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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; cooking for them[5] and taking 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 is a cute and cold-looking girl with waist-length or hip-length straight hair (but it is later cut to shoulder-length in Vol. 4 Ch. 46 and shown in Vol. 5 Ch. 47) with square bangs hanging over her eyebrows. 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. She wears a long-sleeved sweater that covers her uniform and a pair of white thigh-high socks. Both her and Ichika use a handbag.[10][11]

She is noted to be the more fashionable girl among the sisters, as she has various cute accessories [12] and takes care of her nails.[13] Nino has a rabbit-themed phone cover.[14]

Her ears have yet to be pierced, but she plans to have them at least before marriage.[15]

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Personality

Nino has an outgoing personality and is socially aware, resulting in her having many friends and is a social butterfly.[16] She has a sharp tongue[17] and talks bluntly when confronting others, even to her sisters [18]. Her rebellious attitude makes her the least cooperative girl among the sisters, making her archetype resemble that of a "tsundere".

Despite the cold and rude front, Nino is caring[19] and protective[20], like when she is touched by Fuutarou's past; remarking that it is tearjerking. 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[21].

Her interests seem to lie more on romance than anything else. An example is when she wanted to watch a romance movie, whilst Itsuki preferred a science documentary instead. With this is mind, she likes to openly state her feelings for Fuutarou, regardless of whether it's in front of him or her sisters.

According to Fuutarou, each Nakano Quintuplet has their own characteristics regarding their sheets.[22] In Nino's case, she will file her papers neatly.

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.[23] She is capable of making a lot of friends, as noted by Yotsuba. According to Nino, the sisters have their individual preferences, which makes it harder for her to cook for them.[24]

She has poor eyesight, needing contact lenses for her daily activities.[25] An example is when she is incapable of recognising Fuutarou in a simple wig, implying her oblivious side.[26] However, this is possibly due to darker surroundings and her infatuation towards him being blonde.

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 Uesugi about her love towards 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 owns various dolls on her bed. One particular doll is often seen in the background or as a cameo throughout the series.[27]
  • Nino's dream is to open a restaurant.
  • She is apparently afraid of needles, a trait she shares with Itsuki
  • Nino prefers black tea, as it can be customized to her tastes.
  • Nino seems to have a form of attraction towards blonde-haired people; as she was attracted to Fuutarou's younger self and expresses some form of attraction towards Isanari.
  • Ayana Taketatsu, Nino's voice actress, is the second oldest of the voice actresses of the sisters.

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 1 (p. 45).
  11. ^ Manga Chapter 1 (p. 46).
  12. ^ Manga Chapter 25.
  13. ^ Manga Chapter 5.
  14. ^ Manga Chapter 2 (p. 19).
  15. ^ Manga Chapter 14.
  16. ^ Manga Chapter 2 (p. 9).
  17. ^ Manga Chapter 5.
  18. ^ Manga Chapter 5.
  19. ^ Manga Chapter 6.
  20. ^ Manga Chapter 30.
  21. ^ Manga Chapter 26.
  22. ^ Manga Chapter 35 (p. 10).
  23. ^ Manga Chapter 5.
  24. ^ Manga Chapter 75 (p. 8).
  25. ^ Manga Chapter 5.
  26. ^ Manga Chapter 26.
  27. ^ Manga Chapter 14 (p. 3).
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