The Quintessential Quintuplets – Anime Preview
Synopsis: 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! (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: The Quintessential Quintuplets is the quintessential example of a series where execution is key. Quintuplets’ writing isn’t particularly clever, or original, but thanks to generally strong animation, solid comedic timing, and some great music queues, the entire production elevates otherwise lukewarm material into something that’s actually enjoyable.
Linny: At the same time, the show isn’t exactly a laugh riot, at least not in this first episode. There are a few solid reaction faces that make you chuckle but don’t go in expecting an uproaring hilarious premiere thanks to very predictable jokes and humour. The show also plays its romance notes hard, starting things off with wedding scenes from the future in this very episode so the audience knows exactly where this story is heading.
Tom: Quintuplets humor isn’t terribly original and as Linny said it’s hardly laugh out loud. It hits a lot of predictable beats, but it really is the execution here that turns the story of Fuutarou and his quest to successfully tutor this bunch of misfits into something I’d like to see more of. While all the characters pretty much fall into predictable tropes, their eye-catching visual designs and lively personalities help to up the appeal, making it a series I’m cautiously optimistic on.
Linny: The Quintessential Quintuplet does boast some solid design and animation, if primarily for the sake of offering up good fan service shots.There’s no mistake as to who the primary target audience is as we observe some of the girls’ bust grow in size in close ups. And while things were kept very chaste for this episode, the next episode preview already has the infamous ‘accidental’ boob grab. This combined with the mediocre humour makes me certain that the show is best picked up by male audiences who want to engage in a bit of romance fantasy with a dash of harem and fan service.