The Quintessential Quintuplets anime series is also known as “Five Equal Brides” or “The Five-Fifths
Bride(s)”. It is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Negi Haruba. The serialization of the
anime series began in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine from August 2017 to February 2020. The
chapters of the manga series are collected into fourteen volumes. The series was published in English by
Kodansha USA under the Kodansha Comics imprint.
The series received its license in North America under a Crunchyroll–Funimation partnership. The anime television series adaptation of the manga was produced by Tezuka Productions. The anime aired from January to March 2019 on TBS and other channels. The second season of the series aired from January to March 2021 and was produced by Bibury Animation Studios.
The sequel to the second season of the anime named The Quintessential Quintuplets Movie was released in May 2022. The manga series was well received by people becoming a huge success recognized as the 5th best-selling manga in 2019, and the 3rd best-selling manga in the first half of 2020 in Japan. The manga was also awarded for the shōnen category at the 43rd annual Kodansha Manga Awards held in 2019. As of March 2022, the manga series has 16 million copies in circulation.
The series is about the daily life of a high school student named Futaro Uesugi. He leads a harsh life as
his mother has died, he has no companions, and on top of all that, his father owes a large amount of debt.
But an opportunity presents itself to him when he is hired as a private tutor for a group of identical
quintuplets named Ichika, Nino, Miku, Yotsuba, and Itsuki Nakano.
They have absolutely no interest in studying at all and have poor grades in school. Gradually those girls accept him as their mentor and start working to improve their grades. As the story proceeds Futaro develops special relationships with each of the quintuplets. At the very beginning of the story, it is shown that an adult Futaro is going to marry one of the Nakano Quintuplets whose identity is hidden and is revealed near the end of the series. The events in the series are being told in flashbacks.
The Quintessential Quintuplets is one of the best and oddly unique Shoujos on anyone’s recommendation
list within recent anime seasons with its romance grid, clean jokes, lighthearted comedy, and the female
cast that carries a surprising amount of depth for its genre. For those who loved The Quintessential
Quintuplets, here’s a list of anime recommendations to satisfy your hunger.
1. Nisekoi: False Love
It is a Japanese romantic comedy manga series that is written and illustrated by Naoshi Komi. It follows
high school students, Raku Ichijo and Chitoge Kirisaki. Chitoge is a half-Japanese transfer student from
the United States, and the daughter of the leader of the Beehive Gangsters while Raku is the son of a
leader in the Yakuza faction Shuei-gumi. Once while traveling with his father abroad ten years ago, Raku
made a love promise to a girl and to date possesses a locket as a symbol of their promise with the hope
of reuniting with the girl who has the key to unlock it. In order to maintain peace between their respective
criminal gangs, they both must pretend to be in a relationship which was quite challenging. The main
reason was not only because they hated each other but also because Raku had a crush on a girl named
Kosaki Onodera. As the story proceeds Raku grows up to be a government worker in the city’s public
safety department and is titled the second boss of the Yakuza gang who helps him keep the city safe. He
is married to Chitoge and they have a son named Haku.
2. We Never Learn
It is a harem, romantic comedy Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Taishi Tsutsui. It follows
the story of Nariyuki Yuiga, a third-year high school student attending Ichinose Academy and in order to
secure a university scholarship, who is tasked to tutor three female geniuses in different subjects. Fumino
Furuhashi is a genius in literature, but terrible at mathematics; Rizu Ogata is a genius in
mathematics, but horrible at literature, and Uruka Takemoto is a genius in the athletic field, but awful at all
other subjects. As the girls work with Nariyuki to achieve her academic goals they start to gradually
develop romantic feelings for him.
It is a Romantic comedy Japanese light novel series, written by Sekina Aoi and illustrated by Saboten. It
was adapted into an anime television series by Pine Jam and aired from July to September 2017. The
story follows a second-year high school student named Keita Amano, who often plays video games. One
day he meets Karen Tendo, the most beautiful girl at school and the president of the school’s Game Club, and considers her to be the perfect girl. When learned about the competitive Game Club he declines her
invitation to join the club because he prefers to play games for fun and not as something competitive.
