The Quintessential Quintuplets

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The Quintessential Quintuplets
The Quintessential Quintuplets volume 1 cover.jpg
The cover of the first volume of The Quintessential Quintuplets
五等分の花嫁
(Go-Tōbun no Hanayome)
GenreRomantic comedy[1]
Manga
Written byNegi Haruba
Published byKodansha
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Magazine
Original runAugust 9, 2017 – present
Volumes7 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed bySatoshi Kuwabara
Written byKeiichirō Ōchi
Music byNatsumi Tabuchi
Hanae Nakamura
Miki Sakurai
StudioTezuka Productions
Licensed by
Original networkTBS, SUN, BS-TBS
Original run January 10, 2019 – present
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
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The Quintessential Quintuplets (Japanese: 五等分の花嫁, Hepburn: Go-Tōbun no Hanayome, lit. "5 Equal Brides"), also known as 5-Tōbun no Hanayome, is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Negi Haruba. It has been serialized weekly in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine since August 2017 and seven tankōbon volumes of the manga have been released so far. The series has been published digitally in English by Kodansha USA under the Kodansha Comics imprint since June 26, 2018. An anime television series adaptation by Tezuka Productions premiered on January 10, 2019 on TBS and other channels. The anime series is licensed in North America under Crunchyroll-Funimation partnership.[2][3]

Plot[edit]

Japanese high school student Uesugi Fuutarou has achieved excellent grades but leads a difficult life otherwise: no mother, no friends, and a father struggling with large debts while Fuutarou and his younger sister Raiha often go hungry.

An opportunity presents itself when the rich Nakano family arrives in his school and Fuutarou is hired as a highly-paid tutor, but he discovers his five charges — charming identical quintuplet sisters of varied personalities — have in common zero interest in study and abysmal grades. Some of the quintuplets are against having an unknown male in their apartment, but Fuutarou's diligent tenacity gradually convinces those girls to reduce their attempts to have him poisoned or arrested, and to advance in their studies.

Moreover, through a flashforward, it turns out that Fuutarou will marry one of the sisters, but, during his tutoring, all of them fall in love with him. So, who will ever be his bride?

Characters[edit]

Uesugi family[edit]

Fuutarou Uesugi (上杉 風太郎, Uesugi Fūtarō)
Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka[4]
A Japanese high-school student who achieves excellent grades, but he has a bland appearance, a grumpy and rude personality, and no friends. He lives in a small apartment with his poor family: a lazy and messy father (Isanari) and a diligent younger sister (Raiha); she is the only person who strongly cares for Fuutarou and vice versa. Fuutarou is always serious and dedicated to his efforts, and occasionally pompous or mocking.
Raiha Uesugi (上杉 らいは, Uesugi Raiha)
Voiced by: Natsumi Takamori[5]
Fuutarou's cheerful younger sister; being the only female and the most family-conscious she is effectively the head of the small household. Her cute facial expressions will often sway others' hearts. Appreciating the hard work Fuutarou does for their family, she sometimes delays the supper until his late return home so she can prepare his favourite meal.
Isanari Uesugi (上杉 勇也, Uesugi Isanari)
Voiced by: Satoshi Hino[5]
Fuutarou's father; he has golden hair and sunglasses on the forehead.

Nakano quintuplet sisters[edit]

