The Quintessential Quintuplets Volume 7: They Kinda Learn?

Our look at the manga version of The Quintessential Quintuplets continues! Another quick point-form look here as we dive into the next volume. Not a comment on the quality of the story, in fact this volume is a return to form for the series, but just the better way to do this. Let’s get into the 7th volume after the image!

  1. Something I will talk about as we get to the end of the series, I do think Quintuplets would have been blessed by doing more ‘alternative endings’ involving the other sisters. It gives the fans what they want, but also fits with the idea that these are five identical sister. In this volume we see each of the girls having their own chapter about how they approach the final exam of the year. It’s a great way to see their difference perspective and ideas.
  2. Especially considering who ends up getting picked, it would have been nice to see each of the sisters having their own ending.
  3. Furthermore I like how each of the Nakano sisters are discovering their passions and what they want to do in this chapter. While Ichika has been well established about being an actress, we don’t know much about the other sisters. Seeing Miku and Itsuki talk about their dreams and jobs helps gives them good character development. I especially like Itsuki’s talk with her mother’s friend who lets her know that she needs to be a teacher for herself is a good moment.
  4. I don’t really care much for their father either. I mean, I get the story needs to have a bad guy, but I do think that this is the same thing as Food Wars and Bakuman. the story doesn’t need a villain. Let the plot itself be the hurdle to overcome. Having the father be mysterious and not supportive does make sense, but I really don’t think the story needs to to succeed.
  5. I love how Ichika remains the big sister and is trying to keep her feelings for Fuutaro hidden, while Miku is just totally upfront about wanting to confess. Poor Miku, you had no fucking change.
  6. Nino confessing at the end is a cool way to finish off the volume, especially since she sort of replaced Itsuki as being the tsundere in recent chapters.
  7. Overall I find that the 7th volume of Quintuplets to be a return to form after the sort of dull and re-treading ideas of the last handful of entries. The girls are discovering their dreams and Fuutaro is there to help shepherd them along. I’m sure things will change soon, but I am glad we are back on well-treaded ground here.


The Quintessential Quintuplets Volume 6: Quitting….this Haircut!

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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!

Requiem of the Rose King: Kissed by a Rose

A weak season means that most shows have been forgettable or just plain meh. It’s been a type of dry spell that is becoming more and more rare with the industry. However a dry spell it is and there has been little to really pull viewers in. I know I dropped a couple shows that I just couldn’t get into.  With that said however, there were some anime that I decided to stick with and see if anything good could come from them. The result? Well after the cut let’s take a dive into Requiem of the Rose King and find out.

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Don’t @ Me: Six of my Anime Opinions: Dewbond got a Speeding Ticket Edition

It’s Monday, which means it is time for this! Welcome to Don’t @ Me! The place, like me going 17 over the speeding limit, I find myself explaining myself to the police as I give my thoughts and views on everything anime and manga. This week I’m talking about the usual shit, just with a fucking 40 dollar ticket attached. Let’s get into it after the cut.

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Don’t @ Me: Six of my Anime Opinions: Back from Break II Edition

It’s Monday, which means it is time for this! Welcome to Don’t @ Me! The place where, like Kallen from Code Geass, I just can’t keep my top on as I give my thoughts, views and opinions on everything in the Anime world. Last week I took a break from the blog after the twofer of the Summer of Love and my Third Year anniversary. Now rested and recharged I’m ready to get back on the beat. Let’s get into it after the cut!

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Three Years of Shallow Dives in Anime

This week will mark the 3rd anniversary of Shallow Dives in Anime! I can’t believe that much time has passed, and frankly, I can’t believe that I’ve managed to keep it up.

Three years in, I’ve been shocked at how well the blog has done. It has always been a passion project of mine, something I used to get my thoughts out in the world instead of letting them stew in my mind. I haven’t set out to re-write the book on blogging, or give out some great, grandiose thoughts on this or that anime. I’ve just been a dude attempting to throw out his opinions on shows he likes, and perhaps do so with an honest and open mind.

That honest and open mind has, over the three years solidified into the real purpose of this blog. Hyperbole, cliquishness and arrogance is all over the place, and people would rather twist the words of this or that show to fit their viewpoints, instead of seeing things for what it is. I have tried to do the opposite. I don’t see anime for what it wants to be, I see anime for what it is. To cut through the bullshit and deliver points that are short, sweet and get to the gist of the matter.

Whether it is the brutal truth surrounding Wonder Egg Priority. Going to bat for Gundam SEED, talking about difficult ideas revolving Fate/Illya’s Kuro. Admiring the sheer courage of Redo of Healer. Trying to split the difference over Faye Valentine, or seeing what is good in shows that may not be. I’ve approached every anime that has crossed this blog, good or bad, sweet or sour, with a measure of fairness. There is very little I will not talk about on this blog, and whatever does come up almost always has something special to share.

As always I have many people to thank: CrowIrinaLynnScottYomu, PeteJon Spencer,,  iniksbane and infinitezenith for always being there for chat or comment. And most of all to you. If you have taken the time to look at one of my posts, leave a like, or even a comment. Know that you have always brought a smile to my face. and warmth to my heart.

So here is to three years of Shallow Dives in Anime. You can look forward to the Thursday post with the celebration review. One that has been a long, long time coming. I am very interested in seeing what people think, but for now, all I can say is this.

Thank you for reading my blog.