This Gotoubun no Hanayome 2 review contains spoilers. If you haven't seen the chapters, we recommend that you do so and then go back to read the review.
Gotoubun no Hanayome 2 - Chapter 4: Seven Farewells (Part Three)
Before Yotsuba leaves for the athletics club's training camp, Futaro, Ichika and Itsuki have to stop them. Itsuki has run out of time to wait for Miku. He's the one who dresses up as Yotsuba and tries to leave the athletics club. However, it doesn't work as the president of the same realizes that Yotsuba doesn't have that long hair. With a failed plan, there was no choice but to improvise. However, Nino, disguised as Yotsuba, fulfills the task of leaving the club. Shortly afterwards, the real Yotsuba speaks to the club's president and promises to be the last activity to help the club at the next tournament.
Now with much shorter hair, Nino agrees that he has to change and apologizes to Itsuki. And both go back to their apartment. For the short time leading up to their final exams, Futaro gives each of them a cheat sheet. For which you must try to study not to use it.
The test scores were generally poor so they expected to review them while tutoring Futaro. However, Ebata, his father's driver, informs them of Uesugi's resignation as well as who is not allowed to enter the building.
Some time later, the Nakano quintuplets meet Fur¿taro at his new job and try to sell cakes on Christmas Eve. The manager gives you permission to take her home. On the way, Uesugi discovers that she has left the luxurious apartment they were in. Now nothing prevents him from being her tutor.
United will prevail
The end of the arc 'Seven Farewells' happened in Gotoubun no Hanayome 2 - Chapter 4 made many things clear in the main storyline and character development. As well as signs of a new "war" in the future.
First of all, the plot. It must be remembered that all of the events in this anime took place because Futaro became the keeper of a silly quintuplet. Start as a high paying job to help you through your tough financial situation. At first only because it was their job, as none of the Nakano sisters wanted to do it. Well, almost none, since Yotsuba was there from the start.
Over time, however, she began participating in the studies, and her interactions with the other sisters paid off. He also made connections with them and vice versa. Although the sister depending on the type of bond that was forged. However, there came a point where Futaro's "work" ceased to look and feel like one. His "hell" was starting to be fun.
To be honest, even though I re-watched Season 1 and re-read the manga from the start (up to and through this 'Seven Goodbyes' arc), I never found a key moment in which the mindset of Futaro has changed abruptly in that regard. Things went so steadily that I just saw his new take on the normal quintuplets. Something I liked about the piece.
Perhaps the most important point in the change was the first time she failed to try to get the five Nakano sisters to pass all of their exams. That occasion when Nino lied to his father to cover up what had happened. But, as I mentioned earlier, although I think it was an important moment in the plot, I don't feel that it was "the moment" for further development. Really, until now I haven't felt that there was a moment that felt compelled to change the main storyline or any character development.
Of course, there are a few things about the plot that I would have liked to see, even though they were brief in the manga. For example, Futaro's resignation in Gotoubun no Hanayome 2 - Chapter 4, I would have loved to hear your words and not just see the end. Since I think it was something with enough effect. Although it may still appear as a flashback in future chapters.
You cannot continue to suffer because of my selfishness
Certainly, in contrast to the progression of the main storyline, the development of the characters has much more pronounced key points. And if the adaptation stays true, they will still be there. Willy-nilly. For example, the development I see "more forced" is that of Futaro with Rena. With the cliché that fate reunited two people who barely knew his name. I remember that Futaro only knew her name in this arc of the 'Seven Farewells'.
But just when I thought this development between them was absurd, I have to admit that I liked the fact that Futaro was aware that he had to move forward. Farewell to Rena in Gotoubun no Hanayome 2 - Chapter 4 after losing the last physical memory he had of her. But the same thing caused other gears to be activated and start moving. Of course, there can still be traces of Rena in her memories, something I understand and consider normal. It's not that you can forget such an important person from one moment to the next.
The important detail is seeing how much he continues to involve her in the future, to know if Futaro really had a decent development of his character. But there is still time for that, after all, this second animated season barely reaches the middle of the manga story.
The development of the quintuplets depends on who we are talking to. And not all had the moment to shine in this regard. In the first season, Ichika and Miku were the sisters who developed the most. Being Miku, who in my opinion had a better development. Ichika also has a lot of potential to show.
In what was broadcast in the previous episodes This second season is about Nino and Itsuki. Nino is the one who shows it the most. After all, Itsuki has developed slowly but steadily in history so far (both in the manga and in the two animated seasons). However, I think the development that Nino's character had is way above that of Miku in season one. And that won't have a "pond" like my favorite quintuplet.
Yes, I have a feeling that Miku's development has stalled because she doesn't have a rival to threaten her chances with Futaro. Something Ichika could have done last season, but couldn't. However, one of the gears activated in this arc reactivates Miku's development so that it is no longer so tame.
In all honesty, while Miku is my favorite, I think Nino is the best developed of the quintuplets. Speaking of history in general and not just what has been shown so far.
Nino, at the moment she is no longer the one I liked the least, but the middle of the quintuplets. In order from highest to lowest they are: Miku, Ichika, Nino, Itsuki, Yotsuba. Although things will change drastically in the future.
One made of lime and one made of sand
Unfortunately the animation from Gotoubun no Hanayome 2 It leaves me a lot to be desired. After all, it's not as if this season was announced relatively recently; it has even been postponed several times for various reasons. So I'm not going to deny that I had high expectations on this section. At first it seemed like they were sticking to it, but as the episodes progress I see further and further away.
Of course, I have mixed feelings because while the quality is not what I personally expected, not all is bad. For example, most of the time the scenarios like what they look like, but poor lighting can take away the positive effects on them. My opinion becomes neutral.
The animation quality in scenes with shots in the third person or further away is quite simple. To the point where I feel like there are more mistakes than there really are (if there are any). But the quality of the facial expressions intrigues me as I think the details are very well done to achieve their goal of showing concern, shame, despair, sadness, eyes etc.
I also love still images or those that are more "pictures" than animations. The moment when all quintuplets jump into the water with Futaro serves as an example Gotoubun no Hanayome 2 - Chapter 4. For its counterpart, the scenes with lots of movement feel strange. Having a controversial fluidity as it sometimes seems to me that they are making robotic movements while others seem not to be fully synchronized as they should.
On the sound side, I just want to point out that I think the music (which hinted at a sense of sadness) could have started earlier shortly after Ebata's announcement of Futaro's resignation to add more impact to the scene. For me it would have been perfect if the music had started from the moment Ebata appeared on stage. Just to make it more dramatic.