With The Quintessential Quintuplets Movie opening in theaters in North America this month (buy tickets now Fandango or Atom Tickets), fans can finally see what the future holds for the five Nakano sisters - Ichika, Nino, Miku, Yotsuba, and Itsuki - as well as discover which sister will marry our MC Futaro Uesugi in the end, that is, if you’re anime only. Fans of the Quintessential Quintuplets manga have been sitting on this ending for a quite some time now.
The Quintessential Quintuplets Movie plot
The Quintessential Quintuplets Movie follows the events of the second season with Futaro and the Nakano sisters finishing a school trip and preparing for their final days of high school. When I say The Quintessential Quintuplets Movie is a finale fans may or may not want, that’s because we have been waiting since 2019, when the season 1 finale aired and showed fans one of the Nakano sisters and Futaro will get married. Since then, every Nakano sister has had moments of development, moments of exploring their relationship with Futaro, and as viewers, we are finding ourselves drawn to one particular sister and storyline more. Because of that, we all have our best girl we are rooting for and if they aren’t the one to have their feelings reciprocated, we can’t help but feel slightly disappointed and maybe even a little confused? It’s likely you’ll walk away feeling either incredibly delighted or a bit disappointed depending on whoever you were rooting for.
The surprises of The Quintessential Quintuplets Movie
Leading up to this movie, I was certain I knew who the bride was going to be in the end, but I'm here to tell you I was wrong! The Nakano sister I thought would win the heart of Futaro was the character I thought had the most genuine moments with him, and was the one with the most support backed from her sisters. I mean, this was the character who during the last few episodes of season 2, all of the sisters were doing their best to support and create the best situation for their sister to get closer to Futaro. (If you’re caught up on the Quintessential Quintuplets series, you’ll know exactly who I am talking about).
How good is The Quintessential Quintuplets Movie?
Sadly, where I feel the movie fell short, is it reverted to the same formula we’ve seen in many harem anime where the lead character will get involved romantically with the first love interest they come across, as opposed to the character who may feel like the better fit. A perfect example of this would be the love triangle between Suburu, Emilia, and Rem in Re: Zero. IF YOU KNOW YOU KNOW!
I realize the first love interest is usually a character who influences and helps shape our MC into the character they are, and we would want to see them reunite, but sometimes, other characters may have a better romantic connection and story development. That is not to say the Nakano sister who was chosen is the wrong choice. In fact, I enjoyed the story and characterization of this particular sister, and the love and care they felt toward their siblings, and the love and care that particular sister had for their sisters is where I felt the movie succeeded.
One of the main points portrayed throughout the series was the love and support the Nakano sisters have for one another is and always will be most important to them. Even as the sisters started realizing they all were developing feelings for the same person, they always wanted to support and be happy for each other. Even if they made some poor choices at times, they realized their wrongs and chose to put each other first. During this movie, even when the suspense was over, and the sister was revealed, it didn’t automatically become all rainbows and butterflies for the happy couple. The sister understood balancing this relationship knowing how her sisters felt would be tricky, and before rushing into anything, she wanted to make sure her sisters would be okay. Despite a huge portion of the movie surrounding the question, 'Which sister will be with Futaro?,' the main takeaway at the end is the bond between sisters will always remain strong and that bond, that support, helps them succeed in a variety of ways.