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25 September 2007 @ 05:00 pm
LelouchxShirley [Manifesto]  
So I believe most of you already know my antics of making loooong entries with my rambles about my favorite couples or characters. Well, this one was originally intended to be just that, but at the end I think it turned out more like a manifesto for the pairing instead of mere rambles xD Still, I hope some of you’ll be able to endure all my talk and useless explanations of things most of you already know.
 
I also pretty much spoiled the whole series, since I described every single LuluShirley moment. Some friends of mine who have to start watching the series are going to read this, so I put a lot of details in my descriptions so I can try to convert them to the pairing already get them to gain some interest in the pairing and Shirley's character xD So I’m deeply sorry if some of you are bored by it.
 
Also, some quotes aren’t exact. Because I watched the series in Spanish, so I’m translating them to English. And of course there are also some mistakes because I don’t have a beta [and English isn’t my first language x3]

If you wish to comment [please do!], please post your comment here.

 

Index.

 

 

Shirley’s Character.

Just why I like her so much?

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At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of her. I’m kinda used to the typical high-school girl who crushes on the main guy, and acts like some type of tsundere. And just like I’m used to that type of character, I’m also used to hate them. So when I saw Shirley for the first time back in episode 1, and identified a few traits, I wondered just what should I do with this character.

 

         Should I hate her? Love her? Be ok with her? What?

 

         I decided to see how things unfolded, and to wait before getting a lasting impression about her. By episode 3, I was definitely intrigued by the way the series focused on her reactions to Kallen and Lelouch, and by episode 5 I was pretty much in love with her character.

 

         Episode 12,13,14 and the rest of the series only strengthened my love for her. And now I can say that she’s my favorite character from the whole series. [Then comes Suzaku and Lelouch]

 

         Why? There are many reasons.

 

         Shirley is a charming character, with a lively personality and bright grins that hide her deepest feelings. She’s a good friend, that worries about those around her and likes to give everyone a chance; example of this is when she’s the only one who actually tries to talk to Suzaku at first. She’s also an incredibly realistic character, and the way she deals with things is just… real.

 

         Let’s take her feelings for Lelouch for example.

 

         They weren’t born out of nowhere, but instead she spend time working on their friendship and trying to understand him. She wanted to see what he thought, what was on his mind; and in that way, slowly, she ended up falling for him. Still, she tried her best not to show it to him. Not only for fear of a rejection and shyness, but also because she didn’t want to ruin the bond they shared.

 

         Still, typically, their friends were aware of her feelings and the only one who remained oblivious was Lelouch. This is because she is more open about them when he isn’t around, and she doesn’t have too many troubles admitting the fact that she does like him; that is, of course, unless it is to Lelouch himself to whom she has to admit her feelings to.

 

         This behavior is extremely realistic. And many of us can relate to her and the way she handles her feelings for him.

 

         Then of course, we see a change in her character. This change is instigated because someone comes and messes with the status quo she had tried so hard to maintain. And when faced with the fact that Lelouch might fall for someone else, Shirley decides to muster some courage and dares to try and break the status quo, aiming for something all the more greater and better. Something that she had been too afraid to try to attain, but that she doesn’t hesitate to try when it becomes necessary.

 

         That’s the point when she becomes awfully self-aware of her feelings for Lelouch, and of the knowledge that she’ll have to face him and try to change their relationship. So when faced with the fact that she now will have to do what she feared to do all along, she becomes shier in Lelouch’s presence. She stutters and blushes around him, trying in vain to find the right opportunity to give that step forward.

 

         But Shirley’s character isn’t only realistic when it deals with the feelings she has for her romantic interest. Her character keeps its realistic portray through the series, during the different situations she has to deal with.

 

         Shirley is mature. This shows on the way she deals with her father’s death, putting on a smile for her friends and saying that she has already done enough crying. It can also be seen on her reaction to the kiss Lelouch and she shared.

        

         The world isn’t black and white for Shirley, and she can see and admit her faults. She can also be mature enough to apologize when needed.

