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To Fuutarou, we're merely... his students. That's why, I've decided.. to pass every subject this exam, and with the best grades out of the five of us, no less. So that I can proudly graduate from being Fuutarou's student. This time, for sure, I'll be able to tell him that I love him.

― Miku to Ichika on her feelings, Chapter 55

Miku Nakano (なか , Nakano Miku?) is the third sister of the Nakano Quintuplets. Due to Fuutarou Uesugi's influence, she's the first among the sisters to open up to him.[6]

Appearance

Miku Nakano design draft

Miku Nakano profile.

Miku is an emotionless looking girl with medium-length brownish-red hair that has strands of hair hanging over the right side of her face (ranging from light pink to antique pink shade in Volume 1, and pearl pink to beige brown shade in Volume 4 [7][8]). Her notable accessory is a set of wireless headphones that has a triangle-shaped design on both sides.[9] Like her sisters, she has dark blue eyes, an average height, a well-endowed figure and large breasts.

Miku usually wears a long-sleeved sweater that covers her uniform. She also wears black tights and puts on her headphones around her neck. Most of the time, she has part of her bangs cover her right eye. Miku wears a ranzel.[10][11] Miku has a Japanese-themed room.[12]

Miku is noted to have low sense of modesty and less care about her appearance.[13][14][15]

History

Miku threw away her Kurobara Girls High School's PE uniform. Due to unexplored reasons, Miku bore the deepest hatred towards her previous school compared to her sisters.[16]

Personality

Miku is a silent and reserved girl who has a pessimistic way of thinking and low confidence, even to the point of belittling herself.[17] Fuutarou Uesugi notes that Miku doesn't have faith in herself.[18] In contrary to her reserved self, she can talk in a straightforward manner and doesn't hesitate to confront others.[19]

CH3 Miku phone's wallpaper

Takeda's crest as shown on Miku's phone.

Miku has an obsession with generals from the Sengoku Period.[20] She is greatly influenced by their philosophies, to the point of affecting her real-life behavior.[21] Miku hides this fact from her everyone and is embarrassed when Fuutarou found out.[22]
CH4 Miku versus Fuutarou

Miku versus Fuutarou.

Among the Sengoku generals, the one Miku like the most is Takeda Shingen. This is hinted many times throughout the series. She sets Takeda's crest as her phone's wallpaper.[23] She usually quotes the verses from Fūrinkazan, which was the war flag used by Takeda Shingen. When Fuutarou challenged Miku to a duel of historical knowledge, Miku is portrayed to be donning a set of armor that is identical to Takeda Shingen's.[24]

Despite her slightly negative outlook on life, such as when Miku asks Fuutarou to give up on her[25], she is the first sister to abide by the Gotoubun Principle. Miku always reminds herself to follow this principle, going as far as compromising her own interest to make sure everyone is treated equally.[26]

According to Fuutarou, each Nakano Quintuplet has their own characteristics regarding their sheets.[27] In Miku's case, she has good handwriting.

Favorites

Miku's favorite drink is Matcha Soda, which, according to Fuutarou, has a weird flavor. Miku prefers green tea to black tea.

Ability

According to Yotsuba Nakano, Miku is the smartest among the sisters[28] with her strongest subject being Social Studies.[29] She has an extensive knowledge of Japanese History.[30] Miku is also shown to be able to perfectly imitate her sisters' looks and personality without the others recognizing.[31][32]

Miku has low physical capabilities (probably the lowest among the quints) and she is bad at cooking.[33][34] She is also less able to comprehend the reasoning behind human relationships, implying a lack of romantic knowledge.[35]

Quotes

Fuutarou Uesugi: “I don't think there'll ever be a day where she and I see eye-to-eye.
Miku Nakano: “If you face her with sincerity, I'm sure she'll come to understand you.
Fuutarou: “With sincerity...? How am I supposed to do that?
Miku: “Don't ask me. Coming up with the answer to that is your job, isn't it?
— Miku and Fuutarou discuss how to approach Nino, Chapter 5
Fuutarou Uesugi: “You guys...
Miku Nakano: “Don't give up after failing just twice... We'll be able to do it next time. If Fuutarou's with us, we'll make it! Failure is the stepping stone to success, right?
— Miku persuades Fuutarou to tutor them again, Chapter 50
Miku Nakano: “To Fuutarou, we're merely... his students.
Ichika Nakano: “Miku...
Miku: “That's why, I've decided.. to pass every subject this exam, and with the best grades out of the five of us, no less. So that I can proudly graduate from being Fuutarou's student. This time, for sure, I'll be able to tell him that I love him.
— Miku to Ichika on her commitment to graduate from being Fuutarou's student, Chapter 55

