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What To Hate About Sugar Sugar Rune Episode 5?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 No comments:
What happened in episode 5 of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno? What’s there to like and dislike about this particular episode?

(*Warning for possible spoilers for said show)

If only one word can be used to describe Sugar Sugar Rune episode 5, then that word would have to be ‘useless’. We can also use ‘pointless’. ‘Filler’ definitely fits as well because, yup, this episode was nothing but filler.
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Seriously, it served absolutely no point whatsoever. It wasn’t humorous, fun, or amusing though it desperately tries to be. All its attempts just fall flat though because everything seems contrived like Chocolat Meilleure / Kato making Duke, her familiar, and Blanca, her best friend’s familiar, pretend to be Robin, their guardian, to entertain their teacher instead of waiting for him to get back home.

This episode didn’t even tell us anything new. It just repeated what we already know like how Vanilla Mieux / Ice has no trouble getting hearts for the Queen Selection Contest because guys find her cute and smart and generally likable. In contrast, Kato can’t get any hearts, but, again, we already know that.

This epi also told us that Mochizuki-sensei, their homeroom teacher, is in love with Rockin’ Robin, which we already know from, like, the first episode when we first met said teacher.

So, basically, this entire episode could have been deleted and the audience wouldn’t have missed a thing because it didn’t serve to further the plot at all and wasn’t even the least bit fun. What do you think?

*Note:
- Pic is from Amazon.com; link shown above

What To Like And Dislike About The Hayato-Manabe Scene In Sugar Sugar Rune?

Thursday, May 18, 2017 No comments:
In episode 4 of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno, Karen Manabe and Hayato-kun, classmates of the main characters, have a bit of a romantic scene courtesy of Chocolat and Vanilla, the main characters. What can be said about this scene? What’s there to like and dislike about this scene?

Thanks to Chocolat Meilleure / Kato running around using the Lipstick of Truth on people without their explicit permission, Karen Manabe ends up messing up the Romeo and Juliet play that she’d worked so hard on. She also ends up inadvertently revealing her feelings for Hayato-kun.
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Understandably, an embarrassed and hurt (way to mess up, Chocolat) Manabe runs off. Hayato follows after her. Chocolat and Vanilla Mieux / Ice do the same. The latter 2 hide up in a tree and watch what was supposed to be a private scene between 2 people who needed to sort things out between them.

I didn’t find that amusing at all. I mean, why does Kato and Ice have to intrude on something that has nothing to do with them? Why are they acting like such voyeurs and meddling in affairs that don’t and shouldn’t concern them?

Oh, sure, one can argue that they were there to help. But, while they did use their magic, I really don’t think what they did can be called helping. I mean, they made the cherry blossoms (sakuras) bloom. But, so what? Why should that change anything?

Sure, Hayato and Manabe met when they were kids and when the flowers were in bloom, but why does having the flowers bloom now change anything between them?
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Technically, realistically, even if the flowers bloomed, it shouldn’t change anything between the 2, like if Hayato doesn’t have feelings for Manabe, then seeing the flowers bloom wouldn’t suddenly make him fall for her now, would it?

Regardless of that, I did think the scene between the 2 was pretty cute. And I’m glad that the show decided to leave things ambiguous on Hayato’s part. We know that Manabe likes him, but we don’t know for sure if Hayato feels the same way because he doesn’t say anything.

I think that’s fine and it’s definitely much better than having him explicitly say that he returns her feelings because that kind of thing can’t always happen. Sometimes, you might like someone, but that person just doesn’t feel the same way about you.

And that sucks and that’s horrible, but that’s life. So, at the very least, the Hayato-Manabe scene had a bit of realism in it. What do you think?

*Notes:
- Both Sugar Sugar Rune pics are from Amazon.com; links shown above

What's Wrong With Chocolat Using The Lipstick Of Truth In Sugar Sugar Rune?

Friday, May 12, 2017 No comments:
In episode 4 of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno, Chocolat, the main character, gets her hands on an item known as the Lipstick of Truth.

When used on someone, it can compel them to tell the truth, to share their true feelings. What’s wrong with this? What’s the problem with Chocolat using this item?
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The scenes with the Lipstick of Truth are likely meant to be humorous, so the audience will laugh at the antics of the characters, but, IMHO, there is absolutely nothing amusing in these scenes.

I don’t like how Chocolat Meilleure / Kato used the Lipstick of Truth because she just went around and used it on anyone she wanted to without asking them for their permission. There was no consent at all.

They didn’t even know anything about the lipstick or what it was capable of. It was just used on them all of the sudden without their consent or permission. How is that a good thing? It’s despicable, isn’t it?

There are some things that people don’t want to talk about. It isn’t fair, right or just that Chocolat should force people to speak about their true feelings without even asking them if that’s what they want to do.

It’s their body, their life, their feelings, so they should have the freedom to choose what they want to do instead of having the main character go around forcing them to tell the truth for her sole amusement.
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The only person who knew what Chocolat was up to and who was willing to have the lipstick used on her was Vanilla Mieux / Ice. It was her choice to use the lipstick, but what about everyone else that Chocolat used it on? Did she even think about the consequences for her rash actions?

Thanks to her using the Lipstick of Truth on Karen Manabe, she ended up embarrassing herself, not just in front of the guy she likes (Hayato-kun), but also in front of her friends, classmates and everyone else watching their rendition of Romeo and Juliet.

Seriously, Chocolat should be ashamed of herself for what she did. She should be the one apologizing for ruining the play. But, no. Instead, we have Manabe apologizing for something she didn’t do, for something that’s really all Kato’s fault.

If Chocolat hadn’t used the lipstick, if she hadn’t butted her nose in other people’s business, the play wouldn’t have to be ruined. Seeing Manabe crying and saying “I’m sorry” makes you feel bad for her especially because she really worked hard on this play.

She was so enthusiastic and she really wanted it to be a success. Now, thanks to Chocolat’s rash actions, everything was ruined. If anyone should be apologizing here, it should be Kato and not Manabe. What do you think?

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