 

         Shirley is also a loyal person, to herself and to her friends. She doesn’t understand Lelouch, and she feels betrayed by him. But still she pulls the trigger in order to save him and his secret from Viletta.

 

         And even though she gets driven by her feelings more often than not; like when she followed Lelouch in order to proof her suspicions wrong. She also has a clear mind and knows when to step aside, in order to keep herself from trouble.

 

         Now, as the finish of the 1st season of the series approached, we could see Shirley’s character changing once again. She becomes confused and troubled, because she doesn’t know just what happened to her. Still, she takes a good approach to things; she wouldn’t jump into conclusions, and would instead wait until Lelouch himself explained things to her.

 

         Even though she does jump to a wrong conclusion by thinking that Kallen had something to do with her loosing her memory, she still pushes those thoughts aside and for the time being, deciding to put her faith in Lelouch, believing he’ll protect them at any cost.

 

         There are still tons of things that Shirley needs to face, truths she needs to learn again. And when she does, her character will once again change. And I cannot wait to see which direction her character will take, because I’m sure it’ll be done realistically as well.


Lelouch x Shirley Scenes.

Their bond episode by episode.

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w Episode 1: Shirley shows slight jealously when Milly comments about Lelouch being cute. She also complains about the fact that Lelouch is always gambling. She also calls him to his cell phone, and becomes annoyed because he couldn’t answer.

w Episode 2: In the middle of the battle, Shirley is the one Lelouch calls to find out about the news. And even though Shirley complains about Lelouch being egocentric, she still does it while smiling.

w Episode 3: Lelouch and Shirley interact, and he also explains to her just why he called her to find out about Shinjuku. While he spoke with Nunnaly, he also thought these words: “If they find out about our identities, Shirley and Rivalz will be taken away from us”

w Episode 4: Shirley falls with Lelouch while trying to take a bottle of wine from his hands. She also pays a lot of attention to Kallen’s interaction with Lelouch.

w Episode 5: Shirley sees Lelouch and Kallen together while he’s trying to distract the later in order for her not to see CC, and Shirley misinterprets it thinking they kissed.

w Episode 6: Shirley confronts Kallen and indirectly asks her if she likes Lulu. Which pretty much confirms that Shirley does have feelings for him. She also thanks Suzaku for saving him, using the opportunity to finally break the ice and approach him.

w Episode 7: Shirley once again tries to find out if Kallen does or doesn’t have feelings for Lelouch, so she approaches her again. Kallen tells her that she doesn’t have anything with Lelouch and leaves, so Suzaku finds Shirley looking somewhat upset. Is there that Shirley explains to him the reasons of why she likes Lelouch, and Suzaku then tries to call him to ask him his feelings for Shirley but she doesn’t allow him to do so.

w Episode 8: In this episode, Shirley, Milly and Nina are taken as hosts by the Japanese defense force. While being as hostage, Shirley whispers: Lulu. Interesting is also the fact that while Lelouch was alone watching TV, the one talking was actually Shirley’s dad, who was fearing for the life of his daughter. [Pretty foreshadowing, ne?]

w Episode 9: We have a cute scene where Shirley is putting make-up on Lelouch. And we also have Suzaku trying to play match-maker for them, leaving the two alone. Shamefully while Shirley tries to approach Lelouch about her feelings, Lulu is worried about the conversation Suzaku and he just had, so her try is futile this time. Kallen also mentions a comment Shirley made to her about Lelouch: that despite his good brain, Lelouch never seemed to do his best. And Lelouch confirms that Shirley was indeed right. 

w Episode 12: Shirley invites Lelouch to a concert. When he gets there, she tells her about her dad’s death, and they end up kissing. 

w Episode 13: Shirley tells Lelouch to forget about the kiss because she believes she manipulated him into it, so she tells him the kiss didn’t make her happy. A surprised and hurt Lelouch tries to stop her from leaving, but he is unable to. Shirley learns that Lelouch is Zero.

w Episode 14: Shirley’s mind is messed with by Mao, and Lelouch is extremely angry because of it. They hug each other, and at the end Lelouch ends up taking the hard decision of making her forget everything about him. They then share a meaningful conversation, where Lelouch admits that he doesn’t know just what he feels for her anymore.