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Trivia

  • The name Miku means "three" (三) (mi) and "black jewel" (玖) (ku).
  • Miku likes Matcha Soda.
  • The wife of Takeda Shingen, Miku's most favorite general from the Sengoku period, is named as Sanjō (三条?) and share similarity in kanji writing to Miku (三玖?).
  • Miku's design and artstyle in the oneshot version is different from the current one, having shorter hair and gloomier appearance.
    • Miku's notable accessory is a pair of headphones with a triangle design on either side, representing number 3, which is a part of her name and the order of her birth.
  • Miku's headphones are a design mix of the Audio-Technica M50x and AR3bt SE.
  • In the one-shot, Miku had short hair with pigtails instead of long hair.
  • Miku is the first Nakano Quintuplet to properly hold hands with Fuutarou Uesugi.
    • She is also the first one to be piggybacked by Fuutarou.
  • Miku is the first Nakano Quintuplet to sleep in a bed with Fuutarou.
  • Miku is the second Nakano Quintuplet to directly or indirectly confess to Fuutarou. The first is Yotsuba Nakano (but she played it off as a joke.[36])
  • Miku is the second Nakano Quintuplet to hug Fuutarou (the first is Ichika Nakano in Fireworks Festival Arc).
  • Miku's contact info can be fully seen in the anime. This includes her phone number (090-69143-73641) and email address (n.miku0505@socomo.ne.jp).[37]

References

  1. ^ Negi Haruba's tweet and Quintuplets' birthday hashtag
  2. ^ Manga Chapter 64 (p. 1).
  3. ^ [@5Hanayome] (Feb 8, 2018). “「教えて!五月せんせー!」 (Tweet in Japanese) – via Twitter.
  4. ^ Manga Volume 9 – Extra Bonus Comic.
  5. ^ Manga Chapter 55 – Originally Class 2-1 in the Shonen Magazine chapter, but was later changed in tankōbon release.
  6. ^ Manga Chapter 4 (p. 27).
  7. ^ Cover page of Volume 1
  8. ^ Manga Chapter 33 (p. 1).
  9. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 32).
  10. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 45).
  11. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 46).
  12. ^ Manga Chapter 2 (p. 2).
  13. ^ Manga Chapter 4 (p. 12).
  14. ^ Manga Chapter 5 (p. 9).
  15. ^ Manga Chapter 6 (p. 5).
  16. ^ Manga Chapter 2 (p. 16).
  17. ^ Manga Chapter 4 (p. 16).
  18. ^ Manga Chapter 4 (p. 16).
  19. ^ Manga Chapter 5 (p. 8).
  20. ^ Manga Chapter 3 (p. 22).
  21. ^ Manga Chapter 4 (p. 3).
  22. ^ Manga Chapter 4 (p. 15).
  23. ^ Manga Chapter 3 (p. 20).
  24. ^ Manga Chapter 4 (p. 1).
  25. ^ Manga Chapter 4 (p. 17).
  26. ^ Manga Chapter 23 (p. 17).
  27. ^ Manga Chapter 35 (p. 10).
  28. ^ Manga Chapter 2 (p. 2).
  29. ^ Manga Chapter 20 (p. 7).
  30. ^ Manga Chapter 4 (p. 10).
  31. ^ Manga Chapter 4 (p. 4).
  32. ^ Manga Chapter 22 (p. 10).
  33. ^ Manga Chapter 5 (p. 11).
  34. ^ Manga Chapter 4 (p. 11).
  35. ^ Manga Chapter 22 (p. 6).
  36. ^ Manga Chapter 21.
  37. ^ Anime Episode 8.


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