Oh no, share my love for Mako! Whatever shall I do??
Pretty much all of the Mako-centric episodes are good ones (versus say Minako where it’s a crapshoot), so you pretty much can’t go wrong there. You also have an added bonus where Mako tends to be fantastic and pretty prominent in Ami episodes as well (and vice-versa).
Rather than just be like “HERE IS EVERY MOMENT WHERE MAKO IS AMAZING” (because we’d be here all day), I’m scanning through the episodes I’ve seen and mentioning ones where I think she’s sufficiently prominent and amazing. Obviously this only goes through to SuperS, as I’ve yet to rewatch Stars.
Episode 25: “Jupiter, the Brawny Girl in Love”
Her debut, of course, which you mentioned, but it feels like an incomplete episode list without it.
Episode 29: “Total Chaos! The Messy Square Relationship”
The one where Mako has a huge crush on Motoki. This one is fantastic for not only showcasing Mako’s indomitable optimism about love, but her kindness, honestly, and integrity in its pursuit.
Episode 39: “Paired with a Monster! Ice Queen Mako”
The ice skating episode. A critical foundation of Mako’s blend of strength and grace.
Episode 49: “For Whom is the White Rose? The Moonlight Knight Appears”
Probably my least favourite Mako-centric episode. It’s very important, in that it gives us Shinozaki and a vital look back at when Mako’s senpai left her in the pouring rain (fuckwaffle). It’s also just heartbreaking for Usagi and Mako bonding. It’s not as tight a story as I’d like though, and tends to get fogged over with Moonlight Knight stuff. (As evidenced by the title.)
Episode 55: “Is Seijuro the Moonlight Knight? Mako-chan Falls in Love”
Mako at her love-driven best. Worth it for accidentally smacking Ami so hard her shoe flies off, her adorable determined stride, and her utter hate-on for An forever for stepping on her bento.
Episode 65: “Dispute Over Love! Minako and Mako Face Off”
Sadly sets the trend for Mako and Minako powering up at the same time, but it’s a fantastic episode. Fun, but with surprising layers, especially if you view it as I did, as this being when Minako finally, finally emotionally joins the group, and that Mako is her gateway into that.
Episode 96: “Cold-Hearted Uranus Makoto in Trouble”
I have a heard time recommending this one without caveats. There is, of course, the one-punch takedown, about which I have written excessively. More, the “no Mako don’t be gay!” angle is deeply, deeply problematic, and casts a huge shadow over this episode for me. It’s fantastic for looking at Mako struggling with her body image issues and trying to find a way to be comfortable with herself. It also is a bittersweet look at what might have been a beautiful friendship between her and Haruka. But then that stuff in the middle which … yeah.
Episode 105: “Wanting More Power! Mako-Chan’s Lost Path”
Now this one, I can recommend without reservation. I love everything about this episode. The idea of a Senshi struggling with not feeling powerful enough, her friend’s utter support of her to the point of trecking up into the mountains to find her, and Mako’s fierce dedication to protecting those she loves. Beautiful Mako episode that pulls back the curtain around the show’s formula just enough to say “Yeah, there’s a whole mess of shit happening between the lies, go nuts.”
Episode 134: “Makoto’s Friendhip! A Girl Who Adores a Pegasus”
One of the few great SuperS episodes, this one delves into Mako’s backstory a bit. What I love so much in this episode are the glimpses we see into Mako’s pre-Usagi attitude. She’s brusque, harsh, and angry, but you can so clearly see under all that the Mako we’ll come to know and love.
Episode 147: “The Fated Partner! Makoto’s Innocence”
Just one of the best episodes of the entire show, period. It again takes a look at Mako’s boundless optimism about finding love, but it takes it even further, and then does the worst things it can possibly do. Plus, Mako and Ami dancing. Really, that alone.
This very nearly is just a list of all of Mako’s primary episodes, but as I said, she gets fantastic ones. There’s so much Mako to love.
I would also be remiss if I didn’t recommend PGSM to you. If you’ve not seen it, it’s a live action Sailor Moon from the early 2000s. It’s definitely got a cheese factor going on with the monsters and the battle, but the characterizations are absolutely impeccable. I’m only up to about Episode 15 or so, but I feel so confident in this show that I give it highest recommendation with that little watched. All of the characters are handled with incredible love, care, and understanding, and that absolutely includes Makoto. She is just amazing in this series. Everything you love about Mako, you will find proudly on display in PGSM. You’ll have to swallow back some wtfery, believe me, I know. It is absolutely worth it.
And for more Mako love, or to find other Mako-centric scenes and episodes, I recommend my tag #mako you are all that is good in the world. There is just so, so much amazing Mako stuff outside of just these handful of episodes.
Makoto Kino, everybody.