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

—Itsuki Nakano to Fuutarou

Itsuki Nakano ( (なか) () 五月 (いつき) Nakano Itsuki?) is the fifth sister of the Nakano Quintuplets. Itsuki is serious and diligent, yet she's also a glutton and crybaby.[5][6][7] Among the sisters, Itsuki is the most familiar with Uesugi Family's member and circumstances.[8]

History Edit

Itsuki reveals to her sisters' that she wants to be a school teacher in which everyone supported her decision.[9]

Appearance Edit

Itsuki Nakano design draft

Itsuki Nakano profile.

Itsuki is a serious looking girl with medium-length hair and 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.[10][11] Her notable accessories is a pair of star-shaped hairpins.[12] near both of her eyes. Like her sisters, she has dark blue eyes, an average height, and well-endowed figure.

Fuutarou calls Itsuki's hairpins as unfashionable.[13]

Itsuki is noted to be "cute" by her classmates.[14] Itsuki wears glasses in class.[15] According to Shimoda, Itsuki looks very similar to her mother.[16] Itsuki wears her uniform normally without any accessory, like most of the girl students.[17] Itsuki wears a handbag.[18][19] Itsuki's ahoge changes form depending on her expression.[20] Itsuki's ahoge is retractable.[21] Itsuki's ahoge changes when she's shocked.[22][23] She is the sister with the highest weight, yet refuse to acknowledge it.[24] Itsuki is the only sister known to wear glasses.[25]

Personality Edit

Itsuki is a serious and earnest girl.[26] She usually wakes up early compared to other sisters.[27][28] Her speech is formal and polite. She cares about mannerism and doesn't hesitate to confront a stranger about it, though it's probably only about table manner.[29]

Itsuki is a girl who bears a grudge.[30] She rejects Fuutarou's tutoring partly because of their previous quarrel. She is also someone who can't be honest with herself and having difficulty to be more straightforward.[31][32] Both of these qualities often made her struggle on her own.

Itsuki cares a lot about eating manner.[33] Itsuki has never been late and missed a class.[34] Nino comments that Itsuki is too straight-laced.[35] Itsuki is too precise in her timing during cooking.[36]

Nino is more interested in a romance movie while Itsuki prefer Science documentary.[37]

According to Fuutarou, each Nakano Quintuplets has their own characteristics regarding their sheets.[38] On Itsuki's case, she would use eraser instead of scribble on them.

Itsuki is a crybaby, be it about unfavorable situations, scary things, or her stubborn self.[39][40][41] Earlier, Itsuki is left alone and is on the verge of tears. This is a hint of her crybaby traits.[42] During the Test of Courage, Itsuki is seen crying looking for Nino.[43] 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.[44] Itsuki proposes to share their cakes, and Ichika suspects her real goal is to sample all of the flavors.[45] Itsuki worries about Fuutarou, but it actually because she's hungry.[46]

According to Ichika, Fuutarou have to be firm to deal with Nino and be kind to deal with Itsuki.[47]

Ability Edit

Ichika labels Itsuki as someone "earnest/diligent".[48] Yotsuba notes that Itsuki is someone "diligent".[49]

Itsuki is commended as a diligent girl, and she does thing very precisely.[50][51] She is also perceptive and has a good sense of detail.[52] Despite that, she has an awful sense of direction.[53] She also has poor eyesight and often seen wearing glasses.[54] Itsuki has good observation and deduction skills.[55] Among the sister, Itsuki is ranked on the higher part of the five, with her strongest subject is Science.[56]

Itsuki never realizes Miku's affection towards Fuutarou, and she is the last sister to know about it.[57]

Itsuki's poor sense of direction is first mentioned.[58] Itsuki is sensitive to cold so she sneaks into Nino's futon.[59]

Quotes Edit

  • "In the end, we can't know what he feels, what he thinks, unless we ask him personally" - Itsuki Nakano.[60]
  • "Aren't you going to set a good example? We're counting on you" - Itsuki Nakano.[61]
  • "How does it feel to receive words of gratitude from someone you taught? For me.. I want to treasure the feelings from that time" - Itsuki Nakano[62]
  • "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?" - Itsuki Nakano [63]

