For the cannibalization stuff with EVA-02, the line in French is "Maintenant une
Unité-02 cannibalisée peut être reconstruite à neuf",the bolded part is important because it then means "Now a
cannibalized Unit-02 can be rebuild to new", the "a" could mean "Now [even] a cannibalized 02 can be repaired".
The term isn't used very often in France, but "cannibalized" can also be used to refer to (usually disabled or damaged) vehicles that had part taken from them to use to repair other vehicles. As I know several people in the French Army (or work on military equipment) on another forum, it's a term that comes back often due to the great age of many materials (hell some of the helicopters dates from the sixties
) and the constant lack of funding for the maintenance of material.
So since 08 apparently had some additional pieces of armors jury-rigged (and thus lacking even the paint), it could be that some parts of the wreckage of 02, or some of its spare parts, were used to repair and equip 08 for this mission.
Just noticed that Mari actually speaks 4 languages in 10minutes... Somewhat.
Japanese, English, French... As well as a Latin phrase she translated to Japanese. She is clearly fuckin old.
Or she had gone to a good private school in England.