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I'm going to have all five of you graduate with smiles on your face!

― Fuutarou Uesugi

Fuutarou Uesugi (うえすぎ ふうろう, Uesugi Fūtarō?) is the main protagonist of the 5-toubun no Hanayome series. He is a student of the Asahiyama High School. He lives with his father, Isanari Uesugi, and younger sister, Raiha Uesugi, in a small apartment.

He is a serious and hardworking high school student and a prodigy at the top of his grade. Because of his family's perpetual poverty, he takes up the offer to tutor the Nakano quintuplets.

At some point in the future, he marries one of the quintuplets, whose identity remains a mystery as they are identical.

Background

Fuutarou Uesugi was born on April 15, seventeen years before the start of the story. From childhood to teenage years, Fuutarou lives with his father, Isanari Uesugi, and younger sister, Raiha Uesugi. His mother passed away when he was six.

His family is poor and constantly in debt. They used to run a small cafe, located below their current apartment. As such, he has been living a frugal lifestyle. Without a mother, his sister takes over the housework, including cooking. Having been eating bland inexpensive food all his life, he cannot tell the difference between good and badly cooked foods. At the time of his wedding, his financial standing still has not improved much.

Five years before the start of the story, he went on a school trip to Kyoto. Eventually, he met a girl his age, who motivated him to study hard to become a responsible adult and provide for his family, especially his sister. He never asked the girl for her name.

He is a student at Asahiyama High School, where he is known to be at the top of his grade academically, regularly securing perfect grades. Despite having exceptional academic background, he has no friends, and only his father and sister are listed in his phone contacts.

Appearance

Fuutarou is a young man with a standard slim male physique, tall build and fair skin. Despite being tall, he slouches occasionally. His bluish-black hair is styled in a bowl cut, with two strands sticking up from the back of his head. Nino comments that he has a weird hairstyle, which Fuutarou claims was cut by Raiha.​[3]

Fuutarou has a stern-looking face, as well as a scary and thuggish demeanor. Miku has described it as being the "face of a bad guy."​​​​​[4] Nino develops a crush on Kintarou and a younger Fuutarou, who sport a delinquent-looking appearance, although she initially dismissed it as "dull-looking."​​​​​[5]

He is mostly seen in the typical uniform of Asahiyama High School, even when at home or going out, which consists of a short-sleeved white shirt tucked in long dark blue trousers, and a white belt. During cold seasons, he wears a light blue buttoned V-neck sweater over his shirt, which is also a part of the school uniform. For shoes, he wears a pair of black sneakers with white soles and black shoelaces for casual outings, although, after Labor Thanksgiving Arc, it has been shown that he wears a pair of high ankle sneakers with similar coloring.

During School Field Trip Arc, he wore the clothes Nino picked for him. This includes a khaki parka jacket over a light-color mock turtleneck long-sleeved shirt, which appears black in the anime depiction. It is not shown whether he wore it again after the field trip. Since School Field Trip Arc, he started wearing the charm bracelet his sister gives him. However, this has not been clearly depicted after the arc due to him wearing long-sleeved top.

During Fuutarou's Flashback Arc, a hospitalized Fuutarou is seen wearing a set of plain pajamas, which he seems to use as nightwear. He wore this outfit again during the Seven Goodbyes Arc when he goes out for a night walk with Itsuki.

When disguised for the school trip's test of courage, he sports a blonde wig that looks spikier and slightly longer compared to his regular hairstyle ​("The Binding Legend: Day 2 ②")​. To disguise as Kintarou, he additionally wears a black long-sleeved V-neck shirt and white trousers during his visit to Nino's hotel room ​("The Seven Goodbyes ⑥")​. This clothing combination contrasts with his usual attire, where he has a light-colored top and dark-colored trousers.

In his childhood, Fuutarou sports a blonde, slick back and spiky hairstyle, much similar to the wig he wore when disguising as Kintarou. When Nino first meets Kintarou, she immediately notices the latter was the boy in the picture. He also wore an earring in his left ear, which he removed when he got older. During the Fuutarou’s Flashback Arc, a young Fuutarou wore a black hoodie, white trousers, and clogs.

