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|Birthday||June 13 (Gemini)|
|Three Sizes||B 87, W 60, H 84|
|Debut||Season 1 Episode 1|
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Ohara Mari is one of the nine main characters of Love Live! Sunshine!!. She is a third year at Uranohoshi Girls' High School as well as the school's chairwoman. Her image color is purple. She is a member of Guilty Kiss, a sub-unit under Aqours.
Mari is a third year student. Mari's mother is Japanese, while her father is Italian-American and manages a hotel chain.  Due to her upbringing, Mari speaks with an accent and often inserts English words into her speech every few lines.
Mari lives in Awashima Hotel, which is owned by her family.
She has known Matsuura Kanan and Kurosawa Dia since elementary school. During her first year, she left Uchiura to study abroad and returned two years later. Upon her return, she became the chairwoman of Uranohoshi Girls' High School, despite still being a student, after her family contributed a large amount of money to the school.
Mari has a cheerful personality and often prefers to work by herself. She always keeps her chin up when faced with hardship and ready to try her hand at anything, although she does not feel she is very suited to become an idol.
Clubs and Hobbies
Mari's hobbies include sports and horseback riding, and her talent is in her flexibility and singing. Her favorite genre of music is industrial metal.
|Koi ni Naritai AQUARIUM|
Look look~! That's school idol for you!! This time, the costume is super super cute~♪ The white knee-high socks are so cute, right? With an aquarium theme, 9 beautiful mermaids have made their appearance♡ Jeez, if everyone is this cute, it's impossible to just choose one person, I understand that feeling--- That's why I'll do the choosing instead, and I choose you♡ I'll shoot you straight through the heart♪
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Once it's spring, the coats come off and things get exciting, it's a season where everyone starts new things--- Hey, did you know? Spring is actually the breeding season for many animals. Fufufu♡
|Aqours Big Reveal: Member Introductions (Q&A) (June 2016)|
Caption: Notice our voices, from this town where one can see the sea---
What is the charm of being a school idol?
What are the good points about Uranohoshi Girls' High School?
|Aqours's Gallery (July 2016)|
Caption: Aah~, I let out a good sweat today too♪ As expected, morning baths are the best, huh?
Mari's mornings always start with horse-riding and jogging♡
Horse-riding is unexpectedly taxing on the muscles, you know?
Since it can't be helped, for starters right now---.
|Aqours's Gallery (August 2016)|
Caption: Ah, we've discovered a leak there too!!
Ahhh, Riko-chan, stop!!
|OUR PRIVATE LIFE: We'll Tell You About Our Secrets♡ (September 2016)|
Come on~, jeez, don't make that face♪
Jeez, Yohane-chan is a serious person after all~.
--- Hey, Yohane-chan.
|Aqours DIARY: Everyone's Diary (December 2016)|
Caption: I'm always connected to my partner, heart to heart♡
I've loved horse-riding since childhood♡
I'm not very good at explaining things in words.
|Aqours's Gallery (March 2017)|
MESSAGE from Mari
Hey, everybody― how are you doing?
Although, I have to go to school everyday, for a poor little school student like me….
I’ve been captured yet again by sunny classes.
Yes, good idea♪
If it were me― I’d prefer to be Juliet♡
|HAPPY PARTY TRAIN|
I’ve lived in a foreign country for a long time, and I love port towns. It’s an exciting place where various cultures mix and many tastes clash to create new sensations♡ I’ve also been excited a great deal here in Uchiura♪ That’s why this time, it’s my turn to give you that excitement♡♡
Places I would like to travel to: Yokohama, Kobe and Singapore.
|Aqours's Gallery (April 2017)|
MESSAGE from Mari
When I heard that the new and upcoming Aqours song would have a railway motif, I was pretty surprised~!
I mean, there aren’t any railways in Uchiura, right?
Everyone goes to school by walking or by bike.
