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5-toubun no Hanayome | Episode 5 and 6 Review

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Episode five and six thoughts

Jumping back into the swing of things here. It’s been a while since my last post on 5-toubun no Hanayome. Who would have thought that keeping up with five other anime would be so troublesome. But, for the record, I knew what I was getting into, especially with the daily publishing, and it’s been fun! So now, it’s time to get rolling on what I thought about episodes five and six of 5-toubun no Hanayome.

episode five thoughts

Not going to lie. With how episode four left off, it seemed to imply that Ichika was an actress. However, with how hard she tried to hide everything and keep things secretive, you couldn’t help but think that maybe she was an adult actress. I mean, that’s where my mind went, like why keep someone so secret and so mysterious? So picking up where we left off, going into episode five, I did think the worst. Luckily for me, it wasn’t to the extent that I thought it was going to be. However, the episode did confirm that Ichika was an aspiring actress looking to make it big.

Then that begged the question, “why is she trying so hard to hide it.” Which is what episode five was all about. Ichika’s explanation was understandable. She didn’t want anyone, including her sisters, to know until she made it big. I think that has to do with the fact that, as she’s the oldest siblings, she wanted to be an inspiration to her younger sisters, Ichika wanted to be the one who stood tall for them. However, I think the most important reason she decided not to tell anyone was that Ichika was afraid of failing, and in this instance, she was scared of letting down her sister. But then, in comes, Uesugi, whose ability to read and analyze the situation comes in clutch. His ability to understand people’s motivations and his ability to see through the façades that people put up is something I admire. Uesugi was able to see through Ichika, fake smile and make her realize that no matter what, her sisters will always be proud of her. Which was definitely the moral of the story for episode five.


episode six thoughts

Ah yes, the harem. We cannot go too long without reminding the viewer (myself) that 5-toubun no Hanayome is indeed a harem. We already have three of the five; now, it’s time for Uesugi to add two more to his group. Although episode six played more into the “harem” aspect of things, one thing I did like was Uesugi’s resolve. Uesugi reminds me a lot about Ichika from IS: Infinite Stratos. Even though they’re at the center of a harem, they are completely and utterly oblivious to it and are more worried about other things. In Uesugi’s case, he’s more concerned about making sure the five sisters pass so that he can continue to help pay off his family’s debt. I love it when we have a male protagonist who is oblivious to his harem. That’s something I’ve always found entertaining because it strays from what is considered ‘typical’ for the genre.

All that being said, there is something I kind of want to see happen in this series. Since episode six was all about Uesugi trying his best to prepare the sisters for midterms, with the spice being whether or not they (the five sisters) pass dictates if Uesugi continues to have a job or not. Something I would like to see is the five girls studying hard, only to end up failing and as they stand before their father, who hands his verdict down on Uesugi, exclaiming, “My conditions for you to keep your job was to make sure they all passed their midterms, as they did not, you’re fired.” I would like to see the five girls look on in shock as they urge and beg their father not to fire him because Uesugi tried his best to get them to pass, but it was ultimately on them. By the end of it all, this results in the father allowing Uesugi to keep his job on the promise from his girls that they will graduate high school. Now, I would LOVE to see this because it adds a whole new element, connecting the characters more deeply.

Anyway, enough of what I would like to see. Overall, episode six was nothing more than what I mentioned previously. But, of course, a harem episode, nothing more can be said about that.

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