Later in the story, this leads to events in the lives of Keita and his friends in matters of both video games
and romance with several misunderstandings along the way.
4. Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun
This anime is based on a Romantic Comedy Japanese manga series written and illustrations provided by
Izumi Tsubaki. The main characters of the series are Chiyo Sakura, a cheerful high school girl, and,
Umetarou Nozaki is a tall unromantic high school student. Sakura has a crush on Nozaki. When she
confesses this to Nozaki by saying she’s a fan, he misunderstood it and gives her his autograph.
When she tells him that she wants to be with him Nozaki invites her to his house and has her help with
drawings. Later in the story, Sakura learns that Nozaki is a renowned shojo manga artist working under
the pen name Sakiko Yumeno. To know more about Mozaki’s life she agrees to be his assistant. They
work together on his manga –“Let’s Fall in Love” and Sakura hopes that one- day Nozaki will know how
she feels about him.
5. Tsurezure Children
It is a Japanese four-panel romantic comedy manga written and illustrated by Toshiya Wakabayashi. The
manga series follows various romantic stories of young students attending school These couples are
having a hard time saying “I love you”, to their significant others. The characters in each story are
connected to each other through their various friendships. It is divided between first years, second years,
and third years students who are involved in various kinds of affairs and want to commit to each other.
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It is an animated series based on the Japanese visual novel created by the software company Key. It
follows the life of Tomoya Okazaki, a third-year high school student who does not take his studies
seriously. While he waits for something that would bring color into his dull life he hates his normal
routine and his city. He apparently has no friends in the city. But his life changes when one day while
walking to school he passes by a frail girl muttering quietly to herself.
7. Amagi Brilliant Park
It is a Japanese light novel series belonging to the romantic comedy genre written by Shoji Gatoh and
illustrated by Yuka Nakajima. The story follows a perfectionist high school student named Seiya Kanie
who is highly intelligent. He is forced to visit an amusement park named Amagi Brilliant Park, by a
mysterious Isuzu Sento. The park is in serious financial trouble and is about to be shut down forever.
He discovers that the park is a facility for harvesting magical energy from visitors while they’re having fun.
Moreover, the park belongs to the refugees from a magical realm called Maple Land and is the only way
for them to survive on earth. Latifah Fleuranza who is the princess of Maple Land hired Seiya its new
manager and use his skills in entertainment to save it.
8. Baka and Test
It is a Japanese light novel series written by Kenji Inoue with illustrations by Yui Haga. The story follows
Akihisa Yoshii, the Baka (idiot,) and his friends at Fumizuki Academy a school where students are divided
into classes based on the results of the entrance exam. Class A consists of the highest-scoring students,
while Class F consists of the lowest-scoring students. The higher classes receive better classroom
equipment and benefits, and more facilities than the lower ones. Angered by this injustice the lower-class students vow to fight the higher-level classes for better facilities and respect, also to prove that
there’s more to life than these stupid test grades. It also shows the love triangle between the characters Minami, Himeji, and Akihisa, their crush.
9. Wotakoi: Love is hard for Otaku
It is a Romantic Japanese web manga series written and illustrated by Fujita. Narumi Momose always
had a hard dating life as every boyfriend she’s had dumped her once they found out she was an otaku, so
she’s gone to great lengths to hide it. One day she meets her childhood friend, Hirotaka Nifuji who is a
fellow otaku, and now a coworker in her new job. She was scared to get her secret revealed at work. So
she comes up with a plan to make sure he keeps her secret hidden, to the contrast he comes up with a
counter-proposal which was why doesn’t she just date him instead? And this leads to the beginning of
their love story. They both are serious geeks. Narumi is a fujoshi, and Hirotaka’s a hardcore gamer which
are the secrets they know about each other but promises to keep hidden from the world.
