Winter 2019 Anime

Five Flunking Sisters – ‘The Quintessential Quintuplets’ Episode 1 Review

Five Flunking Sisters - An Anime QandA Review for 'The Quintessential Quintuplets' Episode 1

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What’s the show? The Quintessential Quintuplets, Episode 1.

So how’s this episode? What’s that sound? It’s the harem alarm! Everybody to your stations!

Oh dear… why am I not surprised you’re reviewing another one of these? Now now, you don’t even know what this show is about! You can’t criticise right off the bat!

Give up, you’re surrounded!

Fine, what’s it about? It’s about Uesugi Fuutarou, a genius high school student living it tough because of his father’s debt. One day he gets the offer to tutor the new exchange student at five times the rate tutoring normally pays, he’s overjoyed–as is his little sister–who is doing her best to keep the family together through their hardships. He’s less overjoyed when he finds out that it’s not exactly as simple as he thought as it’s in fact five girls–quintuplet sisters–whom he’ll be tutoring who all have very different opinions on the boy.

Don’t kabedon on the first day!

Well okay, I admit that sounds less immediately obnoxious as some of the harem shows you watch. Though a harem of five sisters is causing me to raise an eyebrow… Well it is what it is, though they are all very committed to the idea of not studying they even drug his water and send him away in a taxi on the first day he comes to tutor them. But regardless of the circumstance a harem anime lives and dies by the quality of its characters.

The water on the other hand…

Fair enough, so how are these characters? Absolutely flawless. And by that I don’t mean they don’t have flaws, they have plenty of flaws but this show does an impeccable job at not only introducing five very different girls but in imbuing them all with traits that succinctly but effectively get you to relate to them in unique and personal ways. Not only that they’re all absolutely gorgeously designed, I’d gladly “tutor” these girls any day.

Look at these bright girls!

Gross. But what about the male protagonist, that’s an important part of a harem, is it not? It’s important they aren’t self-entitled jerks, or if they are, that they can pull it off with charisma and wit. Uesugi straddles a line, his home life makes him very endearing as does his intelligence but I just hope he doesn’t end up lording his intelligence over the girls because that’d be a problem for me as a viewer. As it stands, I like him but I’m also wary.

Ouch.

Anything else you wanted to add? A part from how the characters are written and drawn the voice performances also go a long way to making them as endearing as they are, the girls are (mostly) a top-notch voice cast and further endear me to their characters. One thing I did not like however was the ‘wedding’ bookends that hint at that as a conclusion for this series–mostly because this is an ongoing manga series and that seems like a tease of something that’ll never come–unless of course this series becomes absurdly popular and lucrative and they adapt it all.

The hair colour kinda gives away who it’s going to be, does it not?

Overall thoughts on the first episode and recommendation? This is an extremely solid start to what will hopefully be a fun but also deeper than usual harem series. The protagonist’s monetary problems and the wealth/class divide between the quintuplets and Uesugi could mine a lot of drama and social commentary if well written. The fact that this show seems relatively mild on fan service means that its appeal could be broadened to those who usually avoid ecchi harems (this isn’t an ecchi for the record) and so unless you are vehemently against harems I can pretty much recommend this to anyone.

Oh no miss, you have my complete undivided attention I assure you!

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5 comments on “Five Flunking Sisters – ‘The Quintessential Quintuplets’ Episode 1 Review

  1. Yah, QQ is something of a *rara avis*. Crossing my fingers it can hold up for the whole season!

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  2. I really liked this show. Great look, great setup, great introductions for characters. And this one managed to have a good reveal for the male protagonist, while the audience knew what was going on much earlier.

    The only thing that gave me a little pause is that Yoshitsugu Matsuoka is the male lead VA, and it takes me a while to get into the idea of him as a romantic lead.

    I don’t think the hair color gives it away in as far as who gets married. I’m kind of assuming that they’re coloring their hair to be different, since they are quintuplets and they make a big point of them having the same face.

    I want to see the next episode already.

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    • I don’t think I’ve watched enough romantic harems with a proper ending so I just naturally assume he’ll pick the “main” girl. That being the one he interacted with the most in this first ep and came over for dinner. (I’ll remember their names by episode 4—it always takes me a while). The only one I’ve watched that was a “surprise” was The Hill Dyed Rose Madder but I won’t say anymore in case you haven’t watched that series.

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      • There are really very very few harem anime where there is even an ending with a couple. And among those, it’s super rare that they’ll end with a surprise pick that you didn’t see coming for a few episodes, although it’s not necessarily always “First Girl Wins”. I’ve seen some shows that even completely abandon the first girl(s) and change course to completely different girl, or other shows where it was on a perfect course for a couple, and the show just totally screws up the ending because they don’t want to have a canon couple (because of fans). So I really can’t say what this show will do, because there’s been plenty of variation, I think, and this is a studio and director that don’t really have any works we could base it on. But they’re doing a good job so far!

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      • Oh, I didn’t mention any of the show names because you haven’t watched them, according to AniList. Some of them I think you’d like.

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