It’s been a while since I talked about manga and since Valentines Day is on the horizon I figured why not talk about the cutest harem I have read in a while, The Quintessential Quintuplets.
The Quintessential Quintuplets or 5-Tōbun no Hanayome follows grade A student Uesugi Fuutarou as despite being a successful student his dad is in serious debt. So when he is given the opportunity to earn enough to help his family by becoming a tutor for a rich man’s daughter he accepts.
Only to find out that not only is his student in his class but there are more than one of them. In fact, he now has five reluctant students.
The five Nakano sisters are terrible students and have no interest in improving. However, Fuutarou needs to whip this family into shape if he wants to help his own.
It’s also revealed right out of the gate, on the first page actually, that he will end up marrying one of the sisters but of course it isn’t revealed who. I know this kind of plot device is used a fair bit in Harem stories but I really like this version of it.
The Quintessential Quintuplets stands out in the genre as, for one, the main character has a well-written personality and isn’t just a blank slate for the reader to project onto. Fuutarou is smart but bad with people, has a bit of an ego and can come across as mean or rude. However, he has an understandable motive and the reason he has to spend time getting to know the girls makes sense.
Also, the relationship with the sisters is both grounded in reality and very sweet to read. You can tell they do care for each other and while the tease and taunt their siblings they will do whatever they deem is necessary to protect their dear sisters.
Speaking of which, I still haven’t introduced them to you.
Ichika the eldest is very messy but is a caring person and dreams of being an actress. Nino is the tsundere one but is the one who keeps the sisters together, even if that means doing some dubious things to Fuutarou in attempts to scare him off.
Miku, my favourite of the sisters, is the quiet one but is a history buff and is the first to start warming up to our lead. Yotsuba is the hardest worker who gives everything her all but struggles the most with tests. Finally, the youngest Itsuki who is the first one we meet who is friendly with others but quick to anger.
I know there is an anime adaptation that came out recently but I have heard that the manga is better so I decided to read that instead and at the time of writing there are only seven volumes out anyway.
Not only is the story interesting with a likeable, if not lovable cast the art is super cute too and there is next to no fanservice either which while I don’t mind fanservice too much it’s nice to read something without gratuitous shots constantly.
Overall The Quintessential Quintuplets is a great read and I highly recommend it, even if Harems aren’t normally your cup of tea I’m sure you will enjoy this manga.