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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

How Come Chocolat Can't Clean Her Own Room In Sugar Sugar Rune?

Saturday, May 06, 2017 No comments:
In episode 4 of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno, Chocolat is too much of a brat to clean her own room. What’s wrong with that?

Seriously, why can’t Chocolat Meilleure / Kato clean her own room? Why does her own best friend have to be the one to do it for her?
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Are we supposed to be amused that Kato can’t even clean her own room, that she’d rather let her best friend do it instead of doing it herself?

Vanilla Mieux / Ice is supposed to be her best friend, not her servant. Seriously, Chocolat was acting like such a brat in this scene. Vanilla asked for her help in cleaning her room, but Kato refused.

She even messed up the room further. She wasn’t even grateful that Ice was doing the work for her. Chocolat really came across as unlikable in this scene. What do you think about her actions?

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

What's Wrong With Vanilla Cleaning Chocolat's Room In Sugar Sugar Rune?

Sunday, April 30, 2017 No comments:
In episode 4 of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno, we see Vanilla cleaning Chocolat’s room. Why does she have to do that? What’s wrong with that?

No, seriously, why does Vanilla Mieux / Ice have to clean Chcolat’s room? Fine, we get it, she’s really nice and kind, etc, etc. But why does that have to mean that she should be the one to clean her best friend’s room?
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She’s not a servant and she’s clearly distressed with having to do it. She even asks Chocolat Meilleure / Kato to help her, but the latter refuses. So, why would Vanilla clean her best friend’s room if she doesn’t want to?

It’s Kato’s room anyway, not hers, so why not just leave it up to her to clean? Why should it be her problem if Chocolat wants to live in a pig sty or something? What do you think?

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

What Makes Chocolat, Sugar Sugar Rune's Main Character, Annoying And Unlikable?

Monday, April 24, 2017 No comments:
"Chocolat-chan, you’re so forcible."
- Vanilla Mieux / Ice

The above quote was said by Vanilla Mieux / Ice in episode 4 of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno, and, unfortunately for main character Chocolat, the words are true and not the least bit amusing. Why’s that?

Chocolat Meilleure / Kato is really, seriously forcible and it’s not amusing at all. She just goes around doing whatever she wants like how she keeps making a mess in her room and not even bothering to help her best friend Vanilla with cleaning up.
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It’s like she makes a mess and expects someone else to clean up after/for her. Then, when Vanilla is rewarded by Robin for a job well done, Chocolat gets to benefit from this reward even though she did absolutely nothing at all to help, much less warrant said reward.

Rockin’ Robin gives Vanilla the Magical World mail catalog as a reward and Ice is kind and generous enough to share it with Kato.

But Meilleure isn’t even grateful for it, like she expects her best friend to share it with her even though she doesn’t deserve it since it wasn’t like she did anything to help with the cleaning.
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If anything, she just made Vanilla’s job harder since she keeps making a mess everywhere and leaving Mieux to clean up after her like a servant.

Then, there’s how Chocolat Kato pretty much just went around using the Lipstick of Truth on other people without asking for their permission. So, yeah, she is definitely forcible (not to mention annoying and unlikable at times) and that’s not a good thing at all. What do you think?

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

Why It Doesn't Make Sense For Chocolat To Have A Hard Time Getting Nishitani's Heart In Sugar Sugar Rune?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 No comments:
Also known as "Problems with Chocolat getting Nishitani's heart" or, to be more precise, "What’s the problem with Chocolat Meilleure / Kato not being able to get Nishitani’s heart right away?" She does eventually get it, but not right away and that makes all the difference. So, what’s wrong with that?

(*Warning for possible spoilers for said show)

In episode 3 of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno, Nishitani, the head of the newspaper club, has a crush on Chocolat, the main character.
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His heart turns orange for her, and, naturally, Kato wants to get his heart. But, due to numerous reasons, she’s not able to get Nishitani’s heart right away. This seems really contrived though. Like, what was stopping her?

In the first episode, she had no problems using her magic in front of everyone when she was trying to summon the guard dog of hell and ended up getting Akira’s (one of her classmates) dog instead.

In the second episode, she readily cast magic in their classroom when Duke, her frog familiar, made the building fly. From the looks of it, there’s no issue with her casting magic or transforming in front of the non-magical people. So, what’s the problem with getting Nishitani’s heart?

And, seriously, how in the world could she forget that one time? That’s such a lame reason for not being able to get Nishitani’s heart right away. Why? It’s because of how important the Queen Contest is to her.

