The Quintessential Quintuplets (Episode 18) – The Last Exam

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Their father has laid down the law – if they fail the next exam they will all be transferred to a new school. With only two months to go to the exam, they are going to have study like never before!

What happened?

Futaro saw first hand what a jerk the Quintuplets’ father was and regardless of what he threatened, he still had one job to do and that was to make sure all five of the Quintuplets passed the exam. He quickly set down a schedule for them and went to work. Everything seemed to be going fine until one morning, Itsuki was nowhere to be found.

Well, it turns out she visits their mother’s grave every month on the fourteenth. This time, however, there was another visitor – one of their mother’s students. She thought that Itsuki was her mother for a brief moment, but then realised that would be crazy, so she took Itsuki for lunch.

She told Itsuki that she had been so inspired by her mother that she too became a teacher. It’s something that Itsuki, herself, has been considering and this seemed to be the thing that made her sure. However, the former student told her to make sure that she wanted to do it for a reason more than just honouring her mother.

After more studying, they hit the wall. Futaro consulted his handbook and discovered that over cramming can be counterproductive so he order them to take a day off and go to the theme park. However, Yotsuba went missing. Futaro found her on the ferris wheel studying. She revealed that she was the only one to fail the exam that got them kicked out of their last school and didn’t want to hold them back again.

After looking at her Japanese work, Futaro realised that each of the Quintuplets had their own skill and that he should use that to help them teach each other. After several more weeks of studying, it was time for the exam…

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What did you think?

So, I am enjoying this season, however, there is something that I can’t quite put my finger on that is stopping me from fully becoming invested in the story once more. One thing that it might be is that I feel like the humour has faded. I’m sure the first season was funnier and still managed to have touching moments.

This season also feels a little rushed. It’s almost as if they are determined to make this the last season of the anime. We’ve got past the exam and still have six more episodes to go. It’s obvious now that Yotsuba, Miku, Ichika, and Nino all like Futaro, so that’s going to be the focus to the end where we will discover which of the girls will end up marrying him!

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What have you learnt?

Even if I ignore the change of animation, this season feels like a completely different story. I just mentioned the change in humour and pacing. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it has done enough for it to not fit with the first season. I’d be curious to see just how different it is by watching them back to back, however, I’ll save that experiment for another day. I guess what I’m saying is that when transitioning from one season/book to another, it’s important that the feeling remains the same, especially if they follow on so closely. Even a small change can be jarring, and anything that pulls you out of the story is not welcome.

The Quintessential Quintuplets Episode 18 Miku Yotsuba and Itsuki

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