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I totally agree with everything but the last sentence.
My favorite thing about Natsuki Kuga is that she’s the badass Ducati-riding, pistol wielding character, yet I think she is the most empathic and sensitive. While most of the other characters all went berserk (even Mai), she was the only one who imploded in a stressful situation. It looked like she was indirectly trying to end her life when she rode her bike really fast in the rain. She was able to save Nao from Shizuru, even though Nao literally just tried to kill her. Not to mention the sacrifice she made for Shizuru in the end, despite what Shizuru did to her.
(I may have reblogged this already, I’m sorry if I’m repeating myself.)
In my mind, Shizuru did not perform any non-consensual sexual acts on Natsuki during the HiME Carnival. Unless the creators of Mai-Hime make an official statement saying “Shizuru did perform non-consensual sexual acts on Natsuki during the Carnival”, then I personally do not think that that is what happened. It isn’t really shown what happened while Shizuru and Natsuki were hiding from Nao during the Carnival, but it does not explicitly state the Shizuru did anything except for kiss Natsuki (which happened on-camera). There is the matter of the situation that goes through Natsuki’s mind while Yukino implies that Shizuru “masqueraded as a friend of hers” (which shows that Yukino really doesn’t understand the situation she’s talking about, because Shizuru and Natsuki truly were friends. Shizuru wasn’t “masquerading” at all. She really cared about Natsuki), which is of Shizuru removing her clothing and then laying down in the same room as Natsuki, but, that scene isn’t really anything solid to start forming mobs over. Was it a worried thought, a possibility created by Natsuki’s mind that was inspired by Yukino’s accusation? Who knows. In my mind, it was a fear of Natsuki’s.
Based on my interpretations of Natsuki and Shizuru’s characters: Natsuki isn’t the type of person to trust easily. And being violated by someone sexually would be a reason for the trust and the relationship between Natsuki and that person to be shattered. A kiss is one thing, it’s fairly innocent, perhaps the person who is being kissed will be woken up. It isn’t going too far. (At least that’s what I think. I’ve been kissed in that manner before (while I’d been asleep). The person confessed to it later, and also told me that they liked me. I wasn’t mad. A little confused, but not mad. We later ended up dating.) But sexual acts, that’s a completely different level. Something that isn’t forgivable.
Shizuru also doesn’t seem like the type of person to do something horrible like that to someone she loves. Yes, she went off the deep end during the later part of the Carnival (which was after the time that Shizuru would have supposedly committed such acts that some believe that she did) , but her objective was to protect Natsuki. Her objective, probably since she met Natsuki, was to protect Natsuki. Even before Shizuru ended up confessing, she was respectful of Natsuki. When Natsuki wanted to run off and do super spy things, Shizuru was respectful of that. When Natsuki was cagey and didn’t want to tell Shizuru about the things she was doing, Shizuru sent her off with a friendly “Be careful.” She respected Natsuki.
And also, when Shizuru kissed Natsuki on the porch immediately before Yukino and Haruka found them (or revealed that they had found them), she seemed conflicted. She hesitated. Like she was doing something that she was feeling very guilty and conflicted about doing. Don’t you think that if she had already violated Natsuki in a sexual manner, she would have no qualms about kissing her?
So those are a few of the reasons why I don’t think that Shizuru violated Natsuki sexually. Based on Natsuki and Shizuru’s official actions and reactions in the show, and also on my interpretations of their characters.
Hey, thanks for sharing your thoughts. You make some really great points and I, myself, am conflicted about what actually happened while Natsuki was recovering. Maybe Shizuru took advantage of Natsuki, maybe she didn’t. However, I believe that until the carnival ended, Natsuki was under the impression that Shizuru did in fact take advantage of her, whether that actually happened or not. That being said, Natsuki was still selfless to the end.