- April 17th, 2009
After much speculation, Mari’s full name has finally been revealed. EVA-EXTRA 01 magazine will announce her name as Mari Illustrious Makinami. Like other characters, she takes her name from two World War II naval vessels; the HMS Illustrious and the Japanese destroyer Makinami (written with different kanji). The magazine is also expected to confirm that Yuko Miyamura will reprise her role as Asuka and that her surname has been changed to Shikinami.
The last bit of news from EVA-EXTRA 01 is that Mari will be voiced by veteran seiyuu and vocalist Maaya Sakamoto. Sakamoto is no stranger to GAINAX anime, providing the voice of Lal’C in Top wo Nerae! 2.