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100 sci fi women #77: Mako Mori

[yes these are out of order. But life isn’t always a straight line!]

Mako Mori Pacific Rim

Mako_Mori_3Mako is Japanese. She is intelligent and respectful, but not blindly obedient or arrogant. She has exceptional physical skills in addition to her formidable intelligence, and knows how to pilot a giant jaegar as well as anyone else. She is haunted by the traumas of the past, but can overcome these to ultimately use her abilities to serve the greater good. She is also unstintingly brave, whether it is standing up to giant alien monsters or to a man she deeply respects. While she is beautiful, her beauty is irrelevant to her strengths. When she makes a mistake, she does not flinch from its consequences, but does not let it stand in her way of successfully smashing some kaiju later. Mako is the type of pilot you ultimately do want to take into the drift with you.

It is not obedience, it is respect.




5 responses to “100 sci fi women #77: Mako Mori

  1. She’s also pretty much the only female character in that whole film which makes it hard to pass the Bechdel Test

  2. samalematina ⋅

    saw the movie a second time and enjoyed it even more. some of the best lines and moments for me were from Mako. He explanation of having respect for the mentor/father/commander were true to japanese culture. The scene with her using the sword to slice the kaiju and shouting in japanese ‘for my family’ was amazing… got goosebumps. respect for the movie to leave a lot of her lines in japanese and not change them to english which would have deminished the impact. 5 stars

  3. Heh, I just read your previous post. I’d normally condemn a movie for having such a bunch of cliches, but I found it just played them all well. I was with people who hated on it pretty hard but I prefer to just let movies be what they are and I think I’ll get this one on DVD

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