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Why Does Chocolat Have A Crush On Pierre In Sugar Sugar Rune?

Thursday, July 20, 2017 No comments:
In episode 6 of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno, we see several scenes where 2 of the main characters interact. Does Chocolat, the main female character, have a crush on Pierre, the main male character? Why? What reason does she have to like/love/have a crush on him?
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Why Pierre is a Gary Stu?

As soon as Chocolat sees Pierre Tempête de Neige in episode 6, we get several shots of the guy looking all handsome and stuff with his poses, sword-slashing skills, etc. I’m guessing we’re supposed to be all impressed and stuff.

But all I can really think of is ‘Gary Stu’ especially when Kato is like, oh yeah, Pierre is the captain of the fencing club. And then I recall everything else that is so perfect about the guy and how everyone fawns over him. Can he get any more Gary Stu or what? *Sigh*

Why does Chocolat want Pierre's heart?

Soon after the Pierre fanservice, Chocolat Meilleure / Kato is like, oh yeah, I was supposed to take his heart, and, yeah, that was mentioned in previous epis, but I’m still really confused about that. I mean, why is she even interested in his heart?

Why does she want it so much? What I’m seeing right now is that she appears to have a crush on him. She’s so starstruck by his good looks and how he’s swinging that sword around, etc.
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Pierre makes Chocolat blush

We even see her blushing in several scenes like when Pierre shows up after the Members (Pierre’s fanclub. See that, the Gary Stu even has a fanclub and they’re all made up of girls who are scarily, creepily obsessed with him to the point that they’d go beat up a little girl, an elementary school student, just because she happens to have a fencing match with their prince charming. Sheesh.) stop harassing Chocolat.

Does Chocolat like Pierre only because he's handsome?

Pierre touches her hand and tries to teach her how to fence and she’s all red in the face and attempting to push him away. Her heart even turns orange for him. So, okay, fine, we get it, she has a crush on the guy.

But why? Just because of his good looks? I mean, liking someone for their appearance is fine and all, but shouldn’t she have other reasons as to why she’d fall in love with this guy?
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Will the Sugar Sugar Rune anime make this romance between Pierre and Chocolat believable?

So far, Pierre hasn’t really done anything that would make her fall for him. In fact, he’s been cold and distant towards her. I certainly hope that, as the show progresses, it will show us how Chocolat and Pierre will fall in love and end up together.

Because, yeah, I can already see the outcome of this. Of course, those 2 are going to end up together. Their pairing is already being shoved down our throats and we’re only on episode 6. Jeez. LOL. What do you think about this?

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

How Does Love Work In Sugar Sugar Rune?

Sunday, July 09, 2017 No comments:
In episode 6 of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno, we find out more about the code of the Magical World. But everything is still really confusing. Exactly how does love work in this show? What’s so confusing about all this?

The code of the Magical World states that:

“The heart is yours to take. But you must not allow your own to be taken.”

Sugar Sugar Rune episode 6 seems to imply that this code refers particularly to humans, meaning that magical people are apparently not allowed to fall in love with humans. But why not? What’s wrong with magical people and humans falling in love?
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I mean, humans don’t have magic, so they can’t get hearts in the way that Chocolat Meilleure / Kato and Vanilla Mieux / Ice, the main characters, and all the other magical people can get the hearts of humans. So, how can the hearts of the magical people be taken then?

And what’s wrong with having their hearts taken? From what we’ve seen so far with the humans, nothing bad happens to them even when their hearts are taken. They just lose the feelings that came with their hearts. But it seems that magical people can keep inducing those feelings on the same person over and over again. Is that right or what?

So, with all that said, exactly what happens when a magical person falls in love with a human and why is that so bad? Why is that so bad that it’s not allowed and that it’s apparently a crime with a hefty punishment? What do you think?

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

Sugar Sugar Rune: Is Chocolat A True Friend To Vanilla?

