I don't want to cause a trouble Don't wanna stay too long I just came here to say to you I am by your side, just for a little while
NAME Shizuka Jounouchi
BIRTHDAY November 20
PLAYED BY Susan Coffey
OCCUPATION University student; part-time job at Stagecoach Coffee House
SEXUAL PREFERENCES Heterosexual
APPEARANCE Shizuka is relatively short, though she wears heels so often that it's difficult to gauge her actual height. She's thin and pale, with light brown eyes often referred to as "amber" by her artsy friends. Her wardrobe varies wildly depending on her mood, ranging anywhere from exceedingly girly to preppy, and occasionally delving into darker fashions. Her color matching abilities are often questionable, but considering she almost went blind as a child, she'd offered a little leeway. Her hair is a dark red, though it often passes for brown in the right lighting.
PERSONALITY Shizuka tends to be very cheerful and outgoing, immediately accepting people into her group of friends and extending her trust. This has led to abuse in the past, by friends and significant others alike, but Shizuka never learned her lesson. She is still quick to trust, quick to smile, and quick to believe the best of people.
However, Shizuka has her private side, which she tends to keep...well...private. There are certain events she will not discuss, though she evades the topics well enough that no one ever picks up on how closed-mouthed she can truly be. Instead, she focuses on being accepting and doing everything she can to keep those around her happy, often forcing her own discomfort and unhappiness beneath the surface and putting others first.
She also tends to be rather quiet, and often fades into the background and is easily overlooked. She is surprisingly dependent on those around her, especially her brother; friends often say her world revolves around him.
HISTORY Shizuka and her brother grew up in a damaged, and eventually broken, household. With a drunken father and nervous mother, the violence eventually got too much, and Shizuka was whisked away by her mother, leaving her brother to deal with the drunken rages on his own. Their mother apparently actively kept the two of them apart, though it’s never explained why; it could be because she thought he would turn out like his father, or that they simply did not get along, or she thought the siblings were TOO close. There is plenty of speculation but no solid answers. However, Shizuka refuses to discuss what occurred during the time period they still remained a family.
Several years later, Shizuka’s eyesight began to fail her, and it became evident that the only way to save it was an expensive procedure that they could not afford. Sending a video greeting to her brother, she told him about it, and said that she missed him. Jou then embarked on a Dueling Tournament to win her the money for the surgery. However, the day of the surgery, he was waylaid by thugs and was late. Shizuka steadfastly refused to go through with the surgery without her big brother there, locking herself in her hospital room until he showed up. Only then did she have the courage to go through with it. Afterwards, too frightened to take off the bandages covering her eyes, it was only in a time when her brother was in mortal danger that she found the courage to do so.
Tagging along with her brother throughout the remainder of the Battle City Finals, Shizuka was forced to branch out from her comfort zone when faced not only with hyper-realistic duels - though she maintains that the creatures weren't real, just a product of Kaiba Corporation's technology - but a lengthy jaunt inside a virtual reality world where her mistakes cost Honda his body, and watching not only Mai fall in a duel and slip into a strange coma, but her own dear brother as well. She spent the remainder of the Finals sitting vigil by Mai and her brother.
Upon applying to - and being accepted by - multiple universities, Shizuka had a decision to make: to return to Domino City, or branch out and see the rest of the world. Given the immense pressure, emotional and financial, from her mother, Shizuka had almost no choice in the matter, and wound up attending Harmony University, who had offered her a substantial scholarship.
The location is picture perfect, the crime rate practically non-existent, and Shizuka spends a good deal of her free time attempting to convince her brother to at least visit her. Though half a world away, the siblings do everything they can to keep in touch, despite Jounouchi's relative computer illiteracy.
Her first semester of university, Shizuka stayed in the campus dorms; at the beginning of her second semester, however, she secured a part-time position at a local coffee shop, earning enough income to secure a decent off-campus apartment and not have to stress every month about the rent. Living on her own is still an adventure, given her lack of independence, but she hides her worries beneath a sunny smile and counts herself lucky to have such an easy job.
She has always been a decent, if dedicated, student. She does her best work when she is allowed one-on-one time with a teacher to handle things she isn’t quite grasping.