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Maaya Sakamoto Gets F!@#$ed Up in EVA

Maaya gets Gendo glasses!
Maaya gets Gendo glasses!
Ever since I heard her play the androgynous Haruhi in Ouran High School Host Club (not to mention heard some of her singles-- my favorite is “Honey Bunny”), I've been in love with Maaya Sakamoto. She's a stellar actress and a superb singer, too.

Now, remember how there's supposed to be a new female character who'll be introduced in the Evangelion movie remakes? Word on 2ch is that Maaya Sakamoto is playing her, and her name is Makinami Mari Illustrious. Hey, don't ask me-- I don't make the names, I just report 'em.

So, let's think for a minute. Assuming that Asuka with her new name won't be any different from our past Asuka, we have our tsundere. With Rei we have our injured deadpan girl. What do you think Mari will be like? And what do you think will be her deep dark inner issue that makes her go psycho in the end? Everyone has one of those in this world, right?

I'm also curious as to what she'll look like. Her name sounds like she'll have mixed heritage like Asuka, but we already have a redhead and a...well, blue/silver/white-haired girl. Maybe a brunette? Blonde? What do you guys think?
transgojoboton April 17, 2009 at 10:07 a.m.
"Makinami Mari Illustrious"? Really? I realize the Eva creators are cherry-picking names from WWII naval vessels, but this one may be the most silly of all. I reads like something out of a Mary-Sue fanfic.

Anyways, I'm happy that Maaya is getting some extremely high-profile voice roles this year (i.e. FFXIII's "Lightening"). I hope she sends her agency a HUGE gift basket at the end of the year for the work they've done. :)
giaon April 17, 2009 at 11:28 a.m.
<3 Maaya-tan~
RedRoseson April 17, 2009 at 1:20 p.m.
I adore her voice over work though I haven't really listened to her music. I hope she does well in her (rumored) role.

I hope the character has a peculiar hair color. No idea why, I really want something like green.
SpaceDrakeon April 17, 2009 at 4:15 p.m.
There's already been quite a few pictures of Mari leaked:

Yes, these are official and have been shown at trade fairs and the like. Basically, she's a bespectacled brunette whose "emblematic" outfit seems to be a British school uniform. The assumption is that she's the pilot for the new Unit 05 (which is a ridiculous cobbled-together monstrosity that lacks normal arms and legs, having weapon mounts in the elbows in place of arms and wheels in place of legs - ) and is at least partly British, similarly to how Asuka is partly German.

Note of course that "Makinami Mari Illustrious" is the Japanese name order, family first followed by the two personal. In English she would be rendered as "Mari Illustrious Makinami". Granted Illustrious is still pretty out there but I've seen people name their kids worse in real life. :V
RedRoseson April 17, 2009 at 10:54 p.m.
@SpaceDrake: If that's really how the character looks like... that's really boring. She seems so normal looking.
HeeroYuyon April 19, 2009 at 4:47 a.m.
I've liked Maaya Sakamoto's work a lot too. She's done an excellent job as Ryougi Shiki so far, and I've liked the songs she's done for a few series too.

Also Gia, I don't care what anyone else says, Asuka is Yandere, not tsundere. In front of the people she likes (Kaji) she acts all sweet, but in front of people that tick her off (Shinji) she's abusive as hell....shes about the only girl that immediately comes to mind that could match Louise on the abusive scale... So here's to hoping that this new girl is more of a true tsundere like Mio, Rin, or Kagami.

Dig Deeper into Makinami Mari Illustrious

Makinami Mari Illustrious is a mysterious girl who is a secret operative that was the pilot of Eva Unit-05, and sneaked into Japan to infiltrate NERV for a yet unknown purpose.

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