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Uesugi Fuutarou, a high school second-year from a poor family, receives a highly appealing offer to work part-time as a tutor… but his students turn out to be girls from his own class! What’s more, they’re quintuplets… and all five are beautiful, but happen to be problem students who have borderline grades and hate studying! Looks like his first assignment will be to win all the sisters’ trust?! Every day is a wild party in this rom-com centering around the quintuplet sisters of the Nakano household! The Quintessential Quintuplets is the anime adaption of the romantic comedy shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Negi Haruba. As one will be able to guess when it comes to romantic comedies with one guy vs a group of girls, the girls usually end up falling the main male protagonist. Uesugi is quickly off to a bad start with the first sister he meets, Itsuki Nakano. Their friction begins with the two fighting over a table that Uesugi sits at every day. Like any highly intelligent student, he lacks in social skills what he has in his studies. Talking to people is difficult for him and he has a tendency to say offensive things that are unintentional, such as telling Itsuki that she’ll gain weight due to her eating habits. Things go over worse when he meets the other Nakano sisters. Due to their different personalities, Uesugi has to find a way to cope with each one. Easier said than done.
Being physically identical, the Nakano Quintuplets all have large blue eyes, light-reddish hair, a cute expressive face and a shapely figure. Girls with these features usually spell trouble for our “hero” and will lead to some awkward encounters.
Ichika Nakano is the “eldest” of the quints. She’s the slacker of the group. She enjoys sleeping and her room is incredibly messy. However, she is caring and thoughtful. And she does not seem to have that much angst toward Uesugi.
The same cannot be said for Nino Nakano. While caring and playful with her sisters, she shows a grumpy, sometimes rude and aggressive personality to people outside of their group. She sees Uesugi as an interloper and slips sleeping pills into a glass of water that she offered him, prompting one of her siblings to escort him home. This will be the first of many attempts to force Uesugi from their home that I see.
Miku Nakano is just as socially awkward as Uesugi. She has a quiet and passive personality, few friends and an interest in warriors of specific eras of Japanese history. Her shyness keeps her from properly addressing Uesugi and she tends to regard him with the same insensitivity Uesugi has shown himself.
Yotsuba Nakano is the only sister to willing accept Uesugi. She is very cheerful and friendly although her active personality can annoy others and seems to interfere with her ability to learn as she has yet to pass a single test. Yotsuba has a child-like innocence with the absent-mindedness that comes with it.
Itsuki Nakano is the first of the quintuplets whom Uesugi meets during lunch time. Having insulted and frustrated her, she immediately goes into attack mode whenever she is around him, a mirror contrast to her interactions with acquaintances where she is always friendly. However, it seems that she doesn’t completely hate him. Itsuki is the one who brings Uesugi home via a cab after Nino had drugged him. While at his home she meets Uesgui’s family and learns that they are struggling to make ends meet. Feeling a sense of empathy, Itsuki allows Uesugi to tutor them via his choice which he agrees to. The Nakano Quintuplets will not make it easy for him. They may all look like and have different personalities, but every sister has little enthusiasm when it comes to studying and they all will make trouble for Uesugi.
The Quintessential Quintuplets is a charming and fun anime. The first episode did a fine job of introducing each character and creating the tension between Uesugi and Itsuki by way of an awkward lunch period is subtle and creative. Nothing big was needed here. Keeping it simple and sweet works. I also like how each girl was introduced to Uesugi while he was having lunch the next day. Right away, we get to see each of their varying mindsets. They’re facial expressions and fashion sense do well in conveying their individuality. This is a cute and funny anime that definitely should be given a look at. It will be interesting to see how Uesugi Fuutarou handles the Nakano Quintuplets and, in turn, how the Nakano Quintuplets handle Uesugi Fuutarou.
The Quintessential Quintuplets Opening