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Counter-clockwise from top left, and from eldest to youngest: Ichika, Nino, Miku, Yotsuba, Itsuki.

"Our mom often told us, that if one of us screwed up then all five of us would overcome it. If one of us was happy then all five of us would share in it.
Same with Joy, Sadness, Anger, and Love.
All of it would be split into five equal parts among us."
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Fuutarou Uesugi is a poor, antisocial ace student, who one day meets rich transfer student Itsuki Nakano. They get on each other's nerves, and part ways on bad terms. But then, Fuutarou gets assigned a tutoring job that pays five times the usual amount, which he eagerly accepts, to provide for his debt-ridden family. Realizing that his student-to-be is Itsuki, he immediately goes about trying to patch things up between them. While undertaking this task, he meets four other girls: Ichika, Nino, Miku and Yotsuba, later revealed to be Itsuki's quintuplet sisters, and learns that his true task is to tutor all five of them and make sure their flunking grades improve and carry them on to graduation, despite their initial discontent with him and complete lack of interest in studying.

Meanwhile, in a Flash Forward to a few years later, Fuutarou is bound to marry one of the Nakano sisters. But with all five sisters falling for him through his tutoring, which one of them will be his bride?

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The Quintessential Quintuplets (original Japanese title: Go-Toubun no Hanayome, literally meaning "A Bride in Five Equal Parts") is a manga series by Haruba Negi, serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine starting from 2017. It was then licensed by Kodansha USA for a North American release, with the first volume coming in June 2018.

The manga has officially ended in February 2020 with the release of Volume 14, with a total of 122 chapters published.

The manga received an anime adaptation in the Winter 2019 season, with animation by Tezuka Productions. A second season has been announced.

Compare We Never Learn, a Weekly Shōnen Jump manga that started the same year and shares a similar premise.

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The Quintessential Quintuplets provides examples of:

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  • Actually, I Am Him:
    • When Fuutarou finally catches up to Itsuki in the latter's apartment, she tries to blow him off by saying that she has a tutor coming over soon. Cue an Oh, Crap! reaction from her when he points out that he is the tutor.
    • At the end of Chapter 70, students in his class on separate occasions ask Fuutarou to pass a message/item to Miku and Ichika respectively... completely unaware that's she's standing right next to him.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: As the manga art shows, the sisters share their hair color, albeit with each one having a slightly different shade. The anime adaptation instead gives the girls distinctly different hair colors for the viewer's convenience; in-universe, the girls are meant to have the same hair color.
  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: A minor example of this crops up in Episode 8 of the anime, which reveals that the quintuplets all have e-mail addresses that follow a very predictable pattern, as Ichika, Miku, Yotsuba, and Itsuki's e-mail addresses are "n.ichika0505@socomo.ne.jp", "n.miku0505@socomo.ne.jp", "n.yotsuba0505@socomo.ne.jp", and "n.itsuki0505@socomo.ne.jp", respectively. With that in mind, it should not have been too difficult for Fuutarou to figure out Nino's e-mail address, even if she refuses to give it to him. If that happened, however, then Fuutarou would not have inadvertently left his student notebook with Nino and she would ultimately not have seen the old photo of him as a blonde-haired child. The original manga does not have this issue, as Chapter 13, on which that segment of the episode is based, gives a portion of a completely different e-mail address for Nino, and does not show readers any of the other quintuplets' e-mail addresses.
  • All Just a Dream:
    • Fuutarou thinks that this happened in Chapter 108 while he is resting on the bottom of a stairwell and on the verge of falling asleep from exhaustion. Upon finding him and standing at the top of the stairs, Yotsuba apologizes to him for not being able to keep the promise she made with him when they were kids. As his back was turned to her, Fuutarou thinks that he is speaking to Rena and simply tells her not to worry about it, and that it is more important to focus on the present rather than the past. He then falls asleep, and Yotsuba takes the chance to kiss him as a way of distancing herself from her childhood memories of him, in order to find her own purpose for being. Because of his fatigue, Fuutarou wound up thinking that he dreamt the whole thing.
    • The final chapter brings up the possibility that the events of Fuutarou's wedding was simply a dream by him, and that he dozed off while he and the quintuplets were planning a trip to celebrate their high school graduation. Some lines prefacing Flash Forward scenes to the wedding from past chapters also support this by implying that Fuutarou was dreaming up said scenes. However, it is just as likely that Fuutarou simply had a Flashback to his time just after graduation and the wedding will and did happen anyway.
  • All Myths Are True: Two such examples during the series.
    • During the field trip, there is a legend that states that a couple who hold hands and dance together during the closing bonfire will ultimately end up married. During the bonfire itself, Fuutarou falls ill and has to be hospitalized, resulting in all of the quintuplets holding his hand at his bedside. It is also during the field trip where Maeda asks a girl out and dances with her at said bonfire. He ultimately marries her and they are expecting a child by the time Fuutarou gets married.
    • Near the ryokan where the quintuplets' grandfather lives, there is a large bell with a legend that says a couple who ring it together are destined to be eternally bound. At the end of the Scrambled Eggs arc, one of the quintuplets tackles Fuutarou to the ground and plants The Big Damn Kiss on his lips, causing him to grab the bell's rope and ring it. Which quintuplet kissed him, however, is left ambiguous as they were all dressed as Itsuki at the time, but a Flash Forward in the same chapter confirms that it was the one Fuutarou would ultimately marry, which the final chapter confirms is Yotsuba, the eventual bride.
  • All Periods Are PMS: Subverted. In Chapter 57, when Fuutarou demanded to know why Itsuki was missing from one of their study sessions, her sisters hinted that it was because of this trope. The implied explanation, however, completely flew over his head because the only girl he really interacted with before the Nakanos was his 11-year-old sister. By the time Yotsuba got the nerve to spell it out for him, Nino cut in and told him the actual truth: Itsuki visits their mother's grave once a month on the 14th, the anniversary of her passing.
  • Always in Class One:
    • The story starts out with Fuutarou being in class 2-1, with Itsuki transferring into that class as well.
    • In Chapter 69, Fuutarou and the quintuplets advance to their third year, and are all placed in class 3-1. Chapter 70 introduces Takeda, who is in the same class. Chapter 78 reveals that Maeda was also placed in this class upon reaching his third year.
  • Animation Bump: Almost all of the animation work for Episode 11 of the anime was outsourced to Shaft, which resulted in an improvement in tone and fluidity compared to Tezuka.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • The Festival Arc, which starts with Fuutarou gathering the girls (and his sister Raiha) to the spot where they will see the fireworks in an hour. The plot then switches primarily to Ichika (and Miku) and her aspirations to have a career in the entertainment industry.
    • Chapter 13 seemingly starts off the arc focusing on Yotsuba (who still doesn't have her own arc yet) and her unwillingness to say no when Fuutarou is on a task of getting the girls contacts, and while she has been offered to join the basketball club, Yotsuba actually declined on her own, ending that arc in one chapter.
    • The end of Chapter 17 has Miku sleepwalking to her room, where Fuutarou is sleeping on her bed. Chapter 18? Fuutarou noticed her just in time, and averting that misunderstanding. Later on, he uses another misunderstanding to make amends with Itsuki (with the two of them having had a fight earlier) with both of them pretending that Itsuki is actually Miku.
    • The Second Year Last Exam Arc would have given Yotsuba the most focus due to being the least intelligent of the five (with even their father mentioning about that aspect. Come to that arc, Yotsuba is the second character featured and it ends with her passing. And the bigger twist is that Ichika managed to score the highest of the quintuplets, torpedoing Miku's determination of wanting to confess to Fuutarou.
    • The last chapter of the Second Year Last Exam Arc shattered the previous switch, where the bait is Nino reveals to Fuutarou she passed mid-chapter (whereas everybody else have their test scores shown at the end of the chapter) and the switch is Nino openly states that she's in love with Fuutarou.
  • Balanced Harem: All of the sisters have at least one "advantage" in their relationship with the main character.
    • Ichika reveals that she's an actress to Fuutarou early on, before she told any of her sisters, and her feelings for him grow gradually but visibly.
    • Nino starts out as the most antagonistic towards him but falls for his "cousin" Kintarou and then admits she has fallen for the real Fuutarou, even being the first girl to confess and actively act on her feelings.
    • Miku is the first to admit her feelings for him, as well as the only quint whose identity Fuutarou managed to guess in the Scambled Eggs arc.
    • Yotsuba is the least antagonistic towards Fuutarou right from the beginning, and is his strongest supporter throughout the series. She's also the girl from the Kyoto trip that inspired him to change in the first place, and having loved him ever since that day, was the very first quint to fall in love with him.
    • Itsuki is the first girl introduced and the only one who spent several days in Fuutarou's house, although she doesn't get a lot of romantic hints outside of that.
  • Beach Episode:
    • Chapter 91 is this, with Fuutarou and Raiha going to the beach during the summer. However it is also somewhat of a subversion as the quints do not show up because they are moving house, so Fuutarou spends time with his classmates instead.
    • Chapter 92 is a Pool Episode which is kicked off after Fuutarou invites the quintuplets to a public pool to hang out.
  • Benevolent Boss: It does not crop up much, but the managers of the bakeries where Fuutarou and Nino, and Miku work at, have been shown to be this.
    • The manager of "Revival", the bakery where Fuutarou and Nino work, has been shown to be rather patient with Fuutarou and Nino as employees. In particular, Fuutarou recounted to Nino that he committed several mistakes and accidents on the job, but was not penalized by the manager for them. The manager also did not blame Nino for messing up a batch of dough on her first day when the store was expecting an renowned food critic. When the quintuplets were celebrating passing their exams, he allowed them to eat on the house and let Fuutarou use his motorcycle to fetch Nino.
    • The manager of "Komugiya", the bakery where Miku works, was willing to hire her despite her lack of culinary skill and trained her in baking until she improved. Despite the fact that Miku's bread was still considered subpar by the bakery's standards and unable to be sold, the manager was still supportive and happy about her progress nonetheless. The manager also allowed Miku the use of the bakery's facilities on the morning of the first day of the Kyoto school trip so that Miku could bake bread for Fuutarou, despite there being no benefit to the business for doing so.
  • The Big Damn Kiss:
    • At the end of the Scrambled Eggs arc, one of the quintuplets tackles Fuutarou to the ground and plants one of these on his lips. Because all of them were dressed as Itsuki at the time, Fuutarou has no clue which quintuplet kissed him. The final chapter ultimately reveals that it was Yotsuba, the quintuplet that Fuutarou marries.
    • The School Festival arc features all of the quintuplets, bar Itsuki, giving Fuutarou one of these at the end of their respective focus chapters.
      • In Chapter 102, Ichika considers that Fuutarou is going to choose and confess to one of her sisters, and asks a pointed Armor-Piercing Question by wondering if he would be happy with his choice, all the while notably leaving out herself as a viable option. After Ichika pretends to fall asleep on a bench, she catches Fuutarou fixating on her lips, prompting him to comment that he did indeed consider her as someone he could confess to. This leads Ichika to kiss Fuutarou before shyly asking if she was his choice.
      • In Chapter 104, Fuutarou makes Nino realize that Maruo attended the school festival, but had to leave early due to work obligations, despite the latter's belief that he ignored her invitation completely. As a result, Fuutarou takes Nino to the hospital where he works, and ultimately helps to patch up her relationship with her father. This, in combination with all he has done for her in the past, spurs her to kiss him in the hospital's hallway, right when Maruo's back is turned.
      • In Chapter 106, Miku demonstrates the culmination of her Character Development in going from a Shrinking Violet to a person that can confidently and assertively express her views. To wit, on her own, she manages to resolve the conflict between the boys and the girls in her class in running competing food stands during the festival. After Fuutarou notes that she Grew a Spine, and states that she does not have to be reserved around him any more, she responds by planting a Forceful Kiss on his lips.
      • In Chapter 108, after Yotsuba collapsed from overworking herself during the festival, Fuutarou points out that people who she helped in the past, including himself, banded together to cover her share of the work and that it is necessary for her to depend on others at times. This prompts her to decide that she must find something to live for, and leads her to conclude that she has to divest herself of any meaning she obtained from her memories with Fuutarou. Having already decided to not pursue Fuutarou romantically, she kisses him while he is asleep as a way of letting go, and then breaks down in tears over it as the act finally cracks her Stepford Smiler persona.
      • In Chapter 111, this is averted and Played for Laughs. After rejecting the views her biological father, Mudou, tried to foist upon her, Itsuki turns and walks towards Fuutarou, all while thanking him for teaching her that there is value to her mother's views and memory. Having been kissed by all of the other quintuplets, Fuutarou similarly expects that Itsuki will also kiss him, but she instead walks right pass him. As such, Fuutarou chuckles as a way of releasing the stress from this, visibly unnerving Itsuki.
  • Big Fancy House: The Nakanos all live in a high-rise apartment, but theirs has two floors with individual bedrooms for each of the sisters.
  • Bland-Name Product:
    • Episode 1 of the anime has Itsuki paying for Fuutarou's taxi fare with a "Viza" credit card.
    • In Episode 8 of the anime, Fuutarou uses "HeIN2" brand tomato ketchup as fake blood to play along with Yotsuba's ruse that he was deathly sick. The same episode also shows that Fuutarou and the quintuplets have e-mail addresses with the "hardbank" and "socomo" services, respectively, which are parodies of the real life companies "softbank" and "docomo".
    • Chapter 36 has the characters shopping at "Dalce & Cappana."
  • Book-Ends: In almost every manga volume, there is a connection in the first chapter that is echoed in the last chapter.
    • Volume 1 focuses on Fuutarou's monologue started about his first impression with the Nakanos and ended about how Fuutarou discovers himself in his association with the Nakanos.
    • Volume 2 started with Fuutarou and Nino being photographed by Itsuki with her cellphone and ended up a photo of Fuutarou with one of the Nakanos 5 years ago.
    • Volume 3 started with 3 of the Nakanos telling Fuutarou to help them with their studies, while the end has all the Nakanos waiting for Fuutaou to reach them for their field trip. Both of them have Yotsuba waving at them.
    • Volume 4 started with the Nakanos playing the finger game and ended with the Nakanos each holding a part of Fuutarou's finger in the Legend That Binds Arc.
    • Volume 5 has the young Rena appears to Fuutarou in his dream at the start and ended up Fuutarou meeting up Rena for the first time since 5 years.
    • Volume 6 has Rena saying goodbye to Fuutarou at the start and Fuutarou saying goodbye to Rena at the end.
    • Volume 7 has Fuutarou & his family watch a drama where the heroine confesses to the lead and ended up Nino confessing to Fuutarou in a dramatic way.
    • Volume 8 has Nino & Fuutarou enter the cake shop with a door bell ringing and ended up with a Nakano kissing Fuutarou under the bell.
  • Bros Before Hoes: Chapter 78 has the quintuplets all trying to form a group with Fuutarou for the Kyoto school trip, only for Fuutarou to reveal that he has already formed a group Takeda and Maeda, two male classmates. Fans coined the phrase "bros before quints" in response.