w Episode 15: Lelouch shows obvious pain about Shirley not being able to remember him, and he also shows rage about the fact that it was thanks to Mao and CC that what happened occurred. He makes up the excuse that he had a fight with Shirley, and that it’ll probably take a while before they make up to explain the fact that they’re acting like they don’t know each other. Milly finds this to be cute.

w Episode 16: The student council find out about Lelouch and Shirley’s supposed fight, and Suzaku immediately says that they have to help them. Rivalz tries to divert the topic towards Milly’s engagement once again, but Suzaku doesn’t find it as interesting and remains focused on Shirley and Lelouch, while Kallen comments that they should leave them alone because they always bicker like a married couple. [XD]

w Episode 17: Shirley isn’t able to draw Lelouch’s face for the art class. She’s able to draw him, but she leaves his face blank, as if there is something about it that has some kind of meaning to her, but she can’t remember it. She also finds the letter she wrote on episode 14, about Lelouch being Zero.

w Episode 18: Shirley is calling Kallen, but Kallen is too focused with trying to kill Suzaku, so Lelouch shows up out of nowhere and stops her, telling Kallen that Shirley needed her help. From the other side of the party, Shirley frowns at Lelouch. It’s obvious she knows something, and she isn’t too pleased with that knowledge.

w Episode 20: We finally get some insight of the letter and of Shirley’s thoughts. She doesn’t remember that she was the one who wrote it, and admits being confused about knowing that Lelouch is Zero. But she also wants to confirm it with Lelouch first, so she hasn’t mentioned anything to anyone.

w Episode 21: Lelouch tries to protect Shirley in the warehouse. Shirley also shows sings of jealously over him talking with Euphemia. She then calls him, and he tells her that he’ll find some free time so she can talk with him.

w Episode 22: Lelouch goes to meet with Shirley, apparently he thinks he’s only going to join her shopping [<333333] Rivalz tells Lelouch to reconcile with Shirley, who’s waiting for him inside the building. Shirley sees Lelouch defending an 11, and becomes confused with thoughts of Zero. So deciding that if she gets more involved she will only place herself in danger, she decides to leave. Later Nunnally asks Lelouch why he wasn’t with Shirley, and he tells her that she hadn’t showed up and that she didn’t answer her cell phone. Nunnally tells him to reconcile with her as well.

w Episode 23: Rivalz tells Shirley that she should begin calling Lelouch ‘Lulu’ again. Shirley is taken by surprise, because she doesn’t remember that ever calling him that. Rivalz ignores it though, thinking she’s still pretending, and urges her to reconcile with him.

w Episode 24&25: Shirley starts to think that Kallen had something to do with whatever it was that happened to her, and shows hurt about it, saying that they don’t know how terrified she is. Still, she also shows some trust in Lelouch/Zero, claiming that he’d protect them.

 

All in all, there was only two or three episodes where Shirley didn’t show up. And every single episode she was in had something to do with Lelouch, and her link with him.


w Analysis of every single LuluShirley scene that was on the season.
w General thoughts about the pairing, their development and what’s awaiting for them. Also, just why I like them so much.
w Season 2. Predictions for it.
w Petty symbolism.
w Extra. [AMV's, Shirley's and Lelouch's Songs] 

Comments go in this post [please try to avoid commenting in another post if you can] ^^ Please don't hesitate to let me know your thoughts!

 
 
I'm : optimisticoptimistic
Listening to: Harenochi Natsu no Ame - Orikasa Fumiko [Shirley]
 
 
 
