This doesn't show any particular caring; she's the Student Council president and it's very common in Japan for students to care for each other on this level purely out of obligation.brythain wrote:Go through the written interaction that Shizune has with Hisao, in which she explicitly says that the stalls she showed Hisao around during the festival were the ones he had built, because... "I wanted you to be able to see and enjoy what you had done." Hisao himself says he is touched by this, but he wonders why she would go out of her way to do it, and she replies, "Because you were depressed." She then wishes him luck on the exam that is to come.
I'm pretty sure Shizune would be happy if anyone joined the Student Council. It's been just her an Misha all that time, and IIRC Shizune only keeps Misha around because she doesn't want to be lonely.brythain wrote:Hisao then decides he wants to learn sign language because he's sad that he had to converse with her through written notes. Later, when he talks to Misha, Misha tells him, "Now that you've joined [the student council] , she [i.e. Shizune] works harder than before since she wants to make a good impression." In that same conversation, we learn that at the very least, Shizune finds Hisao interesting and was happy that he'd joined.
brythain wrote:When they reassemble the stalls for Tanabata later, Shizune brings him an extra can of drink, and says that if he's going to be so helpful, she should look out for him too. She says she's impressed and very happy that Hisao bothered to learn sign language.
Her own father refuses to learn sign language, so the fact that anyone learned it for her sake would be impressive.
I'm not even sure what you're getting at here, except maybe the lunch, which I think she only did because it's what she thought she should do as his girlfriend.brythain wrote:During their second stall-assembly session, she makes lunch for him, and stresses that the important thing in a relationship is choice (ironic on a meta level, since our protagonist doesn't have much of that)... Lilly comes along and the two squabble, while Hisao reluctantly (and deviously) translates. Later, Shizune reveals indirectly that she can read his lips, by praising his ability to translate.
That's kind of the thing... women don't chase men, especially in Japan, so while Hisao was indeed the one that took all the steps pre-relationship, it was Shizune that gave him the strong signals that enabled him to feel comfortable doing so. Of course she's surprised; normally her attempts at friendship run people off. Luckily for her, Hisao is pretty much a blank slate.brythain wrote:The best part of Act 2 is that at the end, when Hisao asks her if she wants to be his girlfriend, and she steps forward to him, agreeing. It's not Shizune doing the wooing; it's Hisao, and she's allowed herself to be wooed, and she is surprised by everything that's happening to her—to them.
Not concerned about control over the relationship, only about Shizune's emotional involvement. Even given that though, Shizune does have the vast majority of the control in their relationship, and still manages to fail to convey that she cares on anything more than a friendship-level. Wooing someone doesn't automatically indicate caring... though I'm sure it's less common in Japan and even less common among Japanese teenagers, people do fake relationships. And Shizune sure is lonely. Coupled with her father issues, I'd say it's more a psychological need for male attention that convinced her to try to make Hisao her boyfriend than any kind of attraction or caring.brythain wrote:Now, I do suppose that you could want more control over the relationship, but then if you did, where's Shizune's agency in terms of showing that she cares for you? And does wooing someone automatically make the acts involved -not- acts of caring? I think that in many Asian societies, what Shizune does in Act 2 alone constitutes a fair bit of positive signalling. Misha certainly sees it as that, if you look carefully.
I also think Misha is simply jealous that Shizune finally has someone to pay attention to besides Misha.