The Quintessential Quintuplets (5-Tōbun no Hanayome)
Futaro Uesugi is an odd but brilliant high school student down on his luck, but he doesn't seem to realize it. He has no friends, his family is in debt due to the loss of his mother and the lack of support from his deadbeat dad, and he has very little social skills. Despite this, he excels in his studies and consistently received 100's on his exams. One day, he encounters a beautiful female transfer student at lunch and completely messes up his initial impression with her. Later, he receives a call from his younger sister with the good news that he has landed a job as a tutor for a girl named Itsuki Nakano at 5x the normal going tutor rate.
While it may seem that this is a dream come true for the awkward boy, he quickly finds out that the new transfer girl... Strike 1. Next, he discovers the reason that he is getting 5x the normal rate is because Itsuki is one of five Nakano quintuplets who each have their own unique personality... Strike 2. On top of this discovery, he quickly finds that while all 5 may be attractive, they are all 5 dumber than a bag of rocks when it comes to studies and have no interest in studying... Strike 3.
What ensues is a story of a loveable yet awkward young man being forced to develop friendships, learn teaching methods, and honestly trying to survive the evil tricks and pranks that the quints bring, and slowly softening the hearts of his "students". What is unique about this series is that while it sees like it is going to be a harem anime, it doesnt feel like one. In fact, the beginning of the series informs its audience he marries one of the sisters (however it doesn't indicate which one and who knows how the manga will end). Also, the series seems to be one of building trust and friendship more than an emphasis on romance.
Additionally, this series while having your cliche anime outdoor bath scene, accidental towel scene, and hinting that one of the sisters sleeps in the buff, is surprisingly tame when it comes to adult content. This could be because our loveable protagonist could care less about girls bodies and more about his studies possibly though. So this "harem" anime ends up feeling much more like a slice of life anime filled with loveable characters and adorable friendships.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed Quintessential Quintuplets. I believe if you are wanting to enjoy some laughs, have your heart warmed, and have a nice non-violent series to view, I give this series a solid 4 out of 5 which possibly makes it the highest rated "harem" anime on this website. Disagree with my review? Have another suggestion or request for review? Want to say Hi? Leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!
Anime Year of Release: 2019Director: Satoshi Kuwabara
Writer: Keiichirō Ōchi
Music: Natsumi Tabuchi, Hanae Nakamura, Miki Sakurai
Studio: Tezuka Production
Watch It On: Crunchyroll
Final Score: 4 out of 5