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How Sugar Sugar Rune's Chocolat Can Be Insensitive?

Monday, October 16, 2017 No comments:
Chocolat Meilleure / Kato, the main character of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno, can sometimes be insensitive and inconsiderate of other people's feelings. Why is that?

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Sugar Sugar Rune episode 3

Let's take a look at the third episode of the anime as an example. In this episode, Nishitani, one of Chocolat's friends and classmates, requests an interview from her. She agrees. Nishitani is very happy about this because he has a crush on her. In fact, his heart had turned orange for her. The interview takes place at the library. Nishitani asks questions and Chocolat answers.

Does Chocolat care?

Kato answers Nishitani's questions in seemingly the most bored way possible. She doesn't elaborate on her answers. She's hardly paying attention to the guy. In fact, when Pierre Tempête de Neige passes by their table, what little attention she has for Nishitani disappears as she focuses entirely on Pierre.

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This makes her come across as insensitive, uncaring and inconsiderate of other people's feelings. If she didn't want to be interviewed, why did she say yes when Nishitani asked? She's not the shy type. She's fiery and aggressive and outspoken, so she has no problems saying no. Instead of leading the poor guy on, why not just say no and be done with it?

Does Chocolat know about Nishitani's feelings for her?

Chocolat should have an idea that Nishitani has feelings for her since she saw his heart turn orange. In fact, she planned to take his heart. Knowing the boy has a crush on her, why would she treat him this way?

Love in Sugar Sugar Rune

Maybe Chocolat's actions can be excused because she's far too young to know about love, because she's still just a kid, because she doesn't really get how this works. Except using these kinds of excuses would present a bigger problem in the narrative.

If Kato is too young to understand love (and she is. She's an elementary student. She's only 10, if I remember correctly), why is the show trying to shove her and Pierre into a romantic relationship? If she's just a kid (and she is), why is she so obsessed with Pierre who is in middle school and is much older than her? How can she be in love with Pierre if she doesn't really know how it works?

But if we say that she does know about love and how it works even though she's far too young, then how would that explain why she basically ignored Nishitani and why she treated him in such an uncaring and cold manner?

Queen selection contest

The queen contest should also be taken into consideration. Chooclat and Vanilla Mieux / Ice, her best friend, had been sent to the human world to collect hearts. Whoever collects the most hearts will win the competition and become the next queen of the magical world.

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Acquiring hearts means or entails changing or manipulating people's feelings. If they have a crush on you or they like you or think they're in love with you, their hearts will change color. You can then collect these hearts. In Nishitani's case, his orange heart eventually turns pink for Kato. She collects this heart as part of the contest.

Now, if we say that the girls (Vanilla and Chocolat) are too young for love, wouldn't this also mean that they are far too young for this contest? If they don't know how this works, they shouldn't be participating in this contest.

Problem with Chocolat?

Regardless of the reasons or what Kato does and does not know, she still shouldn't have ignored Nishitani during the interview. Besides, even if we say she doesn't know about love and don't bother taking into consideration how she's falling for Pierre and how she has to collect hearts for the contest, she should at least know how to treat a friend.

She should know that ignoring Nishitani and paying more attention to someone who is merely passing by is not how one treats a friend. She could at least try to look more interested when Nishitani is talking to her instead of looking bored. She could have put more effort in answering his questions. She could have been more enthusiastic about the whole thing, which shouldn't be hard for her since she's usually the life of the party.

Her actions during this scene were uncaring, cold and insensitive. They're not the actions of a friend. She doesn't need to return Nishitani's feelings. However, at the very least, she could have been more of a friend to him. She could have treated him right.

Your thoughts and opinions

What do you think about this? Do you think Kato can be inconsiderate of other people's feelings at times? Do you think she's too young to know and understand love?

I talk more about this in this post here on Soyuz Mir. I'd have moved this one here on Anime Archives (Anime Meta) too, but it's already got some comments and notes on Tumblr, so I decided to keep it there indefinitely. I'm mentioning it here for reference as the rest of the anime posts on there will eventually be moved here.

*Notes:
- Pics are from Amazon.com; links shown above

1 Disturbing Thing About The Sugar Sugar Rune ChocolatxPierre Romance

Thursday, October 05, 2017 No comments:
Sugar Sugar Rune is an anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno. The main character of the show is Chocolat Meilleure / Kato. She ends up falling in love with Pierre Tempête de Neige. What's wrong with this? What makes their romantic relationship weird, creepy and disturbing?
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Chocolat's age

Chocolat Kato is just a kid. She's in elementary school. Her actions show how young she is at every turn. She can be immature. Even her appearance shows just how young she is. She's very short and her chest is flat.
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Pierre's age

In contrast to that, Pierre Tempête de Neige appears to be so much older than Kato. He's actually in middle school, but the way he acts, it's like he's an adult already. He looks so mature especially when compared to Chocolat. Even his appearance makes him look like an adult. He's so tall, way taller than Chocolat.

