Hi. Can you make an analysis on ciel- lizzy relationship and Ciel -sieglinde.
I usually stay out of the shipping wars.
Truth is, my thoughts on each of those ships will probably upset both sides of the debate LOL….
First off, let me preface this by explaining that I’m a strong supporter of twin theory. I think the real Ciel was sacrificed at the demon-summoning ritual “that day” (when the contract was made), and that our earl is actually the younger, physically weaker twin… who took his brother’s name for reasons not yet fully understood. I have a few main ideas for why he would do this: 1. It might be harder to get the estate back and the earldom if he’s the weaker, sickly brother. It might stay with the crown or go to the Midfords. 2. Our earl might have just plain been jealous of his brother (like Jacob was of Esau)… and greedy, wanting everything easily – the estate, the title, the girl that would have married Ciel. Claiming to be Ciel and hiding his health problems would be the “easy”, quick fix. 3. He might have really wanted Lizzie for himself, and her betrothal to Ciel would not simply transfer to him the same way as real estate or titles…. The original betrothal would have died with the real Ciel, and her parents *might* have arranged for her to marry into another family instead of marrying our earl. These reasons overlap, and the truth might be some combination of them. Now to your specific question.
Lizzie was betrothed to Ciel… the real Ciel, and (like I said) I don’t think that’s our earl. The real Ciel was happy to be betrothed to Lizzie, but only because he thought she was “cute” and super-girly. Her mother, Frances, was “scary” to him; he didn’t want a strong, independent woman to be his wife. This is the whole reason why Lizzie rebelled against her mother over fencing lessons… and why, once those lessons resumed, she kept it a secret from Ciel (and his twin). This secretive behavior continued when the earl (calling himself “Ciel”) returned to the manor, as Lizzie maintained this weak, girlish facade and chose to wear the low-heeled/flat shoes. It’s interesting that Yana-san has said that Vincent tried to look more youthful than he was because Rachel was so much younger than him. Here, Lizzie is doing something similar, trying to maintain this childish appearance because she thinks that’s what “Ciel” wants. @akumadeenglish did a translation of a post Yana-san wrote about Vincent trying to look younger for Rachel….
But things have changed, and our earl has a different worldview than his older twin. He sees value in having a future wife who can stand up for herself and (in a pinch) even protect him. This is why Frances wanted Lizzie to be strong to begin with… not so much to be with a husband who needs her protection… but to be able to fight if necessary, since the role of Queen’s Watchdog is dangerous, and being the wife of the Queen’s Watchdog is dangerous, too. If that were not the case, Vincent would likely still be dead, but Rachel might have been left alive. The order to attack the manor wasn’t just to take out the earl; it was to destroy his entire household (him, his family, his servants) and even the house itself. Frances knew what she was about, and our earl knows first-hand the dangers of his office. He found Lizzie’s forced girlishness to be over-the-top and off-putting. I think he’s a better match with Lizzie than the real Ciel would have ever been.
But here’s where the Cielizzie peeps might get upset – I doubt they will actually end up married. If my pet Mother3 theory pans out, our earl won’t be marrying anyone, at least not before the series ends. Either the earl dies before he can turn 14 (and yes, I know that’s only about a month of timeline away), or the series just plain ends at about that same time (again, I know that only gives us about a month of timeline) with him alive. If he’s still alive at the end of the series, that means Sebastian was either unable to fulfill the contract… or unable to devour the earl’s soul due to some loophole in the contract. Even if he somehow survives this, the earl isn’t likely to get married. In order to get out of the contract he might have to give up his humanity (this includes theories about him becoming a demon).
There’s also the strong possibility that Lizzie breaks the betrothal agreement. Once she finds out she’s been duped by the earl, she might decide she doesn’t want him. True, she might realize he’s a better match for her than the real Ciel ever would have been, but the deception of him pretending to be her intended husband is on a completely different level than her pretending to be a weak little girl…. Perhaps she ends up choosing her own husband (with her family’s blessing). The best news I can give for the Lizzie fans is that I expect her to live and to be her independent, individualistic self (though even Mother3 theory doesn’t promise her survival). Like her mother, she might end up with someone *else* who can *also* admire her for her strengths. Not like it’s my OTP or anything, but I could totally see her (eventually, when she’s a bit older) with someone like Charles Phipps…. Their age difference wouldn’t matter at all once she’s “of age”, and this would be an advantageous match for both of their families….
Like Lizzie, I expect Sieglinde to survive the series (her counterpart/parallel in Mother3 lives, too.) However, as you can probably imagine, I don’t see our earl getting together with Sieglinde, either. There’s the whole “he might never marry” idea (as stated above), but they might not even be the really good match they *seem* to be. Though Sieglinde is a force to be reckoned with and could totally handle him – and that would be much like Vincent getting together with the rather masculine-minded Rachel (something Yana-san has explained in The Character Guide) – the earl might not develop such feelings for her. Honestly, Sieglinde might not be willing to settle for anyone; her undying curiosity and desire for knowledge might overtake her life. She really is a lot like Rachel – physically frail but sharp as a tack (and a bit dirty-minded), but she might choose to focus on research rather than marry anyone. Not that she couldn’t try to do both (Madam Red sure tried to have both a career and a family), but it might not be terribly feasible. If she were to marry, then it would probably be to someone who shares her specific interests…. I can see her just retaining Wolfram as her butler (and sometime lab assistant) and spending the rest of her life getting her kicks from learning and inventing. Maybe they travel a lot, since she wants to “see the world”….
I hope I don’t get (too much) hate mail for this LOL!
Thanks for the ask :)