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5-toubun no Hanayome ∬ | Episodes 1 and 2 Review

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Episode One

What’s weird is that there has been a few anime I’ve watched now where the second season is produced by another anime studio. 5-toubun no Hanayome ∬ is one of them, originally produced by Tezuka Productions now produced by Bibury Animation Studios and if you close enough attention you can tell that there are slight differences between the first and second seasons of 5-toubun no Hanayome. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like the faces of the characters in the second season look a lot more round and the colours don’t feel as vibrant as they did in the first season, the colour scheme does feel a little more toned now.

Anyway something I did enjoy was that episode one started to involve more of Futaro’s past. Obviously, we know that one of the five sisters was the person who changed Futaro. So seeing more about who this person was and who Futaro was at the time was pretty cool. It makes me wonder who out of the five was the person he met. Another thing I enjoyed about the episode was that everyone is starting to clue in, well Futaro and Itsuki for that matter.

We all know at the end of the day, we want to know who this person was. It’s just a matter of which one out of the five is it. I love how the first episode doesn’t beat around the bush, we jump straight into it. Futaro knows its one of them and I’m sure Itsuki feels the same way. I assume that as the episodes progress, we’ll be learning more and more about who it could possibly be and I like that because we’re not going to sugarcoat this (well I think anyway).

Finally, the one thing that I enjoyed most about the first episode was that the OP and ED were sang by the voice actors of the quintuplets. “Gotoubun no Katachi (五等分のカタチ)” and “Hatsukoi (はつこい)” may not be songs I like just yet, however, the fact that both songs are sung by the voice actors adds to the overall vibe of the anime. Episode one was definitely a pretty good episode.

Episode Two

Nino is definitely my least favourite out of the five. While I understand that how she acts infront of Futaro is her form of defense, you can tell that she still isn’t overly comfortable with him. I’m sure her feelings towards him has something to do with it as well. We all as a matter of fact that in one way or another, each of the five have feelings for Futaro. Nino is one that has a hard time accepting them and expressing them, which is why she puts up a front. BUT MAN, too much attitude for my liking, major dislike for me without a doubt. She’s such an ass, kind of ticks me off.

To be quite honest, it’s because of Nino that I didn’t really enjoy watching the episode. Her character really brought down the entire mood of the episode to the point where it felt a little too frustrating to watch and that was something I didn’t like. Even though there were other things that populated the episode like Itsuki’s and Futaro’s heartfelt conversation, to Futaro scolding Yotsuba, somehow some way, we’d run it back to Nino giving attitude and acting all snobby and I really did dislike that. By comparison episodes one and two are like night and day. Episode one was a good episode, episode two was the complete opposite. Episode one was a lot more enjoyable, episode two was again, the opposite.

Oh and can I just say, Nino is also very contradictive because she had the opportunity to get rid of Futaro, who she calms is the source of all her problems last season after midterms. Heck, Futaro even told their father to find the sisters another tutor, but SHE WAS THE ONE WHO INTERVINED. Now, fast forward to the second episode of the new season, she’s back to cursing him. Like what the heck? Anyway enough of her.

Like, I do not even know what to say anymore. I just really disliked episode two. Hopefully episode three and four isn’t so bad.

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