5Toubun no Hanayome, also known as The Quintessential Quintuplets, is a Japanese romance manga series written and illustrated by Negi Haruba. The manga started off as an one-shot, which quickly gained popularity among readers. The series has been serialized weekly in Weekly Shounen Magazine since August 2017 and published digitally in English by Kodansha Comics since June 2018.
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Negi finished his previous work Rengoku no Karma and Vampire Killer in 2015.
In February 2017, he published 5Toubun no Hanayome Oneshot on the Weekly Shounen Magazine's 8th issue. Thanks to positive responses of the readers, the series is published in the magazine's 36th/37th combined issue (August 2017).
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Fuutarou Uesugi is a poor & anti-social top student. One day, he gets a job tutoring a rich family that's new to town. Fuutarou's soon-to-be students are revealed to be his new classmates, Itsuki Nakano and her four quintuplet sisters. Despite the girls' poor first impression of Fuutarou, he tries seriously to do his job, only to find they have terrible grades and terribly complex personalities.
- Second Year Saga
- Third Year Saga
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The characters' overall design are sharp and more realistic looking: they have varied facial expression, the outfits are drawn properly (sometimes become the main focus of the page), and their body language is always on point.
Most of the background characters have a good amount of details: their eyes are drawn (as opposed to just silhouette), have distinct emotions, and each of their activities are shown.
Background settings/scenes also drawn precisely, and small details (such as the leaves on a tree, random items in the surroundings, or faraway objects) are recognized in a glance. One of Negi's unique traits is highly detailed & realistic looking shoe panel. See Negi's Shoes Panel
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Volume 1 cover features Itsuki Nakano and her sisters' partial shots. The cover of volume 2 until 6 feature one Nakano Quintuplets girl with a colored flower petals unique to each one of them in the background. The cover for volume 7 and onwards feature one sister in western wedding dress.
Each volume has an illustration of a flower bouquet with the series' romanized title (stylized as "5toubun no hanayome" in the Japanese volume, "the quintessential quintuplets" in the English version), author name, and volume number inside it.
The filler page has a picture of a diamond ring with the word "5toubun no hanayome" (Japanese volume) or "the quintessential quintuplets" (English volume) in the middle.
Character Introduction Page
Every volume has an introduction about the Bride, all five Nakano Quintuplets, Fuutarou, and other characters. Each girl's introduction box contains various miscellaneous info about them and differ from volume to volume. There is also a "Quints Memo" box describing the Nakano Quintuplets' personalities and traits.
Special Extra Comics
A two page shorts near the end of each volume, featuring the Nakano Quintuplets' daily life.
Next Volume Preview
A page that contains various cutscenes from the upcoming volume, author notes, editor commentary, and any announcements related to the series.
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Awards and Nominations
On August 8, 2018, 1 year after the series' publication, the sales reached over 700.000 prints (for 5 volumes).
On October 24, 2018, the sales reached over 1 million prints (for 6 volumes). Volume 6 of the manga sold approximately 48,379 copies in the first week. Volume 7 sold for 95,580 copies in the first week.
There are 7 Japanese volumes published with 1.3 million print counts in November 2018.
Around mid January 2019, Negi Haruba tweeted having 2 million prints for 7 volumes.
Negi also likes to post 5Toubun no Hanayome's material in Twitter, using his own personal account or the series' official account. As of January 2019, the series' Twitter had more than 74.000 followers.
The series is well-received among local and international fans, and there are various fanarts related to the series.
Ayane Sakura voiced the 5 sisters in the 30 seconds manga commercial.
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Kodansha publish the series digitally under their Kodansha Comics imprint. The official title used for the English release is "The Quintessential Quintuplets". There is no significant difference between the Japanese and English version, except the naming of characters and places.
- Fuutarou's name that is romanized as "Futaro".
- The Nakano Quintuplets' previous school is Black Rose Girls School.
List of English Volume
- The Quintessential Quintuplets 1: 26 June 2018 (digital), 31 December 2018 (paperback)
- The Quintessential Quintuplets 2: 24 July 2018 (digital), 5 March 2019 (paperback)
- The Quintessential Quintuplets 3: 28 August 2018 (digital), 7 May 2019 (paperback)
- The Quintessential Quintuplets 4: 25 September 2018 (digital), 16 July 2019 (paperback)
- The Quintessential Quintuplets 5: 23 October 2018 (digital), 24 September 2019 (paperback)
- The Quintessential Quintuplets 6: 5 February 2019 (digital)
- Negi likes to draw shoes (or feet) and dedicate a single panel for them. Those panels serve various purpose to the story, such as showing character's emotions, an important activity/event, and progressing the plot. See Negi's Shoes Panel
- The flower petals' color in the background of Volume 2 to Volume 6 represent the sisters' color scheme:
- Light yellow for Ichika's jacket
- Dark purple for Nino's ribbon & sweater
- Light blue for Miku's headphones & sweater
- Light green for Yotsuba's ribbon & tie
- Red for Itsuki's sweater
- Negi sometimes use certain topic to start and finish the volumes.
- Volume 1: First chapter, a Nakano sister sees a half-naked Fuutarou. Last chapter, Fuutarou sees a half-naked Nakano sister.
- Volume 2: First chapter shows a photo of current Fuutarou and one Nakano sister. Last chapter shows a photo of younger Fuutarou and a Nakano sister.
- Volume 3: First chapter, Yotsuba waves at Fuutarou. Last chapter, Yotsuba also waves at Fuutarou.
- Volume 4: First chapter is about the Nakano Quintuplets' finger game which involves all five fingers. Last chapter each of the Nakano Quintuplets holds one of Fuutarou's fingers.
- Volume 5: First chapter is about Rena in Fuutarou's imagination and the past. Last chapter is about Rena present in real life.
- Volume 6: The first chapter shows Rena's goodbye to Fuutarou and he falling into a body of water. The last chapter shows Fuutarou fell into a body of water and his goodbye to Rena.
- Volume 7: First chapter the Nakano sisters watch a love confession in a TV drama with Fuutarou. Last chapter a Nakano confesses to Fuutarou.
- Volume 8: First chapter Fuutarou is confronted face-to-face by a Nakano, and Miku tells Ichika that she won't lose. In the last chapter, Fuutarou is also confronted face-to-face by a Nakano, and it is Ichika who tells Miku that she won't lose to her.