The Quintessential Quintuplets Vol 3
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Source: Copy courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review!
Working hard finally feels like it's paying off! After an exciting fireworks festival, Futaro feels like he's come to an understanding with the sisters. Unfortunately for the study group, midterm exams are right around the corner and the stakes are higher than ever. The quintuplets' father gives Futaro an ultimatum: If even one of my daughters fails...you're fired! But to Futaro's surprise, after a sleepover at the girls' house, some of them are actually stepping up to help him!
Midterms are approaching and so is a school camping trip, but the stakes get upped because if one of the Quints fails....Uesugi is going to be out of a job. Itsuki is continuing to be stubborn and refuses all help from him because of what happened in volume 1 when she asked him for help and he refused. She's even more determined than usual to pass on her own which I actually admired as much as I'm like 'dear lord you need the help'. We did get some insight in to the relationship between the two, in that they clash so much because they're quite similar.
It was nice to see the two of them come to an understanding after a couple more clashes. But unfortunately while they do have a moment of understanding...they aren't best buddies yet. Obviously there's a big obstacle in the blossoming relationships between Uesugi and the Quints, but it also adds some tension to the volume and a little bit of suspense too. The girls continue to grow more with each volume, and open up more, Nino is definitely softening up a little bit.
I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the girls and Uesugi all come together and work together so I was a little bit sad that after that breakthrough it all fell apart again after the exam, but the relationships between he and the girls are developing nicely, naturally and realistically as his relationship dynamic with each girl is different much like friendships in real life and each at its own pace. Some are obviously more comfortable with him than others.
Some feelings amongst the characters are pretty obvious and after the tension and suspense of the exams and waiting for the results, we have a nice set up for the camping trip as we lead up to it starting in the next volume. Each girl seems to have her own plan for the trip and for Uesugi's time on the trip, which see's us leave the volume with a sense of anticipation and it's definitely going to be