Thus, we came to do a test shot for a PV with everyone. As expected, we have to start with the appeal of the seaside view! And so, here we are.
When I look at the sea -- somehow...
|Question & Answer Corner|
|What kind of music is industrial metal?|
Asked by ハイレモンさん @Twitter
Ah--- You heard about that? You heard about it--- Yep, you definitely heard about it. Kusu kusu♪ Hmm, I think you'll definitely understand it right away if you listened to it on the internet but--- It's a bit like the intense feeling of deep bass in heavy rock? It's fun when there's fire and explosions♡ It's exhilarating~! Please try to give it a listen♪
You take horse-riding lessons, but is there a particular horse you have a really great relationship with?
There is~! Of course♪ The horse I get along best with since I was a child is Starbright! A thoroughbred horse with a large build, it has a pattern on its forehead that resembles a cool white star. It's tall so riding it is a bit hard, and its temper is also a bit rough, but it's clever and kind only to me, a real tsundere horse♡ And oh, it's female, by the way. It's my best friend!
What do you wear when you go to sleep!?
The answers everyone is looking forward to are of course, "Only underwear♡" or "Negligee", or maybe "Just perfume♡"--- That's right, isn't it?
Do you have any favourite Japanese idioms?
Tons of them~!! "Shichijitsugōken" (A strong, silent personality), "Kūzenzetsugo" (The first and probably the last), "Itchōisseki" (In a short period of time), "Kadai sanseki" (Challenges abound)!! I especially love phrases that rhyme, with words flow together smoothly~♡ It almost feels like they're music, right? Though English poetry also has rhymes, Japan's phrases has tighter connections and feel sharper in a good way♪ They're so cute they make me excited♡♡
How good are you at horse-riding?
I only do horse-riding as a hobby right now--- so of course I'm nowhere near the level of an actual athlete. Plus it's not the British-style show jumping you might expect in Japan, but a Western style♡ But riding along as though I was one with my horse is always extremely fun! You can leave it to me if you want to ride together♪
Are there any times when you are troubled because your home is a hotel?
Troubling times--- Not really, I think♡ Ah--- If there was any, it would probably be that it's a little hard for me to receive any secret packages? The mail is always delivered to the reception, and the concierge always delivers it to the rooms, so I think the sender would definitely be checked. All the people who want to send me secret fan letters from here on, please take note♪
You like punk and metal, but after becoming a school idol, have there been any new genres of music that you've started to like?
Japan's idol songs are unique--- I didn't quite understand them at first, but rather than just being cute, lately I've come to understand that there's also a surprisingly funky side to them--- I think sticking to their cute image is also pretty cool too♡ But it would be great if someday Aqours could form a punk unit, and sing a baa~ad song. Everyone headbanging together♪
What's the best present you ever received that made you happiest?
That question is so hard--- I mean, any present filled with emotion would make Mari the happiest in the world, so--- Ah, but then, that's right. During my birthday before summer vacation, all the other members sang the birthday song for me♡ That's the best present that made me happiest lately. I won't ever forget the sight of the messy cake which Ruby accidentally flipped over♪
It seems you have your own personal chef, but can you cook?
My speciality dish is hot sandwiches wrapped in aluminium foil cooked in an outdoors bonfire♡ Before going on any long rides with my horse, I make them using bread and corned beef. Paired with hot coffee brewed in a pot, it's the best! And so the cuisine I cook is solely outdoors♪ Maybe next time I'll try making baked apple in a Dutch oven next time♡
Does Starbright have any other horses as friends?
Right now, it's alone in its stable--- so while it's sad, it doesn't have any other horses as friends, but it seems like it's friends with the cats and penguins raised on the island. Hehe--- Isn't it amazing, for it to have penguins as friends--- Living in a hotel is also interesting in that aspect. So Cute♪ I'm certain it'll make friends with the sea lions and dolphins while living here too♡♡
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|01||Greetings from Ohara Mari||2:27|
|01|| "I Want to Shine!!"|
|In Episode 1, Uranohoshi Girls' High School student Takami Chika discovered the school idol group μ's while trying to catch a runaway flyer. Having had looked for something to devote her all to for a long time, she was inspired and decided to form her own school idol group.
