|For her video game counterpart, see Mayl Sakurai.|
Maylu Sakurai, known as Meiru Sakurai (桜井 メイル Sakurai Meiru) in Japan, is the main heroine of the MegaMan NT Warrior anime series and the operator of Roll.EXE. She is the best (human) friend of Lan Hikari since childhood and is often seen with him, and harbors feelings for him which are mildly to explicitly shown throughout the series, and are brought on more strongly when other females get close to Lan.
Maylu is the only one of Lan’s friends to remain a main character after the first season throughout Axess and beyond, with Dex and Yai moving and Tory’s role simply being reduced (though the three would later return to the regular cast in Beast and Beast+). She is the most recurring character in the series besides Lan and MegaMan.EXE, appearing in a grand majority of the episodes in the series.
Despite mostly being feminine, soft spoken, and kind, Maylu has a short and explosive temper, which is often brought on with Lan’s antics. She often feels that she depends on Lan too much and wishes that she could be the one to save him for once, showing that she cares deeply for him. She can be sarcastic and cunning at times, such as when she tricks Rush into turning into her Synchro Chip by having him do tricks and praising him before commanding him to turn into the Synchro Chip, which he did before realizing he was fooled into it.
When she eventually gains the ability to cross fuse, she seems to grow a level of fearlessness and assertiveness, as when she, Lan, and Jasmine were in a “haunted house”, she simply stops screaming in fear when she notices Jasmine latching onto Lan, and attempts to latch on herself, though she latches onto a statue instead. She later starts to explore a strange ruin full of golems by herself while Lan attempted to contact Chaud.
Maylu harbors strong romantic feelings for Lan, though she has not fully realized them herself, and often gets highly jealous when other girls such as Princess Pride and Jasmine (or any other girl) shows affection towards him. During the course of Stream, Jasmine starts hanging out with Lan more, and Maylu slowly becomes more competitive for Lan’s attention (with a bit of prodding from Anetta), which ultimately helps bring out her feelings for him, despite hiding them most of the time, and while she and Chaud attempted to find Lan and the others while traversing the parallel world of Beyondard, she eats a lunch given to her by a granny from Shirokuni Town that tastes like curry that reminds her of Lan, making her wonder how he is doing. At the end of the series, Maylu runs up to Lan after he defeats Cache and saves the world, and the two embrace while blushing, hinting that the two now acknowledge that feel the same about each other.
The English dub, due to removing the idea that Maylu has feelings for Lan, portrays her in a different light in certain scenarios, such as making her seem petty when the group goes to help Princess Pride save KnightMan.EXE and her country. During the episode, Pride hugs Lan three times, causing a reaction from Maylu each time. While in two instance the Japanese version makes it clear it's because she likes Lan, the English dub instead makes it out to be that she is jealous that only Lan is getting attention for coming to help, while deleting a third instance where Pride hugs Lan in private and Maylu sees it through an open door, causing her to storm off in jealousy.
Maylu’s favorite color is pink, as can be seen in nearly every aspect of her, including her clothes, Navi, and house.
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During the first half of NT Warrior, Maylu helped Lan and local bully Dex Ogreon stop the crimes of the World Three while being assisted by three mysterious NetAgents and met several new friends along the way. She participates in the N1 Grand Prix where she and Yai form a rivalry with World Three agent Maddy Wacky Madness & Blazing Battles! (Part 1) and Roll.EXE is temporarily corrupted by the crime syndicate. Though Mr. Higsby helps Maylu free Roll from the Super Great White Angel chip, they eliminated due to the fact that Roll ran out of energy during the fight. Evil Empress Roll! (Part 2) She cheers Lan on as he faces his rival Chaud Blaze in the finals even after the floating stadium begins to sink and the audience evacuates, leaving only Lan, Chaud, Higsby, and news reporter Ribbita on the sinking man-made island, shouting her support for him across the water, causing the rest of the audience to join her. That Sinking Feeling! She then helps Lan and the others revive MegaMan after he is deleted by PharaohMan.EXE, and is given the dog-program Rush from Dr. Hikari along the way. PharaohMan Reborn! Rebuilding MegaMan! MegaMan Lives!
Meiru and the others joins Netto to his trip to Jyawaii as part of his reward for making second place in the N1 Grand Prix, where she is kidnapped by a Null Bizarre! Mystery of the Ghost Ship! and takes place in an Aki cosplay contest. To Become An Idol!
- This film takes place between episodes 22 and 29 of Stream. Episodes 29 and beyond are summarized after this section.
Meiru runs up and hugs Netto Hikari, congratulating him when he and Rockman.EXE win a battle in a tournament, much to Dekao Oyama's displeasure. She watches Dingo win his battle next door (still clutching Netto) and joins them and Tohru Hikawa and Chisao Oyama in checking out the Thousand Amusements building, where they (minus Dingo and Dekao) wander into a sci-fi convention and run into Mariko Ozono cosplaying. While watching the Duel Masters film Duel Masters: Curse of the Death Phoenix, Netto is called to do his NetSavior duties, and Meiru wishes him luck and goes to her tournament match with Tohru, who she was partnered with. The two win, but as she calls Netto to tell him of her victory, she is de-materialized and turned into data with the others due to the activation of Spectrum, devastating Netto.
When Rockman and Forte.EXE stop Dr. Regal and Nebula Gray, Meiru and the others are restored, as they watch confused as to what had happened to them. They all go to meet up with Netto, and she hugs him again for saving the day.
She appears in episode 45.
She appears in episode 46.
She appears in episode 4.
List of appearances
- Maylu's Cross Fusion animation is the same as Chaud Blaze's in Axess except for the finishing pose, which more closely matches his pose in Stream. Also, she is the only one of the Cross Fusion Members that does not have a visor or a mouth guard while in Cross Fusion.
- Although Maylu has a Progress PET/PET III in Stream, her Cross Fusion sequence shows her holding the Advanced PET, which is used in Axess.
- Despite strong signs of feelings for Lan during the anime, Maylu does not marry Lan and have a child at the end of the series like she does in the video game series, though the last scene of the anime hints at the start of a relationship.
|Rockman.EXE: Hikari to Yami no Program|
Barrel/Colonel.EXE • Enzan Ijuuin/Blues.EXE • Forte.EXE • Raika/SearchMan.EXE
Dr. Regal/Nebula Gray
Charlie Airstar/GyroMan.EXE • Chisao Oyama • Dekao Oyama/GutsMan.EXE • Dingo/TomahawkMan.EXE • Dr. Wily • Kero Midorikawa • Mariko Ozono • Meijin • Meiru Sakurai/Roll.EXE • Rin Manabe • Seishin Kifune • Shuko Kido • Tohru Hikawa/IceMan.EXE • Yamitaro Higure/NumberMan.EXE • Yuichiro Hikari
|KA-222 • Ministry of Science • Thousand Amusements building • TRINITY Brain Tower|
|Forte Cross Rockman • Spectrum/Tadashi Hikari Program/Dr. Wily Program|
|Be Somewhere (intro)|
|NT Warrior • Axess • Stream • Beast • Beast+ |
Hikari to Yami no Program