The Quintessential Quintuplets

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The Quintessential Quintuplets
The Quintessential Quintuplets volume 1 cover.jpg
Volume 1 tankōbon cover, featuring the Nakano quintuplets
五等分の花嫁
(Go-Tōbun no Hanayome)
GenreHarem,[1] romantic comedy[2]
Manga
Written byNegi Haruba
Published byKodansha
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Magazine
Original runAugust 9, 2017 – present
Volumes11 (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. "Five Equal Brides") is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Negi Haruba. It has been serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine since August 2017, and has been collected in 11 tankōbon volumes as of September 2019. The series is published in English by Kodansha USA under the Kodansha Comics imprint.

The series follows the daily life of a high school student Futaro Uesugi who is hired as a private tutor for a group of quintuplets who perform poorly academically.

An anime television series adaptation produced by Tezuka Productions aired from January 10 to March 28, 2019 on TBS and other channels. The anime series is licensed in North America under Crunchyroll-Funimation partnership.[3][4] A second season has been announced.[5]

Plot[edit]

High school student Futaro Uesugi is an academically gifted student that leads a difficult life — his mother has died, he has no friends, and on top of all that, his father has incurred a large amount of debt.

An opportunity presents itself when the rich Nakano family transfers to his school. Futaro is promptly hired as a highly-paid tutor. However, much to Futaro's dismay, he discovers that his five charges — identical quintuplet sisters of varied personalities — have no interest in studying at all and abysmal grades. Some of the quintuplets are against having Futaro, whom they view as a stranger, in their apartment, but Futaro's diligent tenacity gradually convinces those girls to accept him and to improve their grades.

Throughout the series, Futaro develops special relationships with each of the quintuplets. Through a flashforward, it is revealed that he eventually marries one of the quintuplets, though her identity remains unknown.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

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 11 tankōbon volumes.[6] The series has been published in English by Kodansha USA under their Kodansha Comics imprint digitally since June 28, 2018, with a line of physical releases beginning publication on January 1, 2019. As of September 2019, ten digital volumes have been published.[7][8]

Commercial[edit]

In October 2017, a television commercial for the manga was released where Ayane Sakura voiced all five girls.[2]

Anime series[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.[10] The series aired from January 10 to March 28, 2019 on the TBS, Sun TV, and BS-TBS channels.[11][12] The series ran for 12 episodes.[13] Crunchyroll streamed the series with Funimation providing the English dub as it airs.[14][3] A second season has been announced.[5]

Kana Hanazawa, Ayana Taketatsu, Miku Itō, 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 Itsutsugo), while Aya Uchida performed the ending theme song "Sign".[12]

Other[edit]

Characters from the series appeared in a collaboration event in the mobile game Venus 11 Vivid!! from May 25 to May 31, 2019.[15]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The Quintessential Quintuplets received positive reviews, most notably for its romantic comedy and harem elements.[2] Paul Jensen of Anime News Network found the series enjoyable and rated a 4 out of 5 to the series, as he commented "The jokes are funny, the characters range from tolerable to likable, the fanservice doesn't go overboard, and there's no creepy or obnoxious plot point to spoil the party. There's nothing revolutionary about it, but it does a lot of basic things well without showing any major flaws, and that's enough to make this premiere good clean (well, clean-ish) fun."[1] Patrick Frye of Monsters And Critics noted that there was "little to no ecchi shenanigans or degrading fan service and the girls move beyond the initial stereotypes and become fleshed-out characters that create a fun dynamic with the main character, Futaro Uesugi. Audiences are tired of watching a lucky everyman stumble his way through unlikely scenarios. Instead, Futaro’s no-nonsense attitude wins the day."[16] Kyle Rogacion of Goomba Stomp praised the plot of the anime, but criticized its art style and fanservice gags.[17] The series has a current score of a 4.6 out of 5 stars on Crunchyroll as of April 2019.[18]

Meanwhile, the manga series has 2 million volumes in print as of January 2019.[19] By February 2019, the manga series had sold 2.9 million volumes between November 2018 and May 2019.[20]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The series was nominated for "Next Manga Award 2018" (次にくるマンガ大賞 2018, Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Taishou) organized by Niconico. Receiving 16,106 votes, the series eventually ranked eighth overall.[21] In May 2019, it won the award for Best Shōnen Manga at the 43rd annual Kodansha Manga Awards, alongside To Your Eternity.[22]

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result
2018 "Next Manga Award" (次にくるマンガ大賞, Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Taishou) Manga The Quintessential Quintuplets 8th place
2019 Kodansha Manga Award Shōnen Manga The Quintessential Quintuplets Won

References[edit]

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  15. ^ "『ビーナスイレブンびびっど!』×『五等分の花嫁』コラボ情報が到着。一花、二乃、三玖、四葉、五月が登場". Dengeki Online (in Japanese). Kadokawa Corporation. May 17, 2019. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
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  17. ^ Rogacion, Kyle (February 3, 2019). "Winter 2019 Anime Staff Viewer's Guide". Goomba Stomp. Archived from the original on February 22, 2019. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
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  19. ^ "Roundup of Newly Revealed Print Counts for Manga, Light Novel Series - January 2019". Anime News Network. February 2, 2019. Archived from the original on February 2, 2019. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  20. ^ "Roundup of Newly Revealed Print Counts for Manga, Light Novel Series - February 2019 (Updated)". Anime News Network. March 3, 2019. Archived from the original on March 3, 2019. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  21. ^ "次にくるマンガ大賞 2018" [Next Manga Award 2018]. Archived from the original on September 4, 2018. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  22. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (May 10, 2019). "43rd Annual Kodansha Manga Awards' Winners Announced". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on May 10, 2019. Retrieved May 10, 2019.

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