My computer is dead and in service, so I'm on my phone--bear with me as it is impossible (and bothersome) to type long post.
Good to have you back, prof
Firstly, what I meant by similar to Jigoro's late-wife falls in the category of her physical features and--what I have a theory of--her sense of 'order'. Rereading and observing Jigoro for a while (as a research for the next chapter of my writing--60% done if you're wondering before my PC was toast) made me wonder whether he is a man of order, or that of a rebel. Being the 'head' of a household, naturally makes him a man of order, but has he always been like that before? The way how he dress, how he talks, and how he presents himself is far from what most people here considers 'normal' (aside from the hostity he presents towards those that approaches his daughter--that's normal) which led me to believe that he was a man of rebel before
, but had since been 'tamed' by someone of 'order'--that being, her late-wife. We never knew Shizune's mother, so everything is up to speculation but let's get back to Shizune.
Shizune is someone whom upholds order--her position as SC president further accentuates(?) this feature of hers. She's one who prioritize the good of the entire group/community rather than the individual (a different side of the coin to Lilly), which I believe she saw as disrupting that 'order' in the time of crises. This, aside from her physical features, is what Jigoro may have seen in her that reminded him of his late-wife. All just a theory though.
Of course, Shizune is the daughter of Jigoro after all and the apple never fall far from its tree, so obviously she would inherit some traits and character from him (which is easy to 'find the similarity and match'--the others that aren't match-able can be linked to her mother, or her own).
Secondly, on cultures and 'groupthink'.
I've explained over and over again how we as a people are enclosed--has been the same even in the Meiji-era, still the same in Heisei. I can't hate it, nor can I love it--that's just us and frankly, I'm comfortable with it. Now this may seem offensive to some, and to that I apologize, but the difference between western and asian culture concerning the sharing of ideas is very obvious:
We share our belief when both sides have a significant level of understanding of cultures between one another, bit by bit. When both sides agreed, then we'll get to business. Westerners on the other hand tend to impose
their belief of a specific culyure on others. I don't know how many times I have to take a deep breath and calm down when someone thinks
this is how 'you people are' then demands that it is 'the right one'--no, it isn't, stop forcing us to do something that you think out culture is/are/should do.
...the last one is more or less a rant, but I can't help it. Talking about Shizune and how much she's misunderstood sometimes triggers that.
And thirdly, as mentioned before, Shizune is someone who's priority lies on the benefit of the greater crowd than that of the individual--the other side of the coin to Lilly, who'd lose her head to an individual and leaving chaos within the group to be settled by someone else (this applies to her 'good' ending as well).