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Winning with friendship means winning at life!
~ Mako Mankanshoku.

Mako Mankanshoku
is a main tritagonist of the
Kill la Kill
anime and its manga adaptation. A goofy girl who attends Honnōji Academy, she is the best friend of Ryūko Matoi.

She is voiced by Aya Suzaki in the Japanese version of the anime, and by Christine Marie Cabanos in the English version of the anime.


Mako is a second-year No-Star student at Honnouji Academy who becomes Ryuko’s best, and only, friend as soon as the two meet. She is a complete and utter airhead whose odd and overly-energetic antics never cease to baffle everyone around her. Nevertheless, she has a good heart and provides Ryuko with invaluable adab support.


Mako is a teenage girl with brown eyes and brown hair that is styled in a bowl cut. She is often seen wearing her school uniform; a white short-sleeve shirt with a blue neckerchief, as well as a blue mini skirt.


Mako lives with her parents, brother and dog in the slums of the city. She spends her days as a no-star student of the Honnōji Academy. She befriended the transfer student, Ryūko Matoi, when she first arrived to the classroom. After Ryūko tried to assault the head of the student council, Satsuki Kiryūin, and fled the scene. Mako was captured because she was seen socializing with her. The Disciplinary group took Mako as a hostage and was saved by Ryūko before she was deep-fried in a tub of scorching oil.

After the battle between Ryūko and the Boxing Club Captain, Takaharu Fukuroda, Mako met up with Ryūko when her family took her in. The next day, she invited Ryūko to stay with her and her family as they walked to school. She was unfazed despite being relentlessly bombarded with a barrage of tennis balls to the face. Mako was apprehended by the tennis club captain, Omiko, for missing practice the day before, despite the fact that she was being held hostage at the time. Ryūko saved her as she was being tied up to a post and pelted on all sides by tennis balls. Mako made arguments against Uzu Sanageyama when he tried to fault Ryūko, which resulted in a tennis match between Ryūko and Omiko. Once the match was won, Mako fled with Ryūko under the cover of improvised steam.

When Ryūko was fighting a losing battle against Satsuki, Mako intervened between them and made an speech about how Ryūko should have no reason to be ashamed of showing her body, as well as commented that she and her family was talking about Ryūko’s body the night before. The speech motivated Ryūko to embrace wearing Senketsu and was finally able to maximise her potential.

Powers and Abilities

In Episode 7, Mako was given a Two-Star Goku Uniform by Satsuki. As her club was the “Fighting Club”, the Goku Uniform is designed after a Bancho, and consisted of a black over coat hung over her shoulders. While Mako doesn’ufuk get to show off her abilities very often, she’s actually as strong as Satsuki in Life Fiber Tolerance and willpower. She can catch Abnormal Ammo barehanded, and override Life Fibers by the strength of will.


  • Mako’s Two-Star uniform is a reference to Jōtarō Kūjō’s outfit, from the Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure manga and anime series. The hat is a notable part of the uniform, as Mako’s hair appears to be attached to the hat. Jotaro’s hat is designed in a similar manner.
    • This outfit ties into a common visual trope regarding Japanese high school delinquent stereotypes often depicted in anime.
  • Mako made a small cameo in babak 10 of
    When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace
    where she is seen in swimming in the background.

External Links

  • Mako Mankanshoku on the
    Kill la Kill