5-toubun no Hanayome | Episode 1 and 2 Review

Episode One and Two Thoughts

The 5-toubun no Hanayome Series has been something I’ve been wanting to get into for awhile, but I just never found the time. However, I’ve been on an anime watching blitz this year so in my opinion, the time to watch and catch up with the series is now. The first episode, as expected was the introductory episode. Five quintuplets who suck at school, and an honor student tasked with tutoring them, a gig that was to help his family and their debt problem. Straightforward enough, sure. However, I can immediately tell that it’s going to be a frustrating experience for me trying to get acclimatized to the different personalities and different motivations of the 5 sisters.

I also already love Fuutarou Uesugi, because he reminds me of all the other character voiced by one of my favourite voice actors Matsuoka Yoshitsugu. Uesugi is a little bit of Bell, Sora, Arata, Aito, Tomoya etc. The list an go on and on. I just love him as a voice actor and every main character he’s voiced has always been the character that I enjoyed the most. To me Matsuoka Yoshitsugu, is a person who can make any character he voices naturally entertaining and that’s fact. I especially like Uesugi’s unrelenting passion to have all five of them graduate together and will do whatever it takes to make it happen. I like that quality.

Now all this being said though, since 5-toubun no Hanayome is classified as a HaremComedyRomanceSchool, and Shounen, anything with the “Harem” tag immediately causes me to go into the series with extremely low expectations. I’ve seen enough anime under the same genres to know that the “harem/rom-com” aspect tends to take over the anime whether intended or not and whether you like it or not. In that regard, I’m pleasantly surprised. Uesugi’s character is definitely doing the heavy lifting right now; his determination to have the five sisters study even if they do not want to really did make both episodes pretty entertaining to watch.

I’m also surprised at how quickly these two of the five sisters (Yotsuba and Miku) were willing to accept Uesugi’s tutorage. Yotsuba accepted him with open arms, something I expected given that she’s a very loud and outgoing individual while Miku it took a little more convincing. Seeing Useugi pursue Miku all around school as the two battled it out with who new more about Japanese warlords was definitely the best part of episode two. I would love to see more of that in the coming episodes.

Overall, as I am going into this series with low expectations, I must say I am pleasantly surprised with how entertaining these two episodes has been. All the characters are interesting and have their own quirks, and I did laugh a couple throughout both episodes, which in most cases, is already an A for me. I’m looking forward to watching more episodes.