More Random Impressions: Go-toubun no Hanayome, Ueno-san wa Bukiyou


I think I've successfully fulfilled my obligation to give first impressions. Crap, I guess that means I actually have to decide which shows I'm going to regularly cover in this season.

The girls score a combined 100

Go-toubun no Hanayome First Impressions (1-2)

I saw the manga making the rounds quite a bit before this series was announced, but I was always apprehensive about diving into this series. Part of it is the acknowledgment that romantic comedies are often not for me, but this series is popular enough, right? The basic setup isn't too complicated. The main character, Fuutarou Uesugi, is tasked with tutoring five quintuplet sisters, one whom he will eventually marry. And so, the epic guessing game for who is best girl begins.

Fuutarou is totally harmless

For the most part, this series has seemed pretty promising overall, and it never gave me the sense that it was tripping over itself to throw in the fanservice moments I would expect. I'm not typically someone who looks for these kinds of things, so take it with a grain of salt. Still, I do feel like the show tends to be genuinely fun to watch, especially if you ignore the looming wedding of the future.

Miku admits that she likes Sengoku warlords

After episode one sets up the basic premise, episode two ends up being an entertaining romp to introduce Miku as the first willing participant in the story. I'm not sure if the other sisters will end up having these kinds of unexpected talents, but Miku's was reasonably charming for how specific it was.

Miku manages to say what's on her mind

If there's one thing that bothers me in the opening for this series, it's this whole concept that the sisters collectively can score 100 on Fuutarou's mock exam. There's nothing wrong with that idea in principle, but I personally get a bit credulous when I see five sisters in this situation. I'm not saying it can't happen, but it's not something I can relate to in my own sibling experience. My siblings are shockingly similar to me, for some reason.

Ueno asking for Tanaka's underwear

Ueno-san wa Bukiyou First Impressions (1-2)

Well, this show isn't a full short, so I have to say that it technically counts. Packaged within half-length episodes, this series follows the title character, Ueno, as she tests her crazy inventions in a vain attempt to impress Tanaka, the boy she likes. Most of these inventions backfire on Ueno...as you may expect.

Ueno's reasoning is sound

This series tends to be fun for what it is. The comedy doesn't always resonate with me, but I do think it's entertaining to see Ueno bested by her own devices. I do have the standard worry with this show that it will end up becoming too formulaic as time goes on. If Tanaka never gets flustered, it just doesn't seem fair, does it?



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