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Smells good, the scent of LCL.
—Mari

Mari Makinami Illustrious (真希波・マリ・イラストリアス[?], "Makinami Mari Irasutoriasu") is a fictional character from the Rebuild of Evangelion movie series. She is an Evangelion pilot and third party operative introduced in Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance.

Appearance

Mari has brunette hair tied into twin-tails with bangs parted to the sides. She wears an indigo headband with a white robotic design. Her eyes are teal, and she wears burgundy rimmed glasses. She wears a white shirt with a symbol on the left breast, a dark grey tie, a red and green pleated skirt with black knee socks, and brown tassel loafers.

She wears pink plugsuits with stylized accents and 05 and 08 both imprinted on the plugsuits.

Her first plugsuit was dark green with many accents, and she would wear a helmet with it.

Profile

Mari drinking during the fight against Evangelion 13

Out of all the pilots, she is the only one who admits that she genuinely enjoys piloting. Her repeated comments suggest that she enjoys the smell of LCL. She's uninhibited, identifying Shinji as a pilot in their first encounter by crawling up to him on all fours and sniffing for the smell of LCL. It is implied that Mari works for an unknown third party. A pilot designation has not been provided, assuming Mari officially has one (in-universe).

Despite her apparent inexperience, she is shown to be an expert pilot on the level of Asuka, if not higher.

In Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon A Time, her quarters with Asuka on the Wunder are also a sort of isolation chamber, furthering Asuka's estrangement from humanity.[1]

Personality

Mari has a rather energetic and enigmatic personality, and is generally in a positive mood. She enjoys piloting her Evangelion, Evangelion Provisional Unit-05, and sometimes sings to herself in the entry plug. She is also very friendly, though in combat she is shown to be extremely aggressive.

In addition, Mari is very noble in her fight against the Third Angel, being willing to sacrifice her life to destroy it by self-destructing her Eva. In the end, however, the entry plug ejected seconds before the explosion that would have killed her.

Story

In Mari's first engagement with the Third Angel, she used no tactics whatsoever. The fight instead featured her attacking the Angel head-on, chasing it outside of the base and pinning it down before self-destructing. She also appears to be aware of the Evas' sentient nature to some extent, going so far as to directly addressing them in a compassionate tone and even whispering goodbye to Unit-05 after its destruction. This makes it unlikely that she was the one who sabotaged it, although her being an acquaintance of Ryoji Kaji is suspicious.

Mari inside Evangelion Unit-02 "Beast Mode"

When the Tenth Angel attacked Tokyo-3 at the end of the movie, Mari launched Evangelion Unit-02 with IPEA assistance to engage in battle, intercepting the Angel inside the Geofront while dual-wielding pallet rifles. Unlike Asuka's repeated attempts at damaging the Angel in the series however, Mari quickly gave up on ranged attacks and went into a screaming charge with a GB-012 Evangelion Custom Electrical Discharge Portable Ordinance "Thunder Spear"[2], leaping onto the Angel and firing Unit-02's needle guns in an unsuccessful attempt to penetrate the Angel's AT-field with a point-blank attack. In the English dub, she is quite foul-mouthed, constantly taunting her opponents while piloting.

She also demonstrated considerable knowledge about the inner workings of Evangelions by activating Unit-02's Beast Mode (which resembles a "controlled berserk"). During this, she demonstrated a bloodthirsty, animalistic behavior not unlike that of the Eva, and despite the heavy damage sustained, she never once attempted to retreat but pressed her attacks until her Eva was damaged beyond combat capability.

Mari uses two distinct plugsuits over the course of the film. The first is the unusual green and white suit that appears to be custom-built for Unit-05, with different material on the limbs (corresponding to the Eva's mechanical prostheses) and three green tubes attached to each wrist (probably involved in the "forced synch" with the prostheses). The second plugsuit, worn for Mari's sortie in Unit-02, is a pink one with white trim very similar to Kaworu's. Despite her change in Evas, her new plugsuit still bears a 05, suggesting it may have been intended for use with that unit once it would have been fully completed.

In Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, Mari pilots the Evangelion Unit-08 to aid Asuka during the mission to rescue Shinji. Later, she tries to stop Evangelion Mark.09 but only manages to destroy its head. She's shown to have a habit of giving nicknames to characters, as she nicknames Asuka "Princess" and Shinji "Puppy Boy". Someone similar to Mari can be seen with Shinji's mother in the photo shown to him by Fuyutsuki, though the link between this person and Mari is currently unknown. It could suggest that Mari may be much older than she lets on, possibly suffering from the "Curse of Eva" for a longer period of time than Asuka. She also refers to Gendo as "Gendo-kun", suggesting she knows him. Before the Fourth Impact is initiated, she fights against Mark.09 one more time. She makes her last appearance when she uses Unit-08 to remove Shinji from inside the Evangelion 13, yelling at him to be a man and get to know the world a little before his entry plug is finally removed.

These sections contain spoilers pertaining to new or unreleased content. Read ahead at your own risk!

In Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon A Time, Mari is part of Operation 0706 to restore part of Paris and recover a large supply cache. She is able to defeat the NERV attackers, at the cost of Unit-08's legs. Mari meets Asuka and Shinji when the AAA Wunder comes to pick them up. Upon greeting Asuka, she teases her about her unresolved feelings for Shinji, "I thought you didn't care about boys his age", to which Asuka responds that Shinji "needs a mother, not a girlfriend". Before their mission in Antartica, Mari re-introduces herself to Shinji. When Shinji expresses he understands why Asuka was angry at him, Asuka recognizes he has grown up, and Asuka confesses she did love him back then. Mari congratulates Shinji, and asks Asuka if she feels better, to which she affirms.

During the final battle against NERV, Mari pilots the repaired Unit-08γ supporting Asuka against a wave of NERV Evangelion Mark.07. She remains puzzled at Gendo's plans. When Asuka is absorbed by Evangelion 13 and Shinji is preparing to pilot Unit 01 again, Mari takes Unit-08γ in an "overlapping state" and merges it with Mark.09, Mark.10, Mark.11, and Mark.12, and uses it to fight a new horde of Mark.07. She tells Shinji to once again "save the Princess". Mari then meets Fuyutsuki, referring to him as "Fuyutsuki-sensei", further alluding to her familiarity, and he calls her "Maria Iscariot".

Attempting to stop Instrumentality, Mari sacrifices her combined Evangelion. During Gendo's Additional Impact, Mari is shown to have been a friend of Yui Ikari and Gendo in college and helped get them together. When Shinji talks with Asuka and expresses his feelings, Mari bids farewell to Asuka. Shinji is sitting on the beach when Unit-08γ emerges from the ocean. Mari takes her glasses off and comments "Just barely on time". Shinji gets up and runs in her direction. Inside the ocean, she thanks Unit 8+9+10+11+12 while Unit-08 and Mari thanks the "Final Evangelion". She emerges from the ocean and puts her glasses back, saying "I have kept you waiting, Shinji".

In the final scene of the movie, Asuka, Rei and Kaworu, as adults, are in the other platform of Ube-Shinkawa Station train station in the city of Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. An adult Shinji is sitting on a bench with his bag wearing a suit, when Mari covers his eyes and asks who is it. Shinji replies, referencing their earlier encounter on the Wunder. Mari, also adult, is wearing a pink blazer. Mari walks up Shinji and approaches his neck facing his front and smells his neck: "The smell of an adult". Shinji initially looks annoyed but replies confidently, to Mari's surprise, and she removes his DSS Choker. She offers her hand and says, "Well then, lets go, Shinji-kun." and Shinji agrees, leaving the main gate and guiding him to the new world.[3]

Spoilers end here.

