Characters that made my year – Mankanshoku Mako (The Twelve Days of Christmas: Day Nine)
It was flip up between Mako and Hajime from Gatchaman Crowds for the title of “Female character that irritated the crap out of me to start with, but became wonderful to watch”, but the latest episode (12) of Kill la Kill solidified Mako’s case, so here she is.
Kill la Kill is entirely populated with cartoonish, wacky characters, but Mankanshoku Mako takes the cake. She is completely comprised of cartoonish traits, with her frantic pantomimes and uber cheerful disposition, she irritated me to no end in the early episodes. Mako quickly grew on me though, her eternally upbeat personality, hilarious 4th wall breaking commentary and ability to cut through all the bullshit to get to the core of issues, all makes her a wonderful character. However it is her wonderful friendship with Ryuuko that makes Mako such an endearing character – Mako gives glorious friendship speeches, and it is endlessly entertaining to see girls engaging in the “communicate with your fists” method of affirming friendship.
And indeed it is the Banchou-Mako episode of Kill la Kill I selected as my favourite Mako moment – episode 7. Everything about this episode is glorious, but it really cemented Mako as one of the best characters of the year for me. Who wouldn’t want a friend like her?