First Look: The Quintessential Quintuplets

Alternative title(s): Go-Tōbun no Hanayome
Manga Adaptation by Tezuka Productions
Streaming on Crunchyroll

Premise

Uesugi Fuutarou is your usual misanthropic nobody, incredibly smart but caring for nothing but the cost/benefit analysis of his day to day existence. In order to help his struggling family out of debt, he agrees to be a tutor to the wealthy Nakano family. In what clearly seems like the set up to a visual novel considering this is based off of a manga, to his chagrin, he finds out he actually has to tutor five (identical?) sisters at the same time, and none of them are particularly interested in his services.

Marlin’s verdict: The Questionable Quality

I’m still completely confused as to how this is a manga instead of a visual novel or something considering the set-up. I thought harem plots had confined themselves to the dark corner of the isekai and we’d been freed of the weird concepts where a bunch of girls are flung into one dudes life all at once. I mean, I guess as far as plot contrivances go, a rich family using fertility treatments and getting more children than they meant to is not an impossible set up. Still, I’m kinda confused as to how it all works. I’ve known fraternal sibling with striking similarity, but all of the girl’s faces and eyes look exactly the same, only their hair is significantly different, and that is often meant to be an anime embellishment and not an actual reflection of what their hair’s supposed to look like.

Seriously, what’s up with this?

Alright, enough of that tangent, so how is the actual show? Pretty boring, honestly. I guess if you’re pining for that old fashioned harem set-up like a Love Hina or what-have-you, you might enjoy this, but to me all of the personalities are either pretty annoying or just plain unappealing. There also doesn’t really seem to be anything differentiating Nino and Itsuki right now since they’re both basically pulling a classic tsundere routine. Our main man is also nothing to write home about. Not only is he a jerk to everyone around him, he is also nice to them when it is personally expedient, which doesn’t seem to speak well of his character. We’ve seen no reason to care for him or think he deserves to find happiness with one of these girls. Speaking of that, the idea that Japanese title of this show essentially translates to “Five Brides” is kinda gross. Not worth your time guys.

One thought on “First Look: The Quintessential Quintuplets

  1. Shame that you guys not like it. i guess that it not for everyone. The manga is quite good since unlike most harem i had read which mostly focus in harem antics, this manga first part mainly involve getting the girls to accept he as their teacher while develop each girl character more.
    Fun fact: The manga was not very popular as first, but then gain popularity after it got a very poorly translation which make English-speaking community take notice of it resulting in the manga now having a frequent English scanlation schedule from 2 different sources.

    Side note: Have you guys ever read a manga called” Keyman: The hand of Judgement”, it a noir manga with the main character is a anthropomorphic Trex dectective .

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