|First appearance Mai-Otome||Episode 1|
|Voiced by|| Naomi Shindou (Japanese)
Melanie Risdon (English)
|GEM||Bewitched Smile Amethyst|
|Known relatives||Una Shamrock (possibly mother -fans think so because of their similar appearance)|
|First appearance Mai-Hime||Episode 1|
|Beloved person|| Natsuki Kuga
Shizuru Viola is a fictional character in the Japanese animated series Mai-Otome and Mai-Hime. In Mai-Hime, her name is Shizuru Fujino. Though her role in both series was that of a secondary character, she has a wide range of admirers among the show's fans. In fact, she has even won a character popularity poll at SUNRISE Studio's official website twice in a row besting even the actual leads.
Shizuru is voiced by Naomi Shindou and Melanie Risdon in both series.
3rd ColumnEditShizuru is one of the Five Columns who are the strongest Otome in the world because they don't serve an individual master but Garderobe itself. But you could say that Fumi HImeno, herself, is the master of the five columns.
GemEditHer Gem and source of her power as an Otome, is named the Bewitching Smile Amethyst
Robe & ElementEditHer Robe resembles both her Child from My-HiME and the traditional kimono she wore often in that series.
Her Element of choice is a double-edged sword with curved blades that extend into whip-like chains. She utilizes her natural grace and agility in her fighting prowess, making her an elegant yet deadly warrior.
Mai-OtomeEditIn the alternate-universe version and the sequel of the original series, Shizuru appears as a Meister Otome and the Deputy Headmistress of Garderobe. She was a Pearl when Natsuki was a Coral and is seen in a photograph from Natsuki's school days. She is one of the Five Columns (#3 in the order): those Otome are the strongest in the world who serve not an individual master but Garderobe itself. She materializes in the first episode to fend off a SLAVE and inspires Arika Yumemiya to become an Otome herself.
Shizuru and Natsuki often tease and confide with each other on various topics.
Shizuru is often idolized and referred by other students as Onne-sama because of her elegant fighting style, charisma, beauty, kindness, and sincerity.
Mai-Otome ZweiEditIn the first episode of the OVA Mai-Otome Zwei, Irina and Gal are investigating one of the desert crash sites of the meteor. With them are Natsuki and Shizuru, the former of whom is reading in the newspaper about those same laborers and their wages. Irina finishes up and is ready to go back, but Yohko radios that she has one more place for them to go check. Shizuru offers to go herself. Upon arriving at the new site, Shizuru sees Miyu fall from the sky, except Miyu’s body has been turned to stone. In a fuzzy voice, Miyu tries to warn Shizuru to run away, but it’s too late. A dark figure has appeared on the cliff above her, and Shizuru gets surrounded by giant stalks that come out of the ground.
In the second episode it is implied that the victims are still alive despite their nanomachines being solidified, and in the third episode her body along with the other petrified victims are at Garderobe for analysis by Yohko. She and the other victims are eventually cured in the conclusion to the fourth episode.
In the Mai-Otome manga Shizuru Viola is still the first Meister Otome introduced, though her first materialization comes in chapter 12, not as early as in the anime. She duels against Rad in the same chapter and Midori in chapter 18 but fails to win decisively. This Shizuru is Arika's oneesama from the beginning unlike in the anime, where it was initially Akane and then Nao. She was also an early target of Mashiro's infatuation.
Since Shizuru Fujino was not a HiME in the My-HiME manga she is not present among the resurrected HiME from the manga (made evident by the presence of Haruka), but Viola nevertheless does do battle against them though she still wished she had one.
The president of the Fuka Academy Student Council, Shizuru at first appears in episodes involving important school events, or in scenes featuring the Student Council's homeroom, often calmly sipping tea. Making an entrance as a playful and charming individual.
In the novel entitled, "Natsuki's Prelude", some background was provided on the reasons influencing Shizuru's decision to run for the Student Council President position. She was originally just a class representative in her second year of highschool. Natsuki, a middle-schooler at the time, had inquired of Shizuru if she as class representatives had a higher access level within the school's intranet than normal students. Shizuru teased Natsuki and assumed she was inquiring for the sake of altering her attendance record. Natsuki informed her that she wanted to gain access to the school's state of its administration, the director's name and personal record, and a register of the staff members and pupils plus their personal records. Shizuru regretted to inform Natsuki that her access to the intranet was not much higher than that of a typical student. Wanting to help Natsuki, Shizuru mentally came to a decision and entered herself as a presidential candidate.
In the second half of the series, Shizuru's role becomes more significant, as it is revealed that she's one of the twelve HiMEs.
It is never revealed where Shizuru's HiME mark is, though very subtly it is shown, located on the right side of her lower stomach, by the pelvic region.
During the later course of the series, it becomes apparent that Shizuru has a romantic interest in Natsuki, and the suppression of these feelings begin to unbalance her psychologically.
After both her HiME-status and her obsession-like love-interest are discovered by Natsuki herself after Haruka confronts Shizuru about her absence from the school and declares Shizuru's love for Natsuki to be "disgusting", Shizuru loses her mental balance and becomes yet another puppet playing to the plan of the Obsidian Lord.
In a final confrontation Shizuru fights Natsuki, who having accepted her love for Shizuru, along with Duran increasing drastically in size. Shizuru misunderstands Natsuki's explanation for Duran's increased size, and believes the "omoi" (literally emotion) Natsuki feels for her is hate. However, Shizuru is taken aback when Natsuki kisses her. She tells Shizuru that she does not have feelings that Shizuru desired, but she is happy that Shizuru loved her. Natsuki then orders Duran to destroy Kiyohime, which made Natsuki and Shizuru disappear in each other's arms thereafter.
After their resurrection by Mashiro the two seem to have maintained their close relationship and during the day of Shizuru's graduation, their relationship progressed into something much more. The official Sunrise episode guidebook entitled "Mai-HiME Anime Book Volume 2" has addressed their current relationship status. On page 25, under Shizuru's profile section, it mentions that "Once again, Natsuki spoke affectionate words to the graduating Shizuru. Before one knows, happiness will visit these two."
Child & ElementEdit
Her Element is a large naginata. It serves as a close range weapon, but she can take opponents by surprise with its long range capabilities, as the blade can extend into a chain-like extension, capable of tying someone up or crushing solid metal within its coils. She can attack long range by using the chain to slice through incoming attacks or to slash an opponent with her extended reach.Shizuru's use of the weapon is likely a reference to Sengoku Period noble women, who were expected to know the art of the weapon in order to defend their families while their husbands were away at war. The naginata was also frequently used as a status symbol.Shizuru's Child is Kiyohime, a cross between a a squid and a hydra. Its name is most likely a reference to the Japanese legend of the same name. The trapping of Natsuki under the church's bell during their fight is a direct allusion to this myth. Kiyohime's multiple snake heads allow it to attack quickly and repeatedly, and each of its heads can spray an acidic poison. Kiyohime is one of the larger Childs in the anime, comparibly similar in size to Mai's Kagusutchi and Mikoto's Child Miroku.
In the manga Shizuru is not a HiME, and her role is largely reduced. She still provides information to Natsuki, but their relationship is left largely unexplored, Natsuki having feelings towards Yuuichi rather than Shizuru.