She says she wants to win for the sake of her mother (Cinnamon Meilleure) who didn’t get to be queen of the Magical World. So, for something so important to her, how could she forget? How could she not take this seriously? How does that even compute?
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Then there’s that library scene where Nishitani interviews Chocolat. Right after that interview, she should have been able to get his heart already because it was just the 2 of them there. There wasn’t anyone else.

Pierre Tempête de Neige passed by and left right away, so what was stopping her from getting his heart? Why didn’t she get it? Speaking of the different scenes where Chocolat failed to get Nishitani’s heart, those scenes always seem to mark a new day.

So she’s been failing to get his heart for days. But the question is how come those scenes are the only opportunities or chances that she has to get his heart, like with him giving her the book or showing her the pictures?

They’re classmates. They share the same classes. And school doesn’t end in a few hours, all of which means she should have plenty of chances to take his heart. So, why doesn’t she take those other chances then? Why doesn’t she look for him?

Speaking of looking - when Nishitani was looking for her in that one scene, she doesn’t have a reason to hide from him and she says so herself, so why in the world did she hide from him then? She could have gotten his heart then. Seriously, doesn’t this all seem rather contrived? What do you think?

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

Why It's Wrong For Chocolat To Be Thinking About Pierre In Sugar Sugar Rune Episode 3?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 No comments:
In episode 3 of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno, Chocolat, the main female character, and Pierre, the main male character, see each other.

Or, to be more precise, Chocolat’s in the library and Pierre happens to pass by. Cue the obligatory flashback scene as Chocolat automatically thinks about Pierre. What’s wrong with this?

(*Warning for possible spoilers for said show)

Chocolat Meilleure / Kato is annoyed by the fact that Pierre passed by her in the library and completely ignored her and didn’t even say hi to her. She’s so bothered by this, but I really don’t see why. Seriously, why is this even an issue?
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The 2 of them have barely spoken to each other. They can’t even be considered friends. They’re not in the same class. They’re not classmates. They’re not even the same age. He’s in middle school. She's in elementary school.

And he’s not pursuing her or courting her. So, why should it bother Kato so much that he’s ignoring her? Why should he be obligated to talk to her? Why does Chocolat have to think about Pierre Tempête de Neige?

She says she doesn’t like him, so why is she thinking about him then? Why doesn’t she just ignore him? Why does she suddenly want to take his heart? Where did that even come from? Seriously?

It’s clear that she’s already developing feelings for him, that she already likes him and it’s like where did that even come from? They don’t know each other. Is it because he’s handsome and good-looking? That’s so lame and shallow.
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Besides, she’s going on about being irritated by him and supposedly not liking him and yet she wants to take his heart. LOL. The worst part is I can already see where this is going. They’re the main characters. Obviously, they’re going to end up together. Meh.

The problem is, so far, at this point, they’re not yet believable as a couple. Right now, it all just sounds so contrived and unbelievable especially if you take into consideration that they’ve hardly spoken and they don’t know anything about each other.

Pierre hasn’t even expressed any interest in her whatsoever (I’d still like to think that that ‘good morning’ scene wasn’t entirely directed at Chocolat because that’s just lame and reeks of main character favoritism, not to mention it doesn’t make sense because Kato wasn’t the only girl in that scene). So, what about you? What do you think?

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

What To Hate About The Pierre And Chocolat Library Scene In Sugar Sugar Rune Episode 3?

Thursday, April 06, 2017 No comments:
In episode 3 of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno, there’s a scene where Pierre Tempête de Neige, the main male character, and Chocolat Meilleure / Kato, the main female character, see each other in the library. What’s wrong with this scene?

(*Warning for possible spoilers for said show)

Chocolat Kato is interviewed by Nishitani, one of her classmates, for the school newspaper in episode 3 of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime. They conduct the interview in the library. While she’s being interviewed, Pierre happens to pass by her.
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He ignores her, but she notices him. Meilleure is upset that she’s being ignored. She gets all mad about it. But I don’t see why she should feel that way. So what if Pierre ignored her? It’s not like they’re friends or anything, so why would he even talk to her? They’re not even in the same class.

And she seemed so sure that Pierre said “good morning” to her the other day and that annoys me because, seriously, why is she so sure that he was talking to her? She wasn’t the only girl there at that time.

What if he was actually talking to Vanilla Mieux / Ice or to some of the other girls there? Why does it have to be Chocolat just because she’s the main character? Why does she have to act so entitled as if Pierre can’t say “god morning” to anyone else but her?
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Also, seriously, why does Chocolat act like she’s so into Pierre already with how upset and mad she is that he ignored her when he saw her in the library? Why does she like him already? Is it because he’s good-looking? They’ve barely spoken to each other.

