- Titles: 5-Toubun no Hanayome, The Quintessential Quintuplets, Go-Toubun no Hanayome, Gotoubun no Hanayome, Five Equal Brides, The Five Wedded Brides
- Genre: Comedy, School, Harem, Romance(?)
- Episodes: 12
- Studio: Tezuka Productions
Futaro has troubles. For one, his dad is a bit too laissez-faire about the whole parenting thing so since his mother died, he feels responsible for his little sister. Also, they’re broke. Maybe I should have mentioned that first. But that’s o.k. because Futaro is a genius, or at least, really skilled at studying so the situation won’t last for long, right? In fact, he may get out of debt even sooner than expected when he finds himself tutoring five academically challenged but very rich sisters. Could this be the lucky break Futaro was dreaming about? Or will this turn into a nightmare as five strong-willed teenage girls who hate studying may not be that easy to teach after all?
I like the word Quintessential and I also like alliteration. But I can’t help but feel like something may be getting lost in translation with the title The Quintessential Quintuplets. After all, quintessential simply means, standard or basic. And although I can see how this could be a very sarcastic tongue-in-cheek acknowledgement that this is a basic harem, I somehow don’t think that’s what they were going for. Or were they?
The Quintessential Quintuplets is a decent looking show. Ironically, even though canonically 5 of the 6 main characters are supposed to be identical, I actually found the cast more diverse looking than a lot of shows I have watched. Maybe all the one face syndrome anime I have watched has forever skewed my perception. Just goes to show you how far a hairstyle and a few accessories can take you!
The production was alright. The art was consistent enough and if you like the designs then that’s all that really matters. The animation was a bit stilted as if in low frame-rate or something but there are very few high action scenes so I doubt it would bother anyone. I would say the low point for me were the performances which although perfectly proficient seemed a bit phoned in and didn’t convey much sense of fun or joy.
Bottom line though, if this is an art style that speaks to you, I think you would enjoy the production values. There are a lot of quite pretty glamour scenes of the girls.
I’ll be honest with you, I picked up The Quintessential Quintuplets because I needed an anime that started with the letter Q and I went into it not expecting to like it. Not that I expected to hate it either but the art style and the premise just didn’t really speak to me. And I didn’t hate it.
In many ways, my experience with The Quintessential Quintuplets is better defined by what it wasn’t than by what it was. It wasn’t particularly sexist, it didn’t glorify any harmful tropes such as romantic abuse or illegal age gap relationships. It didn’t sexualize the younger sister character and somehow avoided the incest trope. Most impressive, the sisters didn’t turn into raging jealousy monsters or emotional wrecks even after they started having feelings for the same guy.
All in all, there’s really nothing I can reproach the series. Even the fanservice was considerably more tame than I thought it would be. And in a way, that may be the problem.
Even though I can’t really point to anything in particular, as a whole, The Quintessential Quintuplets was just kind of bland. A perfectly o.k. harem but one I’m not likely to remember. And I have no urge to watch another season. At the same time, I wouldn’t be opposed to it as I am with other shows.
And that is entirely due to the characters. The premise is decent and they could have done a lot with it. But there’s a repeated line that the girl’s mother used to say they are all one-fifth of the same person. And that rings true in an unfortunate way.
Futaro is a harem protag. He’s fine but that’s not what we’re here for. He’s the dark-haired every man with a bit of a temper but ultimately a really nice and dependable guy. You know the drill. What is supposed to set The Quintessential Quintuplets apart is the quintuplets. And they’re… well for one they all look alike. That’s fine, it’s the entire premise of the show. And it is used here and there. Most notably in that one is considered more attractive and is much more popular with boys even if they are identical. It was a cute add-in but it didn’t really go anywhere.
The girls are all just a little unrealized. They are 5ths of characters. Each of them is an archetype, the sexy one, the genki one, the shy one, the tsundere and the girl next door who’s also tsundere for some reason. And like 3 of them have hobbies that set them apart but that’s about it for characterization. For me, I just ended up liking whichever one I thought was the cutest in the moment and that’s all the connection I mustered.
Again, that’s not necessarily bad. All it means is that if you don’t find the designs cute at all, you may not enjoy the show that much.
The Quintessential Quintuplets is the type f show I would recommend to throw on when you don’t want to engage too much with an anime and you think these particular girls are cute. Sometimes, that can really hit the spot. And in many ways it was charming. For me, I was left with the impression of mostly harmless.
Ultimately, for me, the show lived up to its name. It was a standard harem and there were five girls in it. So you know what, that’s as advertised. I can’t complain!
Favourite character : the Father
Suggested drink: a High Five
- Every time Futaro is being frugal – take a sip
- Every time Raiha is being adorable – awwwww
- Every time there’s a wedding scene – make a toast
- Every time we learn the price of food – get a snack
- Every time Yotsuba is proud of something she shouldn’t be proud of – take a sip
- Every time anyone calls Futaro creepy – take a sip
- Every time the sisters bicker – get some water
- Every time there is actual fanservice – take a small sip
- Every time we hear about someone’s dead mother – pour some out
- Every time Futaro tries to convince the girls to study – listen to him
- Every time Futaro falls asleep – take a sip
- Every time Itsuki wears her glasses – take a sip
- Every time any girl does the puffy cheeks face – take a sip
- Every time we see blowing flower petals – take a sip
- Every time anyone holds hands – blush
In case you’re new here, I have a Pinterest with all my screencaps (there are a lot!). If you can’t find a show you are looking for in my main boards, just go to Anime Screenshots. I move the shows I have reviewed there. Of course, I’m still going to add a few images here!