Thursday, June 29, 2017 No comments:
What happens in episode 6 of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno that can make you question whether Chocolat, the main female character, is a true friend to Vanilla, her supposed best friend?

In this episode of Sugar Sugar Rune, Chocolat agrees to have a fencing match with Pierre Tempête de Neige, the captain of the fencing club. If she wins against him, she’ll be allowed to join the fencing club.
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Vanilla will also be fighting alongside Chocolat since they are at a disadvantage what with Pierre being more knowledgeable and skilled than they are.

There are a number of scenes in this epi that kind of pissed me off, particularly with regards to Chocolat Meilleure / Kato and how she treats her supposed best friend. Why?

Okay, first of all, Vanilla Mieux / Ice shows exactly what kind of friend she is by doing her best to practice learning how to fence. She isn’t interested in fencing and she’s only really doing this for Kato.

And yet she’s so dedicated to learning that she spends the whole night practicing, so much so that the next day, she is tired and sleepy and doesn’t have much of an appetite.

Kato doesn’t know what Ice was up to. She doesn’t know about her practicing all night long for her sake. But they’re supposed to be best friends so that shouldn’t matter at all.
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So, when she sees Vanilla Mieux looking tired and sleepy and not having much of an appetite, shouldn’t she at least display some concern? As friends, she should ask if Ice is okay, if she’s feeling well, if something is bothering her, etc.

But none of that happens. What do we get instead? We get Chocolat being completely callous and cold and uncaring and unconcerned. She says, “Can I have your strawberry mousse?” when she sees the food on Vanilla’s plate.

What in the world? Talk about being a horrible friend. They’re supposed to be best friends, so where’s all the concern? Instead, we see Kato thinking with her stomach. Sheesh, right?

Thankfully, Kato redeems herself slightly when she tries to cheer up Vanilla (it’s about time, Chocolat) when the latter is near-tears after practicing so much and yet she finds that she still can’t hit her fencing target.

When Chocolat sees this, she finally shows some concern and asks Ice if she hurt herself. She tells Vanilla not to be so hard on herself and then even says that they should practice together.

Well, it’s good to know that Chocolat Kato isn’t that cruel. It would be nice if she was more attentive to Vanilla though, if she showed more care.

I mean, you have Vanilla who’s completely out of her comfort zone with fencing and who struggles to learn how to fence and who’d rather be doing anything else but fencing and yet she still does it anyway and it’s all for Chocolat’s sake. If that’s not friendship, then I don’t know what is. What do you think about all this?

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

This Will Make You Hate Pierre's Fanclub In Sugar Sugar Rune

Friday, June 23, 2017 No comments:
In episode 6 of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno, some members of Pierre’s, the main male character, fanclub attack Chocolat, the main female character. What’s wrong with this scene?

What makes the Members (what Pierre’s fanclub is called) completely and totally ridiculously insane, not to mention irrationally jealous?
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Chocolat Meilleure / Kato agreed to have a fencing match with Pierre so she could join the fencing club (Pierre’s the captain). Some of the members of Pierre’s fanclub show up to harass her because of this. They challenge her to a fight. What’s wrong with that? Several things, actually.

  1. Chocolat is outnumbered
  2. She doesn’t know how to fence; they know how to fence
  3. She’s only carrying a broomstick with her; the Members actually have fencing swords with them
  4. She’s only an elementary school student, much younger than the Members who are all in middle school

So, why were they attacking Kato in the first place? Apparently, it’s because they’re jealous of her upcoming fencing match with Pierre Tempête de Neige and I’m like, seriously, what kind of joke is this?

You’ve got to be kidding me, right? Why are the Members being so completely ridiculously insane and irrationally jealous? What’s up with them attacking a little girl for something so silly?

