Second Season of The Quintessential Quintuplets
Genre(s): Romance, Harem, Slice of Life, School, Comedy
Age-Appropriateness: 14+ (Occasional profanity, partial nudity)
Platforms: Crunchyroll, Funimation
TheAwersome Rating: 8.7 / 10 (Great, fleshed out, real characters and great writing)
Premise: Through their tutor Futaro Uesugi’s diligent guidance, the Nakano quintuplets’ academic performance shows signs of improvement, even if their path to graduation is still rocky. However, as they continue to cause various situations that delay any actual tutoring, Futaro becomes increasingly involved with their personal lives, further complicating their relationship with each other.
On another note, he slowly begins to realize the existence of a possible connection between him and the past he believes to have shared with one of the five girls. With everyone’s feelings beginning to develop and overlap, will they be able to keep their bond strictly to that of a teacher and his students—or will it mature into something else entirely?
TheAwersome’s Thoughts: The second season keeps going strong, and in a myriad of directions I hadn’t anticipated; I was pleasantly surprised. You will want to buckle in a bit as, predictably, things get dicey (and a little spicy) this season as the simmering emotions of all involved come to a boil. But because the dynamics and characters themselves are realistic to a Toradora/Bunny Girl Senpai level, it doesn’t feel like any of the drama is there simply for drama’s sake, or rather in a forced way. It’s all quite satisfying.
What is a little less satisfying, is that we get strung on for the final cliffhanger of needing to watch the Movie to see how it all ends up!
TLDR: Same excellent caliber as before, with many things coming to a head.
There is a grand finale movie that will be reviewed next week.
Something I really like about this show in general, and specifically this season, is the double-genre aspect. I didn’t feel that the focus of the show was the usual harem fodder of “here’s the ___ character, and here are scenes that lead them to fall in love with the protagonist! Now on to the next one!” The true focus I felt was the growth of the sisters grappling with their individual identities, wants, and desires vs that of being a tightly knit unit of quintuplets. The inevitable rivalry aspect of comparing against others who have your same DNA and (allegedly) same upbringing yet are so different from yourself. Balancing self-sacrifice for the good of the family vs. taking care of yourself. It’s really a sister/coming of age story first, and harem romance second, which I feel made both aspects more enjoyable.
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