Five Ways The Quintessential Quintuplets is Quintessential Viewing
When The Quintessential Quintuplets aired in 2019, it took the world by storm with its mix of humour, likeable characters, and five sisters who are behind many “best girl” arguments, and with a second season airing next year, and the UK physical release is out now, we wanted to look back at the show and tell you why it is quintessential viewing.
We all know that protagonist Futaro Uesugi will marry one of the titular quintessential quintuplets by the end of the series, but he will only marry one of them. Will it be Ichika, Nino, Miku, Yotsuba, or Itsuki Nakano? All five girls have distinct, wildly different personalities, and they each have their own arcs and growth to be explored.
Ichika takes on the role of the elder sister, despite them all sharing the same birthday. Acting as a confidant to her siblings, Ichika puts on a brave smile and shoulders their issues but treats Futaro as a nuisance.
Nino is the rebel and fashionista of the group, and a source of many headaches for Futaro. Although she relishes in causing trouble for Futaro, she acts as a motherly figure towards her siblings, often cooking for the family, and she is always carrying band-aids in case one of her sisters is hurt.
Miku is timid and quiet and often keeps to herself. She is rarely seen without her trademark blue headphones, and lacks any confidence in herself, going as far as asking Futaro to give up on her, without actually attempting to force him away. She is obsessed with the Sengoku period, and strongly emphasises equality among her siblings. She speaks up when she feels it is necessary to, which can surprise others.
Yotsuba is the energetic and cheerful one of the group, unable to ignore someone who needs her help, no matter how little. This leads to her being taken advantage of, but she also worries that she is inferior to her sisters. She is initially the sister to be most kind to Futaro, although her selfless nature causes him trouble.
Itsuki is the sister that Futaro first meets in the series, and although she is seen as polite, well-spoken, and popular, she holds a grudge against Futaro. But why? Hmm… you’ll have to watch to find out! Itsuki is considered the straight arrow of the family, diligently attending all of her classes, waking up early, and working hard, although she is also a huge glutton and finds it difficult to be honest.
Futaro Uesugi is someone who would be a great friend and not one you could take lightly. Determined to pay off his family debt, Uesugi becomes a tutor that could rival any seasoned professional – perhaps more so with his steadfast personality and his no-mess attitude. Watching Futaro clash with the girls is endlessly entertaining, and his character is reminiscent of Sakamoto-kun and Persona 4 the Animation’s Yu Narukami. If anyone can win the trust of the quintuplets, as well as get them to take their studies seriously, it’s Futaro!
The Quintessential Quintuplets is an incredibly funny show, and much of that stems from Futaro’s stern behaviour compared to the four rambunctious quintuplets, and their constant attempts to get him fired. Futaro refuses to give in or be stepped on and tries his hardest to help the girls improve their grades. It might be seen as a lost cause by many who know the girls, yet Futaro’s earnest efforts begin to reach them, little by little, despite their devilish behaviours.
With plenty of visual gags, fan-service-fuelled moments, and Futaro’s near-perpetual stone-faced look, there is plenty here to bring a smile to your face.
From the very beginning, we know that Futaro will marry one of the five heroines of the show. But who? Who is it that is being teased behind the wedding dress? Well… you will have to jump in to find out! By the end of season 1, you’ll certainly have someone in mind that you want to root for. There is no better time than now, ahead of season 2 airing next year, to get involved and choose a team to root for!
Animated by Tezuka Productions (Astro Boy, Adachi and Shimamura) with character designs by manga creator Negi Haruba, The Quintessential Quintuplets is a beautiful show that is a real treat for the eyes. Between the character designs, environmental art, the bright colours, and the undeniably gorgeous opening and ending animations, there is a lot to keep your rapt attention.
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