What made the contemporary SnH exciting was that the #1 chick was actually interesting and likeable.
I actually watched Nagasarete Airantou. Every time Suzu showed up, I wished she'd go away.
Ikuto could have done something epic manly like swapping Machi's voodoo-doll controlling Ayane with one that cursed himself. (Killing the single guy on the island means no hot dickings.) He was pretty average until the very end.