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.