Personality

According to Isanari, Fuutarou used to be similar to his father as a kid, with their wild personality and being bad at studying. He lives a frugal lifestyle,[6] and prefers solitude.[7] Someone comments that Fuutarou is always like that, trying to not associate with everyone.[8] Ichika remarks that Fuutarou is direct and doesn't mince words.[9] Yotsuba's first impression of Fuutarou is a gloomy and not-having-many-friends guy.[10] His facial expression is always serious, sometimes having a grumpy and annoyed look, and rarely blushes or gets flustered.[11][12] Fuutarou thinks that being the Class Representative is just hindering his study.[13]

Fuutarou is noted to have a big ego and high confidence.[14][15] He can also be rude and straightforward, but is actually capable of holding back his emotions.[16][17] Despite that, Fuutarou could momentarily lose his composure when agitated and faced with unfavorable circumstances.[18] He also doesn't like getting involved with other people's problems, finding them to be troublesome.[19]

Fuutarou is shown to be hardworking and has a high patience, as he is able to tutor several girls that have below average scores. It is personally stated and hinted that Fuutarou currently doesn't have interest in romantic relationships.[20] He considers love as something foolish and detests it.[21]

Raiha describes Fuutarou as "an overly confident" guy and a "study freak."[15][22]

Nino encourages Fuutarou about his future love life, despite labeling him as a tactless guy.[23] Ichika also said the same thing when she visits him in the hospital.

Fuutarou has a habit of covering his mouth with his left hand whenever he feels embarrassed.[24]

The older Fuutarou is someone who does not pay attention to anything except study.[25] The test sheet is written specifically for each sister.[26] Fuutarou then tells them that they don't need to pay him now, and that they could do so in the future.[27] Fuutarou worked on various food-related part-time job. Itsuki suspects that it was for the free food.[28] Miku finds Fuutarou which is thinking about love-related stuff funny.

Kintarou

Fuutarou tried to make Kintarou as someone more manly and brawny than his silent usual self.

Ability

Fuutarou is a smart student and ranked top among his peers. He acknowledges that his forte lies solely in studying.[29] He is able to score perfectly in various tests.[30] He got 100 in all 5 subjects during the Second Year Midterm Exam.[31] He also has an exceptional memory and excellent reading comprehension.[32] Fuutarou is able to absorb several dozens worth of books in three days.[33] His reason for studying is related to a young girl in his flashback.[34] Fuutarou is able to sleep while sitting straight with his eyes wide open.[35] Ichika's director notes that Fuutarou is the one who draws out Ichika's potential.[36] Fuutarou is shown to have a cunning and crafty mind, as he's able to get the most out of the cafe's menu, successfully trick a teacher with his plan, and getting the lazy Nakano Quintuplets to start studying.[37][38]

Fuutarou acknowledges that human relations isn't his strong point.[39] He always tries to cut off relationships with others aside from family, that is why he doesn't have experience with confessions.[40] He is less adept with technology - he is unfamiliar with the internet's function[41], and that he is unfamiliar with Nakano Quintuplets' apartment lock system.[42]

Fuutarou has low physical endurance/stamina.[43] Miku and Fuutarou have almost equal physical endurance/stamina.[43] He once tried to piggyback Miku, but lacks strength to do so.[44] Fuutarou has a low strength.[45]

Despite his poor social skills, he is able to see through a person's emotion and motivate them.[46][47] Initially, Fuutarou is unable to judge the names of the sisters since they're so similar, but later he is able to differ them by how they call him.[48][49] He is also capable of distinguishing the girls' based on their individual style of writing. Fuutarou is in a slump for quite some time, as he is affected by Nino's confession.[50]

Fuutarou is not good at cooking.[51] He is able to ride a motorcycle.[52] He once worked on a delivery job before, which was when he got his license.[52]