Being physically identical, they all have large blue eyes, light-reddish hair, a cute expressive face and a shapely figure.
The sisters live together in a rich high-rise apartment and, following the "go-toubun" (five portions, divided equally[a]) philosophy given by their late mother, consider themselves five parts of one whole. While they share terrible grades and the lack of desire to study, they also are honourable and begin to appreciate the work that Fuutarou is dedicating towards them.
Despite their different hairstyles the sisters are experts at impersonating each other and often do so for pranks or convenience.
Ichika Nakano (中野 一花, Nakano Ichika)
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa[4]
The first sister, she has very short hair without accessories. She has an "onee-san" older-sister personality: a combination of caring, thoughtful, wise and teasing. She enjoys sleeping and her room is incredibly messy. She aspires to become a movie actress and dedicates most of her time and resources to do so. She falls in love with Fuutarou and wanted to confess to him, but hearing Nino confessing to Fuutarou prevented her from doing so.
Nino Nakano (中野 二乃, Nakano Nino)
Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu[4]
The second sister, she has very long hair with two butterfly-style accessories on the sides. While caring and playful with her sisters, she shows a grumpy, sometimes rude and aggressive personality to people outside of their group. She is fashionable and skilled at cooking. The sisters' unity is paramount to her; viewing Fuutarou as an interloper, she has gone to extreme, sometimes illegal lengths to attempt to ban him from their apartment. However, after understanding her feelings, she is the first one to confess to him.
Miku Nakano (中野 三玖, Nakano Miku)
Voiced by: Miku Itō[4]
The third sister, she has medium-length hair, "emotionless" eyes and normally a specific pair of headphones around her neck. She has a quiet and passive personality, few friends, and an interest in warriors of specific eras of Japanese history. She seems to be the first one to fall in love with Fuutarou. She had abysmal skill in cooking, but after Fuutarou said that he preferred girls who can cook she coincidentally began focusing to improve that talent. She wants to confess to him, but because of her shyness she has not done it yet.
Yotsuba Nakano (中野 四葉, Nakano Yotsuba)
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura[4]
The fourth sister, she has medium-length hair and a ribbon styled in two vertical "ears". Always cheerful and friendly, and good at sports, but her constantly active personality can annoy others. She has received 0% scores on school tests. Her actions usually suggest either a complete absence of thought, or unconscious intricate plans far beyond anything the other characters could imagine. She is the only one to immediately accept Fuutarou as their tutor.
Itsuki Nakano (中野 五月, Nakano Itsuki)
Voiced by: Inori Minase[4]
The fifth sister, she has an expressive ahoge, long hair with two twirling "streams" and two stars besides her eyes. She has a mirroring personality: always friendly with acquaintances and classmates but the presence of Fuutarou, who had previously frustrated and insulted her, immediately puts her in attack mode. She loves to eat food and studies seriously, even though her methods need improvement.

Other characters[edit]

Reina (零奈, Reina)
The girl that Fuutarou encountered in Kyoto five years ago. She is also in the photo that Fuutarou has been collected for many years. She helped Fuutarou to relieve the suspicion of sneak shots. She is one of the quintuplets.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The Quintessential Quintuplets logo

The Quintessential Quintuplets is a manga series written and illustrated by Negi Haruba. The series began serialization in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine on August 9, 2017, and has been compiled in seven tankōbon volumes.[6] The series is published digitally and physically in English by Kodansha USA under their Kodansha Comics imprint, and five digital volumes were published.[7][8]

Commercial[edit]

In October 2017, a television commercial for the manga was released where Ayane Sakura voiced all five girls.[1]

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation was announced in the combined 36th and 37th issue of Weekly Shōnen Magazine on August 8, 2018.[9] The series is directed by Satoshi Kuwabara and written by Keiichirō Ōchi, featuring animation by Tezuka Productions, character designs by Michinosuke Nakamura and Gagakuga, and music by Natsumi Tabuchi, Hanae Nakamura, and Miki Sakurai.[4] The series premiered on January 10, 2019 on the TBS, Sun TV, and BS-TBS channels.[10][5] The series is set to run for 12 episodes.[11] Crunchyroll will stream the series with Funimation providing the English dub.[12][2] Kana Hanazawa, Ayana Taketatsu, Miku Itō, Ayane Sakura, and Inori Minase performed the opening theme song "Quintuplet Feelings" (五等分の気持ち, Gotōbun no Kimochi) as the group The Nakano Family's Quintuplets (中野家の五つ子, Nakano-ke no Itsuko), while Aya Uchida performs the ending theme song "Sign".[5]