★ slowly twisting the lilac stalks: shirley | with and wink and a smileaetherae on September 25th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)
...I love this so much. ♥ I've been really wanting to read something about all of the fetails of Lulu's and Shirley's realtionship, and this is just beautiful! Thank you for writing it~
Kanae: LuluShirley ♥kanae_mizuhito on September 26th, 2007 01:06 am (UTC)
♥ Thank you! I'm really glad you enjoyed it ^^
【J☆KA】: Tytree x Annie - Lovesour_tangerine on September 25th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)
You have no idea how much I love you for this. Lelouch x Shirley has always been my favorite Code Geass pairing, and your manifesto lightened my spirits. Reading your analysis of the moments just made me love this pairing even more, and now ideas for fanworks are spinning in my head xD; I can tell you put a lot of work into this, and myself as well as others, i'm sure, highly appreciate it. LuluShirley is loveeeee x3;
Kanae: LuluShirley ♥kanae_mizuhito on September 26th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC)
Fanworks?! Just don't forget to show them to me when you finish them! ♥ LuluShirley can without a doubt use all the love it can get in the English fandom, since they don't seem to get all the love they deserve... thanks God things aren't like that with the Japanese side of things xD

Thank you for reading and commenting! ♥ And indeed, LuluShirley = ♥!
viola_canina on September 26th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC)
I enjoyed this immensely. *claps* You're such a devoted fan and it's really great! ^_^ Yes, Shirley deserves more love and support. I may be a passionate Lelouch x C.C. supporter, but... frankly, we need some variety, and besides, it IS impossible to ignore Shirley's role in Lelouch's life.
Kanae: LuluShirley ♥kanae_mizuhito on September 26th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *___* *bows* your opinion really means a lot to me ♥ I'm glad you ejoyed it. And yes I agree, it is impossible to ignore her role in her life. I believe that's one of the reasons of why I emphazised that point so much through my writting, because many people adore to bash Shirley because she gets in the way of their OTP... -___-

But I'm glad that at least the japanese fandom doesn't seem to be like this xD Though for all know I may be wrong x3

Thanks a lot for reading and commenting! ♥
~ ** blue rain in the sky ** ~: innocentaoi_rein on September 26th, 2007 10:12 am (UTC)
Thnx for writing this. ^^ I havent read yet but ady save to my memories. I always like to read about character analysis coz I always do that also. XD It's a good way for a better understanding of a character.

Though LuluXShirley is not my fav pairing but I don't hate her as well. Episode 14 is a best epi for me, I think.
gendar: GendarAsWoFgendar on September 26th, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)
No problem rly)
Sorry for my bad english it`s really not my native language, and i not often have a need to speak on it. So i read pretty well, but write...
I mean in that comment, that Lelouch before erasing Shirley`s memory ask her if she really wont to forget about all.

I hope i write сlearly Oo
Kanae: LuluShirley ♥kanae_mizuhito on September 26th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
Re: No problem rly)
English is not my native language either, so I understand XD And yup you expressed the question more clearly this time ^^

Still, he did not ask her if she wanted to forget. He told her to forget, and she said that she couldn't; then he told her that she could, and geassed her while she screamed at him to stop. So no, he did not ask her what she wanted.
Marek: Code Geass: OTP / Eyesluinthoron on September 28th, 2007 06:52 am (UTC)
The promised screencaps:

http://images.yours-to-break.net/misc/snapshot20070928091809.jpg
http://images.yours-to-break.net/misc/snapshot20070928091814.jpg

It's a bit too crumpled in parts, so reading it might not be easy, but I managed to do it after a while. Although if you need any help, I can also find the time to write the whole text down.
Kanae: LuluShirley ♥kanae_mizuhito on September 28th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you! &heart; I could read most of it, but still there are some parts I'm not too sure of... So I'd like to see if I actually got it all right xD So if you wouldn't mind and it isn't too much to ask, I'd totally love to see the whole text! &heart;

Also, I'm going to be posting a LuluShirley FST sometime today or tomorrow ^^ So keep an eye out if you're interesting!

Awesome Icon, BTW <3
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pick up my love with chopsticksenderxenocide on October 11th, 2007 07:42 am (UTC)
This is fantastic. Although I tend to lean more towards Lelouch/Suzaku, I was completely drawn in by your love for this pairing (it just jumps off the page) and I couldn't stop reading! I'm still quite new to the Code Geass fandom and I am afraid that I have not given Shirley the attention she deserves, in favour of some of the other characters. Now I can't wait to watch these episodes again, and watch them for her as well. I can't even imagine how much time and energy you put into this essay, and I'm so glad that you shared this. Thank you so much!