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  • Call-Back: Each chapter in the school festival arc where a quintuplet gives Fuutarou The Big Damn Kiss contains contextual cues that harken back to a significant event concerning Fuutarou and that quintuplet.
    • In Chapter 12, after attending Ichika's audition and bringing her to a park to join her sisters, who are holding an improptu fireworks celebration, Fuutarou fell asleep on a bench while watching them. Recognizing his hard work in bringing her sisters together after they were separated during the fireworks festival, Ichika gives him a Lap Pillow as a reward. In Chapter 102, at the same park, Ichika pretended to sleep on a bench while waiting for Fuutarou to buy a drink and ultimately kisses him from said bench. Both chapters were also relevant to Ichika's acting career, with the former chapter depicting one of her first auditions as a budding actress and the latter showing her acting in a drama after attaining more mainstream exposure.
    • In Chapter 60, Fuutarou uses a motorcycle to extricate Nino from a situation with her father after he confronts her about the quintuplets' wilful behavior and their attempts at living independently, comparing it to their lives in poverty as children. In Chapter 104, Fuutarou uses a motorcycle to take Nino to the hospital where her father works, where she is then able to get him to acknowledge the growth that she and her sisters have made through their own effort. The latter chapter is where Nino kisses Fuutarou, in turn also acknoledging the role he played in mending the quintuplets' relationship with their father.
    • Chapter 3 contains Fuutarou's first significant interaction with Miku, when she tells him to meet her on the rooftop of their school so she can answer the first question of the practice test he gave the quintuplets, which she was correct on. This chapter is where he learns that Miku is both a Shrinking Violet and Closet Geek history buff, and to appeal to her, he encourages her not to be ashamed of her interests. Chapter 106 highlights the culmination of her character growth, as she Grew a Spine and assertively repairs the rift that the boys and girls in her class have caused through their competing food stands. She then kisses Fuutarou after he tells her that she does not need to be reserved around him, responding similarly to her past reservations about her interest in history. As a bonus, Miku kisses Fuutarou on the same rooftop where he first solely interacted with her in the former chapter.
    • Chapter 34 reveals the as a child, Fuutarou was at the bottom of a stairwell when he met one of the quintuplets as she descended down the stairs to defend him from a woman's false accusation that he was taking photos of her without permission. That quintuplet would ultimately be revealed as Yotsuba. In Chapter 108, Yotsuba finds Fuutarou sitting at the bottom of a stairwell on the verge of falling asleep from exhaustion, and walks down the stairs to kiss him. She did this upon deciding to no longer rely on her past memories of him and the promise they made as children to find purpose in her life.
  • Camp Straight: Ichika's manager (who jokingly flirted with Fuutarou after Ichika's acting gig is finished), turns out to have a daughter that he raises alone (his wife had an affair and left them).
  • Casting Gag: This isn't the first time Ayana Taketatsu voiced someone with the surname of Nakano.
  • Chekhov's Gag: In Chapter 20, while trying to answer the Japanese questions on an exam, Yotsuba figures that "The fourth option has the highest chance of being right in a question with five choices." 101 chapters later, Yotsuba is revealed to be the one marrying Fuutarou.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In one flash-forward, there are five wedding dresses—which seems quite unusual because there is only one bride. Nearly 70 chapters later, it turns out to have been for the sisters to play the quintuplet game with Fuutarou for one last time.
  • Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: In Chapter 109, Itsuki decides to put off eating in order to concentrate on her studies. Cue numerous students bringing around various festival foods inside of the classroom.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Nino at one point mentions that she always dreamed of getting swept off her feet by a Prince Charming, complete with dances and a horseback ride. She already asked "Kintarou" to dance with her during the school camping trip, and in Volume 7, Fuutarou comes to her on motorbike and chooses to ride with him in a similar way to her fantasies.
    • Chapter 95 has a panel of the girls at a summer festival, each of them eating the same food they had wanted to get at the same festival a year prior, way back in chapter 8.
    • In Chapter 35, Fuutarou decides to test his skills at identifying the quintuplets by having them all assume the same hairstyle and then calling out their names while they are lined up. He gets all of them wrong. In Chapters 121 and 122, the quintuplets decide to test him by all disguising themselves as the bride. This time, however, he manages to identify them all correctly. Incidentally, the order in which the quintuplets line themselves up in Chapter 122 is the same order in which Fuutarou incorrectly called out their names in Chapter 35.
  • Contrived Coincidence: The start of the Scrambled Eggs arc starts with Fuutarou winning his family a trip to an onsen, then he met with quintuplets and their father, who also won the same trip. The end of the arc reveals that only Fuutarou actually won the contest, the quintuplets' father instead fabricated tickets to create an excuse to let the quintuplets visit their ailing grandfather, who is the innkeeper.
  • Costume-Test Montage: The beginning of Chapter 23 has Fuutarou trying on various outfits that the girls chose for him for their field trip. Yotsuba's choice is far too childish, Miku's is far too traditional, Itsuki's is far too manly, and only Nino's choice is sensible.
  • Couch Gag: Every chapter intro ends with a sentence that fits with the theme of the episode. For example, Chapter 5 (where Fuutarou fails to get all the girls together for the fireworks, but manages to organize the girls to make some fireworks of their own later, has "All's well that ends well").
  • Date Peepers: More than once, the other four quints will spy on Fuutarou when he has alone time with one of the sisters. For example, they all help support Miku when she's partnered with him on the field trip, and follow and judge on his first proper date with Yotsuba.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: Raiha, who knows how to use her expressions to convince people to follow her lead (like Fuutarou and Itsuki).
  • Description Cut: At the end of the anime's first episode:
    Fuutarou: (I don't need to actually deal with all five of them. I just need to teach the ones that are in danger of failing.)
    (at the Nakano place)
    Miku: I wonder if Fuutarou knows.
    Ichika: I doubt he knows... that we transferred here because all five of us nearly failed.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The opening theme of the anime is sung by the quintuplets' voice actresses.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The differences between the oneshot and the pilot chapter (which are mostly the same except for the major differences noted below):
    • In the pilot, Miku does not have her headphones, and has her hair styled rather differently, sporting Girlish Pigtails instead. Raiha's hair is slightly shorter, whereas Yotsuba introduces herself to Fuutarou by showing off her panties. Fuutarou is also able to catch up with Itsuki when she's coming up the elevator, rather than running up 30 floors to meet her like he does in the pilot.
    • The Fanservice elements, where after the first volume the scenes are now rarely used.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Not only does Fuutaro's efforts as the quints' tutor pay off, he ends up marrying one of them — Yotsuba. Her sisters are more than happy to welcome him as a member of their family, and the series ends with them planning Fuutaro and Yotsuba's honeymoon, with them tagging along for the ride.
  • Environmental Symbolism: Chapter 28, when Ichika & Fuutarou are trapped in the storage, her avoidance towards one of the solutions (hitting the sound alarm) is exact to her own heart trying to calm herself when she's with Fuutarou. At the end of the chapter where Ichika got saved by Fuutarou from being hit by a falling log, her heart beats strongly as the sound alarm, signifying that she has fallen for him.
  • Festival Episode: The bulk of Volume 2 has the main cast going to the Summer Festival together.
  • First-Name Basis: Justified for Fuutarou when he is addressing the Nakanos, since he's their tutor, and thus hangs out with them closely when studying together; whereas some of the Nakanos (such as Ichika and Miku) call him by his first name after becoming closer to him. When Itsuki substituted Ichika when they went skiing for their last day in the field trip, her calling Fuutarou 'Uesugi' keyed him in that she's not Ichika when telling everybody to find her.
    • In Chapter 62, Nino begins addressing Fuutarou by his first name, something which Miku immediately picks up upon hearing. Given Nino's prior hostility and contempt towards Fuutarou, Miku is naturally flustered at this sudden development and asks what happened between them. Nino replies that they've known each other for more than six months, and would justify being on more cordial terms.
    • In Chapter 70, upon entering their third year and being placed together in the same class, the quintuplets tell their classmates to refer to them by their first names, ostensibly to avoid confusion with each other.
  • Fission Mailed: Fuutarou's quest to gather the girls for the fireworks event actually failed due to Ichika's audition clashing with the event. Though after her audition, Fuutarou is able to reunite her with her sister and had a small firework event by themselves, with even Nino thanking him for his efforts.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: A character bio in one of the volumes states that Yotsuba's favorite drink is carbonated juice. In Chapter 113, Fuutarou is shown to order a can of juice from a vending machine; a few panels later, he arrives to the room where Yotsuba had left her phone in and says, "Sorry for the wait."
  • Flash Forward: These are scattered across the story to give readers quick glimpses at Fuutarou's wedding to one of the quintuplets. And in the anime, it's purposely left vague as to which girl he marries, as she doesn't speak in any of those scenes. Her hair color and face are shown in a largely generic fashion, likely done on purpose to allow viewers to imagine whichever girl they wanted to ship Fuutarou with as the one he marries.
  • Foot Focus: Some panels in the manga would focus on a detailed drawing of a person's shoes or feet, done for various storytelling purposes.
  • Foregone Conclusion: In a sense, given that sometime in the future, Fuutarou will eventually end up marrying a Nakano girl. What is left ambiguous, however, is exactly which one of the quintuplets he will marry - even with the girl herself having her face shown to the readers.
  • Foreshadowing: Has it's own page.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Five years ago, during a trip to Kyoto, Fuutarou took a photograph together with one of the Nakanos. But due to his photograph having faded and Fuutarou sporting a delinquent look back then where his hair was blond, neither of them recognize each other in the present.
  • Formula with a Twist: The premise of the series is that the impoverished protagonist is hired to tutor five identical quintuplets, all of whom hate his guts. From a Call-Forward, we know that one of the five will eventually become his wife, but which one of the five remains a mystery. Slowly, the quintuplets begin to accept his tutelage and begin to fall in love with him, often creating drama and identical-sibling hijinks.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: While we know that Fuutarou won't marry the bride until years into the future, he panics and proposes to Yotsuba on their very first romantic date. She chides him for how fast it is before accepting, since she's loved him since childhood and already gotten to know him as a friend.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Itsuki's credit card number seen at the end of Episode 1 is ***4 5878 8101 1121.
  • Gecko Ending: Not the series itself, but for the story where Fuutarou talks about how he met the girl in the past, the story ends with aliens from Planet Shogi invading the National Diet, calling out the best shogi players to fight for the Earth.