After third year student and student council president Kurosawa Dia denied Chika permission to form a school idol club, Chika and Watanabe You took the ferry to meet up with Matsuura Kanan, who told them she would not be re-entering school for a while longer. The three of them look up and notice a pink helicopter flying past, in which Ohara Mari was sitting.
|03|| "First Step"|
(ファーストステップ "Faasuto Suteppu")
|In Episode 3, Chika, You, and Riko were training on the beach when they saw the Ohara family's helicopter flying by, which eventually landed near them.
With Mari's arrival to the school, she introduced herself as the new chairwoman of Uranohoshi Girls' High School. Dia, who knew Mari back from their first year in Uranohoshi, pointed out how unbelievable it was for a third year to be the new chairwoman. Mari showed her proof and stated that she came to support Chika, You, and Riko. She then challenged them to fill the gym with audience in order to get her approval for their School Idol Club. The three second year students realized that there weren't enough students in their school to fill the gym, which caused them to advertise their concert in other places as well.
Before their concert, Aqours worried about people not attending due to the rain. They laughed it off and stood behind the stage's curtain, hand in hand. However, when the curtains raised, they only had a small group of audience. Included in the audience were Mari, Ruby, Hanamaru, and a disguised Yoshiko. Despite this, they continued their concert and performed "Daisuki dattara Daijoubu!" while Kanan and Dia listened from outside the gym.
|04|| "Two Girls' Feelings"|
(ふたりのキモチ "Futari no Kimochi")
|In episode 4, the school idol club was finally approved by Mari. Although delighted, the second years questioned why she was so keen on helping them.
A surprised Kanan got a visit from Mari, who explained she had come to scout Kanan as a school idol. The two were revealed to already know each other, and the scene concluded with Mari sighing at Kanan’s stubbornness.
|05|| "Yohane Descends"|
(ヨハネ堕天 "Yohane Daten")
|In episode 5, the school idol club uploaded a fallen angel themed video online using their new costumes. This upset Dia, but in contrast Mari expressed liking the video.
In the last scene of the episode, Dia confronted Mari about an email she had recieved. Mari stated it meant exactly what it said and the flustered Dia asked if she was kidding. However, it was not revealed what was written in the email.
|06|| "Let's Make a PV"|
(PVを作ろう "PV o Tsukurou")
|In episode 6, Mari told Dia that Uranohoshi Girls’ Academy might be closing due to a declining number of applicants and merging with a high school in Numazu. Mari expressed how important the school was to her, and how she thought school idols could save it, with which Dia disagreed.
Kanan payed Mari a visit to ask about the school shutting down, to which Mari replied that it was something they would have to fight for, and that she wanted Kanan to fight again.
Showing the chairwoman their promotional video, Mari told Chika and the rest of Aqours that they did not know what it was that made their town and their school great. After Mari proclaimed she knew better herself, Chika decided not to ask, considering it something they had to figure out for themselves for it to be worth something.
On her way to the clubroom Chika spotted Dia on stage in the empty auditorium. While she did decline Chika’s offer of joining the school idol club, Dia stated she was happy that they wanted to save the school. As Dia was leaving the room, Ruby stopped Chika from calling out to her, and a flashback showed the third years seemingly right before a school idol performance. Mari showed up and told Dia you can’t run away, only move forward, but Dia denied she had been trying to run away.