Relationships

Main Article: Fuutarou Uesugi/Relationships

Referrals / Nicknames

Nickname Japanese Character
Fuutarou-kun 風太郎くん Ichika Nakano
Uesugi 上杉 Nino Nakano
Fuutarou 風太郎 Miku Nakano
Uesugi-san 上杉さん Yotsuba Nakano
Uesugi-kun 上杉くん Itsuki Nakano
Fuu-kun 風くん Nino Nakano, Miku Nakano

Quotes

Ichika Nakano: “Well, it'd just be a break from school. You know how I'm in a movie now thanks to your help? It's gotten to the point where I've started receiving offers for more work. I've already been absent from school a few times because of work. Other student actors also miss school fully aware they might be held back a year, or they transfer to another school that's more accommodating of their needs. And as you're well aware, I'm hopeless when it comes to academics. It's not like I have any regrets about high school... At least, that's what I'm thinking of... possibly doing...? [thinks to herself] And if I'm gone, then Miku will...
Fuutarou Uesugi: “It must be nice... to have found what you want to do.
Ichika Nakano: “Huh?
— Fuutarou's response to Ichika's reasons of quitting school for her actress career, Chapter 28
Fuutarou Uesugi: “I-I have some doubts about whether I can handle this...
Man on the phone: “Is that so? Your father tried in earnest to get this job but if that is the case, then I'm afraid, we'll have to pretend as if this talk never-
Fuutarou Uesugi: “But my doubts have all cleared up!! [yells out] I will have all your daughters graduate without problems!!
— Fuutarou exchanges about tutoring the quintuplets with their father, Chapter 2
Love? That is the stupidest, furthest removed act from academics. Anyone who wishes to engage in romance may do so. But, their life will peak when they are a student
— Fuutarou rants about high school love, Chapter 3
Miku Nakano: “But everyone in my class liked handsome actors, beautiful models and such. On the other hand, my preferences are all old men with mustaches. I must be weird.
Fuutarou Uesugi: “ [to himself] Definitely weird! ...is what I could say...But.
Fuutarou Uesugi: “You're not weird at all! Believe in what you love!
— Fuutarou's opinion on Miku's hobby, Chapter 3
If one of you can do something, all of you can do it. Ichika, Nino, Yotsuba, Itsuki, and you too, Miku. I believe the potential to score 100 points rests within all five of you!
— Fuutarou motivating the quintuplets[no citation]
I'm gonna make sure all five of you graduate with a smile!
— Fuutarou motivating the quintuplet[no citation]
Sorry for dragging you around like this. Raiha has always been holding back due to our family's situation. I'm sure there's a lot more she wants to do. I want to fulfill all her wishes.
— Fuutarou explains to Itsuki about his devotions toward his sister, Chapter 7
Fuutarou Uesugi: “Equality is all well and good, but we shouldn't reject everything that make us unique to achieve that. I don't want to invalidate her efforts. Rather than making everyone equals, let's be fair instead.
Miku Nakano: “ [recklessly hurts herself] Ow...
Fuutarou Uesugi: “Haha... what are you doing?
Miku Nakano: “Yeah, let's be fair.
— Fuutarou and Miku discuss equality and fairness, Chapter 29
Unnamed Male Nurse: “Were you worried about falling behind your studies? You're a prodigy who's at the top of your grade, aren't you? A short break should not be a problem for you then.
Fuutarou Uesugi: “You're right... I'll be fine, but... There's a group of idiots that I need to get back and tutor or they'll be in trouble.
— Fuutarou talks his motivations to tutor the the quintuplets, Chapter 33
When I met that girl in Kyoto, I swore I'd become someone that somebody would need someday. That's why I've been studying.
— Fuutarou Uesugi to someone[no citation]
To be honest, I was shocked yesterday. I don't know why Rena appeared when she did, but... She did teach me one thing. There's no stopping people from changing. You have to just accept it and let go of the past. So you should make up with her and go home.
— Fuutarou talks about letting go of the past with Nino, Chapter 43
Nino Nakano: “And I even said all those things during the midterm exams... I know I'm causing him trouble, but...
Fuutarou Uesugi, as Kintarou: “That's not true
Nino Nakano: “Of course it is! All he cares about is studying...
Fuutarou Uesugi, as Kintarou: “Who cares about the exams. I want the five of you to be together.
— Fuutarou discusses sisterly bonds with Nino as Kintarou, Chapter 44
The annoying thing about human relationships is that.. you can't proceed with just one side's opinion.
— Fuutarou to Nino about her father's compusion, Chapter 59