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  • Hot Springs Episode:
    • A part of Chapter 24 has the Nakanos going to one. Since nothing out of the ordinary happens, it ends in just a few pages of fanservice.
    • The entire Scrambled Eggs arc is located at a hot spring owned by the quintuplets' grandfather.
  • How We Got Here: The first chapter has Fuutarou meeting all the Nakano quintuplets for the first time, and shows that he is going to end up marrying one of them in the future.
  • Identical Twin Mistake: Given the premise and the Nakano quintuplets having identical faces and figures, this is a given.
    • In chapter 10, Miku gets mistaken for Ichika by the latter's director after she ties up her hair, and is almost dragged away by him to the latter's audition.
    • When Fuutarou and the Nakanos all end up in class 3-1 together, chapter 70 contains a couple of examples of their classmates making this mistake, given that they are even worst at distinguishing the quintuplets than Fuutarou.
  • I Have This Friend...: In Chapter 61, Fuutarou and Miku talk gossip when going shopping, they used this excuse on what's going on between them.
  • Image Song: Each of the quintuplets have their own image song.
  • Important Haircut:
    • Nino decides to have Miku cut her hair in Chapter 46 after having a heart to heart with the latter and deciding to no longer remain in the past. It is notable as Nino has never cut her hair since she was a child, and kept her hairstyle the same since, due to her insitence on clinging to a past when her and her sisters had more in common.
    • Chpater 89 reveals that Yotsuba cut her hair after being expelled from her old school and shortly before transferring into her new one, after her sisters decided to transfer out with her in order for all of the quintuplets to be together. Cutting her hair also coincides with Yotsuba becoming more selfless and deciding to support her sisters, often at her own expense, in response to the sacrifice they made for her.
  • Judgment of Solomon: Played for Laughs in the Volume 7 omake, where Ichika comments to Fuutarou that the quintuplets won a rabbit plush from a crane game, but couldn't decide who should have it, since all of them wanted it. In the end, the quintuplets decided to cut it into five pieces, with Ichika getting the head.
  • Kimodameshi: During the field trip, where Fuutarou (aided by Yotsuba) eagerly hold one to give the students the fright of their lives. Fuutarou claims to have done this as retaliation to his schoolmates for dumping the responsibility on him of organizing it while he was self-studying in class.
  • Late for School: Chapter 19 has Fuutarou and the Nakanos late for school.This ordinarily wouldn't be that bad, if it wasn't the day of the mid-term examinations. When they (except for Yotsuba) ended up being late for school, the girls managed to enter without getting into trouble by some strategic thinking. Fuutarou is not so lucky.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • In Chapter 101, the little boy who Fuutarou helps at the Autumn Festival comments that he once watched a drama where a boy had to choose between a group of sisters to date. The boy also made sure to comment on how much he hated the fact that the other sisters were ignored with none of their problems resolved once the male lead picked a heroine, letting you know that Negi hopes he can avoid that drama's fate with this story.
    • During the final arc, Itsuki ends up talking to her teacher about her situation with Fuutarou and her sisters (ie. He's chosen somebody but she doesn't know how to feel about it). The teacher compares the situation to a television drama she watched and gets excited, telling her that these situations always end with the matchmaker swooping in and getting their crush while Itsuki protests the idea. The scene straddles the line between this and Breaking the Fourth Wall, given that the teacher is faced towards the viewer the whole time she's gushing and only gets closer while she justifies the cliche.
  • "L" Is for "Dyslexia": At least two cases are apparent with the Nakano sisters, Yotsuba and Itsuki (which bothers the latter, since she actually tries to study).
  • Loophole Abuse: When Miku asks Fuutarou what kind of girl he likes, he turns that into a game where he'll reveal hints if they can answer his tutoring questions. In the end his hints all suggest his sister Raiha, allowing him to sidestep the question while simultaneously giving the girls more lessons.
  • Love at First Sight:
    • Nino for Kintarou, who is actually Fuutarou when he's forced to find her and Itsuki who went to the wrong side of the Kimodameshi path. Moreover, after he saved her from falling from a cliff, Nino decided to invite him to dance with her at the bonfire.
    • Flashbacks reveal that Yotsuba has had feelings for Fuutarou ever since their brief meeting as children, when they both promised to get good grades in school to help their families escape poverty.
  • Love You and Everybody: Miku does this to Fuutarou in Kyoto.
  • Magic Skirt: In Chapter 59, Nino gets a ride from Fuutarou on a motorcycle while she's wearing a pleated skirt. Although the wind is so intense that her hair is whipping all over the place, her skirt never even twitches.
  • Master of Disguise: All of the Quintuplets can mimic the others, although it is stated that Miku is best at it.
  • Matchmaker Crush: After the Summer Festival arc is over, Ichika deduces that Miku has feelings for Fuutarou, and so tries to set them up together. However, later interactions with Fuutarou then cause Ichika to start falling for him as well.
  • Meaningful Titles:
    • Seven Goodbyes focuses on the goodbyes in this arc. Starting with Rena to Fuutarou, Nino to her past, Nino to Kintarou, Yotsuba to the track team, Fuutarou to his job, Fuutarou to Rena and the quintuplets to their home.
    • Scrambled Eggs focused on Fuutarou's mental state and the plot, given that at the start he's still affected by Nino's confession, seeing the quintuplets again during the Family Trip, the quintuplets suddenly having some reservations with him, Itsuki appearing everywhere at Fuutarou's hotel, Itsuki suddenly wanted to break off their partnership to Fuutarou and the caretaker of the hotel is Itsuki's grandfather.
  • Metaphorically True: In Chapter 20, when talking to her father about the midterm exam results, in which all the sisters failed to gain a passing grade, Nino states she and her sisters passed all five subjects. This isn't technically wrong, but not entirely true, either. What actually entailed was, that all of the sisters each passed one of five subjects - maths for Ichika, English for Nino, social studies for Miku, Japanese for Yotsuba, science for Itsuki. Their father believes this, which saves Fuutarou from being fired as their tutor.
  • Minimalist Cast: While there are some side characters that Fuutarou interacts with, most of the time the series only gives the attention of Fuutarou & the Nakanos, with Raiha appearing now and there (even then she has started to appear less often if the plot doesn't need her existence).
  • Missing Mom: Both Fuutarou and the Nakano sisters' mothers are stated to have died before the start of the series. Fuutarou told Miku that he was six when his mother died.
  • Mythology Gag: The bonus store illustrations for Volume 14 make reference to a character poll whose results were released in Chapter 59. Namely, each quint is dressed up in the illustrations as the quint whose birth order position matches the position she attained in that poll. For example, Miku, the quint who attained first place in the poll, is dressed up as Ichika, the first quint in the birth order, and so on.

