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 2: Seven Farewells (Part 1)
The Nakano sisters only have to concentrate on their studies for a week before their final exams in order to avoid failing again. However, the disagreement between Miku and Nino leads to an argument in which Nino tears up the study sheets that Futaro prepared for each of them. Which annoyed Itsuki enough to hit his sister, as these sheets were handwritten despite their large number. Now that the discussion had turned into a fight, Nino and Itsuki left the house that day.
Miku and Futaro set out to find them as Ichika and Yotsuba would be busy with other business. Without a lot of clues, Miku receives information that leads them to the whereabouts of Nino, who lives in a hotel. Although if they go to her, they end up being kicked out of the place.
No clues as to Itsuki's whereabouts, just knowing the detail that unlike Nino, she didn't take his wallet. Futaro returns home and meets Itsuki there. Going for a walk at night to talk about the current situation and talk a little bit about your past.
While Ichika, Miku and Yotsuba study and go through the problems Futaro gave them in the sheets, he keeps trying to convince Nino to return to his sisters.
Gotoubun no Hanayome 2 - Chapter 3: Seven Farewells (Part Two)
After seeing Rena again and in a rather depressed mood, Futaro visits Nino again, who this time welcomes him as a guest when he sees his condition. Futaro is wet and depressed and needs to take a bath. He talks to Nino about what happened. Nino cried when he heard Futaro's story about his sudden departure from Rena. Thanks to this, Futaro will now try to forget about the past in order to keep moving forward and changing. Something that Nino also chooses as long as he can see Kintaro one more time.
On a new encounter with Kintaro in his hotel room, Nino contacted Futaro several times for advice or just to put off his shame. Futaro wants to tell Nino Nino the truth about Kintaro, but since it's serious business, she tries to meet Futaro to discuss it, believing that Kintaro will confess to her. In between her conversation with Nino, she finally confirms her suspicions and stuns Futaro again to leave the hotel and stay in a new one.
Now the problem isn't just with Nino and Itsuki, as Yotsuba has agreed to help the athletics club with the tournament, even though the trials are so tight.
Problem solved and a new one begins
Since the sheet is big enough to be separated into more than one part, the sheet of "Seven Farewells" should make a great contribution to the main plot. Something I think has been proven hits. Mainly a fight between the Nakano sisters. First between Nino and Miku, then between Nino and Itsuki. They are also memories and previous characters, which, while it appears they could be "mini-arcs" within the main storyline, I believe add more depth and better development to the characters involved. Though I'll talk about it later.
Return with the bow of Gotoubun no Hanayome 2 - Chapters 2 and 3, I believe it was about time that such a problem arose. I think we have all had similar struggles at one point or another with a member of our family, especially at such a difficult age as youth. Although small problems and typical sibling struggles had arisen beforehand, in my opinion one of these magnitudes was necessary for the conspiracy.
In a certain way, when I compare my experiences with the arcing situation, I have gone through the shoes of everyone involved. I'm the middle brother so I know these little sibling battles pretty well. But I was also the third person to try to be an intermediary between other family members. And personally, when I get angry I always try to be alone, so I did this too more than once to leave the house because of the fight.
That's what I love about this "Feel Goodbye" arc, which feels so identified with several of the characters involved and recognizes the specific situation. And I felt so identified with the characters that I also did with their positive and negative mindsets. I was in Futaro's shoes, depressed by dangerous thoughts. For family reasons, I have also tried to occupy the shoes of the one who is missing in the family, as Itsuki tries. And of course, I've been the die-hard one who believes everyone is against him and / or is right, and turned a small problem into a much more serious one, like Nino did.
Seeing all of these scenes was nothing but a lump in my throat and a pain in my chest because in none of my experiences was the ending a "happy one". Even so (or for this reason) this arch is still one of my favorites as I think it's pretty realistic and I'm sure there will be more than one that can also be identified anywhere.
Open it when you learn to accept yourself
Coupled with a deep story arc, I couldn't expect anything other than character development. And this aspect is not left behind to swim. in the Gotoubun no Hanayome 2 - Chapters 2 and 3 mainly show a possible development of the characters of Futaro, Nino and Itsuki. At least for the moment it is.
As I said previouslyI know the manga and know how the arc will develop and end. I think this bow is one of the most important for a given character. I hope I have an appropriate adaptation to demonstrate this advancement in character.
When I return to the characters in this arc, I am surprised that Futaro cannot yet recognize the quintuplets. Although he mentioned important points in the personality of each of them. And how to forget about their aesthetic differences, mainly the length and color of the hair. Next to their voices. In the end, Futaro's slowness is something absurd in this aspect, but if it were to change it would also have to do with future situations in the plot. Losing their charm, tension or drama in many of them.
Now in Gotoubun no Hanayome 2 - Chapters 2 and 3 appeared interesting characters, Kintaro and Rena. While the truth about Kintaro is already known, who is Rena? With theories and little data, he could accept who he is. Indeed, the answer is almost obvious, though somewhat confused by other things as well. For that you have to have two Rena, the girl who Futaro met in Kyoto and the young woman he met again at the lake. Before I read it in the manga, I already knew who each of these Rena was. But for obvious reasons, I'm not going to say it to avoid a huge plot spoiler for those who haven't read the manga yet.
I think if you know who one of the Rena is, you will know who the other is. I will only say that by pure rule it is possible to suspect / know who the young Rena from the lake is.
Promising start, easy progress
At first I said that despite the change of studio and the "changes" involved, the animation seemed good to me. In Gotoubun no Hanayome 2 - Chapters 2 and 3 I've noticed a decrease in the overall quality of the animation. Especially in the third episode.
For example, I wasn't at all convinced by the animation in the flashback of Futaro and Rena am See. It felt too simple and with details (like shadows) out of place or poorly coordinated. Other than that, its fluidity left me a lot to be desired, even though it wasn't that large or complicated movements. It looked like frames were missing or being skipped.
It's not all bad points though, as one of the things I think has kept its quality in animation is the characters' facial expressions. Personally, while I think there are some details that could be improved, it is not necessary to be as detailed in all scenes. By that I mean the same detail that you showed in the first episode with the reflection in Itsuki's eyes.
With the second thought, perhaps my biggest problem with animation is the lighting in the scenes. Well, watching the episodes again, I felt that they were too "light" for the moment, either because of the location and / or the time it was supposed to happen. Although it may just be a personal problem and it is the only one (or the minority) who see it that way. I just hope they maintain an acceptable quality that is beyond the good for a simple one that is below expectations.
By the way, I personally think that the animation of Gotoubun no Hanayome 2 It's not that close to the art of amnga compared to the animation style of season one. I think the manga is in the middle and its animations have gone from opposite sides, keeping a very similar distance between it and the art of the manga. For example the manga would be 0, the first season -1 and the second season 1.