Makino Maria (牧野真莉愛) is a Japanese pop singer under Hello! Project, she is a twelfth generation member of Morning Musume.
She first joined Hello! Project as a member of Hello Pro Kenshuusei in late 2012 and was introduced at Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2012 ~12gatsu no Nama Tamago Show!~.
Makino Maria was born on February 2, 2001 in Aichi, Japan to a couple whose names are undisclosed.
She auditioned for Morning Musume's 11th generation, and made it to the finals, but was not chosen to enter the group.
On November 20, it was announced that Makino would be joining Hello Pro Kenshuusei alongside five other girls. She was officially introduced on December 9 at the Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2012 ~12gatsu no Nama Tamago Show!~ alongside Kanazawa Tomoko, Kaga Kaede, Wada Sakurako, Ichioka Reina and Kishimoto Yumeno.
On March 6th, there was a FC event held for Makino and Ichioka Reina.
On September 30, during Morning Musume '14 concert at Nippon Budokan, it was announced that Makino passed the Morning Musume '14 (Golden) Audition! along with Ogata Haruna, Nonaka Miki and Haga Akane.