In accordance with Uchiura tradition, all the town members gathered early in the morning of the first day of beach season to make and release floating lanterns. Riko, for whom it was the first time experiencing the tradition, talked about how she didn’t realize there were so many people living in the town and suggested that maybe that was the special thing about Uchiura and Uranohoshi Girls’ High School. Hearing this, Chika gathered everyone’s attention and introduced Aqours, saying they needed the help of everyone in town to save their school. "Yume de Yozora o Terashitai" was performed as an insert song by the currently six Aqours members, thus concluding the episode.
|In episode 7, Aqours were invited to perform at an event in tokyo. Dia confronted Mari, worried that Aqours would not succeed in Tokyo. To this Mari responded that Dia could try to stop them if she wanted, but questioned if Dia didn’t have hope that Aqours could succeed where she, Mari and Kanan had previously failed.|
|08|| "Isn't it Frustrating?"|
(くやしくないの? "Kuyashikunai no?")
|In episode 8, Kanan met up with Mari after hearing that Aqours had come in last place at the event. She asked Mari what she was going to do, and said saving the school by winning Love Live! was impossible. Mari asked if giving up was a better option, and Kanan walked off the scene saying it was indeed better to do so before someone got hurt, ignoring Mari’s open arms. A crying Mari was left behind, set on regaining the feeling she had had with Kanan and Dia in their school idol group two years prior.|
|09|| "Young DREAMER"|
(未熟DREAMER "Mijuku DREAMER")
|In episode 9, a flashback showed Kanan quitting the third years’ school idol group after their return from Tokyo. She mentioned Mari’s turning down an opportunity to study abroad and also said Dia agreed with her there was no point in them continuing.
On one of her early morning walks Kanan was followed by the school idol club, who overheard Kanan and Mari talking about Kanan’s returning to school. However, Kanan said she was not going to become a school idol again and that she did not want to talk to Mari any more.
At school, Kanan and Mari got into a heated argument, which made Chika burst into the room and yell at them to break it up, and to come to the club room of the school idol club after school. There, Kanan continued to claim that the fact she could not sing in Tokyo was the reason she had quit being a school idol. Once she had left the room, the other girls pushed Dia into revealing that Kanan didn’t sing at the event to prevent Mari from performing with an injury, and that she quit being a school idol because she didn’t want Mari turning down other opportunities.
Crying, Mari sprinted out into the rain, and ended up at Uranohoshi Girls’ High School. Kanan joined her there and Mari said they needed to talk. She shared her feelings, and slapped Kanan, saying she shouldn’t take it lightly that Mari cared about her. Kanan answered she should tell her straight if that was the way she felt, and the two of them hugged.
Aqours convinced Dia to join them, Chika saying they’d all help out if juggling school idol duties and student council president duties got too much, and Ruby handing her a stage costume. All nine girls performed “Mijuku DREAMER” as an insert song, and Dia turned out to be the one who wrote “Aqours” in the sand, it being the same name the third years’ previous idol group had.
|10|| "We've Got Stewshine"|
(シャイ煮はじめました "Shai-ni Hajimemashita")
|In episode 10, summer vacation began for the now nine members of Aqours. Summer is the season of the Love Live! competition, and Dia had somehow managed to get her hands on the training schedule μ's used when they were active. Since Kanan and Chika had been asked to help run a snack bar on the beach, the members decided to camp at the Takami family inn in order to make time for practice.
Initially intimidated by a competing snack bar on the beach, Dia quickly took charge and assigned tasks once she recieved encouragement from Mari. Riko, Chika and Kanan begun advertising in order to draw in customers, seemingly somewhat unwillingly. Meanwhile, You, Yoshiko and Mari started cooking the food.
With everyone exhausted after attempting to train the way μ's did, they all sat down to eat Mari’s Stewshine and Yoshiko’s Tears of a Fallen Angel takoyaki that hadn’t sold during the day.
Aqours’ second day of managing the snack bar wasn’t all too successful either, but everyone enjoyed the curry You made using both Mari’s and Yoshiko’s culinary creations. Dia tried to hold a lesson on Love Live! history, but it was cut short due to Chika’s sister Mito thinking they were being too loud.
|11|| "Aye-aye, My Friend"|
(友情ヨーソロー "Yuujou Yousoro")
|In episode 11, all the members of Aqours saw Riko off as she left for Tokyo to compete in a piano competition that would take place the same day as the regional Love Live! qualifiers. They made the promise to sing together on the same stage next time.
