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Why Sugar Sugar Rune's Chocolat Is A Bad Queen Candidate?

Tuesday, November 07, 2017 No comments:
Chocolat Meilleure / Kato is the main character in the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno. How come we can say she's not fit to be a queen candidate or that she's not the best choice for the queen selection contest?

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Queen Selection Contest

In Sugar Sugar Rune, Chocolat and Vanilla Mieux / Ice, her best friend, have been sent to the human world for the queen selection contest. They've been tasked to collect hearts from humans. Whoever collects the most hearts will win the contest and become the next queen of the magical world.

Does Chocolat want to be queen?

We soon find out that Cinnamon Meilleure, Kato's mother, was a former queen candidate alongside Queen Candy, the current queen of the magical world and Vanilla's mother. Chocolat is always going on about how she wants to win the contest for her mom. This appears to be what motivates her, what gets her to compete with her own best friend.

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This is all we get though. And it's not enough. All Chocolat says is her mom used to be a queen candidate, so she wants to be one as well. She wants to win because her mom didn't win. But her reasoning seems incomplete. Like, so what if Cinnamon used to be a queen candidate? Why does that have to mean that Chocolat should be a queen candidate as well? Does Kato want to win to make her mother proud?

Does Chocolat really want to win the contest?

One of the issues with Sugar Sugar Rune is how the main character says one thing, but her actions show another. We have Chocolat saying she wants to win the contest for her mother, and yet, even when she's losing, she doesn't seem to care. It's like she's not trying hard enough to get hearts.

Like, during that episode where Nishitani, one of her friends and classmates, interviews her. He has a crush on Kato, so his heart turns orange for her. She should have gotten his heart right away. But she didn't. She ended up missing numerous opportunities to get his heart. One of the reasons was because she forgot. Does that sound believable to you? If the contest was really important to her, would she really forget to get someone's heart?

Chocolat's heart problem

Kato has a hard time getting hearts. She could have exerted more effort into the task. She could have tried harder. But she doesn't seem to care. It seems like she spends a lot more time thinking about Pierre Tempête de Neige instead of figuring out how to get more hearts.

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Sure, she also thinks about getting the guy's heart, but that doesn't change anything. Because it's obvious that she won't be able to get Pierre's heart easily. As such, shouldn't she focus on what would allow her to get hearts faster, so she can catch up to Vanilla who now has way more hearts than her?

Chocolat wasting hearts

Considering Kato has a hard time getting hearts, it would make sense for her to treasure every single one she gets, right? Except that's not what happens. She wastes what few hearts she has on useless items like the Lipstick of Truth. How can this help her get more hearts? She didn't even use it on herself.

Your thoughts and opinions?

What do you think about this? Do you think Chocolat isn't taking the queen selection contest seriously enough? Do you think she's not a good queen candidate? Do you think she should exert more effort into collecting hearts?

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

Why Sugar Sugar Rune's Pierre And Chocolat Like Each Other?

Friday, October 27, 2017 No comments:
Chocolat Meilleure / Kato is the main character of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno. She's being romantically paired with Pierre Tempête de Neige. What's wrong with this? How come it doesn't make sense for the two to be together or for the two to like / be in love with each other?

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Difference in ages

There's a huge age difference between Chocolat and Pierre. She's an elementary school student (only 10 years old, if I remember correctly) while he's in middle school. But if you see them standing right next to each other, the difference in ages can be really glaring. He's way taller than her. She barely reaches up to his shoulders.

He also looks older, like way older than a middle school student. It doesn't help that Kato has a tendency to act like a kid sometimes, which makes sense because she is a kid. Sure, kids can have crushes, but could it really be called love? Is she really ready to fall in love? And what about Pierre? Why would he fall for a kid?

Pierre and Chocolat are incompatible

The two also don't come across as compatible. This can be seen in the way they act. Pierre is cool, calm, and collected. He acts in a mature manner, almost like an adult. He even looks like one. On the other hand, Kato comes across as very childish and immature.

Why the sudden interest in each other?

The PierrexChocolat pairing can come across as contrived because it doesn't make sense how they're suddenly interested in each other. At times, it seems like the anime is trying to shove the romance between these two down the viewers' throats.

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Haven't watched the entirety of the series yet (I'm in like episode 20 or so), but, from what we've been shown so far, it seems odd for the two to be so interested in each other. At this point, they barely know anything about each other.

Chocolat's crush on Pierre

When they first met, they hardly said anything to each other. Chocolat assumes Pierre was trying to steal something that belongs to her, so she's furious at him. And yet this fury somehow suddenly turns into what appears to be obsession. It feels like she's suddenly into him.

Sure, she says she's not interested and she acts all tough, but then you see her blushing when they talk to each other. Then there are the episodes where they are together like the fencing episode and even the episode where she turns into an older woman.

It's like, where is this interest coming from? Why the sudden crush on him? Because he's hot? It's cliche how Kato is apparently the only girl who isn't affected by Pierre. We're shown how the rest of the girls are all fawning over him, but Chocolat acts like she doesn't care. Except we all know the truth is she does care.

Pierre's interest in Chocolat

Pierre displays a sudden interest too. He acts all disinterested at first, which makes sense because they don't know each other. But then we get scenes like the good morning episode where girls fawn over him, but he only has eyes for Chocolat. He greets her ohayou, but why? At this point, they don't know each other. Their first meeting could hardly be called a meeting since it wasn't like they introduced themselves and got to know each other or anything. So why the sudden greeting?

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Romance in Sugar Sugar Rune

It seems contrived, like they just have to fall for each other. It's also cliche because of how the guy is going to end up falling for the only girl who is supposedly not fawning all over him. Maybe he finds her intriguing because she's not showing interest. Except Chocolat is interested. And it doesn't seem realistic how she's the only one who is supposedly not interested. As if the cliche romance isn't enough, Pierre is also turned into a Gary Stu with how perfect he is and how everyone loves him.

The entire romantic relationship could have been done better. It could have been developed in a more natural and realistic manner so it would make sense and not come across as contrived. Making Chocolat older would also go a long way in making things believable.

Your thoughts and opinions?

What do you think about this? Do you think it makes sense for these two to be a couple? Do you think it makes sense for them to like or be in love with each other? Or do you think this could have been done better?

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

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