Fuutarou Uesugi is a poor, antisocial ace student who one day meets the rich transfer student Itsuki Nakano. They argue but when Uesugi realizes he is to be her tutor, he tries to get on better terms. While trying to do so he meets four other girls.
I'll keep this short and simple (if possible). 5-toubun no Hanayome/Gotoubun no Hanayome/The Five Wedded Brides is a very sweet, romantic story thus far about the main protag, Uesugi, and quintuplet sisters who need tutoring in school to pass. Right at the beginning we find out that Uesugi marries one of the 5 sisters, but we don't know who yet which makes it so mysterious and interesting.
The story so far is great! The pacing is perfect in my opinion, and there isn't any filler (so far) to halt the progression of the story/plot. We find out many things about Uesugi and each sister,
and how different they are from one another. We learn how the sisters (somewhat) feel towards Uesugi and what they think of being tutored. (P.s. I love the sisters and seeing them work together at times is cute and amazing!)
I'm really enjoying this series and I really REALLY hope he ends up with Miku! But no matter who Uesugi chooses, I just want an amazing story! I'd recommend giving this a try to see if YOU will enjoy reading it, as not everyone will.
Rewriting the wheel. In a world where harem has been dogged, overdone and rehashed, 5-toubun no Hanayome is the revival of the harem genre. The story focuses on the protagonist (Uesegi) having to help quintuplet sisters graduate high school. While the premise of the story may not be original (hint hint "We Never Study), it wins in a place so many harems fail: pacing/plot and excessive fan service.
Due to the complexity of love stories, authors constantly dig themselves into a hole and introduce filler arcs, fan service or new girls to slow the story down. These speed bumps lead to a clunky, inconsistent story
that just isn't believable. In this manga, however, there are no problems. We learn about the characters without being distracted by constant fan service (clothing malfunctions). Thanks to this the story moves forward in a consistent, believable fashion with progress such a hand holding coming in 5 chapters instead of 50.
Overall, I feel like this manga is a huge upgrade from Nisekoi and harems others. If you want a story that possess good romance and pacing, this is what you're looking for! Enjoy!
5-toubun no Hanayome has an interesting premise for a harem by having not two nor three sisters, but five sisters as part of the harem. And to top it all off, they are quintuplets. They are each given a personality quirk and an appearance quirk in order for them to stand out. Our male protagonist is a standard, book-smart and uptight guy who has been hired to be a tutor to the sisters. As it turns out, the sisters are really bad when it comes to studying and are reluctant to have him as a tutor. But the guy has to stick to this job
because he is poor and has to think about his family. Thus the misadventures begin.
And while this premise seems interesting enough to create a decent enough length for a serialized manga, it falls short in establishing decent enough character arcs to drag it to that length, a problem that is generally faced when trying to establish multiple main characters. This is a problem that first time authors often face, especially when trying to force complexity where it isn't needed.
Over time, the sisters' personalities don't stand out too well, essentially resulting in simple and similar character arcs for all of them. The male protagonist, however, has much better faring in this regard. His uptight nature is brought to check under the unruliness of the sisters, who all are in love with him somehow.
There's not much to comment on the story itself, since there isn't much to it and it doesn't stray too far off of what you'd expect from a harem where characters are at least aware of being in a harem. This could lead to better story-telling eventually, and has been observed in simpler harem manga (like Ichigo 100%, for example), but this would really depend on whether the writer chooses to stray away from the self-contained and rather uninteresting path that the story is currently at.
The best part about the manga, however, is the art, which is crisp and while not too original, is good enough to create distinguishable characters for the most part. It is observably better than the art of Rengoku no Karma, a manga which was drawn by the same author.
All in all, what starts as an interesting premise for a harem romance, quickly mellows down into a more generic and uninteresting one. But, needless to say, it has potential if the author could add better complexity to the character arcs and manage multiple main characters in a single story, which is its biggest flaw. Whether it happens or not, only time will tell.
Better than Bokuben in terms of tutor-student relationship and studying together. One of the best Harem I've ever read.
I rarely read shounen harem because most of them have boring plots, many dull fanservices with weak execution, there is nothing else except for fun. I'm a bit subjective in this matter, even though I'm a girl I don't like reverse-harem too. But don't worry, I'm here to give what makes this series worth reading from the many harems out there. As subjective as possible without expressing hatred.
Even though I'm an anti-harem faction, on the other hand it doesn't become a problem as long as the series
presents a 'story' that is able to persuade me to read again and again. And this series did it, it piqued my interest.
I hate kind of team war like Nisekoi who put too many dramas like shoujo manga. But this series is different. Way better.
5-toubun no Hanayome presents a unique concept, this is the key why this series is very exciting to follow. Even though the author gives many 'past cuts' and signals 'what will happen in the future', it still makes the reader hope and curious. It might be predictable, but it's uncertain because of the identical resemblance, whether any changes can occur with many events that have passed from spending time together.
Fanservices aren't disgusting and mischievous, just as they are. The issues raised are also quite sensitive, there are changes to the twins' process, starting from the little things they really want, do and dream about. But that doesn't mean that this series is completely different, the twins also open in a certain period even though the process is not original (instant).
I like the approach to getting to know each other's characters, I'm quite observant and sensitive, but none of them makes me upset with their behavior. They are surprisingly normal. And if there are conflicts between them, they try to solve it and don't cover each other. The concept of twins is good rather than hostile to one another, no matter how different their personalities are, unity is the most important. There is a warm impression that is fun to see.
So far I have chosen Itsuki, she is stubborn (tsundere type), but she is one of the most rational thinking and mature after Ichika. Then there is Yotsuba, she is sweet, her jovial personality is always an encouragement, even though her existence is too visible as an outsider.
And the last thing, about 'sharing the time spent together'. Most harems usually get their share to get a certain moment, but this is not, is quite one-sided. Things that are done also usually give a silly and romantic impression at the same time. Don't forget the stunning 2-page panel pattern, it's really great.
I'm in love, very in love with this series. I enjoy it to the bottom of my heart.
Story: 8.5 / 10