The Quintessential Quintuplets (Episode 23) – Sisters War: Part 1

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It’s the school trip to Kyoto and it stirs up a lot of memories for Futaro, even if he doesn’t want to think about it. Regardless of what he wants, the quintuplets all seem to be determined to spend some time with him!

What happened?

Shopping for the school trip with his little sister, Futaro bumped into Itsuki and Yotsuba. That’s when Futaro’s little sister tells Yotsuba about Futaro’s first love, the girl he met in Kyoto five years ago!

Anyhow, they all go on the trip and while travelling by train to get there the quintuplets end up in a high-stakes game of poker where the winner gets to tell them all what to do. Each of them seems to be desperate to obtain that power and use it in some way involving Futaro.

After checking into the hotel, they all head out into the city, however, as they all want to spend time with Futaro no one was willing to ask if their groups would like to merge. So, Nino decides they should follow him instead. The arrive at the base of a shrine high in the mountains and try to follow.

The Quintessential Quintuplets Episode 23 The quintuplets play for keeps

Half-way up they lose him and discover that the trail splits in two. Yotsuba sees this as her chance and tells Nino, Ichika, and Itsuki to go one way while she takes Miku in the other direction in hopes of getting her to Futaro first. She won the poker game so what she says goes.

Ichika manages to slip away from Nino and Itsuki and races to the top. Once there, she puts on her Miku disguise and prepares to talk to Futaro. He’s not there yet though, and before she can do anything Yotsuba and Miku arrive. Yotsuba is furious and tells Ichika off. However, Futaro had just arrived and heard everything causing Miku to run. Nino also arrives and goes off at Ichika.

Futaro and Yotsuba try to find Miku but struggle. He reveals that he kind of knew about Miku which surprised Yotsuba. The next day, they head out while Miku and Nino stay at the hotel, feeling unwell. Itsuki takes Yotsuba and Futaro to another lookout – the one from the photo. When Futaro isn’t paying attention Itsuki asks Yotsuba why she won’t tell Futaro that she was the one he met all those years ago!

The Quintessential Quintuplets Episode 23 Yotsuba and Futaro

What did you think?

I thought this was a great episode. It moved the story along at quite a pace, but never felt rushed. It was also pretty sad to see Miku getting so upset and Ichika acting like a bit of a monster. Surprising to see Nino become the voice of reason, but the big shocker was the reveal about Yotsuba. I was sure it was Itsuki, but now it all makes sense… I think…

It would appear that Yotsuba has decided that she will back Miku to be with Futaro, which is why she’s not done anything herself. I was initially thinking that it would explain how she was the one dressed as Rena, but she seemed surprised when Futaro called the girl he met Rena. That put’s it back on it being Itsuki who did that, but I can’t work out why, as she seems to be supporting Yotsuba. It’s a mystery. I just hope no one gets hurt, especially Miku.

The Quintessential Quintuplets Episode 23 Yotsuba Nino and Itsuki shocked by Photographer

What have you learnt?

This season has had its ups and downs, but I feel like we’re heading towards a thrilling climactic episode. This one did a great job of pushing all the pieces into place and even throwing a couple of surprises at us. It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for since the opening scene at the beginning of episode one and I can’t wait to see it all come together.

I’m sure you know, I’m a big fan of foreshadowing, so I’m extra excited to see if they can pull off a satisfying conclusion that makes sense and closes off all the open doors. Who will Futaro choose? It’s not going to be an easy decision and as he said himself, it’s hard to make everyone happy. By choosing to make one person happy you invariable make another sad.

The Quintessential Quintuplets Episode 23 Itsuki getting flustered

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