Trivia

  • Mari's character has a tumultuous development history, with Chief Director Anno knowing little more of his intent for her than that he wanted her to "destroy Eva". Director Kazuya Tsurumaki ended up shouldering much of the responsibility for Mari, and Yoji Enokido was also recruited during a writer's retreat to provide an outsider's opinion. Much of the disagreement revolved around how (and how much) to integrate Mari into the preexisting Eva framework, and the nature of her personality. At one point, Mari was to do little more than appear in the pre-title Third Angel sequence and to later observe the Tenth Angel's destructive power (the latter idea shown in the first movie's trailer for Ha). Various ideas were tested in early script drafts and storyboards wherein Mari took over part of another character's role from NGE, which was eventually abandoned due to the desire to give Mari her own identity. Enokido's suggestion was that Mari should serve as a rival for Asuka who ultimately usurps her. Enokido wanted to go so far as to have Mari become the main pilot for Unit 02, say anta baka to Shinji and even kiss him, though this was eventually discarded by Anno and other writers.
  • Mari is named after two World War II warships, the Japanese destroyer Makinami (巻波, "overflowing waves") and the British aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious. The two names may be intended to, as in Asuka's case, represent a mixed heritage: here, British and Japanese (at minimum). Strictly speaking, neither "Illustrious" or "Makinami" (written as 真希波, "noble true wave") are real surnames,[4] although this may be nothing more than a creative liberty.
  • Her first name was originally unveiled in the Nintendo DS Petit Eva: Evangelion @ Game game.[5] Later, one of the official movie posters included a "teaser" for her full name: showing the "Mari" part, and substituting the remaining characters with asterisks ("*** Mari *******"). Mari's entire name was at last revealed in a revised version of the poster included with the first issue of Eva Extra.[6] Before her actual name surfaced, Mari was known exclusively among fans as "Glasses Girl" (among Japanese fans, めがねのこ, megane no ko, meaning the same thing).
  • She has something of a counterpart in the Ikedo written light novel series Neon Genesis Evangelion: ANIMA also named Mari (ANIMA) though their history is completely different and the Mari in ANIMA is a genetically altered clone whose genetically fused with Feline DNA, however, Mari of Rebuild has several jokes also revolving around felines and cats, possibly in reference of the ANIMA series character (who can also be seen as a "Destroy Eva" character).
  • Another version of the character called Mari Makinami appears in the Extra Stage: Eden in Summer of the Neon Genesis Evangelion (manga).
  • In one of her old character design, her plugsuit is numbered 04 instead of 05 like she appears initially in the movie.

References

  1. This is referenced as such in concept art for the 10th Khara anniversary exposition. Asuka and Mari are referred to as "dangerous persons" that must be kept apart from the crew
  2. ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版破 全記録全集 設定 資料版 p.057
  3. "It was a heavy burden for me, wondering if the fans would scold me for having such a newcomer hold hands with Shinji at the end (laughs). However, there have been many ways to portray "Eva" in the past, and if you can think of this as one of the possible endings, I'll be saved."
    " I feel that Mari just really likes people. She likes Shinji, but I think Asuka is special to Mari. Even though Asuka treats her coldly, Mari always calls her "Princess" and respects and protects her as a special person. In addition to the battles, they have together, the scene where she cuts her hair is very quiet and calm, and it has a nice sentimentality to it. I thought the contrast between the two was well-drawn. For the scene with Asuka, it was great to be able to record her voice with Yuko Miyamura. " - Maaya Sakamoto, 3.0+1.0 pamphlet inreview
  4. Google searches for "真希波" only yield results related to Mari's name, indicating that "Makinami" written this way is probably an original invention for this character.
  5. DS game screen shots
  6. Promotional poster with revised terms list.
  • As she approaches the Angel in Bethany Base, Mari sings part of the song "The 356-Step March" by Kiyoko Suizenji:

マリ「しあわっせはーあるいってこないだーからあるいってゆっくんだねーん 
いっちにっちいっぽみーかでさんぽ
 さーんぽすすんでにっほさっがるー 
じーんせいはっわんつー!ぱんち・・・

Shiawase wa aruite konai, dakara aruite yuku 'n da ne
Ichinichi, ippo. Mikka de sanpo.
Sanpo susunde, niho sagaru
Jinsei wa, one-two-panchi...


Mari (singing): ♪ Happiness doesn't walk to me, because I'm walking to it
One day, one step. Three steps in three days
Three steps forward, two steps back
Life's a one-two punch... ♪

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