Trivia

  • The name "Fuutarou" contains the kanji for "wind" (風?), "thick" (太?), and "man" (郎?).
  • He is an Aries and believes in charms and horoscope.[53]
  • Fuutarou's favorite meal is curry udon.[54]
  • The anime provides Fuutarou's contact details. His phone number is 090-62149-31876 and email address is GeniusFutaro@hardbank.ne.jp.[no citation]
  • Fuutarou had an experience to get his ear pierced before.[55]

References

  1. ^ Haruba, Negi [@negi_haruba] (April 15, 2018). "4/15"Twitter. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  2. ^ Anime Blu-ray & DVD Volume 5 Booklet.
  3. ^ Manga Chapter 43 (p. 4).
  4. ^ Manga Chapter 6 (p. 4).
  5. ^ Manga Chapter 5 (p. 8).
  6. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 4).
  7. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 5).
  8. ^ Manga Chapter 70 (p. 5).
  9. ^ Manga Chapter 11 (p. 13).
  10. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 27).
  11. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 7).
  12. ^ Manga Chapter 3 (p. 12).
  13. ^ Manga Chapter 70 (p. 11).
  14. ^ Manga Chapter 2 (p. 31).
  15. ^ a b Manga Chapter 14 (p. 1).
  16. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 12).
  17. ^ Manga Chapter 5 (p. 4).
  18. ^ Manga Chapter 16 (p. 6).
  19. ^ Manga Chapter 6 (p. 20).
  20. ^ Manga Chapter 3 (p. 17).
  21. ^ Manga Chapter 3 (p. 12).
  22. ^ Manga Chapter 14 (p. 2).
  23. ^ Manga Chapter 43 (p. 8).
  24. ^ Manga Chapter 71.
  25. ^ Manga Chapter 32 (p. 2).
  26. ^ Manga Chapter 43 (p. 9).
  27. ^ Manga Chapter 51 (p. 20).
  28. ^ Manga Chapter 52 (p. 15).
  29. ^ Manga Chapter 71 (p. 13).
  30. ^ Manga Chapter 20 (p. 19).
  31. ^ Manga Chapter 20 (p. 20).
  32. ^ Manga Chapter 3 (p. 31).
  33. ^ Manga Chapter 4 (p. 14).
  34. ^ Manga Chapter 10 (p. 11).
  35. ^ Manga Chapter 12 (p. 1).
  36. ^ Manga Chapter 12 (p. 2).
  37. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 3).
  38. ^ Manga Chapter 19 (p. 17).
  39. ^ Manga Chapter 3 (p. 8).
  40. ^ Manga Chapter 71 (p. 13).
  41. ^ Manga Chapter 4 (p. 14).
  42. ^ Manga Chapter 5 (p. 1).
  43. ^ a b Manga Chapter 4 (pp. 10-11).
  44. ^ Manga Chapter 9 (p. 9).
  45. ^ Manga Chapter 27 (p. 7).
  46. ^ Manga Chapter 6 (p. 16).
  47. ^ Manga Chapter 11 (p. 9).
  48. ^ Manga Chapter 8 (p. 4).
  49. ^ Manga Chapter 30 (p. 17).
  50. ^ Manga Chapter 61 (p. 4).
  51. ^ Manga Chapter 52 (p. 17).
  52. ^ a b Manga Chapter 59 (p. 17).
  53. ^ Manga Chapter 33 (p. 4).
  54. ^ Manga Chapter 6 (p. 10).
  55. ^ Manga Chapter 14 (p. 10).

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