The Quintessential Quintuplets S02E11: THE GIRL IN THE PHOTO FINALLY REVEALED?!


A young Nakano Quint and Futaro

As the groups have finally been sorted out for the school trip, how will the Nakano Sisters make a move on Futaro? Will Miku finally have the courage to confess to Futaro? Will Nino take it up another notch? Will Ichika continue to sabotage her sisters? Will Itsuki and Yotsuba ever catch-up? This is our full review of Episode 11 of The Quintessential Quintuplets . “Sisters War: Part 1” covered the first few sections of Chapter 79 and continued on to Chapters 80-82.

Quick Recap


Here’s what you’ve missed from the previous episode:

  • Ichika tries to control the grouping for the school trip by putting Yotsuba in a tough spot.

  • The Nakano Sisters each got Futaro a gift for his birthday but Ichika tried to get ahead by trying to give her gift first despite saying they should all give their gifts after the exams

  • Yotsuba and Futaro went on a date as Raiha wanted him to return the favor when Yotsuba helped him a while back.

You can read the full review of the previous episode here.

Eye Candy

Futaro running across the Fushimi Inari Gehaiden

This episode was definitely a sight to behold. The animation did an amazing job at portraying the setting. As someone who has already been there, I can definitely attest to the fact that the architectural landscape and major tourist spots were illustrated accurately. If you’ve been to Kyoto, you cannot help but feel nostalgic and be consumed by the visuals and reminisce about that visit.

Yotsuba & Miku at the Torii Gates

As for the ones who have not been there yet, if you think the animation was good, wait ‘til you actually get there. Definitely something to look forward to; once it’s safe for all of us to travel again of course.





Here Comes the Drama


Ichika has been on a tear with the past couple of episodes as she tries to fight for her feelings in her own way. But we can’t really blame her especially with all the reinforcements and some inspiration that she got from Yotsuba and Nino in those conversations at the hot spring. Adding the filter of love in that entire mindset, it kind of blinded her to only act toward her goal and disregard others for that matter.

Nakano Ichika

But in all honesty, she is a perfect example of great character development. We loved her as she started out being so selfless, independent, and caring for her sisters. She was willing to take a back seat for her sisters’ happiness but when her own feelings were too much for her to handle, she started acting upon them. In the eyes of many, her actions may be rash and inconsiderate which ultimately led the audience to dislike her.


This continues on in this episode and we cannot help but to be emotionally attached to these characters especially in times of vulnerability. Again, another sign of great story-telling.

Spitting Wisdom


It’s really amazing when one gets drawn in so much by something because of how much one can relate to it. But the beauty that this particular episode had lies in its ability to literally spit wisdom.


The characters demonstrated such great openness in times of learning and great passion at times where and when it was needed. But what stood out the most is how the characters have shown honesty in times of conflict. Something most of us find very hard to do because we often just crumble and clam up.

Miku and Nino's Rivalry

One of the many highlights of the episode is definitely Nino and Miku’s honest exchange as rivals and sisters. One struggles to fight fairly while the other, despite being a rival, encourages her sister to fight back instead of taking advantage of her moment of weakness. Quite the trend we’re seeing from these two.

We definitely felt this, Miku

There were a lot of noteworthy dialogues from this episode and one cannot help but praise Negi Haruba and Bibury Animation Studios for such incredible work. One can only hope for the audience to have that same openness while watching the entire series. There is honestly a lot that we can pick up from this show that we can definitely apply in real life to further improve our outlook and ourselves in general.

I have nothing but praise for this entire episode as it covered such a wide spectrum of emotions for the audience to feel. From the amazing artwork, the catchy lines, the comedy and the drama, they were all perfectly placed in each scene and paced properly. That being said, one cannot help but feel a bit of sadness as the season comes to its finale.

(L-R) Yotsuba, Ichika, Itsuki and Miku at the Torii Gates

As a final thought, why should the girl in the photograph matter at this point? Clearly, Futaro revered that person so much in the past, and to some extent, in the present as well; but how does that affect the present if all the Nakanos have all grown uniquely? It would be quite a letdown if he chooses that person just because she was the one in the photo.


The Quintessential Quintuplets Episode 11, “Sisters War: Part 2”, airs on March 26, 2021 at 1:25AM (JST).

TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read)

  • The episode was a sight to behold as it accurately illustrated tourist spots and architectural landmarks in Kyoto.

  • Ichika is a great example of character development as the audience grew from loving and admiring her to now disliking her

  • Thanks to the author and animation studio, there were a lot of noteworthy dialogues from the episode that the audience can all learn from

  • Nothing but praise for the entire episode as it covered such a wide spectrum of emotions for the audience to feel

  • It would be a letdown if Futaro chooses the girl primarily because of history

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