As “special practice”, Dia got the eight of them to help clean up the school’s pool, and once they finished they decided to practice their dance in the empty pool. With Riko missing, Aqours needed to adjust their formation, and opted for You to fill in Riko’s spot.
Having been surprised to discover the first two Aqours members were Chika and You rather than Chika and Riko, Mari confronted You suggesting she was jealous of the relationship between Chika and Riko. Although initially denying the accusation, You eventually opened up and took Mari’s advice to be honest with Chika to heart.
The night of the Love Live! qualifiers and Riko’s piano competition, everyone wore the matching scrunchies Riko had sent as bracelets. Riko played her piece at the competition, and the remaining eight Aqours members performed “Omoi yo Hitotsu ni Nare” on stage.
|12|| "It's Time to Fly"|
(はばたきのとき "Habataki no Toki")
|In episode 12, the members of Aqours were happy and relieved to find out they made it through the regional qualifiers of the Love Live! after a nervous wait. While the video of their performance had gotten a lot of views and comments, the number of applicants for the school’s open house was still zero.
Chika couldn’t help but compare Aqours to μ's, and wondered if the school idols she looked up to weren’t regular people after all. Calling the other Aqours members, she suggested they’d all go to Tokyo before Riko went back home, and try to figure out what made μ's great.
In Tokyo, Chika had arranged for Aqours to meet up with Saint Snow, who told Chika and the others they didn’t know what made μ's and A-RISE different. To them, what mattered was winning and following in the footsteps of their predecessors. Together, both groups watched the announcement of the Love Live! finals being held at the Akiba Dome on the screen outside the UTX High School building.
At Riko’s suggestion, Aqours visited Otonokizaka High School. They learned that μ's hadn’t left anything from their school idol days at Otonokizaka, saying their hearts would be connected even without those things. Chika and Riko said the visit had brought them closer to the answer of their question.
On the train back to Numazu, the nine of them took a stop to look at the sea. Chika said that they couldn’t compare themselves to μ's, and all of the members started realizing that they had to run freely, stand on their own feet and not chase after someone else in order to become great. They decided that what they were running towards was turning the zero into a one.
|In episode 13, Aqours were practicing for the Love Live! regionals during the hot days of summer vacation. Meanwhile, the number of applicants for Uranohoshi Girls’ High School was still zero. At the end of the day, Mutsu, Itsuki and Yoshimi showed up to tell Chika that they, along with other people in the school, were also interested in saving the school and had thought about becoming school idols. Chika invited them to sing with Aqours at the Love Live!.
The nine members of Aqours met up with Mutsu, Itsuki and Yoshimi, who brought with them an abundance of other Uranohoshi Girls’ High School students. However, everyone’s excitement was restrained when Riko announced that the rules said only the people who had applied initially would be allowed on stage. In the end, although only Aqours would be on stage, all the other girls decided to cheer them on from the audience.
Before their performance, the school idol club members reflected on their time together. Ruby and Hanamaru were embraced by Yoshiko, while Mari, Kanan and Dia thanked each other for getting this far, and Chika told You and Riko she wanted to enjoy everything the future had in store together. Proclaiming there weren’t just nine of them, Chika opened the door to the stage.
Prior to performing their song, Aqours introduced themselves by telling the audience their story and their goal. When they counted to nine, part of the audience yelled “ten”, pronouncing their being the tenth member of the group.
Halfway through the performance of “MIRAI TICKET”, Chika called out for everyone to shine together with them. The Aqours supporters of the audience ran down to stand next to the stage, creating a circle of blue light sticks around it. Meanwhile, the number of applicants for the school flipped from zero to one.
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