She gets all bothered that he ignores her and walks past her without talking to her and I’m like, they’re not friends. They have no reason to talk to each other. What does it matter if he ignores her? What’s wrong with Chocolat? Why should she care that he’s ignoring her? What do you think?

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

How Does The Heart System In Sugar Sugar Rune Work?

Friday, March 31, 2017 No comments:
Sugar Sugar Rune is an anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno. Watching episode 3 of the anime brought a lot of questions about its heart system. What are some of these questions and how come the heart system in this show is so confusing?

In Sugar Sugar Rune, magical people, like Chocolat Meilleure / Kato, the main character, can get the hearts of humans or non-magical people. These hearts can turn into different colors like pink, orange and red, depending on the person's feelings.
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For example, in the 3rd episode of the series, Nishitani, one of Chocolat's classmates, had a crush on her and so his heart turned orange for her. Kato could and should have gotten his heart as soon as possible, however, due to various reasons (which seem highly contrived, to say the least), she wasn't able to.

Kato says she'll just get his heart the next day (seriously, she just keeps putting it off and it doesn't seem believable at all since she needs hearts to win the contest to become queen of the magical world). The question now is: can anyone else get Nishitani's heart or does Chocolat have dibs on it for being the one to change it to orange?

How does this whole hearts system work anyway? Is it that the only one who can take a person's heart is the one who changed its color? Or is it that anyone from the magical world can take a person's heart even if they weren't the ones who changed its color?

What about the heart itself? Can it disappear? What if Nishitani gets a crush on someone else? Does this mean that Chocolat can no longer get his heart because he no longer has feelings for her? Or is she still entitled to get his heart even if it's no longer orange because or for her?

Another thing that I wonder about was when Kato was finally able to get Nishitani's heart. By then, the boy's heart had turned pink for her. After the heart had been taken, he no longer has any feelings for her. Other than that, he seemed perfectly fine, which led me to wonder if it was possible for Chocolat to just keep on making him fall for her again and again.

She can then just keep on taking his heart again and again. Doing this should make it easier for her to win the queen selection contest. But is this possible? Can she do this? What's stopping her from doing this? Or if this isn't possible, then why not?

After all, the hearts of humans get taken all the time, but nothing bad seems to happen to them. They don't get sick or anything, so what's stopping magical people from just repeatedly taking their hearts over and over again?

What do you think about this? 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:
- Pic is from Amazon.com; link shown above

The World Tree Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Game Trivia

Saturday, March 25, 2017 No comments:
The World Tree is one of the many cards in the Yu-Gi-Oh! game. What is the meaning of this card? What interesting trivia is there about this card? To see an image of this card as well as what its effect is and what it does, refer to the photo below:
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What comes to your mind when you hear the phrase 'world tree,' aside from the aforementioned card, that is?
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We'll be focusing on Norse Mythology though since this particular card pertains to the world tree that appears in said mythology.

That's not surprising at all since it can be said that the Norse world tree is really quite well-known, probably more so than the other world trees out there.

The World Tree in Norse Mythology is known as Yggdrasil. Yggdrasil is an ash tree, which is supported by 3 main roots. Its branches stretch out to connect the nine different worlds.

The 3 roots of this tree can explain why The World Tree card gives you 3 choices on how you can use it, depending on which condition you have fulfilled. If you fulfilled all the given conditions for all three choices, you can choose what you want to do.
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The first root of the tree is in Asgard, the realm of the Norse gods. The second root goes to Jötunheimr or Jotunheim, the land of the Frost Giants and Rock Giants. The third root is in Niflheim, the land of the dead or the Norse Underworld.

Let's now take a look at what has to happen first before you can make use of any of the 3 choices offered by this Yu-Gi-Oh! card.


First of all, before you can do anything else, a plant-type monster on the field must first be destroyed. Only then can you place a Flower Counter on The World Tree.

The fact that a plant-type monster has to be destroyed can be linked to how Yggdrasil is also being destroyed. Níðhöggr or Nidhogg is the name of the dragon that gnaws at one of the roots of Yggdrasil, specifically the one that reaches into Niflheim.
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When you have at least 1 Flower Counter, you can now activate one of the possible effects of The World Tree by removing said counter.

The first possible effect is how you can choose 1 face-up plant-type monster and have it gain 400 attack and defense until the end phase. This can actually be likened to how one can gain wisdom from Mímisbrunnr or Mimir’s Well.

This well can be found beneath the root of Yggdrasil that is located in Jotunheim. Since it is said that the water in this well is filled with wisdom, it can also be called the Well of Wisdom. Whoever drinks from this well will gain wisdom, but not without paying a price.

