Winter 2019 Anime

Five Girls, One Brain – ‘The Quintessential Quintuplets’ Episode 2 Review

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What’s the show? The Quintessential Quintuplets, Episode 2.

So how’s this episode? I don’t know if anyone else felt this but it seemed like this episode went on forever.

Uh-oh, that doesn’t sound like a good sign… I mean it is what it is. This wasn’t a boring episode it just wasn’t all that exciting, but then again what do you expect from an episode that focuses on the most dull (personality wise) of the five sisters and is about her fascination with Sengoku period warlords…

Uh-huh, how interesting~…

Excuse me? Yeah, so it turns out Miku–the shy sister–is way into Sengoku period warlords like the same way other girls get obsessed with boy bands and models. It’s an endearing personality trait but I wonder if we ~really~ needed 15 minutes of this to get to the overall point of the episode.

My expression most of the episode.

And that is? That all of the quintuplets each separately have one subject in school that they’re interested in and so he’s going to use this knowledge to get them to ‘combine forces’ in order to earn them all a passing grade. And I mean, yeah, it’s a cute idea but I’m still not sure I’m on board with this show’s concept rather I’m more focused on the girls themselves.

And one of you got none of them right!

Right… Wait, what’s the problem exactly? Put succinctly, I’m still not sold on our protagonist Fuutarou and romance harems are far less interesting to me than straightforward fan service heavy harems. I feel like this show over-compensates its lack of physical, sexual fan service for a different far more distracting and obnoxious kind of fan service (at least in my opinion).

More obnoxious than “sexual fan service”, boy this oughta be good… The show heavily relies on flashy visuals, brief cutaways and words appearing beside or behind the characters and it’s kind of something I find annoying (in some cases, not all cases). I’ve thought so during the likes of such cinematic abominations as ‘Scott Pilgrim vs The World’ and likewise I feel the same now. Its a flashy distraction that screams a lack of confidence in the narrative and seeks to obfuscate rather than illuminate.

Nothing to be proud about.

Wow, this certainly seems like a turnaround from last week. You seemed all on board with the show then. What happened? I’ve just come to realise that my anime interests largely fall out of line with the popular majority and that’s fine, I’ve just got to be more honest with what I like and what I don’t like and stop being afraid to step on people’s toes.

Me too.

Okay, settle down there cowboy. What?

You’re still reviewing a harem anime, I’d hardly say this show represents the ‘mainstream’ collective opinion on the genre. Maybe, but it is already highly acclaimed compared to other anime of its genre, and aside from a commitment to a very appealing set of core female characters it’s not doing anything more remarkable than the most standard of harem anime.

I can at least appreciate the view…

Fine then, so what does this mean going forward? Nothing? I’ll keep watching it and commenting on it afterwards. My opinions may swing closer to adulation or further away as the particular episode in question sees fit. But as it stands now, this show isn’t anything remarkable and I’ll await the next episode with a begrudging caution. Hoping it lives up to the adulation that so many are already showering with it online.


Previous ‘The Quintessential Quintuplets’ Reviews:

Five Flunking Sisters – Episode 1 Review


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  1. This will hardly come as a surprise to you but I disagree with Scott Pilgrim vs the World being a cinematic abomination. Admittedly, I do not want the style used in that movie to be prolific across movies in general, but I think Scott Pilgrim really made use of the aesthetic and I really love how that movie is put together. Some of the characters and dialogue I am less sold on, but the actual direction and visuals I found delightful.
    Okay, and that had nothing to do with your review of the quintessential quintuplets other than one throw-away comment you made. I was reading this review to see if I should go back and give this show a chance given I didn’t even start episode 1. I’ve come to the conclusion that I really shouldn’t as it just doesn’t seem like something I’m going to have fun with.

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      • Yeah, but the whole five girls all failing (nearly failing?) school doesn’t seem like a premise I’m going to get behind. You have got me curious about the protagonist now but I’m still going to leave this one on hold.

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  2. I didn’t like this episode as much as the first one, because it felt like too much of a fight that high school kids felt they needed to have. “You’re not smart enough to teach me because I know one more piece of trivia in my own wheelhouse than you!” That’s not really the angle I was hoping the show would take. I think it would do a lot better with “Why don’t the Nakano girls want to study? What are their individual reasons? Or have they tied their group identity up in all failing together?” I think there’d be an interesting story there, and still have the opportunities for the characters to grow closer. But this was a lot more of trying to be a tropey “You have to beat me to show you’re worthy!” shounen thing, which I obviously don’t really care for. I don’t know if that’ll be because it was the Warring States Warlords girl in Miku here, or whether that’ll be how all the episodes go, but I hope it’s not.

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    • Yeah you’d hope each episode treats each girl as an individual and not gives the same approach to getting them to learn—I too would be disappointed if that was the case, especially given how much the manga readers are constantly hyping this show.

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