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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 one of the main characters in the manga and anime series 5-toubun no Hanayome. She is one of the quintuplet sisters, with the other four being Nino, Miku, Yotsuba, and Itsuki Nakano. Ichika is the eldest of the siblings and serves as one of the main love interests for the protagonist, Futaro Uesugi.

Ichika is depicted as an aspiring actress who balances her studies with her acting career. She is a responsible and caring older sister to her quintuplet siblings, and often takes on a motherly role among them. In terms of her personality, Ichika is friendly, outgoing, and has a positive attitude, making her popular among her classmates. However, she can also be insecure and sensitive, particularly about her own shortcomings and her relationship with her sisters.

Throughout the series, Ichika faces various challenges in her career and love life, including conflicts with her sisters over Futaro's attention and a difficult decision about whether to pursue her acting career or focus on her studies. Her character's arc provides significant plot points in the story and contributes to the series' themes of family, love, and self-discovery. Overall, Ichika's character is multi-faceted, with her ambition and emotional depth making her a compelling and relatable figure in the series.

Appearance[]

Ichika is a girl with very short hair that has a single long strand on the right side. She has white-pink hair colour, ranging from oyster pink to light pink shade in Volume 1, and oyster white to light pink shade in Volume 4.[6][7] Her notable accessory is a single earring.[8] 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 her sister nearby, Itsuki Nakano.[9]

Ichika wears her school uniform with a thin jacket tied to her waist, sometimes with unbuttoned top; revealing her cleavage. She is shown to wear a handbag.[10][11]

Gallery[]

Personality[]

Ichika acts as the eldest sister of her sisters, as she seems to have a calm and composed demeanor; making herself an approachable person.[12] Futaro Uesugi noted that her smile is fake and encourage her to put away that kind of smile.[13]

She initially had pessimistic attitude towards the sisters' learning capabilities, making her one of the obstacles for Futaro tutoring lessons early in the story.[14] After being inspired by him, she began to change her mind and started to take studying seriously.[15] He also helped her fix any issues she had with her sisters; making them closer than ever before.[16] Despite her smug expression and teasing behaviour, Ichika is shown to have a weakness to romantic moments happening to her; blushing whenever thoughts about it came to her mind.[17]

According to Futaro, each of the Quintuplets have their own characteristics regarding their sheets.[18] On Ichika's case, her writing and paper would be sloppy. She was also remarked to pick things up quickly and is troubled when her sisters make decisions without her presence.

As her pride of being the eldest sister, she plans to be successful first before telling her sisters about the job.[19] She is shown to study in between her filming; whether it be inside a car on the road or late at night.[20][21] Futaro was also impressed at how she was able to balance her work and school.[22]

Ability[]

Ichika is a model and an actress.[23] She is able to impersonate her sisters' expression and traits, showcasing her excellent acting capability, but to not to the extent of Miku, in which she can impersonate them flawlessly. Futaro is usually left impressed at how good her acting is, like when she accidentally eats the cake made by him, but managed to praise it wholeheartedly.[24]

She is hinted to have good insight about human psychology, as she is able to, "see through people."[25] This is evident when she easily deduced Futaro and Itsuki's quarrel, and correctly guessed the state Itsuki she was currently in.[26]

Ichika's "big sister" traits are first shown when she refers to herself as "onee-san" to Futaro and asks him to consult her.[27] Among the sister, she is ranked in the middle part of the five, with Mathematics as her strongest subject.[28]

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 Futaro-kun can do.

― Ichika discusses with Futaro Uesugi about making up with Itsuki Nakano
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: “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: “You shouldn't make choices you might regret... Because things might not continue as they are forever.
— Miku and Ichika discuss on being Futaro Uesugi'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 Futaro Uesugi about her reasons to work.

Unsociable, tactless, and just plain mean. Why did it have to be you of all people?

― Ichika on her love toward Futaro Uesugi
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 Nakano's affection toward Futaro Uesugi, Chapter 65

Trivia[]

  • The name Ichika means "one" (一) (ichi) and "flower, blossom" (花) (ka).
  • Ichika's notable accessory is a single earring, representing number 1, which is a part of her name and the order of her birth.
  • Ichika's voice actress Kana Hanazawa is the oldest among the voice actresses of the Nakano Quintuplets and has the character 花 in her name 花澤 香菜, Hanazawa Kana

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). “「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. ^ Volume 1 Cover
  7. ^ Manga Chapter 33, page 1
  8. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 22)
  9. ^ Manga Chapter 8 (p. 11).
  10. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 45)
  11. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 46)
  12. ^ Manga Chapter 27, page 13
  13. ^ Manga Chapter 11, page 9
  14. ^ Manga Chapter 3, page 11
  15. ^ Manga Chapter 13, page 4
  16. ^ Manga Chapter 13, page 3
  17. ^ Manga Chapter 28, page 16
  18. ^ Manga Chapter 35 (p. 10).
  19. ^ Manga Chapter 11 (p. 12).
  20. ^ Manga Chapter 58 (p. 15).
  21. ^ Manga Chapter 58 (p. 16).
  22. ^ Manga Chapter 58 (p. 7).
  23. ^ Manga Chapter 10, page 20
  24. ^ Manga Chapter 53 (p. 11).
  25. ^ Manga Chapter 1, page 37
  26. ^ Manga Chapter 17, page 15
  27. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 24)
  28. ^ Manga Chapter 20, page 7


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