The king of the Norse gods, Odin, wanted to gain wisdom so he went to Mimir's Well. In order to be allowed to drink from the well, the price he had to pay was his right eye. He gave up his right eye in exchange for wisdom.
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In the same way, The World Tree card allows one of your cards to gain a considerable increase in attack and defense points, but it doesn't come without a price. This is why this effect can only be used on a face-up plant-type monster and why the increase in attack and defense only lasts until the end phase.

The card's second effect can be activated if you remove 2 Flower Counters on The World Tree. Once you do that, you can destroy 1 card on the field. This particular effect can be likened to some of the 9 worlds in Norse Mythology, particularly Muspelheim, which is the realm of fire.

The beings who live here are known as Fire Giants. They were known by many other names, one of which is Rjúfendr, which means 'to break, tear asunder' and 'destroyers of doomsday'.

With the realm of fire being connected to Yggdrasil, it's no wonder that one of the effects of The World Tree Yu-Gi-Oh! card is the ability to allow its user to destroy one card on the field.

Now, let's look at the third and final effect of this card. If you remove 3 Flower Counters, you can choose 1 plant-type monster from your Graveyard, which you can then Special Summon.

This particular effect can be related to another of the 9 worlds, specifically Niflheim, which is the realm of the dead. The ruler of this place is called Hel. One of the Norse stories that she appears in is the one about the death of Balder (also known as Baldr or Baldur), an Aesir god.
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When Balder died, one of the Norse gods journeyed to Niflheim to speak with Hel and ask her to allow Balder to be brought back from the dead, which can be likened to how The World Tree card can also do the same. However, this can't be done without paying a price.

Just like how you're required to remove 3 Flower Counters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! card before you can Special Summon a plant-type monster from your Graveyard, Hel gave a condition that must be fulfilled before she would allow Balder to return from the dead.

She said that she would let Balder go only if everyone would cry for him. If even one single thing would not cry for him, then Balder cannot return to Asgard and must continue to stay in Niflheim. Unfortunately for Balder, there was one person who would not cry for him so he couldn't return.

The World Tree card is very useful on decks that make use of plant-type monsters. What do you think of this card?

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki (CC:BY-SA) based on the image by ChasingTerciel (CC:BY-SA) from deviantArt
- Pic depicts the Norse world tree, Yggdrasil
- The rest of the pics are enlarged product images from Amazon.com; links shown above via Amazon's Native Shopping Ads widget

Why Layfon Wolfstein Alseif From Chrome Shelled Regios Is A Gary Stu?

Sunday, March 19, 2017 No comments:
Do you think that Layfon Wolfstein Alseif, the apparent main character from this anime called Chrome Shelled Regios, is a Gary Stu / Marty Stu / Mary Sue? What would make people think such a thing?
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Layfon Wolfstein Alseif really seems like a total and complete Gary Stu because:

  • He is so popular with women. Seriously, it’s like the entire cast in this show loves him / are all in love with him. For example, there’s: Nina Antalk, Felli Loss and Mayshen Torinden. 
  • Yeah, you see that? He’s got no less than 3 women who are all fighting over him. Who knows who else is in love with him? Probably a whole lot more
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  • He is so super special awesome. Seriously, everyone is going on and on about how powerful he is, how strong he is, how much of a good and brilliant and excellent fighter he is. 
  • He’s also apparently one of these things called a Heaven’s Blade Receiver or whatever they call it

There’s likely more, but, yeah, you get the point. He seems way too perfect. Haven’t seen all the episodes yet, but what are his weaknesses? And why are all the women flocking all over him?

Why is he so powerful and special? Because he’s the main character? What do you think about this guy?

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

1 Reason To Hate Chocolat In Sugar Sugar Rune Episode 3

Monday, March 13, 2017 No comments:
Chocolat Meilleure / Kato is the main character in the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno. What's there to hate or dislike about her in episode 3 of the show? What did she do?

Who is Nishitani?

In Sugar Sugar Rune episode 3, we are introduced to Nishitani. He's the head of the newspaper club. When he saw Chocolat, he got a crush on her. His heart even turned orange for her.

He got the idea to interview Kato for the school newspaper. The only reason she agreed was to get his heart.

Interview in the library

The 2 went to the library for the interview. Since Nishitani had a crush on Kato, he was very enthusiastic in getting to know her.

He eagerly asked question after question and patiently waited for her to respond. Basically, he was very focused on her and getting to know her.

Reason to hate Chocolat during the interview?

But what about Chocolat? What was she doing that can make you dislike or hate her? She was actually looking really disinterested and bored during the interview. It was like she just didn't care.

