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More on Mari Makinami: Cosplay!

Looking closer at Mari Makinami...again.


You guys know that as the resident fence-sitter on the Evangelion Rei vs Asuka dbate, I've been really intrigued by the newly-added third female option (amongst the pilots, anyway): Mari Illustrious Makinami. She's got a really cute design, but I still haven't heard much about her personality. alafista's post with some stellar Mari cosplay reminded me of the character, so I thought I'd let you know a few things about her that I've discovered since the last time she came up (though probably none of it is "new").
Her name is actually derived from a Japanese destroy and a British aircraft carrier, both from World War II: the Makinami and the HMS Illustrious. Neither is a recognized family name in Japan, and it's unclear if she (like Asuka) is of mixed descent. Her school uniform reminds me a little bit more of an English one (a la Harry Potter) than a more traditional Japanese, which may be another hint.

Mari was actually first revealed, at least in name, in the Petit Eva@School DS game, then in movie posters sans name, and her full name came out in an Evangelion-focused magazine. Prior to that she was known only as "meganekko." She pilots both EVA-05 and, at some point, EVA-02, which seems to imply some relationship to Asuka-- though it's hard to imagine Asuka giving up the EVA-02 easily. She seems to know Ryoji as well (I'm totally picturing some major Asuka rivalry here), and may be a spy for one of NERV's other branches.

The cosplayer, by the way, is one Chamaro-san,  who is also known for her awesome Haruhi cosplay
Black_Roseon Sept. 21, 2009 at 3:45 p.m.
Oh my! I just died and went to heaven. 
JJOR64on Sept. 21, 2009 at 4:15 p.m.
O_O
John_Martoneon Sept. 21, 2009 at 5:41 p.m.
I don't know if I'm appreciating these cosplayers or just pining for Eva 2.0, but do want.
Agent_Loston Sept. 21, 2009 at 5:47 p.m.
I need to see Eva 2.0
dagason Sept. 21, 2009 at 6:07 p.m.
So cute!
Sonata moderator on Sept. 21, 2009 at 8:23 p.m.
Its just something about a cute girl with glasses.
Jewelon Sept. 22, 2009 at 4:25 a.m.
....... im no guy but im lost as to what is attractive about her o.O
cfatalison Sept. 22, 2009 at 4:37 a.m.
@Jewel said:
" ....... im no guy but im lost as to what is attractive about her o.O "
you mean with the cosplayer? or with the character?

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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