10. Hibike! Euphonium
The animated series is based on Japanese Drama novel series written by Ayano Takeda. The story is set
in Uji, Kyoto, and focuses on the Kitauji High School Music Club, whose concert band is steadily
improving and building up their band thanks to the newly appointed adviser’s strict instruction. Once
they participated in national tournaments and won the championship-caliber school.
11. Mr. Osomatsu
The Japanese animated series is based on Fujio Akatsuka’s 1962 manga series, Osomatsu-Kun. It belongs
to the comedy genre and is directed by Yoichi Fujita. The story follows the Matsuno brothers named
Osomatsu, Karamatsu, Choromatsu, Ichimatsu, Jyushimatsu, and Todomatsu, are all identical
sextuplets who cause mischief and take you on a ride of outrageous adventures.
12. Domestic Girlfriend
The anime is based on a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kei Sasuga. The story is about
a boy named Natsuo Fujii who is hopelessly in love with his teacher, Hina and is trying to move on. He
meets an odd girl named Rui Tachibana, who invites him to sneak out and asks him to have sex with her
in her house. Confused with his feelings, Natsuo agrees and loses his virginity to her. Then comes a twist
in the story when he finds out that Rui is Hina’s younger sister and both are the girls of the woman his
father wants to marry, Tsukiko Tachibana. The conflicting nature of romantic relationships between stepsiblings and also between a teacher and a student is well portrayed in the series.
13. Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends
The harem anime series is based on a Japanese light novel series written by Yomi Hirasaka. The manga is
illustrated by Buriki and published by Media Factory. A transfer student to St. Chronica’s Academy,
Kodaka Hasegawa founds it difficult to make friends. One day, he accidentally comes across Yozora
Mikazuki also lacks social skills. They decide to form an after-school club for people with no friends
like themselves called the Neighbors Club, hoping to finally find some friends and involve themselves in
various social activities.
14. Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
It is a Japanese romantic comedy light novel series written by Fumiaki Maruto and illustrated by Kurehito
Misaki. The story follows high school student Tomoya Aki, who is an otaku, who recruits a trio of beautiful
girls to help him develop a visual novel computer game to sell at the Comiket convention. Eriri Spencer
Sawamura for art designing, Utaha Kasumigaoka to write the game scenario, and Megumi Kato to star as
the heroine, thus forming the development team known as “Blessing Software”.
15. Assassination Classroom
Assassination Classroom is a Japanese animated series adapted from the science fiction comedy manga
series written and illustrated by Yusei Matsui. The worst class 3-E in Kunugigaoka Junior High School
gets a new teacher, Korosensei who is an octopus-like organism. Before being a teacher he was the
world’s best assassin known as “The Reaper”. He possesses a naturally gifted mind which allows him to
learn and understand complex knowledge in a matter of minutes, analyzing the situation faster. A
science experiment went wrong, which lead to Korosensei gaining incredible speed and destructive
power at the expense of his human form. He is strong enough to destroy the moon and threatens to do
the same thing to the Earth if a class of misfit high school students aren’t able to throw him out over the
course of a school year.
16. Love Hina
The harem comedy anime series is adapted from the Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Ken
Akamatsu. The story centers on Keitarō Urashima and his attempts to find the girl to fulfill a childhood
promise to enter the University of Tokyo. Despite failing the entrance exam twice he still hopes to be
accepted into Tokyo University so that he could find the girl whose name he doesn’t even remember.
17. ORESUKI Are You The Only One Who Loves Me?
It is based on a Japanese harem, romantic comedy light novel series written by Rakuda and illustrated by
Buriki which aired from October to December 2019. The story is about Amatsuyu “Joro” Kisaragi, an
ordinary high school student who is invited out alone by two beautiful girls the upperclassman Sakura
“Cosmos” Akino, and his childhood companion Aoi “Himawari” Hinata. He was expecting to hear their
confessions but from both Cosmos and Himawari he learns that they like his best friend, Taiyо̄ “Sunchan” Ōga, instead of him. Reluctantly he agrees to help them win the heart of the same guy.
