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Your very existence has already begun to stir a change in the five of us.

— To Fuutarou

Itsuki Nakano (なか つき, Nakano Itsuki?) is the fifth sister of the Nakano Quintuplets. Itsuki is serious and diligent, yet also a glutton and crybaby.[6][7][8] Among the sisters, Itsuki is the most familiar with Uesugi Family's members and circumstances.[9]

History

Itsuki reveals to her sisters that she wants to be a school teacher, in which everyone supports.[10]

Appearance

Itsuki Nakano design draft

Itsuki Nakano profile.

Itsuki is a serious looking girl with medium-length hair and an expressive ahoge. She has reddish-orange hair color, ranging from light pink to salmon pink in Volume 1, and deep orange to orient red in Volume 4.[11][12] Her notable accessories are a pair of star-shaped hairpins,[13] which Fuutarou Uesugi called unfashionable at one point,[14] near both of her eyes. Like her sisters, she has dark blue eyes, an average height, and a well-endowed figure. In class, or when she does something involving studying, she wears glasses.[15]

Itsuki is noted to be "cute" by her classmates [16] and she looks very similar to Rena Nakano (Itsuki's mother), according to Shimoda.[17]

She wears her uniform normally without any accessories, like most of the girl students [18] and she wears a handbag.[19][20]

Itsuki's ahoge changes form depending on her expression,[21][22][23] and it is retractable.[24] She is the sister with the highest weight, yet refuses to acknowledge it.[25]

Personality

Itsuki is a serious and earnest girl [26] who usually wakes up early compared to her sisters.[27][28] She is also well-mannered: She cares a lot about eating manners,[29] has never been late or missed a class,[30] and always speak in polite language.

Itsuki is a girl who bears a grudge,[31] shown when she rejects Fuutarou Uesugi's tutoring partly because of their previous quarrel. She is also someone who can't be honest with herself and has difficulties being more straightforward.[32][33] Both of these qualities often make her struggle on her own. Nino Nakano comments that Itsuki is too straight-laced.[34] Itsuki is too precise in her timing during cooking.[35]

Itsuki is a crybaby, be it about unfavorable situations,[36] scary things,[37] or her stubborn self.[38][39][40]

Itsuki has a huge appetite and is mostly seen eating something throughout the series. It appears that she doesn't mind treating her sisters unfairly when it comes to food-related stuff.[41] Itsuki proposes to share their cakes and Ichika Nakano suspects her real goal is to sample all of the flavors.[42] Itsuki worries about Fuutarou, but it's actually because she's hungry.[43]

According to Fuutarou, each Nakano Quintuplet has their own characteristics regarding their sheets.[44] In Itsuki's case, she would rather use an eraser than scribble on them

According to Ichika, Fuutarou has to be firm to deal with Nino and be kind to deal with Itsuki.[45]

Ability

Ichika Nakano labels Itsuki as someone "earnest/diligent" [46] and Yotsuba Nakano notes that Itsuki is someone "diligent."[47]

Itsuki is commended as a diligent girl, and she does things very precisely.[48][49] She is also perceptive and has a good sense of detail.[50] Despite that, she has an awful sense of direction.[51] She also has poor eyesight and is often seen wearing glasses.[52] Itsuki has good observation and deduction skills.[53] Among the sister, Itsuki ranks on the higher part of the five, with her strongest subject being Science.[54]

Itsuki never realizes Miku Nakano's affection towards Fuutarou Uesugi and she is the last sister to know about it.[55]

Itsuki's poor sense of direction is first mentioned.[56] Itsuki is sensitive to the cold so she sneaks into Nino Nakano's futon.[57]

Relationships

Main article: Itsuki Nakano/Relationships

Quotes

  • "In the end, we can't know what he feels, what he thinks, unless we ask him personally"[58]
  • "Aren't you going to set a good example? We're counting on you"[59]
  • "How does it feel to receive words of gratitude from someone you taught? For me. I want to treasure the feelings from that time"[60]
  • "The numerous days we spent studying for exams, fireworks festival, field trip, new year celebration, we spent all that time together. Doesn't that already make us... friends?"[61]

