Written by: April Prince
Harem anime is a huge part of the anime experience. From traditional harem to reverse harem, fans of the genre like to sit back, relax and watch a group of characters who fit into different archetypes fall in love with an oblivious protagonist who doesn’t notice that all their friends are in love with them until the end episode. Or in the case of the Quintessential Quintuplets, we get a nice movie to end the journey we’ve taken with these characters. So let’s review The Quintessential Quintuplets Movie ends the story on a high note, or leaves the romance at the door.
Based on the plot, the film takes place at two different times. We open the movie before the wedding between our protagonist Futaro Uesugi and one of the quintuplets, but we’re not sure which one yet. We then flash back to the main characters’ time in high school, specifically to the planning of their school festival. This school festival ends up being the catalyst for Futaro to tell the quintuplets that he has actually fallen for one of them, and he’s going to tell them after the festival who he’s decided to have a relationship with. This gives us our mystery for the film. Who does Futaro confess his love to, and which sister does he end up marrying? Fortunately, all the sisters decide to play a nice trick on Futaro by dressing up as five brides in matching outfits. Gotta keep the mystery alive, right?
The characters of the Quintessential Quintuplets are so well defined and clear in their archetypes that it makes it easy to pick out one to identify with. This is especially evident when looking at the Nakano sisters and how each one has different ambitions, interests and personality apart from the others. This also gives viewers incentive to have one or more sisters to root for when it comes to who ends up with Futaro. The choice to make the film a setup that Sister Futaro ends up marrying lends itself well to how the sisters are portrayed. Not to be outdone, the man himself is quite the character. Futaro is an academically gifted young man who tends to lean into a dull and straightforward approach to life. He can be full of himself, but that makes the moments where he’s open about his feelings that much harder.
The film has such a rich and inviting color palette. Everything feels as if it has been bathed in sunlight, but in a way that gives the feeling of looking out the window in midsummer. The high definition cinematic resolution makes everything pop even more. The music adds even more to the cozy feeling. If you’ve ever seen Clannad, the music has something akin to the whimsical yet comforting feeling behind it. This makes this a comforting watch and can feel like someone’s comfort film.
Speaking of who this movie is for, the elephant in the room is that this is the conclusion of a two-season series. So to be honest, there’s a whole story behind these characters that a first-time viewer wouldn’t know if they were to jump right into the movie without watching the series beforehand. That said, if one were looking for a movie about a group of sisters who fell in love with their teacher, there is enough substance there to enjoy the experience. However, it is recommended that you go back and experience the story from the beginning after watching the movie. Knowing the dynamics of the cast makes every moment that much sweeter.
All in all, The Quintessential Quintuplets Movie is an experience that leans into the warm and inviting. Where a lot of harem anime can lean back and forth between the love interests, QQ tends to be more wholesome in its presentation, and the film is no different. So if you’re looking for something simple and more on the sweet side, this might be the movie for you.
The film was first released in theaters in Japan in May 2022, while the US had to wait until December 2nd to see the conclusion of the story. While it’s sad to say goodbye to these characters, it’s nice to see Futaro find his one true bride, for the Nakano sisters to find not only a good teacher, but a husband/brother-in-law, and that everyone made it through the end year of high school—not to mention, at the end of the movie, the sisters decide where to go on their honeymoon. So let’s raise a glass to the newlyweds and wish the Futaro and Nakano sisters a happy and prosperous future.