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I wanted things to continue like this forever. I didn't want this comfortable situation to change. But in reality... I don't want anyone else to have it.

— Ichika to Yotsuba about her real feelings, Chapter 66

Ichika Nakano (なか いち, Nakano Ichika?) is the first sister of the Nakano Quintuplets. Despite the negligible age difference among them, she took the role of the eldest sister properly [6] as she is trusted enough to acts as their confident and leader.[7] She aspires to become an actress [8] and she likes to tease Fuutarou Uesugi.[9]

Appearance

Ichika is a playful girl with very short hair that has a single long strand on the right side. She has white-pink/light pink hair color, ranging from oyster pink to light pink shade in Volume 1, and oyster white to light pink shade in Volume 4.[10][11] Her notable accessory is a single earring.[12] Like her sisters, she has dark blue eyes, an average height, a well-endowed figure and large breasts. A stall owner praises Ichika for her cuteness, but she doesn't praise the nearby Itsuki Nakano.[13]

Ichika wears her school uniform with a thin jacket tied to her waist, sometimes with unbuttoned top, revealing her cleavage. Ichika wears a handbag.[14][15]

Ichika is a sleepyhead and likes to doze off.[16] Her room is messy and unorganized, she also has mature-type clothes, including a sexy nightgown.[17][18] Ichika is a sleepyhead, and she sleeps naked, even when sleeping together with her sister.[19][20]

Yotsuba Nakano often cleans Ichika's room.[21] Ichika wants to buy adult undergarments and asks Yotsuba to try it.[22]

Gallery

Personality

Ichika loves to tease people[23] and be open about it, exhibiting her boldness even towards a male.[24][25]

Ichika acts as the eldest sister of the Nakano Quintuplets as she seems to have a calm and composed demeanor.[26] Fuutarou Uesugi noted that her smile is fake and encourage her to put away that kind of smile.[27]

Ichika initially had pessimistic attitude towards the sisters' learning capabilities, making her one of the obstacles for Fuutarou tutoring lessons early in the story.[28] After being inspired by Fuutarou, she began to change her mind and started to study with him.[29] Fuutarou also helped her patch things up with her sisters, making the quintuplets become closer.[30] Ichika's room is very messy & unorganized.[31] Ichika notices that Miku Nakano trying to understand Fuutarou's taste.[32] Despite her smug expression and teasing behavior, Ichika is shown to have a weakness to romantic moments happening to her.[33]

According to Fuutarou, each Nakano Quintuplets has their own characteristics regarding their sheets.[34] On Ichika's case, her writing and paper would be sloppy.

Ichika is shown to study in between her filming, inside a car on the road, and late at night.[35][36] Fuutarou also impressed at how Ichika able to balance work and school.[37]

Fuutarou remarks that Ichika is the most competent out of the five. She also picks things up quickly.[38]

Ichika is bothered when the sisters are making decision without her.[39]

Ichika keeps her job secret because of her pride as the eldest sister. She plans to be successful first before telling her sisters about the job.[40] Fuutarou describes Ichika as someone who puts on a fake smile and hides her feelings whenever something serious is involved.[41] Fuutarou goes to see Ichika doing her homework alone, to which he joins her.[42] Ichika acknowledges that she's an underhanded person.[43]

Ability

Ichika is a model and an actress.[44] She is able to impersonate her sisters' expression and traits, showcasing her excellent acting capability.[45] Ichika claimed that she is not as good as Miku Nakano in impersonating the sisters.[46] Fuutarou Uesugi is impressed at how good Ichika's acting is, when she accidentally eat cakes made by him but managed to praise it wholeheartedly.[47]

According to Fuutarou, she is able to "see through people", hinting her good insight towards human psychology.[48] This is evident when Ichika easily deduces Fuutarou and Itsuki Nakano's quarrel, and correctly guess the state of Itsuki currently in.[49]

Ichika is able to deduce that Fuutarou is currently "targeting" Itsuki, just from a single glance.[50]

Ichika's "big sister" traits are first shown when she refers to herself as "onee-san" to Fuutarou and asks him to consult her.[51] Among the sister, Ichika is usually ranked on the middle part of the five, with Math as her strongest subject.[52]