I also just wanted to say that your English is amazing. I really can't imagine writing such an essay in a second language, and you explained everything so eloquently and thoughtfully.
Kanae: Naomi <3kanae_mizuhito on October 11th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
Thank youu~~! ♥ I'm really glad you're now going to give her more attention! She's an amazing character, and I'm sure she'll make you fall for her just like she made me <3

And thank you a lot for your kinds words ♥ I'm glad my english has at least gotten a little better! XD
ded113ded113 on November 10th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
Hello there! Hmm Well after seeing the show and reading what you got, I must say that it makes sense that Shirley shouldn't be a character bashed. I mean she isn't really trying to make viewers annoyed with her. She is just being herself and how to express her feelings to Lulu. She's being a normal teen girl. That's all there is to it. sigh most ppl are too short minded if you ask me. Thanks for making me have shirleyxlulu as my latest favorite pairing.
Kanae: LuluShir! <33kanae_mizuhito on November 10th, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC)
♥! I'm really glad we have another ShirLulu fan! <3 Thank you for reading and commenting! ^^
rhodecamelot101 on December 16th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
HEY!!!!
hi im Rhode & i just added u as a friend :)
hope we can be good friends......
btw Rhode isnt my real name if ur thinking that. its Kellie but call me Rhode, Rhode Camelot
Kanae: LuluShir! <33kanae_mizuhito on December 17th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
Re: HEY!!!!
Alright, added you back! ♥
ga_mikannatsume on March 23rd, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
I love you so much for these posts. I'm a HUGE ShirleyxLelouch fan too. It's sad that a lot of people dislike Shirley, because I, like you, like Shirley the most out of all the Code Geass characters. I really hope this couple developes more in the second season, I'm really looking forward to it. Though, it seems as though most of the fans and the authors themselves are leaning towards the C.C. and lelouch pairing (please, no!)

keep up the posts, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE reading them!!!
:3
Kanae: LuluShir! <33kanae_mizuhito on March 23rd, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
It's always good to meet a LuluShir and Shirley fan! ♥ Those seem to be hard to find around here, so much love to you! <3.

Though, it seems as though most of the fans and the authors themselves are leaning towards the C.C. and lelouch pairing (please, no!)
God no! D: I'd feel sick to my stomach watching it. Lame, but sadly, the truth.

keep up the posts, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE reading them!!!
:3

Thank you very much for reading, and commenting! ♥ Hopefully, you can expect more random posts after S2 rolls in x3

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(Anonymous) on May 9th, 2008 09:01 am (UTC)
Excellent analysis
I really liked your detailed analysis on the Lelouch x Shirley couple. I also liked that couple very much and the Lelouch x C.C too.
Keep up the good work!
Morinoe: [code geass][shirley][it's a date!]morinoe on July 19th, 2008 09:28 am (UTC)
Amazing manifesto! I really enjoyed reading this ♥ -can't think of something useful to say- I adore Shirley and this very pairing despite being a Lelouch/C.C. fan ^^;
Lelouch vi Britannia: lelouch x shirleylulumasquerade on August 3rd, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
Very very good. You have some very good points. And R2 is a shame...
(Anonymous) on October 13th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
code geass
I find it funny how we anime fans always hate on the"useless annoying girl" in anime and always want the "strong independant girl" to be with the main guy yet in code geass we have those types of strong girls: kallen and c2 yet everybody wants him with Shirley. In my opinion Shirley is too innocent to be with him because she wouldn't be able to handle Lelouch's REAL personality not just zero. Also she had so many chances of telling Lelouch her feelings but she didn't. What if Lelouch wanted to be empreror? How would Shirley be able to handle such responsiblity given to her by being Lelouch's wife?
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Lyra LunarisLyra Lunaris on April 30th, 2011 12:14 pm (UTC)
I'm really love this Shirlulu! but I don't you that you still like them?
I just saw Code geass R1 and R2 last year and I thought it was the best ending although shirley and lulu were died...maybe they'll meet again in paradise ^^
I don't know you still write this blog but I leave this comment because I want to say "Thank you" for support this couple!