It’s actually been a few weeks since I finished The Quintessential Quintuplets, also known as 5-toubun no Hanayome.
I knew I couldn’t NOT write about this one, but I also had trouble thinking about what I even wanted to write about it. I’m still not sure, but maybe something will come to me as we go, so let’s just go for it.
A very smart and studious boy is given the opportunity of a lifetime – to make a great deal of money (which is family desperately needs), and all he has to do is tutor someone. Or maybe I should say, five someones. And so, our protagonist, Futarou, begins in trying to rein in five very different quintuplets that each have their own issues and hangups.
Cue the comedy, or romance… or harem?
Slice of Life?
You know, I went into The Quintessential Quintuplets thinking it was a slice of life anime, but now I’m not so sure.. it is a slice of life, right? Yes. It must be, what was I thinking..
I think the best way to describe it is a slice of life anime that has ascended past a regular slice of life anime. The power to go even further beyond, if you catch my drift. Essentially, it’s a slice of life anime where a lot happens, which is uncharacteristic of many slice of life anime, where nothing really happens. Is there an actual definition for this?
It’s Fun, But Not Educational
Exactly as the header says. This is a fun anime about Futarou tutoring 5 high school quintuplets, but don’t expect to learn anything like I did. Sure, there are some scenes where they all sit down and study together, or Fuutarou will point at someone’s paper and say “No, do it like this..”, but there are no real hard hitting learning moments. What can I say, why not take advantage of the opportunity to throw some interesting tidbits of information out there?
To be fair, there was some Japanese history trivia at one point, but not enough for me to sink my teeth into. Is it weird that I want to learn while watching anime? I pick up words here and there as I learn the Japanese language, but an explicitly educational anime would be great.
It’s Fun, But Spoils Itself
This will be my attempt to criticize an aspect of the anime without spoiling it, so that if you haven’t watched The Quintessential Quintuplets, you too can be puzzled by this decision.
There’s one moment later on in the anime where they decide to do a flash-forward. If you know me, you know that I hate flashbacks. Flash-forwards? Not a huge fan of them either. Most stories can’t seem to use either of these tools effectively, and that’s the main reason I hate them.
So we get a flash-forward in this anime, and for some reason, they decided to spoil a critical detail involving the harem. It completely changes everything, and I’m not too sure why they thought it was a good idea. It sort of defeats the purpose of the show being a harem, in many ways. I guess they wanted us to be aware of some sort of serious undertone while watching the anime, that this wasn’t a regular harem anime… but I just didn’t like the decision to include it at all.
There Are Five Of Them
But only one is best girl.
Yep, that’s right. Best girl time. While all of the quintuplets have some aspect or another to them that makes them a good girl, only one can be the best.
Let me lay down my criteria for a best girl, that may be overridden by me at my own discretion because some girls are still good even if they don’t meet these criteria.
First, hime cut (black hair preferred but not required).
Third, pouty face.
Who could it be?
That’s right, it’s Nino!
Nino was the best girl from this anime, without question.
I didn’t see any pouty faces from her, but she does have the best hair in the anime as well as a great meddling tsundere attitude. The pouty face criteria is actually relatively new, so it’s possible that Nino did actually make a pouty face at some point and it just wasn’t on my radar at the time.
Have I rambled enough to start closing out this review yet?
What, you still have no clue what the merits of this anime are?
I’ll try my best to sum it up here.
First, The Quintessential Quintuplets gets a 7.5 / 10 rating from me.
It’s a fun anime that manages to develop all 5 quintuplets and their relationship to Futarou very well. There are some comedic moments, some interesting moments, and some un-interesting moments, as well as some flash-forwards that I didn’t appreciate.
If you are looking for a harem slice of life anime to watch that isn’t heavy on ecchi content, this is a great pick. I wouldn’t call it relaxing like I would with many other slice of life titles, but it is fun enough that you shouldn’t get too bored with it. All of the girls are cute in their own way, and there are some cute moments as well.
Slightly above average, it’s good for what it is.
I’ll also give The Quintessential Quintuplets the Variety Is The Spice Of Life award, for managing to create such a diverse cast of girls, despite them all being sisters with similar hair colours.
And that’s my review of The Quintessential Quintuplets!
Until next time,
Thanks for reading!