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There has to be at least one person on Earth, who would love a tactless guy like you.

— Nino Nakano to Fuutarou Uesugi

Nino Nakano (なか Nakano Nino?) is the second sister of the Nakano quintuplets. She usually acts as the mother of the family, cooks for them[5] and takes care of their medical needs.[6] Among the five sisters, she is the one who has the highest hostility towards Fuutarou Uesugi and often rebels against him early in the series.

Appearance

Nino Nakano design draft

Nino Nakano's profile.

Nino is a cute and cold-looking girl with long straight hair, but it is later cut short. She has reddish pink hair, ranging from light pink to telemagenta[7] in Volume 1, and antique pink to red-violet[8] in Volume 4.

Her notable accessories are twin butterfly-shaped ribbons[9] on both sides of her head. Like her sisters, she has dark blue eyes, an average height, a well-endowed figure, and large breasts. Nino wears a long-sleeved sweater that covers her uniform and a pair of white thigh-high socks. Nino uses contact lens as she has poor eyesight.[10] Nino and Ichika Nakano wear a handbag.[11][12]

She is noted to be the more fashionable girl among the sisters, as she has various cute accessories [13] and takes care of her nails.[14] Nino has a rabbit-themed phone cover.[15] Nino is shown to be able to cook, and she makes cookies with cute designs. She also has cute kitchen gloves.[16]

Nino's ears have not yet pierced, but she is planning to have them pierced at least before marriage.[17]

Personality

Nino has an outgoing personality and is socially aware, resulting in her having many friends, noted by Yotsuba Nakano calling her a "social butterfly."[18] Ichika Nakano remarks that Nino is the most delicate among the sisters.[19]. Nino has a sharp tongue[20] and talks bluntly when confronting others, even to her sisters [21]. Her rebellious attitude makes her the least cooperative girl among the sisters. Nino is scared about getting her ears pierced[22].

Despite the cold and rude front, Nino is actually a caring [23] and protective sister[24]. It is also evident by her willingness to act as the cook of the family, ignoring her care towards her own appearance (culinary activities may lead to foul odor, damaged nails, etc.). She is also shown to always have band-aids with her, possibly as a precaution to Yotsuba's active behavior[25]. Despite her motherly behavior, Nino can be forgetful at times[26] and is afraid of needles[27].

Nino is touched by Fuutarou Uesugi's story and sheds a tear. Nino considers the story to be tearjerking.[28][29]

Nino is more interested in a romance movie while Itsuki Nakano prefer Science documentary.[30] Nino is trying to kiss Ichika and seems fine about it.[31]

Nino prefers black tea because it can be customized according to her mood.[32] Nino uses a lot of sugar for her tea.[33]

According to Fuutarou, each Nakano Quintuplet has their own characteristics regarding their sheets.[34] In Nino's case, she will file her papers neatly.

According to Ichika, Fuutarou has to be firm to deal with Nino and be kind to deal with Itsuki.[35]

Nino's dream is revealed: she wants to open her own restaurant, and it has been her dream ever since she was a kid.[36]

Abilities

Academically, among the sisters, Nino ranks in the lower part of the five, with her strongest subject being English.

Nino is shown to be a good cook, ranging from daily meals to cookies to congee.[37] She is capable of making a lot of friends, as noted by Yotsuba Nakano, who labeled her as a "social butterfly." According to Nino, the sisters have their individual preferences, which makes it harder for her to cook for them.[38]

She has poor eyesight, needing contact lenses for her daily activities.[39] Despite having many friends, she is incapable of recognizing Fuutarou Uesugi in a simple wig, implying her oblivious side.[40] However, this is possibly due to darker surroundings and her infatuation towards a blonde Fuutarou.