Age difference between Chocolat and Pierre

Seeing them side-by-side shows the stark difference between their ages. Chocolat is like a baby while Pierre is like an adult. It doesn't seem right for them to be together. And yet the show has them falling for each other.

It would have been so much better, not to mention far less creepier, had the two been closer in age. At the very least, Kato could have been in middle school like Pierre, so it wouldn't be so bad.
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Your thoughts and opinions?

What do you think about this? Do you think the age difference between Pierre and Chocolat is too much? Do you think Pierre is too old for Kato? Do you think Meilleure is too young for Pierre? Do you think it's right for them to end up together?

I talk more about this issue in this post here on Soyuz Mir. I'd have moved this one here on Anime Archives (Anime Meta) too, but it's already got some comments and notes on Tumblr, so I decided to keep it there indefinitely. I'm mentioning it here for reference as the rest of the anime posts on there will eventually be moved here.

*Notes:
- Pics are from Amazon.com; links shown above

Problems With The Sugar Sugar Rune Magic System

Sunday, September 24, 2017 No comments:
The Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno has an interesting and fascinating magic system. Unfortunately, there are some problems with it. What are these problems? What's wrong with the magic system of this show?
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Lack of information

Sugar Sugar Rune's magic system would have been so much more interesting if we had more information about it. The Magical World has all these cool things and the characters with magic can do all sorts of things, but we viewers hardly know how any of this works.

We barely know anything. Pretty much nothing is expounded or elaborated on. And it's such a shame. Because this information would have added to the world building of Sugar Sugar Rune.

Wands in Sugar Sugar Rune

Some of the magical characters in Sugar Sugar Rune have wands. This includes Chocolat Meilleure / Kato, the main character, Vanilla Mieux / Ice, her best friend, and Queen Candy, the current queen of the Magical World and the mother of Vanilla. The question now is do all the people from the Magical World have wands or is it only the witches or women?
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Rockin' Robin, Chocolat and Vanilla's guardian in the Human World, is also from the Magical World. He has magic, but, so far, we've never seen him with a wand. Is it because he's male? There's also the fact that the wands we've seen so far all look different from each other. For instance, Kato's wand is topped with a heart while Ice's has a diamond. But why is that? We don't know. There's no explanation at all.

Which is really too bad because this could have been really interesting. This could have been an opportunity for us to find out more about the Magical World of Sugar Sugar Rune as well as how the magic in this world works. I mean, let's take a look at the Harry Potter series of fantasy books by J.K. Rowling for comparison.

All the magical characters in the HP series have wands, not just the females. Their wands are similar too in that they are made of wood and a core. The type of wood and core as well as the length of the stick may differ, but that's because 'the wand chooses the wizard'. As we can see, in the HP series, there are rules for these things. In contrast to that, Sugar Sugar Rune seemingly has no rules at all, so the Magical World in this series doesn't feel as fleshed-out.

Spells in Sugar Sugar Rune

It seems that the magical characters in Sugar Sugar Rune can use magic by saying an incantation. For instance, in Chocolat's case, she says the words, "Sugar Sugar Rune Choco Rune" and then stuff happens.

In Vanilla's case, she says the words, "Sugar Sugar Rune Vani Rune". The problem with this is that this incantation seems to be capable of doing pretty much anything. Whenever the characters need to use their magic, they say these words.
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What are the rules? What are the limits? Does this mean they can do anything? Again, we don't know because the show doesn't seem to care about all these details unlike in the Harry Potter series where there are different kinds of spells that allow witches and wizards to do different things.

So, for example, if you want to make something float, you'll say "Wingardium Leviosa" and not "Alohomora" or something. In the HP series, there's a method to these things. Too bad it's not like that in Sugar Sugar Rune.

Magical outfits in Sugar Sugar Rune

Chocolat and Vanilla have magical outfits. It seems that they can't use their magic without transforming. To transform, they use the exact same incantation they use whenever they try to use magic.

The question is how come they need to be in a magical outfit before they can use their magic? We've seen Robin use his magic without having to transform and change his clothes. So is it that only women need to transform before being able to use their magic? Who knows?
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Your thoughts and opinions?

What do you think about all this? What do you think about the magic system of Sugar Sugar Rune? Do you find it lacking? Do you think it could have been so much better and more interesting had we been given more information about it and had it been fleshed-out some more?

I talk more about this in this post here on Soyuz Mir. I'd have moved this one here on Anime Archives (Anime Meta) too, but it's already got some comments and notes on Tumblr, so I decided to keep it there indefinitely. I'm mentioning it here for reference as the rest of the anime posts on there will eventually be moved here.

*Notes:
- Pics are from Amazon.com; links shown above