    N-R 
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The football coach who appeared in Chapter 87 bears a great resemblance to Argentine football player Diego Maradona.
  • Not Drawn to Scale: The map at Mt. Inari depicting the route to its summit via the two paths branching out from the Yotsutsuji intersection is not drawn realistically, as it emphasizes the shrines located along the right route, making it look longer than the less scenic left route. In actuality, the right route is the shorter of the two, being 500 m in comparison to the left route being 850 m. In Chapter 80, Yotsuba exploits this by sending Ichika, Nino, and Itsuki up the left route, while she and Miku went up the right route for a better chance of meeting Fuutarou on the way up the summit before the other quintuplets. The way the map is drawn also confuses Ichika, as she believed the left route was the shorter one, and found herself having to run up it to reach the summit before Yotsuba, Miku, or Fuutarou did.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Zigzagged. In Chapter 104, while leaving the hospital where Maruo works, Nino trips, prompting Fuutarou to reach out and catch her before she falls. However, the manner in which he does so brings his face close to hers, giving off the impression that they are almost going to kiss, which is exactly the sight that Maruo sees when he steps into the corridor to return Nino her forgotten spatula. While Fuutarou quickly clears up this misunderstanding, Nino still gives him The Big Damn Kiss once Maruo's back is turned, turning the situation into exactly what it looked like.
  • Odd Couple: The poor, book-smart Fuutarou with the rich, academically-challenged Nakanos.
  • Off-Model: The anime has some troubles with this trope, with exception to the more important pans and shots where the quality goes back up. It stands out in contrast to the manga's stunning art style.
  • Old Fashioned Row Boat Date: Fuutarou has one with a girl who identifies herself as Rena and claims to be the girl he met from five years before. Its actually one of the Quintuplets, later revealed to be Itsuki.
  • Once More, with Clarity!:
    • Chapter 85 presents the events of Fuutarou and Miku's date in the previous chapter from the perspective of the other quintuplets, and their involvement in said date.
    • Chapter 90 revisits several previous events in the series from Yotsuba's perspective.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Fuutarou being rather hyper on the first day of the Field Trip, seeing as he hardly went to one.
    • In-Universe example with Nino when Fuutarou is Kintarou, where just minutes after meeting each other Nino is charmed by Kintarou to the point of inviting him to dance the Bon Festival with him.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Fuutarou, his younger sister Raiha, and their father live in destitute conditions. Their father drinks milk a week past its expiry date, and Fuutarou makes an offhand comment about anyone how knocking at their door is presumably a debt collector. Then there's his Establishing Character Moment; which has the series begin with Fuutarou explaining in great detail how he can get the best deal on school lunch for the cheapest possible price, showing just how economically-minded he is in everyday life. Flash forward to Fuutarou's wedding, their economic situation hasn't really improved much even with Fuutarou having a job.
  • Potty Emergency: In Chapter 54, at the grocery store, Yotsuba suddenly runs off to go to the bathroom, prompting Nino to ask her if she had been holding it in again.
  • The Power of Love: Revealed to originate from their grandfather, and later their mother, the quintuplets explain the only way to differentiate them is through love and the time and care it takes to build that.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: In the manga's Flash Forward scenes, Fuutarou's bride has a couple of lines of spoken dialogue. However, because the quintuplets all have distinctive voices in the anime adaptation, these scenes are rendered in animation with the bride's voice unheard by the audience and her lines being shown as subtitles instead. This was done in order to preserve the mystery of her identity and prevent the audience from identifying her via her voice.
  • Rash Equilibrium: As Fuutarou's birthday coincides with the period right before exams, all the quintuplets agree not to give him presents and celebrate his birthday till a later date so as to not put undue stress on him. Every one of the girls (save for Itsuki) initially intends to break the agreement and give him their present on his actual birthday so that their individual gifts will have more of an impact. They all agree to postpone their gifts till later after their individual plans are revealed.
  • Real-Place Background: Chapter 80 features the Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine in Kyoto, lovingly replicated by Negi Haruba's art from the actual location.
  • Red Herring:
    • In a Flash Forward, Fuutarou mentions that his wife held his hand when he was sick. Time comes to show him sick following the festival, and who holds his hand? All the quintuplets.
    • Fuutarou accidentally injures one of the quintuplets disguised as Itsuki by the leg during the Scrambled Eggs arc, serving as his biggest clue to finding out the identity of the Fake Itsuki he spoke to on that night. A chapter later, Ichika is shown having an injured leg during their stay in the inn, making readers believe she's the Fake Itsuki, especially given her suspicious actions for most of the arc. But later, it turns out that the leg injury Ichika had was from a completely separate occasion. The real culprit and Fake Itsuki of the arc was actually Miku.
    • At the start of the Scrambled Eggs arc, a legend holds that a couple who rings the "Bell of Vows" will be bound together for eternity. In a Flash Forward at the end of the arc, Fuutarou recalls that he did ring the bell with his wife. Indeed, one of the quintuplets pushed him to the ground and gave him The Big Damn Kiss, causing him to grab the bell's rope and inadvertently ring it. Which quintuplet kissed Fuutarou is left ambiguous, as all of them were dressed as Itsuki at the time.
  • Rewatch Bonus: If you go back and re-read the manga after reading from Chapter 86 and onward, you'll notice that many events involving Yotsuba have become this.