Relationships

Main article: Nino Nakano/Relationships

Quotes

Don't teach me without my permission
— Nino to Fuutarou[no citation]
It's all his fault. Barging in here and doing whatever he pleases just because papa ordered him to... He has no place in the home of the five of us.
— Nino explains why she rejects Fuutarou, Chapter 5
Fuutarou Uesugi: “You? Hate your sisters? It's the complete opposite, isn't it? The truth is you really care about them a lot, don't you? And that's why you can't stand an outsider like me.
Nino Nakano: “Yeah, right... You've completely missed the mark. You think you understand, but you couldn't be more mistaken. You creep... Is that ... so wrong?
Fuutarou: “Not at all. I totally understand. I have a sister too, you know.
Nino: “Exactly! I'm not wrong. How stupid. Why would I be the one feeling depressed? I've made up my mind. I will never accept you, even if it means being hated by my sisters.
Fuutarou discusses with Nino about her hate toward him, Chapter 6
Nino Nakano: “You've been in love with that girl for five years right? It's way too tragic. [sobs] 
Fuutarou Uesugi: “All I had for her was gratitude and admiration.
Nino: “That's what it meant to love someone!
Fuutarou: “I'm telling you, you're wrong. But to go so far more my sake...
Nino: “Ah~ that tearjerker was just what I needed! It really hit the spot!
Fuutarou: “You're the worst.
Nino: “But hey, don't lose hope. There has to be at least one person on earth who would love a tactless guy like you.
— Nino consoles Fuutarou after he was "rejected", Chapter 43
Yotsuba, I did as I was asked to, but are you sure you're okay with that? I'm sure they'll understand if you just tell them how you feel, without resorting to tricks like this one. You should change too. It'll be hard, but I'm sure it'll be worth it.
— Nino to Yotsuba on change, Chapter 47
Nino Nakano: “Not only do you lack any sense of taste. You're all thumbs too. It's a one-two punch! You should just give up and buy your chocolate from the store.
Miku Nakano: “Shut up [in a bashful expression] 
Nino: “B-but cooking is all about the feelings you put in. There's definitely something special about making something from scratch. Even I screw up sometimes. And being bad at something makes one seem lovable.
— Nino to Miku on hand-made chocolates, Chapter 55
I told you before there has to be at least one girl on earth who'd love a guy like you, right? Well, that's me! Too bad, huh?
— Nino confesses to Fuutarou, Chapter 60
Fuutarou Uesugi: “That was the first time someone ever confessed to me. I just didn't know how I should talk about it. So let me give you my answer here. I...
Nino: “Wait, I already know you don't like me. It's a given since I've always been so hard on you. But don't decide just yet. We're working together now, but I haven't gotten my feeling across so I want you to know more about me. I want you to know how much I love you, Fuutarou.
— Nino to Fuutarou about her love toward him, Chapter 71