18. Ouran High School Host Club
The story of the series follows the escapades of Haruhi Fujioka, a scholarship student at the prestigious Ouran Academy, a fictitious school for elite kids located in Bunkyo, Tokyo. Once she stumbles upon the
abandoned Third Music Room while looking for a quiet place to study. The room turned out to be the room
for the Host Club of Ouran Academy where a group of six idle male students, gather to entertain female
“clients” with sweets and tea. She was forced to join the Host Club as an “errand boy” after she
accidentally broke a priceless Rennaissance vase.
19. Happy Lesson
The story is based on an orphaned high school student named Chitose Hitotose who lives with five
female teachers. They plan to be his mother figures in an effort to make him a productive student and
adopt unusual methods such as science experiments, spiritual cleansing, and physical training. The
anime series is adapted from a comedy manga, written by Mutsumi Sasaki and illustrated by Shinnosuke
20. The Royal Tutor
It is a story about a man named Heine Wittgenstein, often mistaken for a child due to his short stature is
invited to be a Royal Tutor at the palace of Glanzreich by the king for his four younger princes—Kai,
Bruno, Leonhard, and Licht. He is tasked with making the princes capable of the throne but he finds it
hard to deal with the princes because of their complicated personalities who had managed to cause
every tutor they ever had to quit.
21. A Sister’s All You Need
It is an anime television series adaptation by Silver Link from a Japanese light novel series written by
Yomi Hirasaka and illustrated by Kantoku. The story follows a 20-year-old novelist, Itsuki Hashima, who
has an obsession with little sisters. Despite his nature, he is admired by a small group of friends that
includes a beautiful genius novelist Nayuta Kani who happens to be in love with him, Miyako Shirakawa,
a college classmate, and Haruto Fuwa, a fellow male writer and Kenjirou Toki, his editor. You can watch this anime on Crunchyroll.
22. Monster Musume: Everyday Life With Monster Girls
Monster Musume: Everyday Life With Monster Girls, is an anime adaptation of a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Okayado. Mythical creatures such as centaurs, mermaids, harpies, and lamias are real in this world, three years ago it was learned that these monsters are flesh and blood and have scale, feathers, horns, and fang. The Japanese government revealed the existence of these creatures and passed the “Interspecies Cultural Exchange Act” which made them a part of human society so that they can live with ordinary families like foreign exchange students. The story revolves around Kimihito Kurusu who did not volunteer for the exchange program but got accidentally involved in it and his world turned upside down when a snake-like lamia named Miia is delivered to his house.
Toradora is a Romantic comedy Japanese light novel series by Yuyuko Takemiya, with illustrations by
Yasu. The series name is derived from the two main characters of the story, Taiga Aisaka, and Ryūji
Takasu. On Ryuji’s first day of his second year of high school, he is happy to know that he is classmates
include his only friend, Yusaku, and his school crush, Kushieda Minori. But he stumbles across the most
feared girl in the school, named Aisaka Taiga who happens to be Minori’s best friend and has a crush on
Yusaku. They both decide to help each other with their respective crushes. The series follows the
blossoming love and friendship between the two of them.
OreShura animated series is based on a Japanese light novel series written by Yūji Yūji and illustrated by
Ruru. The main protagonist of the series is Eita Kidō, a high school student who works hard to get good
grades in order to earn a scholarship for his medical school. One day he was invited by the school beauty,
Masuzu Natsukawa to walk home with her. She asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend as she was tired
of hearing confessions on a daily basis because she hated the idea of romance. Eita’s childhood friend,
Chiwa Harusaki, who likes him after hearing this news in school starts competing with Masuzu for his
Rent A Girlfriend anime series follows the story of Kazuya Kinoshita, a 20-year-old college student who lives in Tokyo. He was recently dumped by his girlfriend Mami Nanami after dating for a month and decides to
rent an attractive girlfriend named Chizuru Mizuhara, using an online dating app. Eventually, he develops
legitimate romantic feelings toward her and became a part-timer at a karaoke bar to pay for his dates
and other expenses.