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I love her so much!!
yeah the kind of crazy i just love in a character
LithiumPowered lies not; Mariko is batshit. From her introduction as a character she is portrayed as this gorgeous, impulsive, clingy, violently-jealous, manipulative, misandric and dangerously insecure rich bitch who bites girls' ears and threatens to kill people (and herself). Who then continues to get worse until the seventeenth or so episode, where all the while she bites her lip and makes a stellar case for a handful of Lamictal and an isolation unit.
And fhuuuck, I loved *every* single second of it.
Onii-Sama E.../Brother, Dear Brother is OVERFLOWING with nuerotic, broken, and/or psychiatrically impoverished characters, though few of which top Mariko in the way they're explored. I've seen exceptionally few characters in any media, anime disregarded, who were presented both as simultaneously negatively and sympathetically as Shinobu Mariko's character was. She was written as a girl who hated her philandering, smut-writing father and grew to hate men in general as a result, while still being spoilt by the money he made. Because of her family's reputation from her father being being an erotic novelist, she was often shunned and had a hard time making friends. But this combined with her upbringing in a broken family enviornment, she consequently had no idea on how to handle or create a functional relationship with another person. Her loneliness was incredibly deep-seated and when acting on her desperation she had a tendency to go utterly moonbat, but was still a protective and strong character (you EGGED that psycho on when she was standing up for Nanako. You didn't care if she was frighteningly dependent on her, you just wanted her to kick that other chick in the ovaries). Etc etc, parrells, parrells.
All the facets exposed in her personality I found were super enjoyable to watch; though I've a soft spot for histrionic personages, she was just so well executed that I'm pretty confident I would have loved her regardless.Or been absolutely terrified. One of the two.