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Sugar Sugar Rune’s Chocolat Meilleure Versus Harry Potter’s Lily Evans

Thursday, October 06, 2016
Also known as, “Using magic for pointless reasons?”

What’s with the usage of magic for pointless reasons in the Sugar Sugar Rune anime series by Moyoco Anno? It’s like using magic only for the sake of showing it off to us, the audience, or something. But, then again, at least we can say that Chocolat Meilleure / Kato’s actions are much better than what Lily Evans (from the Harry Potter series of books by J.K. Rowling) did, right?

(*Warning for possible spoilers for episode 1 of Sugar Sugar Rune and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)

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In episode 1 of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime, we see one of the students in Chocolat’s school teasing one of the other students. The redheaded witch attempts to use magic in order to stop this.

But did she really have to use magic? Don’t you think that that seemed too extreme, not to mention pointless?

Of course, it was right for her to want to stop the teasing, but, why couldn’t she just talk to them? Why did she have to resort to using magic? The boys were already scared of her anyway, so it’s highly likely that they would have listened to her had she spoken to them. In fact, that’s exactly what happened.


When Chocolat’s spell failed, she used her words to get everyone to stop with the teasing and it did work, so what’s with the need to use magic in the first place? That part seemed contrived, like we just had to see Chocolat’s transformation sequence and the magic usage thing.

On the other hand, I did like how active Kato was in this situation. It’s so much better than what Lily Evans did when faced with a similar, but so much worse, situation.

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In the Snape’s Worst Memory scene in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Severus Snape, Lily Evans’ best friend, is bullied by the Marauders.

It’s 2 (4 and more if you count Peter Pettigrew and Remus Lupin as well as everyone else who were happily watching someone get hurt while standing by and doing absolutely nothing about it) against 1 and Snape was on the losing side.

He was being humiliated and bullied and teased and made fun of in front of a crowd of people. It’s horrible.

Lily Evans steps forward to “help.” Guess what she does? But, first, let’s look at it this way: if you see a really good friend of yours, your best friend, being bullied and hurt, what will you do?

You’d run over to where said friend is, right? You’d want to help them up and ask them if they’re okay. Maybe you’d stand in front of them in a protective way, trying to shield them from their enemies/tormentors.

Basically, whatever else it is that you decide to do, there’s no way that that wouldn’t include helping your friend up and asking them if they’re okay, right? That’s what friends do. That should be a given, right?

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Well, unfortunately, that’s not the case with Lily Evans at all. She sees her best friend, Severus Snape, being bullied by the Marauders and she approaches them.

However, instead of going over to Snape, cancelling the spell on him, helping him up and asking if he’s okay, she goes to James Potter and proceeds to shout at him and demand that he cancel the spell that he has on Snape.

What’s up with that? No, seriously. She’s a witch. She has magic. She has a wand. Doesn’t she know how to use it? Why didn’t she help Severus herself?

More than that, even if she didn’t know how to stop the spell on him, how come she never even bothered to ask him if he was okay? She only focused on James in this scene. The only time she spoke to Snape was to insult him and further humiliate him before leaving him to his bullies.

Why’d she give up on him so easily? Maybe if she’d helped out Snape right away and got him out of there before his bullies made things worse for him, he wouldn’t have had a chance to say that he didn’t need help from her.

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But, really, if the way she helped him involved her talking to James and ignoring him, then maybe he really didn’t need her help at all.

Chocolat may have overreacted in trying to help someone and it may have been silly for her to use her magic in such a situation (especially since she was only up against humans), but she’s infinitely more admirable than Evans who didn’t really do anything at all.

At least Chocolat was proactive about this and when her magic didn’t really help, she used her words and made the boys listen to her. She made them stop.

That’s more than what can be said about Lily Evans who didn’t even manage to help Severus. She just made things worse for him and she left him to his bullies. How despicable. What do you think about all this?

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