Trivia

  • The name Nino means "two" (二) and "from" (乃) (no).
  • Purple rose petals on Volume 3 cover (Nino's volume) means "love at first sight", which is possibly a reference to her affection towards Kintarou, who is in fact Fuutarou Uesugi.
  • Nino is the first Nakano Quintuplet to be pushed down (although accidentally) by Fuutarou.
  • Nino is the first Nakano Quintuplet to be seen half-naked by Fuutarou.
  • Nino is the first girl whose ear is touched by Fuutarou.[41]
  • Nino owns various dolls on her bed. One particular doll is often seen in the background or as a cameo throughout the series.[42]
  • Nino is the first girl to slap Fuutarou.[43]
  • Chapter 16 is Nino and Fuutarou's first bath scene. The second is Chapter 43, the third is in Chapter 63, where they are on a spring vacation with their families and meet each other in the mixed bath.
  • Chapter 16 is the first time Nino sees a half-naked Fuutarou. The second is Chapter 43, and again later in Chapter 63 the mixed bath scene.
  • Nino is the second Nakano Quintuplet to see Fuutarou half-naked, the first being Yotsuba Nakano.[44]
  • Nino is the first character to purposely show a middle finger in the series.[45]
  • Nino's fear of "getting left behind" is similar to what Fuutarou felt in his youth, being left out.
  • Nino is the second Nakano Quintuplet to be directly seen crying by Fuutarou. The first being Ichika Nakano in Chapter 27.
  • Nino drugged Fuutarou twice, in Chapter 2 and Chapter 44. Both chapters' number has a relation to number 2 (Nino's number).
  • Nino is the second Nakano Quintuplet whose goal/dream is shown/stated, which is to open a restaurant. The first being Ichika in Chapter 11 (an actress).
  • Nino is the first Nakano Quintuplet to ride a bike with Fuutarou.
  • Nino is the fourth Nakano Quintuplet to directly or indirectly confess to Fuutarou.[46]
  • Nino is the first Nakano Quintuplet whose confession is heard and understood as serious/romantic by Fuutarou.
  • Nino is the only Nakano Quintuplet so far to confess to Fuutarou twice (befitting her name), albeit the first one wasn't heard by him, which is the reason why she confesses the second time in chapter 60.
  • Nino is the first Nakano Quintuplet to change the way she addresses Fuutarou (and also having the highest amount of nickname variations): you, that guy, Fuutarou, and later Fuu-kun, using it as a sweet nickname for Fuutarou showing her affection of love to him.
  • Chapter 63:
    • This is the third time Nino sees a half-naked Fuutarou. The first is Chapter 16, and the second is Chapter 43.
    • This is the first time Nino and Fuutarou see each other half-naked directly.
    • This is the second time Fuutarou sees a half-naked Nino, the first is Chapter 5.
  • Since the bell scene, Nino is the second Nakano Quintuplet to trigger Fuutarou's awareness towards lips (befitting her name).
  • Nino is the first Nakano Quintuplet to give Fuutarou an air kiss.
  • Nino is the first Nakano Quintuplet to give Fuutarou an indirect kiss, the first direct being Yotsuba (a peck on Fuutarou's cheek) in Chapter 51.

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!」 その1『標準体重』” (Tweet in Japanese) – via Twitter.
  4. ^ Manga Volume 9 – Extra Bonus Comic.
  5. ^ Special Extra Comic Vol. 1, Special Extra Comic Vol. 3
  6. ^ Manga Chapter 26.
  7. ^ Cover page of Volume 1
  8. ^ Manga Chapter 33.
  9. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 34).
  10. ^ Manga Chapter 5 (p. 17).
  11. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 45).
  12. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 46).
  13. ^ Manga Chapter 25.
  14. ^ Manga Chapter 5.
  15. ^ Manga Chapter 2 (p. 19).
  16. ^ Manga Chapter 2 (p. 18).
  17. ^ Manga Chapter 14.
  18. ^ Manga Chapter 2 (p. 9).
  19. ^ Manga Chapter 39 (p. 7).
  20. ^ Manga Chapter 5.
  21. ^ Manga Chapter 5.
  22. ^ Manga Chapter 14 (p. 10).
  23. ^ Manga Chapter 6.
  24. ^ Manga Chapter 30.
  25. ^ Manga Chapter 26.
  26. ^ Manga Chapter 8.
  27. ^ Manga Chapter 33.
  28. ^ Manga Chapter 43 (p. 7).
  29. ^ Manga Chapter 43 (p. 8).
  30. ^ Manga Chapter 43 (p. 12).
  31. ^ Manga Chapter 65 (p. 7).
  32. ^ Manga Chapter 46 (p. 3).
  33. ^ Manga Chapter 46 (p. 3).
  34. ^ Manga Chapter 35 (p. 10).
  35. ^ Manga Chapter 27 (p. 12).
  36. ^ Manga Chapter 52 (p. 14).
  37. ^ Manga Chapter 5.
  38. ^ Manga Chapter 75 (p. 8).
  39. ^ Manga Chapter 5.
  40. ^ Manga Chapter 26.
  41. ^ Manga Chapter 14 (p. 9).
  42. ^ Manga Chapter 14 (p. 3).
  43. ^ Manga Chapter 15 (p. 9).
  44. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 28).
  45. ^ Manga Chapter 24 (p. 2).
  46. ^ Manga Chapter 59.

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