We don’t see many cosplaying Mari Illustrious Makinami (from the movie Evangelion:2.0). Maybe because she’s not that known yet since she only appeared in the series’ movie. In other countries outside the Philippines, some would cosplay her but it’s usually only in uniform instead of her plug suits. And that’s probably because it’s the easiest among her three costumes. In the Philippines, there aren’t many cosplayers of her either. It was a great surprise then when three cosplayers of Mari in three different costumes suddenly met at a convention last October 2010. And to think that we three didn’t plan it at all!
Among the three costumes, I like the pink plug suit the most because of the design and because it’s my favorite color. When my mom saw an anime photo of Mari in pink, she thought that it looked so much like me and encouraged me to have it made and wear it in the big convention in October. I was hesitant because there were only a few days left and I wanted to create the costume on my own instead of having it done by a tailor. But mom insisted that my skills aren’t ready yet for creating a plugsuit.
The costume was created then! I didn’t get to sleep the night before the event because of preparing the costume (such as making the headband, the eyeglasses, the gray buttons, the red circles, the battery pack on the back, and the shoes). I had a Make Me Up™ booth on that convention too and I had to prepare a lot of things for it .
I didn’t get to sleep and was so tired, to the point that I felt like I really looked so haggard in the costume!
But no matter how I looked, I didn’t regret being there in the event and being there in my costume, because if I weren’t there the three (3) Mari Illustrious Makinami wouldn’t have been complete! On that day, the famous Filipina cosplayer Jin Joson cosplayed as Mari in uniform. On the other hand, Pocky endorser Jen Ching cosplayed as Mari in green plug suit. And I, Czari Flores, just someone who really loves pink, cosplayed as Mari in pink plug suit. It was the first time I got to meet the two of them.
Here are some photos:
Jin Joson as Mari in uniform, Czari Flores as Mari in pink, and Jen Ching as Mari in green
When Jin first came up to me at the event to take a closer look at my costume and to meet me, she looked so familiar but it was the first time I met her. After the event when I looked up her name on the Internet I found out then that she was the famous Filipina cosplayer at DeviantArt. She’s known for cosplaying male characters. ^_^
When I got to meet Jen Ching in her green plug suit, the first thing I did was take a look at what material she used. It was leatherette and I think that it was appropriate for her costume. I was curious so I asked her, “Why did you choose the green plug suit instead of the pink?” And she answered, “It’s a gift to me.” Good thing that the giver chose the green then. Otherwise, the three costumes wouldn’t have been complete! ^_^
Jin’s photographer friends invited us three for an impromptu photo shoot before the sun set.
These costumes and props were created by Filipinos.
The photographers who took these photos are Filipinos.
These three models are Filipinos.
Don’t these make you proud to be a Filipino? Hehe ^_^