still in the get go which explains how weak he was in the beginning.
May-December Romance: Funnily enough, this is what started the series. Because of Ikuto's mom was missing, he thought his father was planning to remarry, causing him to find her and revoke it, leading to him running from home after the fight with him. Misaki later revealed that his grandfather is remarrying. Meaning the entire series started because of a misunderstanding and this trope. Ikuto has every right to be Squicked by this revelation.
Mega Neko: Taiga and Shima-tora, the Northern and Southern leaders, are both giant two-tailed cats.
Missing Mom: Ikuto's mom is still not mentioned in the series. Until chapter 125.
Mama Bear: Ikuto's mother did not take kindly to her husband's fight with Ikuto.
Moment Killer: Many times. The one that stands out would be when Sakuyaswears that Ikuto and Suzu would never get disturbed, only for Sakuya to spoil the biggest one herself.
Mood Whiplash: Beniyasha makes his dramatic exit, ominously announcing his plans to an aspiring detective that plans to capture him...and is interrupted by Panako shouting her a message. Cue the epic Face Fault, from Beniyasha herself, no less.
Karaage attempts to attack Takatora since the former thought that he was going to break Suzuran's feelings, only for Takatora to tap into Karaage's "playful side".
My Beloved Smother: Suzu's protective of Tonkatsu, and one chapter is dedicated to showing it.
Never Found the Body: Sort of. No mention is ever made of the bodies of the men of the island being buried, and there are no graves or even markers of for them. This might all just be Conservation of Detail in a light and soft series until we find out that Machi and Ayane's dad is still alive, in the same boat as Ikuto's family, is apparently using magic and shikigami to find Airantou, and is with men who look suspiciously like the main haremettes' dads. The other men are similarly alive and are working, some are under the employ of the Touhouin family.
No Social Skills: Since men have long since vanished from the island, most of the current generation of girls have lost much of modern society's norms on ethical behavior towards men in public, hence their constant bombardment of Fetish Fuel towards Ikuto (see above) and they think there's nothing wrong with that.
Subverted with Rin, who actually tries to seduce him at one point by deliberately taking his hand and putting it on her breast knowing the implications (and she squirms and moans from the sensation too). Also, she's the only female who screams in embarrassment and scolds Ikuto for stumbling on to her while she's bathing naked.
Noodle Incident: No one wants to elaborate why Sakuya wrecked her own inn that one time.
He both subvertsand plays this trope straight. The reason he never lets any of the girls too close is that he knows they don't really mean it. They are more interested in the fact that he is the only man on the island than the man himself. Played straight when the girls really do begin to develop real feelings for him, and he still thinks its the idea of love the girls are acting on.
Retired Badass: Subverted; even though he's finally settled in with a family, the West Leader is still the protector of his area, and still enforces the law. Although, Taka-Taka did point out that he doesn't take things more seriously anymore.
Running Gag: There are many, but one issue alone saw two running gags involving Taka-Taka's nephew Piyomaru: the chick's obsession with biting anything that sparks its interest, and people mistaking that he's Taka-Taka's illegitimate child.
Say It with Hearts: Happens frequently, but chapter 8 contains a rather ...humorous example.
Sorting Algorithm of Evil: The order that Ikuto fights the Leaders in the Scavenger Hunt: East (widely considered the weakest), South (however, his battle relied more on trickery than brute strength and power, so his position in the order only depended on the difficulty of his challenge), North, and finally, the West (whoever's superior between these two was sometimes contradictory; while the latter is often called the strongest fighter on the island, he himself admitted that the North was in "a class all his own").
Status Quo Is God: Except for a few very far apart things, like the arrival of Mei Mei, and Ikuto's accustomization to the weirdness of the island, the chapters could be read in almost any order and still make sense.
And then later, there's Ayane developing an actual attraction to Ikuto, which, as Tohno said, was opposed to liking Ikuto only because he's the lone male on the island.
Actually there is a running time line. Almost all chapters go right from the end of the previous chapter. You could chalk up whatever they are talking about until the new plot picks up as a Noodle Incident, but well that would hurt the story.
Stay in the Kitchen: Played around with. Ikuto is probably the weakest person on the island. He eventually starts to continue his kendo training from before his arrival on the island to overcome this fact.
Played straight with Ikuto's family motto being Protect Women. Which is why he always is the one to fight, and the one to chase after any girl in trouble. The women of the island act with confusion to the idea, but respect his determination. It works for him in spite of many people being stronger than him because the worst person we have seen so far is a lecherous panda.
Michiru wishes for this.
Stealth Hi/Bye: A number of characters pull this off in the manga, but the master has got to be Machi.
On one memorable occasion she shows off by appearing between Yukino and the animal that Yukino is currently riding on.
Too Dumb to Live: For their mother's birthday, Shinobu, Mikoto and Kunai decide to give her a grandchild as a present. Which is the person they each chose to "do it" with them? Ikuto, Rin, and Totega, respectively. At least Shinobu's choice was biologically possible, but there was no way she could pop out a kid by the next day, let alone the fact that she does not know what sex is, or at least that's how one makes a baby.
This may be justified because there were no men on the island up till now so teaching your girls about the birds and bees may have seemed a waste of time. You would think that they would have got a crash course though once Ikuto showed up.
Tough Love: Machi really does care for her little sister Ayane. She just has a...weird way of showing it. She even said so herself. While there's good reason to doubt this statement, Machi actually provides a visual example by giving Ikuto himself an example of her "love".Fridge Brilliance, folks.
The Unreveal: Before the West Leader's identity was actually unveiled, it's a Running Gag for Ikuto to ask about him only for something to happen before he gets his answer. While the readers are clued in on the Leader's identity by Chapter 28, but the Running Gag for Ikuto stays until the climax of the Scavenger Hunt.
Unwanted Harem: The women are determined to have the Ikuto, the only male, to themselves, to an often violent degree.
Voluntary Shapeshifting: Shima-tora's wife, Myaa, who can change her appearance between a cat and Cat Girl. Shima-tora can do it, too, but it's best that no one sees how he does it, as Suzu and Tonkatsu found out the hard way.
Wrong Genre Savvy: Ikuto, Ayane, and Suzu see Rin barely conscious after having eaten Machi's cooking, assume that Machi is a Lethal Chef. When they actually eat her cooking they find there's nothing wrong with it, it's just that she forces them to eat FAR more of it than they can.
Yamato Nadeshiko: Played with. Suzu tells Ikuto that her mother is this but Karaage, who knows better, says that it is all a facade because Suzuran hopes that Suzu would not take after her.
Yandere: Suzu arguably fits this trope the best and has yet to even realize why she fits it so well.