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Why was Chocolat so bored and disinterested
during her interview with Nishitani? How could she be so insensitive?

She didn't even bother to elaborate on the answers to any of Nishitani's questions, like when he asked her what her favorite candy was, all she said was the name.

She didn't explain even though Nishitani was confused by her answer (the candy she's talking about can only be found in the Magical World).

Why is Pierre more important to Chocolat?

What's even more annoying about this is how Chocolat paid more attention to Pierre Tempête de Neige who was just passing by.

The weird thing about this (aside from the fact that Pierre really was just passing by) is how Kato is so interested in this guy when they've barely spoken to each other.

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How come Chocolat paid more attention to Pierre
than to Nishitani even though the former was just
passing by and didn't even stop to talk to her?

They hardly know anything about each other. Plus, she's an elementary school student (like Nishitani) while Pierre is actually in middle school already.

There's a huge age gap between them, which is made all the more obvious by their height difference. Seriously, it's like Pierre is a giant compared to small, tiny Chocolat Kato.

So, what do you think about this? 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

What To Like And Dislike About Kyoukai No Kanata?

Tuesday, March 07, 2017 No comments:
Also known as "Initial thoughts about Beyond the Boundary or Kyoukai no Kanata".

An interesting, but confusing anime series

Caught a few episodes of the anime series entitled Kyoukai no Kanata or Beyond the Boundary. My initial thoughts about it is that it seems pretty interesting so far though am still rather confused regarding its plot and storyline. Some parts seem kind of weird too. Hope it all gets better in future episodes.

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What to dislike about the romance in Beyond the Boundary?

Looks like there’s romance involved too (naturally, that would be between the 2 main characters) though am not too sure about the couple the show is making us root for.

Don’t find this particular pairing believable so far. It doesn’t seem like they have any chemistry at all. I talked more about my initial thoughts regarding the Mirai Kuriyama and Akihito Kanbara romance here.

How does the Kyoukai no Kanata magic system work?

I find myself curious about the magic system of this anime. How does it work? Sakura Inami’s weapon looks pretty cool. Even Mirai’s weapon looks nice. I like the fight scenes that I’ve seen so far too.


What to like about Hiroomi Nase?

I also like some of the characters that I’ve seen so far. For instance, I like the guy that wears a scarf. I initially called him “scarf guy” but his name is Hiroomi Nase.

I think he’s cool, like how he used that scarf of his as a weapon (I like unusual and unique weapons) and how protective he is of his little sister, Mitsuki Nase.

That’s very sweet of him. Can’t say much about his little sister yet though. Haven’t really taken much notice of her.

Thoughts about Sakura Inami

Sakura Inami seems fine so far. Her personality and character comes across as far more likable and nicer than that of the main character.

I actually wanted her to succeed with her goal of wanting to kill Kuriyama. Since I realized that she wasn’t the main character though, I knew she would never succeed. Too bad, huh?

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Sakura is much more likable than Mirai,
so much so that I wish she'd won their fight

Thoughts about Akihito Kanbara

As for the main characters - Akihito Kanbara seems okay, so far. I like his friendship with Hiroomi Nase. It seems like those 2 are very good friends.

What to hate about Mirai Kuriyama?

Not too sure about Mirai Kuriyama though. I don’t like her so far. I talk more about that here. I don’t like how she seems to be entitled to know what Kanbara’s up to.

And I don’t like the way that she talked to Sakura and outright told her that she wasn’t strong enough to beat her, like, arrogant much?

Maybe that’s true or whatever (pfft, who am I kidding? Of course, it’s true that she’s more powerful. She’s the main character, after all. Typical cliche much?), but she doesn’t have to be so arrogant about it.

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Mirai is such a Mary Sue who likes whining and
angsting about her unique, special and powerful ability

Also caught some stuff about Mirai angsting about her powers or something, like she’s so powerful or whatever and that bothers her or whatever. Eh, I dunno, but that rubs me the wrong way. Like, what a special and unique snowflake, right?

Will Kyoukai no Kanata improve in future episodes?

Maybe I just need to find out more about her and this show. Hopefully both will improve and get better. Maybe she’ll be more likable in future episodes.

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It's so obvious that Mirai and Kanbara will end up
together. I wish this wouldn't happen. Can't we have
something different? Wouldn't that be far more interesting than the usual cliche?

Right now, though, am hoping that Kuriyama doesn’t end up with Kanbara. But that’s just wistful thinking, isn’t it? I can already see that those 2 will end up together. Sigh. Prove me wrong? What do you guys think about the Beyond the Boundary anime?

