The Quintessential Quintuplets (Winter 2019) – High School Romantic Comedy

“The Quintessential Quintuplets” is not a weird-strange title. Rather, this is a harem show, a genre I always avoid. Don’t get me wrong, I like this genre. I have an interest in it, especially “D-Frag!” as my favorite harem anime and manga. One reason why I don’t really like this genre is that it always takes the same format. It recites tropes and stereotypical “almost” the same as one and another anime. Every year, there would be harems that are based on either from a manga or light novel. One of them is this anime which probably everyone talks about. It’s just… well… a decent personal show harem but somehow, this anime managed to suck me into it.

Briefly, this is a story about Fuutarou Uesugi who is a tutor to rich sweet girls. It starts with a misunderstanding meeting scene but then wraps up with a misadventure story throughout the episode. Incidentally, these girls are twin sisters who have various personalities. Fuutarou is different from other main characters of harems show. He is not stupid but an idiot yet also insensitive but genius. It’s okay to start out with something, something great but interesting. What’s more, Fuutarou is probably the luckiest person in the world or even in an anime universe.

For Fuutarou, there was no other reason than to get money from being a tutor for these five girls. With the help of his sister and father who supported him, he tried to achieve anything and did not care about other things. Such a simple plot then wrapped with a series of harems in general. The impression is so charming, colorful, and full of sweet. On the other hand, the five girls, over time, fell in love with their respective tutors. This simply plots then races into a pentagon of love, the exact word or maybe ridiculously. The longer, insensitive Fuutarou then looks at them from another perspective and starts to open his feeling to them.

And yes, this is a seasonal anime. Likewise with waifu everywhere. This anime has colored characters and also waifu-able. Thankfully, you can choose anyone with having a unique design, personality, and their efforts to reach Fuutarou. Let ‘s start with Miku Nakano, the first girl who ties a connection to Fuutarou. Although the story starts with the introduction between Itsuki and Fuutarou, Miku is the first candidate. She’s beautiful- definitely -cool, but a little shy. I think this is what makes the community immediately fall on her and is a strong candidate for this “best girl”. Plus, she doesn’t look smart but isn’t good at cooking. However, her interest in Japanese history might be out of character. She wore a headphone, as a plus and a cool fashion for an ordinary anime like this.

Ichika Nakano is the oldest of all her sisters. She is very mature with her strange habit of sleeping naked. I mean, I don’t think it’s weird. She is probably the one that has fantastic plots and is most often discussed. Her life was complex as an older sister but always taken away from her four sisters. Therefore, she always fought for herself until she achieved what she could do for her sisters. She had a side people could not be seen but Fuutarou could see from one eye which was hiding from her happy smile. Probably, Ichika is one of the most interesting not because of the character design but more than that.

Yotsuba, in my opinion, is one character with a plot that is still lacking. I mean, there was no other reason at the beginning except she had to hide her feelings for Fuutarou. But, the audience already knew. She is the most careless but most active and happy. With no exception, she is very energetic every day, an athlete, but her kindness makes her attractive. Nino is probably the most underrated character of all because people rarely refer to her other than Miku. She is described as a cruel queen to Fuutarou. She will do anything to get rid of Fuutarou from her kingdom. However, on the other hand, she has kindness for her sister’s sake and is one of the most compassionate behind her true nature. Regardless of which, she is good at cooking and it’s not uncommon for her to be open with Fuutarou.

Probably, my most favorite arc and character in this show is Itsuki. Itsuki was initially shown with an energetic type of character after she first met with Fuutarou. She is the center of attention of all his sisters and is the one who often conflicts with Fuutarou. She is a fine girl, but this is a totally effective execution arc from the end of the episode. However, the impression is still vague and the plot often overcome by other characters. Just like Nino, she rarely looks in the show and also seems flat.

So in short, who are the strongest candidates? Who is the best? Who are the women in the photo? Oops. I don’t know why the ending is a little weird or I don’t know how to explain it. It’s not open to interpretation nor cliffhanger. I just don’t know how to explain it. What’s clear, it seems there is a second choice.

The visual is one of the best and is also one of the matters. In fact, it was very difficult to distinguish the five girls. Fuutarou himself often fails in guessing. The five girls, besides having different designs, always tricked people and switching roles in several episodes. It’s completely unique and a little… funny, I guess? Fuutarou is indeed an idiot and insensitive person. The soundtrack is filled with the sound of happiness and emotional drama. In addition, the voice actress really did a great job with those we have long known. Inori Minase, Miku Itou, Ayana Taketatsu, Kana Hanazawa, Ayane Sakura, and Yoshitsugu Matsuoka. All of them did a great yet fantastic job at this point.

I do have to say, this show sometimes makes me hate and annoyance which is a vague feeling I can’t express. Maybe it lies with the main character or main heroines. But, “The Quintessential Quintuplets” ended with one of the most favorable harem anime of the year. It’s probably always followed even by the manga, which I recently read right now, and brings a harem into an old yet fresh format. Maybe, just maybe, Fuutarou will get them all. I don’t know and we will never know it. Feels likes the third person who imagines, imagines if you might get one of them. Am I right? Don’t lie! And yes, it’s ridiculous to say it’s the best “harem” anime ever. But, probably my most favorite genre but still a decent anime. Give it a try if you haven’t!

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Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.

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