Gotoubun no Hanayome [Review]
“One day, a poor high school second-year named Futaro Uesugi comes across a private tutoring gig with good pay, but his pupils are his classmates. In fact, all five are quintuplets, each gorgeous but also on the brink of flunking out of school.” – Gotoubun no Hanayome (manga)
Gotoubun no Hanayome is slow in the first half of the show but picks up after the fourth or so episode. While it’s a harem and you can imagine the type of shenanigans that a harem usually involves, however; Gotoubun no Hanayome is so well written that those cliches rarely make an appearance.
Artwork & Animation:
As quintuplets character designs are important to differentiate them but also connect them! I love the different colored hair yet same facial qualities which allow for easy switch-a-roos as we see throughout the anime. Also keeps the identity of the “wife” at the beginning of the show. The animation, on the other hand, wasn’t at the quality it needed to be to bring this romantic comedy to its fullest potential. Some animation scenes were choppy and some sloppiness in the artwork throughout the show brings it down.
With five different heroines, the main character, and other side characters here and there, you can imagine the pacing of the character development needed to be impeccable. To be able to squeeze all of it in twelve episodes without ignoring any of the characters is a feat to be proud of. The character development and the bonds that are made throughout the show are so heartfelt and reasonable creating a good dynamic between all of the characters.
Sound (OST & Voice Acting):
Surprisingly enough, the soundtrack is quite dynamic! Full of energy, much like our favorite quintuplets, the soundtrack features a number of different styles and sounds. The soundtrack ranges from fun orchestral pieces to emphasize our favorite heroine’s financial status, to slow piano pieces for those emotional scenes, as well as fun upbeat electronic music for the over the top scenes.
Good news! Season two is already confirmed, waiting on that airing date to be released! I’m beyond excited and can’t wait to see all of the quintuplets again!
Don’t let Goutobun no Hanayome fool you into thinking it’s another show with harem shenanigans! A well-written story and complex characters create a fun dynamic that keeps the audience engaged and interested in the story. Back with a well-rounded soundtrack makes for a show that’ll keep you laughing and smiling throughout the show!
Best Girl: Itsuki Nakano
Ok let’s be honest here, this is a tough choice, but after weighing the pros and cons I enjoyed seeing Itsuki the most out of all the girls. I also have a soft spot for Tsunderes (which is why Nino also ranks highly…).