Quintessential Quintuplets, 5-toubun Hanayome in Japanese, is the harem anime that I need now.
Recently, I grew wary of animes that focus on either ecchi romance or harem romance. I think I became jaded and bored after watching too much of it. But damn, The Quintessential Quintuplets definitely changed the game.
It was that good.
However, I admit, this anime series is not perfect.
Fuutarou Uesugi is an ace high school student, but leads an otherwise tough life. His standoffish personality and reclusive nature have left him friendless, and his father is debt-ridden, forcing his family to scrape by.
One day during his lunch break, Uesugi argues with a female transfer student who has claimed “his seat,” leading both of them to dislike each other. That same day, he is presented with a golden opportunity to clear his family’s debt: a private tutoring gig for a wealthy family’s daughter, with a wage of five times the market price. He accepts the proposal, but is horrified to discover that the client, Itsuki Nakano, is the girl he confronted earlier!
After unsuccessfully trying to get back on Itsuki’s good side, Uesugi finds out that his problems don’t end there: Itsuki is actually a quintuplet, so in addition to her, he must also tutor her sisters—Miku, Yotsuba, Nino, and Ichika—who, despite the very real threat of flunking, want nothing to do with a tutor. However, his family’s livelihood is on the line so Uesugi pushes on, adamant in his resolve to rid the sisters of their detest for studying and successfully lead them to graduation. (MAL)
I think I had shared this before on my Weekly Watching, but I had known about this series even before its anime adaptation. I became a fan of this series after discovering the source material, the manga late last year. That’s why I was really ecstatic after knowing it would have an adaptation. Ooohohohohhoho.
However, just like Kaguya-sama, I also had some negative thoughts about its adaptation as it might not deliver the series right. In some ways, I was right.
Compared to Kaguya-sama which got a better adaptation, this Quintuplet anime fell a bit short.
Through my weekly watching earlier this year, I greatly expressed my disappointment with its animation. I find it too stiff and limited. It also tried to follow the manga, panel by panel, which I think made the anime laggy to look at. Don’t get me wrong, I love how they follow the manga really well, but it was too much. There was no room for a unique style. It would have been nice if this series got the Nisekoi treatment, adapting the manga really well while adding some aesthetics that is unique and known to the studio who’s handling the material. Sigh, I could only wish.
If I were to share some good points about its adaptation, it would be its visuals.
As the adaptation pretty much copied the manga, they also did it with the character designs. They faithfully followed and enhance the designs of each characters. I love it.
I think I mentioned this on my Weekly watch, but I am not much of a fan of the overall color palette of the series. I felt it was too light for my taste.
I change my mind.
I rewatched the series in BD and for some point, I now adore the overall color scheme of the series. Watching the series is not anymore painful in eyes and it adds alot of moe to the series. I really dunno what they change but I am thankful for it.
This anime also has a lot of good points, especially when it comes to the story.
One of the weaknesses of harem animes would be the overuse of a similar plot. However, the Quintuplet anime did something interesting. They used an overused plot and twist it, and I love it. I mean, an anime about 5 sisters gushing over a not-really-dense main protagonist? I love it.
Another thing I like about the story would its steady development. Even reading the manga or watching the anime, the pacing of the series is legit steady, it’s amazing. This not only made the series better but it also made the story arcs build in a proper way. From one arc to another, the story flowed really well. Kudos to the author.
The main standout of this series was definitely the characters.
Uesugi, the sole male protagonist, wasn’t only the luckiest guy but also he’s full of character. Being a harem MC pretty much means “Dense AF”, but bruh, Uesugi is different. He’s not only very self-aware, but his personality also bounces off well with every character in the series. He’s also very likeable…in his own way. Lol.
As for the sisters, all of them were amazing. Each one of them represents a specific trope in a harem anime, but a lot more fun and colorful as they have tons of development and full of personality. As this is still the first season of the series, the anime only covered 2 out of 5 sister arc, specifically, Miki and Ichika. Both of them grew tremendously in terms of development over their other siblings. Definitely, they became favorites by a lot of viewers. However, that doesn’t mean the other sisters were left behind. They also got enough development to move the story.
If I were to choose between the sisters, I am on team Itsuki on this. There is something about her that made me love her more than her big sisters. I also want her to win in the end, after all, I think her personality compliments well with Uesugi.
Me liking Itsuki doesn’t mean I am not a fan of the other sisters. I also adore them, I just love Itsuki more. Heh.
I really enjoyed watching this series. I know I have some nitpicks in terms of its adaptation, I still enjoyed seeing the manga I adore come to life.
With the announcement of the series ending soon (it will end next year, at the 14th volume) and the coming of its 2nd season, this made me look forward for what’s to come on 2020. Ooohohohohoh.
Anyway, please do check this anime out. This is a must watch anime, especially if you guys are into romantic comedy shows.
Long time no post. Hahaha!
Sorry for this as I had been busy….uuhhhhh….watching idol concerts. I’m sorry, I just can’t help it. XD
I might not be able to post much again in the next couple of days as I am preparing for the annual 12 Days of Anime that will be starting next week.
But I’ll still try…I guess. We will see.
Anyway, that is all for now.
This has been Will Sirius and THANKS FOR READING!!!