Trivia

  • Itsuki is the only girl whose name is a portmanteau as the name Itsuki means "five" (五) (itsu) and "moon" (月) (tsuki).
  • Itsuki is seen wearing glasses when she's about to do a test (Chapter 2), suggesting she has hyperopia (far-sightedness). In Chapter 3 with Fuutarou Uesugi, he remarks that Itsuki can't see far away, suggesting she has myopia (near-sightedness). Despite sharing eye problems with Nino Nakano, only Itsuki wears glasses.
  • Itsuki believes in fate and charms.[62][63]
  • Itsuki's notable accessories are two stars on the front of her hair, representing number 5, which is a part of her name and the order of her birth.
  • Itsuki won 3rd place on the Japanese popularity poll with 1235 votes.[64]
  • Itsuki's food critic pseudonym, May (M·A·Y?) literally means May in English, as in the fifth month of the year. The Kanji of Itsuki (五月?) is also used for "May" in Japanese.
  • Itsuki is the second Nakano Quintuplet to get her picture taken alongside Fuutarou. However, she is the first Nakano Quintuplet to have a picture with Fuutarou taken properly.[65]

References

  1. ^ Haruba, Negi [@negi_haruba] (5 May 2018). "#五つ子生誕祭 Thank you for the tweets!" (Tweet in Japanese) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Manga Chapter 64 (p. 1).
  3. ^ Manga Volume 9 – Extra Bonus Comic.
  4. ^ Manga Chapter 71.
  5. ^ Yu, Apphia [@soymilkpudding] (January 31, 2019). "Yo, I'll be directing the dub for The Quintessential Quintuplets this season, and it's gonna be A+. Check out this adorable romcom now!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ Manga Chapter 1, page 8.
  7. ^ Manga Chapter 12, page 5.
  8. ^ Manga Chapter 1, page 22.
  9. ^ Manga Chapter 2, page 30.
  10. ^ Manga Chapter 60 (p. 6).
  11. ^ Manga Volume 1 – Cover
  12. ^ Manga Chapter 33 (p. 1).
  13. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 6).
  14. ^ Manga Chapter 70 (p. 16).
  15. ^ Manga Chapter 15 (p. 1).
  16. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 18).
  17. ^ Manga Chapter 57 (p. 8).
  18. ^ Manga Chapter 1, page 19.
  19. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 45).
  20. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 46).
  21. ^ Manga Chapter 3 (p. 6).
  22. ^ Manga Chapter 16 (p. 3).
  23. ^ Manga Chapter 34 (p. 20).
  24. ^ Manga Chapter 18 (p. 5).
  25. ^ Volume 2 Special Extra Comic.
  26. ^ Manga Chapter 1, page 22.
  27. ^ Manga Chapter 19, page 3.
  28. ^ Manga Chapter 24, page 18.
  29. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 10).
  30. ^ Manga Chapter 15 (p. 2).
  31. ^ Manga Chapter 1, page 20.
  32. ^ Manga Chapter 17, page 14.
  33. ^ Manga Chapter 31, page 12.
  34. ^ Manga Chapter 19 (p. 17).
  35. ^ Manga Chapter 25 (p. 3).
  36. ^ Manga Chapter 12 (p. 5).
  37. ^ Manga Chapter 26 (p. 18).
  38. ^ Manga Chapter 12, page 5.
  39. ^ Manga Chapter 25, page 14.
  40. ^ Manga Chapter 17, page 15.
  41. ^ Volume 1 Special Extra Comic.
  42. ^ Manga Chapter 60 (p. 4).
  43. ^ Manga Chapter 64 (p. 20).
  44. ^ Manga Chapter 35 (p. 10).
  45. ^ Manga Chapter 27 (p. 12).
  46. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 23).
  47. ^ Manga Chapter 2 (p. 2).
  48. ^ Manga Chapter 2, page 7.
  49. ^ Manga Chapter 25, page 3.
  50. ^ Manga Chapter 6, page 7.
  51. ^ Manga Chapter 12, page 8.
  52. ^ Manga Chapter 30, page 16.
  53. ^ Manga Chapter 6 (p. 7).
  54. ^ Manga Chapter 20, page 7.
  55. ^ Manga Chapter 67 (p. 2).
  56. ^ Manga Chapter 12 (p. 8).
  57. ^ Manga Chapter 52 (p. 2).
  58. ^ Manga Chapter 31 (p. 12).
  59. ^ Manga Chapter 39 (p. 14).
  60. ^ Manga Chapter 57 (p. 18).
  61. ^ Manga Chapter 63 (p. 14).
  62. ^ Manga Chapter 1, page 10.
  63. ^ Manga Chapter 34.
  64. ^ Manga Chapter 59.
  65. ^ Manga Chapter 7 (p. 19).


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