    S 
  • Second Year Protagonist: Fuutarou is one, as are the Nakano sisters, with the five of them having just transferred from Kurobara (Black Rose) High School. All of them move up to the third year in Chapter 69.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: There have been at least three occasions where Fuutarou or one of the Quints had to tell other people that they weren't a couple, twice with Yotsuba and once with Miku.
  • Shipper on Deck: Yotsuba says she will support Miku and her pursuit of Fuutarou.
  • Shout-Out: At the start of Chapter 22, Yotsuba gets frightened by Fuutarou wearing a scary clown mask in preparation for the upcoming Test of Courage. His get-up, in general, is a homage to Hirose Shun and Kouta Sannomiya's 3 volume series Seishun Soukanzu (The mangaka worked with the former on their first serialized series, Rengoku no Karma).
  • Sick Episode: Chapter 33 focuses on Fuutarou recovering from a fever he got from a sick Raiha and the quintuplets visiting him in the hospital.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: Compared with Osomatsu-san, both sets of siblings are unmistakably unmotivated, but their ways of handling it are remarkably different. Whereas in -San the overly cartoony Matsuno sextuplets had a relatively normal high school life until they burned out in their 20s for whatever reason, the more realistic Nakano quintuplets of Go-Toubun are in their high school years and struggling to pass, with the goal of the series explicitly being preventing them from becoming burnouts in adulthood. Whereas the brothers rely too much on their dependence on others (both to their parents and to each other) and would forcibly maintain the status quo to keep that dependence, the sisters are independent from the get go, with only one (Nino) having the same reasoning as Osomatsu. Also keep in mind that Totoko (their reluctant Childhood Friend) only fell for the sextuplets when they were in their F6 forms, whom all are much more like the Nakanos in concept: friendly, attractive, distinct, and talented, but with their own little problems on the side. Also keep in mind that their love interest, Fuutarou, is willing to take an active interest in getting them to be respectable or at the very least pass high school, while Totoko would rather let them wallow in the same misery she's in.
  • Starving Student: Fuutarou is frugal to the extreme when it comes to his meals due to their money situation.
    "BBQ Plate, hold the BBQ."
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Fuutarou all but admits he knows about the Quintuplets' feelings towards him (in particular, Miku since it was about her) when he is riding a bus with Yotsuba, who immediately calls him on it.