Side note: yeah, haven’t finished watching this anime yet, but I’ve no problems with spoilers. So, feel free to reveal relevant and not-so-relevant plot points or whatever.

But, as a courtesy to those who may not want spoilers, kindly tell people if your comment, note, message, etc includes spoilers. Thanks. 😊

*Note:
- Pics are enlarged product images from Amazon.com; links shown above via Amazon's Native Shopping Ads widget

What's So Interesting About Vanilla Ice And Robin From Sugar Sugar Rune?

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 No comments:
Also known as "Thoughts on Vanilla Ice and Robin from Sugar Sugar Rune".

Vanilla Mieux / Ice and Robin are characters from the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno. What can we say about these 2 characters? Are they likable or not?

I’ve only seen a few episodes of Sugar Sugar Rune, but, so far, I’m really liking both Rockin' Robin and Vanilla Ice. They both appear to be likable and nice characters.

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I find Vanilla a much more likable character than
Chocolat. Too bad she's not the main character in Sugar Sugar Rune

Why Robin is better than Pierre?

Robin seems like a really fun character and I’m interested in seeing more of him. So far, he hasn’t really done anything to make me dislike him.

He’s pretty cool without coming across as way too perfect unlike a certain Gary Stu (*cough*   Pierre Tempête de Neige *cough*).

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Rockin' Robin is way cooler than Pierre because he's
not being treated like he's perfect, like he's a god

I mean, there are people who like Rockin' Robin and think he’s cool, but they’re not like Pierre’s fans who go on about how perfect he is, how he can do all these things, how handsome he is, etc, which just comes across as way too annoying and ridiculous especially since, surprise, surprise, naturally, Pierre really is all those things. He’s too perfect (eye-roll).

What to like about Vanilla Ice?

As for Vanilla Mieux- she’s very shy, but she’s also very nice and kind. I like her and her personality, her character, how she’s gentle and sweet. You can see how she’s a really good friend, how supportive she is, how she tries to fit in with the humans, etc.

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Vanilla may be shy, but she's got a nice personality
and character unlike annoying Chocolat

TBH, I wish she was the main character in this show instead of Chocolat Meilleure / Kato. I mean, isn’t it kind of irritating how the main characters are usually always the redheads and they all have fiery personalities?

I mean, can’t we have something new? It would have been interesting to have shy and sweet Vanilla as the main character, right? We could have seen her grow up, try to overcome her shyness and win against all odds, etc. What do you think?

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

Is There Anything Interesting In The Kyoukai No Kanata Romance?

Thursday, February 23, 2017 No comments:
Also known as, "Initial thoughts about the Akihito Kanbara and Mirai Kuriyama romance in Beyond the Boundary."

Or, as I initially knew them - the blond guy and that pink-haired girl with the glasses.

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Do you think the love between Akihito Kanbara and
Mirai Kuriyama from the Kyoukai no Kanata anime is romantic, believable and realistic?

I just saw a bit of the Kyoukai no Kanata / Beyond the Boundary anime series, so don’t really know much about it yet. And that’s why there’s no spoiler warning in this post.

Anyway, my initial thoughts about the Akihito Kanbara and Mirai Kuriyama romance is that I don’t like it. It’s not that I don’t like them. No, wait, scratch that.

Actually, from what I’ve seen so far of Mirai Kuriyama, I don’t really like her. Who knows, maybe if I see more of this series / show, I’ll get to like her, but, at the moment, nope, totally not liking her. I talk a bit more about the reasons why in this post here.



Akihito Kanbara isn’t that bad though. He seems like an all right character, so far. I’m just not sure about pairing those 2 up.

So far, their romance isn’t and doesn’t look believable. Not seeing any chemistry between them or anything like that.

Well, Kanbara apparently likes people who wear glasses. Oh, look, Mirai wears glasses. What a coincidence. Not. Does that sound contrived to you or what?

So far, haven’t really seen the 2 interact much with each other yet. The few times I saw them talking or hanging out - it just didn’t really seem or feel right.

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Mirai Kuriyama wears glasses. Akihito Kanbara likes
girls who wear glasses. Is this romance forced or contrived or what?

For instance, I saw this scene where Kuriyama went to Akihito’s house. At that time, Sakura Inami was there, but Kanbara didn’t tell Mirai about this.

The pink-haired girl insisted on knowing who was with him though and she kept pushing him to tell her.

I found that kind of annoying. Like, how is that her business? It’s the guy’s house, right, not hers? So what’s it to her if he brings people to his house?

He should be able to bring whoever he wants to his house without having to consult or tell Kuriyama about it. In this scene, it seemed like she believed that she was entitled to know what Kanbara’s up to.

