Updated: Mar 19
Things are heating up with the Nakano Sisters’ sibling rivalry in securing Futaro’s love and affection. In the 10th episode of The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬, we find the Quints preparing their gifts for Futaro’s upcoming birthday. But what happens when someone tries to sabotage the plan? “Five Cranes in Return” covered sections of Chapter 73, 75, and 78 which questionably transitions to Chapter 37.
Here’s what you’ve missed from the previous episode:
Ichika decided to share the responsibility of paying the bills with her sisters forcing them to find part-time work; If someone is unable to give their share, that person gets immediately sent back to their old apartment
Nino and Miku had a cake war to determine who was getting the vacancy at Futaro’s place of work; Nino ended up winning which forced Miku to apply and work at the bakery across the street.
Ichika disguises herself as Miku and decides to tell Futaro that she (Ichika) likes him and that Miku supports them all the way.
You can read the full review of the previous episode here.
Anime vs. Manga
The on-going theme of not following the sequence of events from the anime’s source material continues with this episode. We are not entirely sure as to why the production decided to take this particular route but we are hoping that it all turns out well in the end.
The anime did not do pretty well in terms of transition as it tried to piece an entire episode by combining sections of different chapters. As a result of doing so, there was a noticeable gap in between the scenes as transitions did not run as smoothly as it could have if the production stuck with the course of the manga.
Nevertheless, there’s some creative direction involved and the audience gets to see scenes that were thought to be omitted. However, it can also be anticipated that other details of the chapters will either be moved to a separate episode or will not be included in the anime completely.
In The Name of Love
We’ve all heard the saying that people do crazy things when they’re in love. This seems to be pretty evident in this episode as a particular Quint tries everything to get ahead of the competition. The unusual turn of events brought about by the shocking ending of the previous episode continues. That being said, however, let’s try to analyze this as objectively as possible.
Society has imposed certain standards when it comes to ethics and morality. There is no concrete evidence or written rule that says doing this or that is right or wrong except for the moral standards imposed upon the world by the very people who live in it. Relating that to this episode, the amount of love a person has forces him/her to do things so out of character in order to improve the chances for love to flourish. Is it wrong to be selfish and prioritize yourself when it comes to love? Why should the opinion of other people matter if you do something that will give you happiness? At the end of the day, these are all subjective. But if you think about it, we only have one life to live. Would you not do everything it takes to be with the person you love? Even if it means being seen as a bad person by societal standards? After all, selfish as it may seem, you are only doing what you think is going to make you happy.
What the Heart Wants
Despite the surprisingly devious schemes, this episode covered Chapter 37 from the manga. Albeit skipping a few sections that manga readers would have loved to see animated, it managed to cover the heart-felt display of pure love and affection.
Combining this particular event with what happened in the past couple of episodes, the personalities of each Quint when it comes to love has been further differentiated and defined. Now the Nakano Sisters have developed their own senses of the kind of individual love they have towards Futaro and with each other.
After this episode, we can confidently say that four out of five Nakano Quints have expressed romantic feelings toward Futaro. However, a particular scene might have counter-balanced that thought by seemingly implying the true identity of the girl that Futaro met in Kyoto five years ago. Could it really be her?!
As a personal opinion, the decision to rearrange the sequence of events for the anime is not faring very well. But despite this questionable route, the anime is still as engaging as ever thanks to the very creative storyline that it possesses. With only two episodes left in the season, we hope to see these decisions justified by a good overall outcome.
As we continue to see the Quints develop their individual sense of love and affection toward Futaro, a growing hostility develops.
The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ Episode 11, “Sisters War: Part 1”, airs on March 19, 2021 at 1:25AM (JST).
TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read)
The sequence of events continue to be altered including a questionable transition to Chapter 37; Some scenes from the manga might be moved to a different episode but it can also be omitted from the show entirely
There is no concrete proof or written rule that says which is right or wrong as these things are only deemed so by societal standards imposed on the world by the very people who live in it
The Nakano Sisters have developed their own senses of the kind of individual love they have towards Futaro and with each other
A particular scene seems to imply the real identity of the girl that Futaro met in Kyoto 5 years ago.
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