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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Themes include friendship, sisterhood, understanding others, and being honest with your feelings. Impact of positive themes is sometimes undercut by exaggerated humor that involves frequent teasing, sexualized high school youth, and stereotyped character types.
Positive Role Models
Characters are defined by a single personality trait and are not complex individuals. However, they do learn to show kindness in friendships and sibling relationships as they feel remorse for bickering, selfishness, lying/trickery, and hurting others' feelings.
Characters from different economic classes develop meaningful and non-judgmental friendships. The portrayal of one family living in debt is one-dimensional and stereotyped. A wealthy character who was poor in the past shows empathy and understanding for a poor character. The characters don't reflect the racial diversity in Japanese culture.
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Violence & Scariness
Characters tease each other, point out each others' weaknesses (low test scores, social awkwardness, etc.), and call each other names ("pervert," "stupid"). Problems are quickly solved and characters show remorse in more intense scenarios. In one scene, two characters slap each other as part of a tense argument.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Plot centers around romantic tension between five sisters and their male tutor. Conflict in some episodes comes from characters being in accidental but suggestive scenarios (e.g., falling on top of each other when pushing to safety, seeing someone after their bath). Female characters are shown in revealing clothes or partially nude (covered by a towel or sheets, intentional camera shots of cleavage). One character frequently makes sexual innuendos. The sisters incorrectly accuse the male character of having sexual intentions.
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Characters use curse words like "damn," "shit," and "hell." In one scene, a character shows her middle finger. Characters insult each other with words like "slugs," "half-wits," and "pervert."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In two instances, a character is given a non-alcoholic drink that makes him fall asleep; it's implied that the drink is spiked with sleeping pills or a similar substance, though drugs are not explicitly shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Quintessential Quintuplets is a romantic comedy anime about the growing friendship between five identical sisters and their male classmate. The main themes are developing new friendships, navigating sibling tension, and dealing with unexpected romantic feelings. Characters start off disliking each other, so they often tease each other with name-calling. Mistaken identity (sisters swapping clothes and hairstyles, characters wearing disguises, etc.) often leads to characters tricking each other -- sometimes meanly and sometimes unintentionally. Over the course of the series, this becomes less frequent and characters deal more maturely with complex emotional problems. Sexual imagery is common throughout the series. There is partial nudity (cleavage, covered by sheet/towel) and a visual focus on female characters' bodies (lips, legs, covered breasts). Characters frequently almost kiss, accidentally fall on each other, make sexual jokes, and have sexual tension the show portrays as comedic. The male character interacts with the sisters in these moments, but he never pursues sexual activity or shows a desire for it. Language and profanity is limited to curses like "damn" or "hell" and name-calling ("half-wit," "stupid," "loser"). The overall tone of the series is light-hearted, so there's little to no violence and scariness.
Is It Any Good?
Archetypical characters and unlikely plot setups make for relatable storytelling that's fun but a bit contrived. The Quintessential Quintuplets features high school students with strong but distinct personality types, which helps young viewers see themselves in the characters. Serious Futaro (Josh Grelle), flirty Ichika (Lindsay Seidel), aggressive Nino (Jill Harris), shy Miku (Felecia Angelle), peppy Yostuba (Bryn Apprill), and friendly but defensive Itsuki (Tia Ballard) all accept and admire each other's differences, and when their personalities clash they ultimately learn to understand and treat each other better. However, the show's commitment to simple, archetype characters means that the characters' growth is limited. They often fall back into the same habits and repetitive conflicts, which can make the plot feel contrived, especially when the show forces the characters into unlikely scenarios fueled by miscommunication and over-the-top reactions. That said, the overarching themes are also relevant to teens' common troubles with romance, family, academic achievement, and self-discovery.
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