They're not even lovers, so it's all the more reason why it's none of her business what he does. They may be friends, but that doesn't mean he has to tell her things.

If they're really friends, she should understand if there are things he doesn't want to talk about with her.

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It's so obvious that Mirai Kuriyama and Akihito
Kanbara will end up together. Can we please have something different for a change? 

Anyway, from what I could see so far, unfortunately, it seems pretty obvious that those 2 would end up together. Sigh. How predictable.

Prove me wrong? It’s really gonna happen though, isn’t it? Those 2 are gonna be a couple, aren’t they?

Oh, well. If that’s really the case, if I see more of Beyond the Boundary / Kyoukai no Kanata, I just hope that their relationship improves and becomes more believable.

So, what about you? What do you think about the Mirai Kuriyama and Akihito Kanbara romance?

Side note: yeah, haven’t finished watching this anime yet, but I’ve no problems with spoilers. So, feel free to reveal relevant and not-so-relevant plot points or whatever.

But, as a courtesy to those who may not want spoilers, kindly tell people if your comment, note, message, etc includes spoilers. Thanks :-).

*Note:
- Pics are enlarged product images from Amazon.com; links shown above via Amazon's Native Shopping Ads widget

1 Of The Most Pointless Things About Sugar Sugar Rune

Friday, February 17, 2017 No comments:
It's not just pointless. It's also annoying, not to mention a complete and total waste of time. What am I talking about?

Well, first, Sugar Sugar Rune is an anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno. There's a whole lot of things to like and dislike about it, but this particular post will focus entirely on the transformation scenes / sequences that is prevalent in the show.

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Chocolat and Vanilla's magical witch outfits may be
cute and nice, but that doesn't mean they're not completely and utterly pointless

Who hates these transformation sequences? The first few times are a-okay, so we can see how the main characters transform.

But if we have to see the same sequence each and every time they transform, well, that gets tiring and boring fast, doesn’t it?

I mean, we’ve already seen it, so it’s not that interesting anymore and it’s just a waste of time. I thought it was nice that we didn’t have to see the entire transformation sequence of Chocolat Meilleure / Kato, at least in episode 2 of the anime.

She quickly transformed, and, while I like that, what I don’t like is how they wasted so much time with how long it took for her to get her magic wand.

Seriously, what’s with all the attention to her wand and all the twirling and stuff? What a complete and total waste of time. Ugh.

We may not have seen her entire transformation sequence, but we still wasted a lot of time anyway. How utterly pointless.

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Is it really necessary for us to see Chocolat and
Vanilla's magical transformation sequence in every episode of Sugar Sugar Rune?

The really annoying thing is the fact that this isn't an isolated case. This kind of useless and pointless scene happens in pretty much all the episodes of Sugar Sugar Rune.

Every single time, we have to see Chocolat and even her best friend, Vanilla Mieux / Ice, transform into their magical witch outfits. If we've seen it once, we've seen it a thousand times. Give it a break already. Ugh.

What's worse is how there are episodes wherein the 2 would transform several times because they transform every time they have to use their magic.

That's just lame, you know, because why do they have to transform every time they have to use their magic?

To add insult to injury, this kind of thing only happens with Chocolat and Vanilla. There are other magical people in the world of Sugar Sugar Rune, but none of these people have to undergo long, annoying, pointless, and useless magical transformation sequences just to use their magic powers.

So, why is it only different with the 2 main characters? The show can't even get the mechanics of their magic system right. If the main charas need to transform to use their magic, everyone else with magic should follow the same principles.

So, what do you think? Do you hate transformation sequences too? Or can you tolerate them?

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

Kyoukai No Kanata: 3 Reasons Why Hiroomi Is Absolutely Cool

Saturday, February 11, 2017 No comments:
Also known as, "Initial thoughts about Hiroomi Nase from Beyond the Boundary."

Or, as I initially knew him, "scarf guy" or "that guy in Kyoukai no Kanata / Beyond the Boundary anime series that wears a scarf."

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Hiroomi Nase is more interesting and likable than
Mirai Kuriyama, the main character in the Kyoukai no Kanata anime series

Just caught a few episodes of this show, so don’t really know much about it yet. That’s also why there’s no spoiler warning for this here post. There’s really nothing to spoil. LOL.

Anyway, my initial thoughts about Hiroomi Nase is that I like him so far. He’s actually pretty good-looking and he seems pretty awesome too.

Let's take a closer look at what makes him absolutely cool (especially when compared to other characters like Mirai Kuriyama):



1. Hiroomi has a unique weapon

The scarf he’s wearing makes him stand out since it adds a splash of color to his character. I also like how he uses his scarf as a weapon. I think that’s cool.