No. Title[b] Original air date Ref.
1"The Quintessential Quintuplets"
"Go-tōbun no Hanayome" (五等分の花嫁)
January 10, 2019 (2019-01-10)[13]
One day in the school cafeteria, Uesugi Fuutarou encounters a girl, whose name is Nakano Itsuki. Itsuki has four elder sisters - Ichika, Nino, Miku, Yotsuba. They are quintuplets and all do badly in their study. Meanwhile, Fuutarou's father Isanari Uesugi finds a new job, which lets Fuutarou be a tutor. Accidentally, his students are the Nakano quintuplet sisters. On his first day of being the tutor, the attitude of the quintuplets is not very cooperative, especially the second sister Nino, who puts sleeping pills into cookies that Fuutarou eats to make him fall into lethargy. While Fuutarou awakes, he finds Itsuki sends him home, where his younger sister Raiha Uesugi is waiting for him. Raiha treats Itsuki with meals and makes an appointment with Itsuki to visit Uesugi family again. However, what Fuutarou doesn't know is that the quintuplets have all destined to stay down.
2"Rooftop Confession"
"Okujō no kokuhaku" (屋上の告白)
January 17, 2019 (2019-01-17)[14]

Reception[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The series was nominated for "Next Manga Award 2018" (次にくるマンガ大賞 2018, Tsugi Nikuru Manga Taishou) organized by Niconico. Receiving 16,106 votes, the series eventually ranked eighth overall.[15]

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result
2018 "Next Manga Award" (次にくるマンガ大賞, Tsugi Nikuru Manga Taishou) Manga The Quintessential Quintuplets 8th place

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Nakano quintuplet sisters are ordered by the first character in their names, which are Kanji numbers from 1 to 5, indicating order of birth.
  2. ^ All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ayane Sakura Voices Quintuplets in "Gotoubun no Hanayome" CM". Crunchyroll. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Mateo, Alex (January 9, 2018). "Funimation to Stream Dubs for Date A Live III, ENDRO!, The Quintessential Quintuplets Anime, More Star Blazers 2202". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  3. ^ "Funimation President: 'We Tried to Renew Deal with Crunchyroll'". Anime News Network. December 14, 2018. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "The Quintessential Quintuplets Anime Reveals Visual, Cast, Staff". Anime News Network. October 19, 2018. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d Loo, Egan (November 25, 2018). "The Quintessential Quintuplets Anime Reveals More Cast, Theme Song Artists, January 10 Debut". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  6. ^ "マガメガ MAGAMEGA 五等分の花嫁". MAGAMEGA (in Japanese). Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  7. ^ "Kodansha USA Adds 4 New Digital-First Manga Licenses". Anime News Network. May 30, 2018. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  8. ^ Sherman, Jennifer; Pineda, Rafael (July 7, 2018). "Kodansha USA Adds The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Days, Love in Focus, Witch Hat Atelier Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  9. ^ "The Quintessential Quintuplets Manga Gets TV Anime in 2019 (Updated)". Anime News Network. August 7, 2018. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  10. ^ "The Quintessential Quintuplets Anime Premieres in January 2019". Anime News Network. September 14, 2018. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  11. ^ "The Quintessential Quintuplets Anime Listed With 12 Episodes". Anime News Network. January 11, 2019. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  12. ^ Ressler, Karen (January 9, 2018). "Crunchyroll to Stream B-Project 2, Date A Live III, ENDRO!, Quintessential Quintuplets Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  13. ^ "第1話「五等分の花嫁」" [Episode 1 - "The Quintessential Quintuplets"]. www.tbs.co.jp (in Japanese). Archived from the original on January 11, 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  14. ^ "第2話「屋上の告白」" [Episode 2 - "Rooftop Confession"]. www.tbs.co.jp (in Japanese). Archived from the original on January 17, 2018. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  15. ^ "次にくるマンガ大賞 2018" [Next Manga Award 2018]. Retrieved December 7, 2018.

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