It introduces a new formula for a harem set-up. Our main boy Uesugi Fuutarou would definitely be not picking the best girl among the harem bunch based on appearance for the harem set-up involves him being on the center of attention (romantically) of the identical quintuplets Nakano Ichika, Nakano Nino, Nakano Miku, Nakano Yotsuba, and Nakano Itsuki, as he helps them out as their home tutor.
The readers were already given an assurance that our boy Fuutarou would be picking one of them as a glimpse of the future shows him marrying one of the quintuplets. It is just a question of who among them.
It’s actually a tough choice for Fuutarou, not only that he finds the varying personalities of the quintuplets troublesome, but also the quintuplets more than often disguise themselves as the other to confuse the hell out of Fuutarou.
Ichika, although initially establishing herself as the mediator of the group, as she falls in love to Fuutarou, she develops into a rather obsessive and scheming character.
The opposite is observed on Nino who took a complete turn in her attitude from being the saboteur to Fuutarou into being one of the most daring and assertive pursuers of his heart as she realizes her feelings midway into the story.
Yotsuba, on the other hand, might have seemingly ceded her pursuit of Fuutarou and gave way for her other sisters to pursue him.
Itsuki reveals herself to be Fuutarou’s childhood sweetheart who served as the catalyst into Fuutarou becoming an academic achiever. She has the main girl vibes based on the way the story presented itself.
And I’m hoping that Miku won’t be like the Onodera Kosaki (Nisekoi) of the story.
Kaguya-sama: Love is War
It features one of the most unique premises that is introduced to the genre of romantic comedy. Unlike most rom-com animes where the characters were still unsure about their romantic feelings, this story has two main leads Shinomiya Kaguya and Shirogane Miyuki operating on the assumption that the other has feelings to them already.
Unable to simply yield into confessing the feelings themselves because of their prideful personalities, with Miyuki carrying his pride as the Student Council President – the position that he toiled into elevating to – and Kaguya carrying her pride as the only daughter of an influential family in Japan, they resort to schemes and ploys into “checkmating” the other to confess themselves within the activities on the student council on which Miyuki is the president and Kaguya is the vice-president.
However, that same pride, which was coupled with personal issues from both Miyuki and Kaguya, is what is preventing them from seeing that the feelings are already mutual.
With the addition of the their secretary Fujiwara Chika – who with her bubbly airhead personality constantly pulls Kaguya away from her initially cold personality albeit constantly triggers Kaguya’s insecurities with her busty body and her intimacy with Miyuki due to him triggering Chika’s mother instincts (every time Chika helped him maintain his public image) – the blunt, pessimistic, and gloomy treasurer Ishigami Yuu – who can be a protagonist of a different series – and the righteous, stern, yet gluttonous treasurer Iino Miko – who often runs into Miyuki and Kaguya at embarrassing situations which she often misunderstood – the Student Council is set for laughter…and of course, great character developments.
Me: かぐや様ただは普通なアニメかもかしら(Kaguya-sama’s just a normal anime, I suppose.)
Narrator: 嘘である! この男はこのアニメのことが好きだ。今，この男はマンガを読んでいる。(THAT IS A LIE. This man loves everything about the anime. Now, this man is reading the manga.)
Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
Just a reminder: this series does not revolve around Bunny Girls. The reason of the anime’s title being that was because of our main female character Sakurajima Mai wearing a Bunny Girl outfit as an attempt to elicit attention as her existence was seemingly fading away during her hiatus of being a famous actress. Mai’s arc served as the archetype for the general theme of the series which was about people dealing about their personal issues.
The personal issues ranges from the discomfort on being the center of attention (Sakurajima Mai), anxiety regarding the consequences of the future (Koga Tomoe), lack of confidence about one’s appearance (Futaba Rio), inferiority complexes (Toyohama Nodoka), bullying (Azusagawa Kaede), and choosing the best girl (readers and viewers). Apart from the last one, all of those issues manifest themselves physically through what the story called the Adolescence Syndrome.
On the center of it all is our main protagonist, Azusagawa Sakuta, whose blunt and insensitive personality brought entertaining dialogues and battle of wits among the other characters. Apart from the hastily wrapped-up ending, the anime series cemented itself as one of the worthwhile slice-of-life series in recent months (Apart from being the Best Fall 2018 anime).
To be honest, Kaede’s arc hit me hard. The series has managed to make its readers mourn to the lost of a character without actually making them die.