    T 
  • Tastes Better Than It Looks: Making an effort to sabotage Fuutarou's attempts to tutor her sisters, Nino proposes a cooking competition between herself and Miku after Miku is the last sister still willing to study, stating that the study session will end if she wins. Nino makes a delectable dish that shows she clearly knows her way around a kitchen, while Miku makes a very haphazard and ugly dish made from cooked rice, ketchup, and some kind of sauce. However, when Fuutarou tries both of them, he says that they're both equally good. Ultimately played with though, since he had been previously established as someone too poor to be picky about his tastes, so how good Miko's dish actually was is left in question. Still, Miku swoons when Fuutarou compliments her cooking and later makes an effort to improve in order to win him over.
  • Tan Lines: Yotsuba doesn't put on sunscreen and gets them at the pool. Fuutarou got one as well, on his hand after holding hands with Itsuki so much.
  • There Are No Adults: The Quintuplet's father is mostly absent through most of the series. With the exception of the Scrambled Eggs arc, he has very little interaction with the girls. He does try to assert some control and subvert the trope after all of the girls pass their final exams, but they flat out reject him through Nino, who then rides off with her knight (Fuutarou) on his noble steed (his manager's motorcycle).
  • Time Skip: Chapter 121 takes place five years after the previous chapter.
  • Too Good to Be True: Fuutarou's initial suspicion of the tutoring gig his little sister tells him his dad got for him. The Client will pay at five times the going rate. It later turns out it's because Fuutarou got hired to tutor all five Nakano sisters.
  • Too Much Alike: Zigzagged with Nino and Itsuki, who have the most similarities between any of the sisters. While this means that usually they're the two that get along with each other the best, one of these similarities is that they're also the two most stubborn and prideful of the quintuplets, resulting in the two of them arguing with each other the most as well. The entire Seven Goodbyes Arc is kicked off by a massive clash between the two, and Itsuki's comments through the arc imply that they've had similarly fierce arguments in the past.
  • Tsundere: While Itsuki starts off as one (more so because of Fuutarou's harsh attitude towards her), she is utterly overshadowed by Nino, who sports even stronger characteristics of this attitude towards Fuutarou in comparison.
    • Harsh (Tsun) type = Nino.
    • Sweet (Dere) type = Itsuki.
  • Twin Switch: As the Nakanos sisters are quintuplets, this is a given.
    • Chapter 4 had Miku disguise herself as Yotsuba to confuse Fuutarou for a while.
    • Chapter 16 shows Nino disguising herself as Itsuki to trick Fuutarou into confessing that he would be fired as the Nakanos' tutor if any of them fail the next exam.
    • Chapter 18, Itsuki tried to disguised herself as Miku to resolve the tension between her and Fuutarou, but Fuutarou saw through it since he found Miku slept in the same bed as him. Later, Fuutarou decided to pretend Itsuki is Miku and resolve their issues.
    • Chapter 19 has Fuutarou even devise a tactic based on this - when all of them (excluding Yotsuba) are going to be late for the exam - by having the girls disguise themselves as Yotsuba in order to get into class without rousing the anger of their student counselor for being late.
    • Chapter 22, Miku disguised as Ichika to help her dissuade Maeda from inviting her to dance with him.
    • Chapter 27, though not really as switch but just Ichika impersonating her sisters in front of Fuutarou.
    • Chapter 29, Itsuki disguised as Ichika to learn more about Fuutarou.
    • In Chapter 40, Miku impersonates Nino to trick the receptionist at the hotel the latter is staying at into letting the former and Fuutarou into the latter's room. Notably, Miku did not even bother to disguise herself and simply told the receptionist that she forgot the key to her (Nino's) room. She does it again in Chapter 45, this time while wearing Nino's ribbons.
    • Chapter 41 features one of the quintuplets disguising herself as a teenaged version of the girl in Fuutarou's old photo. Calling herself "Rena", she did so in order to break him out of his shell. Chapter 77 reveals that the quintuplet who disguised herself as "Rena" was Itsuki.
    • Chapter 46 shows Fuutarou hatching a plan to have Itsuki, disguised as Yotsuba, quit the track team in the her stead so she can focus on her studies. Despite this, the next chapter reveals that this plan failed to trick the team captain due to Itsuki's much longer hair. However, having Miku give her an Important Haircut, Nino arrives in the nick of time, also disguised as Yotsuba, and manages to intimidate the team captain into backing off.
    • The Scrambled Eggs arc features all of the quintuplets dressed up as Itsuki in order to appease their grandfather. Miku uses this opportunity to tell Fuutarou that she wished to break off their relationship as mentor and student, but did not have the guts to also tell him that she was doing so because she wanted to elevate herself in his eyes as a potential girlfriend. This leads Fuutarou to spend the entirety of the arc trying to figure out which quintuplet spoke to him and what her motivations were. He only manages to figure out the former by the end of the arc.
    • Chapter 74 features Ichika disguising herself as Miku to avoid starstruck classmates after word gets out that she is an actress. She also uses the disguise to tell Fuutarou that she is in love with him, as she doesn't have the courage to do so directly.
    • In Chapter 80, Ichika once again disguises herself as Miku and runs to the summit of Mt. Inari, the mountain where the Fushimi Inari-taisha is located, intending to ruin Miku's plan of gaining Fuutarou's affections. However, she did not count on Yotsuba and Miku reaching the summit right after her. This causes Yotsuba to reveal that Ichika plans on sabotaging Miku's attempts to get closer to Fuutarou, just as Fuutarou himself reaches the summit.
    • Chapter 101 has Ichika once again disgusing herself to avoid starstruck classmates during the school festival. This time as Nino. However, she was unaware of Nino's popularity due to her performance as an Idol Singer, causing her to ditch the disguise.