Trivia Edit

  • Itsuki is attributed the "first girl" of the series.
  • Itsuki is seen wearing glasses when she's about to do the test (Chapter 2), suggesting she has hyperopia (far-sightedness). In Chapter 3 with Fuutarou, he remarks that Itsuki can't see far away, suggesting she has myopia (near-sightedness).
  • Itsuki believes in fate and charms.[64][65]
  • Itsuki's notable accessory is 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 Japanese popularity poll with 1235 votes.[66]
  • Itsuki's food critic pseudonym, May (M·A·Y?) literally means May in English, as in the fifth month of the year. Itsuki (五月?) is also May in Japanese.
  • Itsuki is the second Nakano Quintuplet who gets her picture taken alongside Fuutarou. However, she is the first Nakano Quintuplet who took a picture with Fuutarou properly.[67]
  • Itsuki is the first Nakano Quintuplets who receive a "kabedon" from Fuutarou in Chapter 1.
  • Itsuki is the first Nakano Quintuplets who is seen crying. She had been implied to cry at the Fireworks Festival Arc.[68]
  • Itsuki is the first Nakano Quintuplets who hold Fuutarou's hand at the start of the bonfire.
  • Itsuki is the third Nakano Quintuplets who directly or indirectly confesses to Fuutarou.
  • Itsuki is the third Nakano Quintuplets to be seen half-naked by Fuutarou, the first is Nino (Chapter 5) and then Ichika (Chapter 35).
  • The name "MAY" that Itsuki uses means the fifth month of the calendar, while Itsuki's name literally means the month of May in Japanese.

References Edit

  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 Chapter 71.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Manga Chapter 1, page 8.
  6. ^ Manga Chapter 12, page 5.
  7. ^ Manga Chapter 1, page 22.
  8. ^ Manga Chapter 2, page 30.
  9. ^ Manga Chapter 60 (p. 6).
  10. ^ Volume 1 Cover.
  11. ^ Manga Chapter 33, page 1.
  12. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 6).
  13. ^ Manga Chapter 70 (p. 16).
  14. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 18).
  15. ^ Manga Chapter 15 (p. 1).
  16. ^ Manga Chapter 57 (p. 8).
  17. ^ Manga Chapter 1, page 19.
  18. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 45).
  19. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 46).
  20. ^ Manga Chapter 3 (p. 6).
  21. ^ Manga Chapter 18 (p. 5).
  22. ^ Manga Chapter 16 (p. 3).
  23. ^ Manga Chapter 34 (p. 20).
  24. ^ Volume 2 Special Extra Comic.
  25. ^ Manga Chapter 2, page 38.
  26. ^ Manga Chapter 1, page 22.
  27. ^ Manga Chapter 19, page 3.
  28. ^ Manga Chapter 24, page 18.
  29. ^ Manga Chapter 1, page 8.
  30. ^ Manga Chapter 1, page 20.
  31. ^ Manga Chapter 17, page 14.
  32. ^ Manga Chapter 31, page 12.
  33. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 10).
  34. ^ Manga Chapter 15 (p. 2).
  35. ^ Manga Chapter 19 (p. 17).
  36. ^ Manga Chapter 25 (p. 3).
  37. ^ Manga Chapter 43 (p. 12).
  38. ^ Manga Chapter 35 (p. 10).
  39. ^ Manga Chapter 12, page 5.
  40. ^ Manga Chapter 25, page 14.
  41. ^ Manga Chapter 17, page 15.
  42. ^ Manga Chapter 12 (p. 5).
  43. ^ Manga Chapter 26 (p. 18).
  44. ^ Volume 1 Special Extra Comic.
  45. ^ Manga Chapter 60 (p. 4).
  46. ^ Manga Chapter 64 (p. 20).
  47. ^ Manga Chapter 27 (p. 12).
  48. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 23).
  49. ^ Manga Chapter 2 (p. 2).
  50. ^ Manga Chapter 2, page 7.
  51. ^ Manga Chapter 25, page 3.
  52. ^ Manga Chapter 6, page 7.
  53. ^ Manga Chapter 12, page 8.
  54. ^ Manga Chapter 30, page 16.
  55. ^ Manga Chapter 6 (p. 7).
  56. ^ Manga Chapter 20, page 7.
  57. ^ Manga Chapter 67 (p. 2).
  58. ^ Manga Chapter 12 (p. 8).
  59. ^ Manga Chapter 52 (p. 2).
  60. ^ Manga Chapter 31 (p. 12).
  61. ^ Manga Chapter 39 (p. 14).
  62. ^ Manga Chapter 57 (p. 18).
  63. ^ Manga Chapter 63 (p. 14).
  64. ^ Manga Chapter 1, page 10.
  65. ^ Manga Chapter 34.
  66. ^ Manga Chapter 59.
  67. ^ Manga Chapter 7 (p. 19).
  68. ^ Manga Chapter 17 (p. 15).


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