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I'll try doing what I can do, but there are things only you can do

— Ichika Nakano


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Ichika Nakano (中野 (なかの) 一花 (いちか) Nakano Ichika?) is the first sister of the Nakano Quintuplets. Despite the negligible age difference among them, she took the role of the eldest sister properly[2]. She is also trusted enough to acts as their confidant and leader[3]. Ichika aspires to become an actress[4]. She likes to tease Fuutarou[5].

Appearance

Ichika is a playful girl with a very short spiky hair. She has white pink/light pink hair color, ranging from oyster pink to light pink shade in Volume 1, and oyster white to light pink shade in Volume 4[6][7]. Her notable accessory is a single earring on her right ear. Like her sisters, she has a dark blue eyes, an average height, and well-endowed figure.

Ichika wears her school uniform with a thin jacket tied to her waist, sometimes with unbuttoned top, revealing her cleavage. Ichika is a sleepyhead and likes to doze off[8]. Her room is messy and unorganized, she also has a mature-type clothes, including a sexy nightgown[9][10]. Ichika is a sleepyhead, and she sleeps naked, even when sleeping together with her sister[11][12].

Personality

Ichika loves to tease people and be open about it, exhibiting her boldness even towards a male[13][14]. Ichika acts as the eldest sister of the Nakano Quintuplets, and seems to have a calm and composed demeanor[15]. Fuutarou noted that her smile is fake, and encourage her to put away that kind of smile[16].

Ichika initially had pessimistic attitude towards the sisters' learning capabilities, making her one of the obstacles for Fuutarou tutoring lessons early in the story[17]. After being inspired by Fuutarou, she began to change her mind and started to study with him[18]. Fuutarou also helped her patch things up with her sisters, making the quintuplets become closer[19].

Despite her smug expression and teasing behavior, Ichika is shown to have a weakness to romantic moments happening to her[20].

Ability

Ichika is a model and an actress[21]. She is able to impersonate her sisters' expression and traits, showcasing her excellent acting capability[22]. According to Fuutarou, she is able to "see through people", hinting her good insight towards human psychology[23]. This is evident when Ichika easily deduces Fuutarou and Itsuki's quarrel, and correctly guess the state of Itsuki currently in[24].

Among the sister, Ichika is usually ranked on the middle part of the five, with Math as her strongest subject[25].

Relationships

Ichika is the big sister of the Nakano quints, having a supportive, caring and wise personality. Ichika is the one who noted that the quints used to be close[26].

Nino Nakano

She is the only sister so far who directly object to Ichika, such as when Ichika defending Fuutarou, and due to "Ichika's" seemingly uncaring behavior towards Itsuki[27].

Miku Nakano

Miku is the closest sister to Ichika, as both have deep understanding towards each other, and often seen doing activities together[28]. Miku prefer to sleep with Ichika when her room is occupied[29], and they openly have a heart-to-heart talk with each other, showing a strong bond between them[30].

Yotsuba Nakano

Ichika and Yotsuba have a good relationship with each other, as Yotsuba cleans her room every once in awhile[31] and even willingly doing something slightly embarrassing for her[32].

Itsuki Nakano

Ichika understand Itsuki's personality and concerned about her, telling Fuutarou to look after her[33].

Fuutarō Uesugi

Ichika likes to tease Fuutarou, but he rarely flustered about it. Due to Ichika's puzzling behavior, Fuutarou have a hard time understanding her, and eventually forced to tell his circumstances to gain her trust[34]. After knowing the situation, Fuutarou helps Ichika to be more honest and genuine to her feelings, asking her to put away her fake smile[35]. After getting inspired by Fuutarou, she began to accept him and start studying together.

Quotes

  • "Those are not useless thing! This is the choice that I picked!"

Trivia

  • Ichika notable accessory(ies) is a single earring, representing number 1, which is a part of her name and the order of her birth.

References

  1. Negi Haruba's tweet and Quintuplets' birthday hashtag
  2. Chapter 17, page 16
  3. Chapter 6, page 2
  4. Chapter 11, page 6
  5. Chapter 2, page 13
  6. Volume 1 Cover
  7. Chapter 33, page 1
  8. Chapter 2, page 35
  9. Chapter 2, page 10
  10. Chapter 2, page 14
  11. Chapter 2, page 12
  12. Chapter 17, page 19
  13. Chapter 17, page 3
  14. Chapter 8, page 5
  15. Chapter 27, page 13
  16. Chapter 11, page 9
  17. Chapter 3, page 11
  18. Chapter 13, page 4
  19. Chapter 13, page 3
  20. Chapter 28, page 16
  21. Chapter 10, page 20
  22. Chapter 27, page 11
  23. Chapter 1, page 37
  24. Chapter 17, page 15
  25. Chapter 20, page 7
  26. Chapter 6, page 9
  27. Chapter 30, page 12
  28. Chapter 31, page 5
  29. Chapter 17, page 19
  30. Chapter 31, page 8
  31. Chapter 2, page 11
  32. Chapter 17, page 8
  33. Chapter 17, page 15
  34. Chapter 11, page 10
  35. Chapter 11, page 9