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Problems With The Use Of Spells In Sugar Sugar Rune

Thursday, September 01, 2016
After seeing the first episode of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime series by Moyoco Anno, all I can say is that the magic system in said show is very confusing, to say the least. Seriously, what’s with the spells or the usage of spells?

(*Warning for possible spoilers for episode 1 of Sugar Sugar Rune)

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Chocolat Meilleure / Kato used the spell or incantation “Sugar Sugar Rune Choco Rune” to transform into her magical witch outfit.

But we can’t actually say that the above spell is only for transformation purposes because of the following:

  • Chocolat tries to summon the guard dog of hell
  • She tries to stop herself and her best friend, Vanilla Mieux / Ice, from falling out of the sky when they first arrived in the Human World

Guess what spell she uses to do the above tasks? Yep, it’s still “Sugar Sugar Rune Choco Rune”. So, what’s with that spell then? What is it for? Some all-around spell or something?

That’s not the spell that Robin uses though (for instance, he says, “Fleur Tempete,” when he summons flowers to catch Chocolat and Vanilla and prevent them from falling to their deaths), which implies that “Sugar Sugar Rune Choco Rune” isn’t an all-around spell and that there are actually a lot of other spells.

But if that’s the case, then how come Chocolat only uses that spell? We can say that maybe that’s because that’s the only spell that she knows, but that doesn’t answer the question of exactly what that spell is for. Using that spell:

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So, what’s up with that? It’s so weird and confusing, isn’t it?

Let’s compare and contrast that with other series like, for instance, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. The witches and wizards in said series use spells too.

But there are spells for everything and each of these spells have a purpose, so if, for example, you say, “Wingardium Leviosa,” you’ll be able to make objects fly or levitate.

But that’s all you’ll ever be able to do. You can’t use the same spell to do other things like, say, open and unlock doors (you’ll need to use the “Alohomora” spell for that).

So, as we can see, in the HP series, each spell has a purpose. But what about in Sugar Sugar Rune? How does it work in that anime? What do you think?

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