    W 
  • Wham Episode:
    • In-Universe for Itsuki where after spending a night together at the inn on the Field Trip, the next morning she saw one of her sisters nearing in Fuutarou while he was sleeping.
    • Chapter 32 for the fans, where it cuts off to Fuutarou's wedding in the future and stating that the chapter is at the finale. Though here it is an April Fool joke that connects the wedding to the current story.
    • Chapter 41, where the girl Fuutarou met 5 years ago appeared before him again.
    • Chapter 60, where Nino confesses her love to Fuutarou in front of him... and Ichika overhears.
    • Chapter 66, where the "Itsuki" who told Fuutarou she wanted to break off their relationship as teacher and student is revealed to be Miku.
    • Chapter 74 has Ichika disguise herself as Miku and deliver her Love Confession to him, while also falsely claiming that Miku supported the idea of Ichika hooking up with Fuutarou.
    • Chapter 77 is quite a doozy, with a number of plot-pertinent revelations. To start, Fuutarou apparently believed what Ichika said about Miku supporting their relationship, and conveys this to Itsuki. It also reveals that Itsuki was the quintuplet who disguised herself as Rena and took Fuutarou's old photo. On top of that, Ichika now has possession of the photo after Itsuki accidentally drops it, and seems to recognize Fuutarou in it.
    • Chapter 80 ends with Yotsuba openly accusing Ichika of preventing Miku from confessing to Fuutarou, just as Fuutarou himself enters the scene behind Yotsuba.
    • Chapter 85 establishes that Ichika was and wasn't lying when she said Fuutarou that she was the girl of his memories. One of her sisters met Fuutarou years ago and told the others about him. Ichika got curious and went to see him and they played cards, meaning that he interacted with two of the Nakano sisters while thinking they were the same person.
    • Chapter 86 reveals that Yotsuba is the original "Lolikano" and that Itsuki has been pretending to be the girl of Fuutarou's memories in the present at her request.
    • Chapter 109 has Mudou revealing to Itsuki that Rena is his ex-wife, therefore making him the quintuplets' biological father.
    • Chapter 113 when asked by the Quintuplets to choose between the five of them by going to one of the rooms they're waiting for him at, Fuutarou goes to meet up with Yotsuba.
  • Wham Line:
    • At the end of Chapter 86:
      Itsuki: Sorry for going off on my own, pretending to be you. But... I think it's about time we reveal the truth. That five years ago... it was you he met.
      Yotsuba: No. It's fine like this.
    • At the end of Chapter 113; it's more of a wham because of who he says the following to:
      Fuutarou: [to Yotsuba] Hey. Sorry for the wait.
    • Near the end of Chapter 115:
      Nino: I don't want to hear about you being concerned for me now.
      Yotsuba: Of course I'm concerned! You're part of my precious family!
      Nino: If that's the case, then this is as far as we go. If our relationship is going to continue like this, I rather sever our ties as sisters.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: During the flash forward scenes, Ichika's manager (and his daughter Kiku), who appears way back in the Fireworks arc, doesn't appear at Fuuratou's wedding.


 
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