Relationships

Main article: Ichika Nakano/Relationships

Quotes

She has always been awkward. So she probably just has trouble being honest about how she feels? I'm sure she's struggling by herself even now. I'll try doing what I can. But there are things that only Fuutarou-kun can do.
— Ichika discusses with Fuutarou about making up with Itsuki, Chapter 17
Yotsuba Nakano: “Don't feel like you should be the only one holding yourself back. Just do whatever you want to do... I guess!
Ichika Nakano: “What I want do to...?
Ichika's monologue: “I wanted things to continue like this forever. I didn't want this comfortable situation to change. But in reality...
Ichika: “I didn't want anyone else to have it.
— Ichika to Yotsuba about what she wants, Chapter 66
Miku Nakano: “Equal... you should be his partner...
Ichika Nakano: “You shouldn't make choices you might regret... Because things might not continue as they are forever.
— Miku and Ichika discuss on being Fuutarou's dance partner, Chapter 27
I've been trying to fool everyone, but I'm concerned about my savings. I mean, stuff like food and utilities cost more than I expected. So I've decided to take on any roles, no matter how minor they might be. I need to work hard, for both my sake as well as theirs.
— Ichika to Fuutarou about her reasons to work., Chapter 53
Unsociable, tactless, and just plain mean. Why did it have to be you of all people?
— Ichika on her love toward Fuutarou, Chapter 33
Nino Nakano: “When I realized he was my prince, I wasn't able to put the breaks on anymore.
Ichika Nakano: “And that's why you fell in love with him... ? Don't you think things fell into place a bit too easily for you?
— Ichika discusses Nino's affection toward Fuutarou, Chapter 65

Trivia

  • The name Ichika means "one" (一) (ichi) and "flower" (花) (ka).
  • Ichika notable accessory is a single earring, representing number 1, which is a part of her name and the order of her birth.
  • Her voice actress, Kana Hanazawa, is the oldest among the voice actresses of the sisters.

References

  1. ^ Manga Chapter 52 (p. 19).
  2. ^ Negi Haruba's tweet and Quintuplets' birthday hashtag
  3. ^ Manga Chapter 64 (p. 1).
  4. ^ [@5Hanayome] (Feb 8, 2018). [https://twitter.com/5Hanayome/status/961799135518015489 “「教えて!五月せんせー!」 その1『標準体重』”] (Tweet in Japanese) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ Manga Volume 9 – Extra Bonus Comic.
  6. ^ Manga Chapter 17, page 16
  7. ^ Manga Chapter 6, page 2
  8. ^ Manga Chapter 11, page 6
  9. ^ Manga Chapter 2, page 13
  10. ^ Volume 1 Cover
  11. ^ Manga Chapter 33, page 1
  12. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 22)
  13. ^ Manga Chapter 8 (p. 11).
  14. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 45)
  15. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 46)
  16. ^ Manga Chapter 2, page 35
  17. ^ Manga Chapter 2, page 10
  18. ^ Manga Chapter 2, page 14
  19. ^ Manga Chapter 12 (p. 12).
  20. ^ Manga Chapter 17 (p. 19).
  21. ^ Manga Chapter 2 (p. 11).
  22. ^ Manga Chapter 37 (p. 8).
  23. ^ Manga Chapter 2 (p. 13).
  24. ^ Manga Chapter 17, page 3
  25. ^ Manga Chapter 8, page 5
  26. ^ Manga Chapter 27, page 13
  27. ^ Manga Chapter 11, page 9
  28. ^ Manga Chapter 3, page 11
  29. ^ Manga Chapter 13, page 4
  30. ^ Manga Chapter 13, page 3
  31. ^ Manga Chapter 2 (p. 10).
  32. ^ Manga Chapter 55 (p. 5).
  33. ^ Manga Chapter 28, page 16
  34. ^ Manga Chapter 35 (p. 10).
  35. ^ Manga Chapter 58 (p. 15).
  36. ^ Manga Chapter 58 (p. 16).
  37. ^ Manga Chapter 58 (p. 7).
  38. ^ Manga Chapter 58 (p. 7).
  39. ^ Manga Chapter 74 (p. 10).
  40. ^ Manga Chapter 11 (p. 12).
  41. ^ Manga Chapter 11 (p. 10).
  42. ^ Manga Chapter 53 (p. 14).
  43. ^ Manga Chapter 65 (p. 16).
  44. ^ Manga Chapter 10, page 20
  45. ^ Manga Chapter 27, page 11
  46. ^ Manga Chapter 27 (p. 11).
  47. ^ Manga Chapter 53 (p. 11).
  48. ^ Manga Chapter 1, page 37
  49. ^ Manga Chapter 17, page 15
  50. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 23)
  51. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 24)
  52. ^ Manga Chapter 20, page 7


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