It actually reminded me of the Hunter x Hunter anime and manga series by Yoshihiro Togashi because many of the characters in said show have varying unique and unusual weapons / abilities. We have characters who use pipes, cell phones and even hair as weapons.

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Hiroomi Nase's scarf is also his weapon. Really cool and unique, right?

I like that because, not only is it interesting, it also makes it different from shows / series that use the usual weapons like swords, guns, etc (not that those aren’t or can’t be interesting either because they can be).

And, sure, Kyoukai no Kanata's main character, Mirai Kuriyama, has a pretty cool weapon too (being able to turn her own blood into a sword), but her ability comes with a lot of angst.

From what I've seen so far, it's like she's such a special snowflake that she's the only one who has such power and she's treating her ability like some curse or something like that and that comes across as quite annoying.

At least, with Nase, it doesn't seem like he has any angst about his ability. It is just what it is and that's perfectly fine.

2. Hiroomi is a good friend

I like the friendship between Hiroomi Nase and Akihito Kanbara (that blond guy / the guy with the blond hair who appears to be the main male character of Beyond the Boundary).

From what I’ve seen so far, the 2 seem to be very good friends. It's interesting to see their close camaraderie. It looks like they really care about each other.

3. Hiroomi cares about his little sister

Apparently, one of the girls that hangs around scarf guy and blond guy is Hiroomi’s little sister. Her name is Mitsuki Nase. Can’t say much about her yet though.

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From left to right: Mirai Kuriyama, Akihito Kanbara, Mitsuki Nase, and Hiroomi Nase

Looks like she’s pretty close to her brother though. I saw that part where Hiroomi was helping her out (that part where he used his scarf; that was cool). I like how protective he is of his sister.

It reminded me of Touya Kinomoto from the Card Captor Sakura / Cardcaptor Sakura anime and manga series by CLAMP because the guy was always looking out for his little sister, Sakura Kinomoto.

So, what about you? What do you think about scarf guy?

Side note: yeah, haven’t finished watching this anime yet, but I’ve no problems with spoilers. So, feel free to reveal relevant and not-so-relevant plot points or whatever.

But, as a courtesy to those who may not want spoilers, kindly tell people if your comment, note, message, etc includes spoilers. Thanks :-)

*Note:
- Pics are enlarged product images from Amazon.com; links shown above via Amazon's Native Shopping Ads widget

This Will Make You Hate The Sugar Sugar Rune Ohayou Scene

Sunday, February 05, 2017 No comments:
Also known as, "Problems with the Pierre and Chocolat good morning scene in Sugar Sugar Rune episode 2."

In episode 2 of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno, there’s a scene where Pierre Tempête de Neige, the main male character, apparently says "ohayou / ohayo / good morning" to Chocolat Meilleure / Kato, the main female character. What’s wrong with this scene?

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What's so special about Chocolat that Pierre only has eyes for her?

(*Warning for possible spoilers for said show)

Did Pierre really say "ohayou" to Chocolat?

You know, in that scene, everyone readily assumes that Pierre said "good morning" to Chocolat and even the narrative itself wants us to believe that, but I honestly don’t see why this has to automatically be the case.

I mean, in that scene, Chocolat and Vanilla Mieux / Ice were standing next to each other and they were facing these 3 girls who were telling them all about what a Gary Stu Pierre is.

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Pierre could have been saying "good morning" to Vanilla and the other girls, NOT just Kato

Then, we see Pierre walking behind them and he passes by Vanilla first and then Chocolat.

He says “good morning” as he passes by, so, really, it can be seen that he was saying those words to all of the girls he was passing by and not just to Chocolat.

What's so special about Chocolat that she's the only one Pierre notices?

Seriously, why does the main female character have to be so special (other than unfortunately being the main character) that she’s the only one that the main male character will say good morning to?

This really annoys me because, seriously, why does it have to be Chocolat Kato?

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Chocolat is such a Mary Sue. Why does she have to be the only one that
Pierre will talk to when they hardly even know each other?

And I feel bad for all those other girls because they’re the ones who like Pierre and Chocolat claims not to like him, so it’s annoying how she’s the one who apparently got the greeting.

Chocolat is a Mary Sue

In this scene, Chocolat seems like a total Mary Sue because, apparently, she’s the only one who’s so special that Pierre has to say good morning to her even though they don’t really actually know each other and they barely said more than a few words to each other.

Oh, hey, look, Gary Stu and Mary Sue. Hmm, maybe this is a match made in heaven after all. Maybe they are meant to be. LOL. What do you think?

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