In animesonglyrics, you can see in the season 1 opening (Gotoubun no Kimochi) for the anime adaptation of The Quintessential Quintuplets

  1. the Romaji: Go-tōbundesu, demo (...) --> the Kanji of which I think is: 五等分です, でも (...)
  2. the English: It reaches, but (...)
  3. the Kanji: 届くんです, でも (...) --> the Romaji of which I think is: Todokundesu, demo (...)

source: https://www.animesonglyrics.com/gotoubun-no-hanayome/gotoubun-no-kimochi

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It seems the English and the Kanji match, but they are both different from the romaji.

Now, in a live performance here, you can see the actress/singer Inori Minase holds up 5 fingers when singing this line, sooo...

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  1. I guess the Romaji is correct, while the English and Kanji are wrong?

  2. But it's a mondegreen, i.e. it's understandable to mishear Go-tōbun (五等分) as 届く (Todoku)?


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The original lyric doesn't mention todoku at all.

Here is a part of the lyric listed on Joysound (one of, if not, the most popular karaoke services in Japan),



(二乃) 変わる心に



(五月) 五等分です
(一花) でも私
(二乃) 私 (三玖) 私

(四葉) 私
(五月) 私は
(全員) あなたが好きよ

The Wiki Fandom also got it right.

  • Thanks Aki Tanaka♦! Any idea if it's a mondegreen or something? I'm obviously just a beginner in japanese, sooo...
    – BCLC
    Commented Mar 10, 2022 at 17:21
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    @BCLC it's unlikely a mondegreen if no other sites (especially Japanese lyric sites) agree about using the expression 届く there. Looks like it's just a mistake by the contributors of that site.
    – Aki Tanaka
    Commented Mar 10, 2022 at 18:05
  • ok thanks, but putting aside your good a posteriori argument. from you know (Gasai) the words themselves 'todokun' might be, a priori, heard from 'gotoubun' ? what do you think?
    – BCLC
    Commented Mar 10, 2022 at 20:10
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    @BCLC sorry, I don't know who or what Gasai is, but there's no relation between todokun (which the base word is todoku) and gotoubun.
    – Aki Tanaka
    Commented Mar 11, 2022 at 3:31
  • right thanks then Aki Tanaka♦! (Gasai is, you know [Gasai], Yuno Gasai)
    – BCLC
    Commented Mar 12, 2022 at 7:28

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