OP: 「 五等分の気持ち」 (Go-Toubun no Kimochi) by Nakano-ke no Itsutsugo
「五等分の花嫁」 (Go-Toubun no Hanayome)
“The Quintessential Quintuplets”
Go-Toubun no Hanayome shows a ton of promise as a harem anime where there’s something for everyone. Harems of our yesteryear haven’t had the most likable casts or the most embraceable personalities, but with Fuutarou (Matsuoka Yoshitsugu) as our more head-strong lead and the Nakano sisters each having their own unique and endearing character traits, Go-Toubun no Hanayome is sure to satiate the appetite of anyone yearning for a fun and devious rom-com.
Unlike some of the milquetoast protagonists that we’ve seen in many harem anime, Fuutarou is far more amusing to watch as an egotistical yet gifted student who finds himself in a double bind of needing to handle the annoyance he gets from the Nakano’s to profit from their need for a tutor. He initially starts off showing his cunning by cheating the system at the cafeteria and getting the cheapest meal with the most side items. From there on, it only gets better as he is at odds with the first Nakano sister he meets, Itsuki (Minase Inori). When their first interactions end with Fuutarou jabbing at how much she’s eating for lunch, it comes back to bite him when she ends up being a wealthy student who places an ad for someone to help tutor her in exchange for a lot of money. At that point forward, he sings a far different tune as he has to challenge himself to go against his personality to get Itsuki and the other sisters to want to have him as a tutor. It is interesting how you have a character who isn’t well-off, but despite his poor living situation, it doesn’t stop him from gleefully tearing into people. Seeing how he develops once he gets to know the girls and once he starts to get accustomed to his role as their tutor should be interesting to watch.
Even more captivating are all five of the Nakano sisters, who have their own quirks and traits that make them stand out from one another. Itsuki is given the first appearance with her disdain for Fuutarou’s insensitivity coming at odds with the happiness she gets from seeing his little sister and having a chance to help her out. Ichika (Hanazawa Kana) is the big sis type who likes to tease Fuutarou and welcome him on board, but can’t quite keep her room tidy. Nino (Taketatsu Ayana) is the second sister who is outwardly aggressive to Fuutarou, has an interest in baking, and spiked Fuutarou’s water with sleeping medication. Miku (Itou Miku) is silent and reserved, yet pessimistic and wary of what is going on with Fuutarou as he tries to make his way into their household. And finally, we have Yotsuba (Sakura Ayane), the cheery, rambunctious sister who is able to bond with Fuutarou far earlier as the only Nakano who fully supported him since their first meeting. It’s come to my attention that there is an intense shipping war between the girls and Fuutarou, which is definitely intensified further with the hints of one of the girls marrying him in the distant future. At the moment, I’m liking Ichika and Yotsuba, but I can see this changing over time, especially with the next episode’s focus on Miku.
Go-Toubun no Hanayome is shaping up to be a highly entertaining and gratifying harem comedy as Fuutarou goes forth to help improve the Nakano’s grade point averages, and along the way, find the one that he’ll eventually fall head-over-heels in love with. While he’s more excited about the prospect of making money off of his services tutoring Itsuki (and the rest of the Nakano sisters), it will be neat to see what sets the wheels in motion for this series’ romances
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ED: 「Sign」 by Uchida Aya