Our look at the manga series The Quintessential Quintuplets continue! When we last left off, Nino and Itsuki got into a fight and moved out. Meanwhile Yotsuba is doing her Yotsuba things? Will Fuutaro be able to hold things together? Well after the image, let’s take a quick point-form look at the latest manga volume and find out!
Most of this volume concerns itself with the fight between Itsuki and Nino, the reasons and the subsequent reconciliation. But there is also a bit of time given towards Yotsuba. In the end it is mostly building on stuff we’ve see before, but it goes towards the general theme of the series.
That theme as I have said time and again is the idea that Fuutaro’s arrival into their world is radically changing the girls life. We see this with Nino and Itsuki’s fight because Nino can’t stand the idea of living in a world that wasn’t like their childhood. While the others are warming up to Fuutaro, Nino remains the last hold out, and we see that get put to bed in this volume.
And that remains probably the best part of Quintuplets so far, not the usual harem stuff. I mean, the girls remain cute, but the real meat is seeing these sisters and their unbreakable bond be tested by the arrival of a man. They’ve all had different reactions, but Nino remains the lone ‘bratty one’ among the bunch. She just wants things to stay the same, and she will do what she can to stop it.
Which sort of comes to a head here, and ends with the typical “come of age” haircut that often happens in shows. I have no doubt we will see more of Nino’s feelings as time goes on, but I was glad that this was ‘put to bed’ for the being.
For Yotsuba, she is once again the girl who ‘cares too much’ and wants to do everything for everyone. I liked how both Fuutaro and her sisters helped her get the courage to quit the track team, and it was quite funny how that all ended up.
Finally, I liked how Fuutaro quitting being the girls tutor leads to them deciding to move out into their own apartment, away from their father’s money. I wonder how long that will last, but it’s good to see the Quints getting more independent from their supposedly rich and arrogant father. It’s good drama that goes beyond the ‘Who will end up with who?” plot line.
Overall it is a solid entry into a solid series, letting the characters breathe and establishing more plots and themes than just the romance. Not much else to say except that, but I will not doubt have more to say when we get to the next volume!
Our look at the manga series Parallel Paradise continues! This time we are going to keep things short and sweet with a point form approach. I am considering making this my main way of reviewing manga from this point on. Mostly because unless there is a massive revelation that warrants it, sometimes there isn’t enough to talk about. I’m still going to do this though, so after the cut let’s take a dive into the ninth volume of Parallel Paradise!
I find it funny that despite having the strength to kill pretty much everyone, Galia decides to just play by the rules and wait once a day. Maybe funny isn’t the right word, because it can reek a little bit of narrative control (the character is too powerful?). Still, it’s humorous.
Seeing Nagomi, one of Meese’s new guardians just get absolutely wrecked by Galia was sad, because she was actually pretty badass.
My new favorite character is absolutely Kia. I don’t know how you got the idea of having a smol witch girl who main weapon are fucking grenades, but well done Lynn Okamoto, you get a raise.
Despite being surrounded by girls who will blow him at the earliest chance, I do like how Yota point blank refuses to mate with Amane unless she gives her consent. Even when the girls literally bend her forward so she’s ready. It’s a good example that despite the world, Yota hasn’t been consumed by his own lust yet.
Furthermore, I like how Yota still considers himself a virgin because he gets to ‘cheat’ with how the girls react to his touch. Again, the man is trying to play it fair.
Lilia returning was cute, especially that despite the real crisis, she still has to ‘pay the piper’ by being near Yota. I also like that Yota doesn’t trust her like he did before, and says ‘don’t worry, you’ll live.”
Amane continues the trend of each of the girls Yota meets having a fetish of some sort. Once again I am certain that these woman were man-made sex-dolls at one point, and this only furthers my belief (I am current with the manga, so I still have yet to be proven either way.)
I don’t know if the story is trying to mix the real world (which Yota is apparently in) and magical technology is working real well. It’s cool to see the girls view things like card-keys and passwords as some sort of mystical object, but in the bigger picture there are some questions that are in need of answering.
The sex scene, the only one in the volume was pretty good this time, again it’s good to see Yota get back into things after he has (understandably) been so desensitized to it. His method of trying to get Amane into bed was also clever and helps blur the line on whether Yota is a hero or a kind of scumbag.
Just to rip off the band-aid right away, I won’t be talking about the censored Crunchyroll version for this post. As funny as it is to laugh at the black boxes, some that took up an entire screen. I actually want to give my honest and fair thoughts on this show, because I think I might be one of the few who do. With that said, let’s take a dive into World’s End Harem after the cut.
A few months back I gave you my post on Infinite Stratos, a show that is probably the go to example for a basic harem anime, and one is both beloved and unloved because of it. I went on record saying I loved the series and that despite its dumbass protagonist, over-the-top dub, and sometimes fillerish nature. I had some great gags, most of the girls were memorable, and its use of CGI remains a decade ahead of its contemporaries. A guilty pleasure for sure, but one that harem fans can be happy about. But what about the second season? Well after the cut let’s take a dive into Infinite Stratos 2 and find out!
Our look at light novel version of High School DxD continues! It’s been a bit since we got back into this beloved series, but I’ve finally wrapped up the second entry and I want to talk about it! Will this installment continue the good will established in the first, or does the anime do things better? After the cut let’s take a dive into the second volume of the series: The Phoenix of the School Battle! and find out!
Winter 2022 is well underway and I’ll be honest. If you aren’t a fan of Attack on Titan, then there really isn’t much else. Good shows, but nothing that makes you go “Oh wow, this is a contender!” There is something to be said about one show holding the rest of the year hostage, but that is for another day. For now let’s see how my shows are holding up after three episodes!
I really wished I had been around and blogging in 2015 when this show came out. What it must have been like watching both this and Chivalry of a Failed Knight at the same time. The jokes, the memes, the discussion. Two shows that are both so similar, and yet so different in terms of quality. I’ve now watched both of them, and it’s time to give my thoughts. After the cut let’s take a dive into the anime The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water.