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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),

(一花.二乃.三玖)
大嫌いから
(四葉.五月)
(大嫌いから)

(一花.二乃.三玖)
大好きへと
(四葉.五月)
(大好きへと)

(二乃) 変わる心に
(全員)
ついていけないよ

(一花.二乃.三玖)
どんなことも
(四葉.五月)
(どんなことも)

(一花.二乃.三玖)
あなたさえ
(四葉.五月)
(あなたさえ)

(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.

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  • Thanks Aki Tanaka♦! Any idea if it's a mondegreen or something? I'm obviously just a beginner in japanese, sooo...
    – BCLC
    Mar 10 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
    Mar 10 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
    Mar 10 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
    Mar 11 at 3:31
  • right thanks then Aki Tanaka♦! (Gasai is, you know [Gasai], Yuno Gasai)
    – BCLC
    Mar 12 at 7:28

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