My niece’s all-time favorite movie is actually Spirited Away, but Pacific Rim has a special place in her heart because of Mako Mori. For Halloween she wanted to be either Hitgirl,(a little too violent for Mom’s sensibilities), or Mako, because she loved that defiant streak of blue in Mako’s hair. (No baby, you can’t put that blue stuff in ya’ hair.) During the scene where Mako gets chased by the kaiju, my niece was, literally, on the edge of her seat, she so felt for that little girl. There’s just something in this character she deeply identifies with. We talked about this movie for a long time afterwards.
If you are a fan of the movie Pacific Rim, because you were just as affected by Rinko Kikuchi as Mako, than you know the most momentous thing that happened to her was on May 15th, 2016. In the movie, it’s the date that Tokyo was attacked, the day Mako was terrorized by a kaiju, the day her family was killed, and she was rescued by her new father/mentor, Stacker Pentecost.
She is the primary female character in the movie. She’s never sexualized, relegated to sidekick status, or set up as Raleigh’s new squeeze. She’s a person, as important to the narrative as any of its male characters, because she is one of the narratives. And that’s why we’re geeking out about her.
The proposal is to make May 15th, Mako Mori Day in honor of one of the most badass female characters in a scifi film, (next to Ripley and Vasquez). This is a once in a lifetime deal. There will never be another 5/15/16, so if you can, get this trending on Twitter, make fan art, write a fic, or post a gif.
Let’s celebrate the character Mako Mori.
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