Makio Yamada (山田 マキオ)
BIOGRAPHY (Source: 青の6号 DVD Character Files)
28 year-old sonar operator of the Blue 6. Boasting about his abilities, he volunteered to join the Oceanic Marine development center project. After a short stint at the center he became Blue Submarine No. 6’s Sonar Operator. He also acts as [Huang] Mei Ling’s guardian.
My thoughts & opinions
Yamada is a cool supporting character, partly because of the outdated hairstyle. As with most other sonar/radar/scanner operators in a show, he has the unfortunate task of reporting bad news to the Captain and the audience, may it be torpedoes, dive-bombing Musucas or icebergs.
His role as Huang’s guardian is developed in more detail in the 青の6号: Antarctica PS1 game. He intervenes and attempts to straighten out Juju after learning that it was he who stole Huang’s teddy bear, and talks favorably about Huang when you are speaking to him. He gave the impression of being a stable and mature character, so I kept consistent to these traits when I included him in a fanfic of mine.
One complaint I have however is his voice in the English version of the OVA. The voice-actor basically butchered this guy; he sounded like a hyperactive Tom Hanks when squealing out the bad news.