Chieko Makino (
Early lifeChieko married her husband, Haruo Makino. They had two children together, Tsukushi and Susumu. Her husband worked as a section chief at a company. They lived in company housing in Tokyo. Chieko had a part-time job to supplement the family's income.
Tsukushi at Eitoku
Her second yearTsukushi began attending the prestigious Eitoku Academy in 2004. Chieko and her husband were very proud that Tsukushi enrolled at Eitoku. Nevertheless, they had to pinch pennies in order to afford the school fees. One day, Tsukushi was invited by her classmates to a party. Chieko lamented that she could not cut back on the food expenses in time to buy a dress. Later, Tsukushi's family noticed that she had been acting differently since the party. They secretly hoped that she had fallen in love with an heir.
Some days later, Tsukushi came home in the morning after staying out all night. The family was extremely upset, thinking she was doing something bad. The following night, Tsukasa Domyoji visited their home and explained the situation. They were excited by the prospect that Tsukasa was interested in Tsukushi. Chieko firmly believed that he was "serious" about her. Tsukasa had expensive furniture delivered to the family. Tsukushi had him take all the furniture back. Tsukasa's mother, Kaede, later visited them to offer them money in exchange for Tsukushi to stop seeing her son. Chieko felt insulted by her and poured a container of salt on her. Once Kaede left, Chieko told Tsukushi to marry Tsukasa, so they could get all of their money.
Chieko's husband was later laid off from his job, despite recently being promoted to chief clerk. The family was devastated by the news. Their situation grew dire once a loan shark started harassing them. Haruo had racked up a five million yen. Chieko and her family were unable to find jobs, being rejected at every turn. When the loan shark tried taking their possessions, Rui Hanazawa hired bodyguards to protect them. Chieko, Haruo, and Susumu cheered for Tsukushi at the Teen of Japan contest. Tsukushi was the runner-up, but her family still praised her performance. Later, Haruo received news that he was rehired and promoted to section chief at his old job.
Her third yearBy Tsukushi's third year, Chieko was working a part-time job to supplement the family income. She supported Tsukushi's dream of becoming a lawyer. Later, the family celebrated when Haruo won a trip to New York, which gave Tsukushi an opportunity to see Tsukasa. Her husband landed in financial straits again, when he used company money in the stock market. Chieko was very upset at him for this. Their daughter then got a second part-time job, which lead her to collapse due to exhaustion. At the hospital, Chieko and Haruto allowed Rui to stay with Tsukushi all night. Chieko later hinted at a possible chance for "romance". While Tsukushi was still in the hospital, Haruo was laid off from his job. She and him then went to work as fishermen in a small village.
Haruo, however, was unable to fish due to his seasickness. Chieko and him had to earn a meager living by drying seaweed. A few days later, she and Haruo returned to Tokyo for Susumu's exams. They left again not long after. When the floor of Tsukushi and Susumu's apartment fell, he came to live with his parents in the village. By the time Tsukushi came to live with them, the family was in serious debt. They appeased their debtors for a time by telling them about Tsukushi dating Tsukasa. He came to the village and they demanded to be paid. Tsukasa lost his memories of Tsukushi, after protecting Susumu when he was pushed by accident. After Tsukasa regained his memories, the Makinos began getting ready to move back to Tokyo since Haruo had gotten his job back. On the way to Tsukushi's graduation, the car broke down. Chieko told Tsukushi to run the rest of the way.
Tsukushi's weddingTsukushi began studying to become a lawyer at Eitoku University, after graduating from high school. In early 2011, Tsukasa announced his plan to marry Tsukushi when she graduated college. Chieko and Haruo were concerned about their daughter marrying into a rich family. They wanted her to be certain about her decision and consulted Kaede about it. She introduced them to her friend, who devised a trial for Tsukushi and Tsukasa. The couple made it through the difficult tasks intact. Chieko and Haruo apologized to them afterwards. Tsukasa thanked them, saying "this whole affair only strengthened my desire to spend my life with her." The same day, Chieko attended their wedding at Yebisu Garden Place.
Chieko was typical, middle-aged mother. She had soft features, giving her a nice, pleasant appearance. Chieko had a bob-cut hair style, which she wore half-up. In Tsukushi's third year of high school, Chieko grew her hair out into a wavy hairstyle. Her wardrobe consisted of simple clothing, such as button-down shirts and sweaters.
Personality and traits
She was a loving, supportive mother and wife. Chieko did most of the cooking and cleaning for the family. She also managed the household's finances, cutting back on certain things to afford Tsukushi's tuition. Chieko always laughed at her husband's silly jokes, and occasionally made some of her own.
Behind the scenes
- See also: Category:Chieko Makino portrayals
- Mako Ishino portrays Chieko in Hana Yori Dango (2005), Hana Yori Dango Returns (2007), and Hana Yori Dango Final (2008).
- In Final, Susumu comments that his mother looks like an idol in an old photo. Ishino, in fact, began her career as an idol.
|Hana Yori Dango (2005)|
|Hana Yori Dango Returns (2007)|