I mean, Chocolat is a kid compared to them. She’s so much younger than them and she doesn’t even know how to fence. It’s completely stupid of them to even look at Kato as competition for Pierre’s heart, isn’t it?
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Well, I mean, if we’re looking at it in a realistic way anyway since, unfortunately, it seems overly apparent that Sugar Sugar Rune is going to be shoving the Pierre x Chocolat pairing down our throats whether we like it or not.

But, for right now, there is absolutely nothing going on between those 2, so why should the Members be jealous? Pierre hasn’t even expressed interest in Kato (not exactly anyway and certainly nothing so blatant). Plus, as aforementioned, Kato’s a kid when compared to the Members.

It looks like she hasn’t even hit puberty yet. Sure, she may have a crush on Pierre, but so what? Isn’t that like just akin to a little girl having a bit of a crush on an older guy they perceive as pretty cool and stuff?

With the way the Members are going on about it, all ridiculously pissed off and angry, they make it sound like Chocolat’s about to go on a date with Pierre instead of having a fencing match with him. Seriously, what’s the big deal?

The Members are making mountains out of molehills. It’s just a fencing match. They should get over themselves and be ashamed of beating on a little girl for not even doing anything wrong. Plus, what’s with them calling Pierre ‘Prince’?

Instead of being impressed, this whole thing is just reiterating the fact that he’s such a Gary Stu. Seriously. I mean, he’s got mindless fangirls who are so into him, it’s crazy, not to mention scary. Then there’s the fact that, not only is he brilliant at fencing, he’s also the captain of the fencing club. Oh, wow, he’s so perfect. Yeah, a perfect Gary Stu. *Roll eyes* LOL. So, what do you think?

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

What's Wrong With Chocolat Using The Magical Fortune-Telling Book In Sugar Sugar Rune?

Saturday, June 17, 2017 No comments:
"Draw out your charm. The effort to draw out your own charm is something very important."
- Magical fortune-telling book in Sugar Sugar Rune anime

The above quote was said by a magical, talking fortune-telling book in episode 6 of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno. What’s up with this quote?

Okay, let’s just get this out of the way now - the magical fortune-telling book in Sugar Sugar Rune is completely and utterly useless. Seriously, just look at the quote shown above.
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What is it even supposed to mean and how is it supposed to help Chocolat Meilleure / Kato who is worrying about having to beat Pierre Tempête de Neige in a fencing match so she can join the fencing club?

It’s important to make an effort, to try your best, to work hard - this is common sense, isn’t it? Chocolat doesn’t need some magic book to tell her what she should already know.

Of course, she needs to work hard and make an effort in actually learning how to fence so she has a chance against Pierre who is the captain of the fencing club.

Sheesh, what’s the use of having a magical fortune-telling book if it only tells you things you already know, if it doesn’t even really help you at all? What do you think?

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

Why Duke And Blanca Shouldn't Have Pretended To Be Robin In Sugar Sugar Rune?

Sunday, June 11, 2017 No comments:
In episode 5 of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno, Duke and Blanca, familiars of the main characters, pretend to be someone they’re not. How come this isn’t funny at all and how come they shouldn’t have done that?

Mochizuki-sensei, the homeroom teacher of Chocolat Meilleure / Kato and Vanilla Mieux / Ice, the main characters, decides to visit their house to talk to Robin, their guardian.
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When she arrives inside the house, Rockin’ Robin isn’t there yet, so Kato and Ice have to entertain her and keep her company while waiting for their guardian to come home.

Unfortunately, they suffer a few mishaps in the form of their familiars. Mochizuki ends up seeing Duke, the frog, and Blanca, the mouse, talking when they’re not supposed to be able to. Naturally, she freaks out.

Vanilla and Chocolat hasten to get their familiars out of their teacher’s sight. They then reassure her that she was just seeing things and that there is definitely nothing magical going on in their house.

While Vanilla is busy keeping their homeroom teacher company, Chocolat goes to talk to their familiars, ordering them to stay out of sight so as not to get their sensei suspicious.

Kato then gets it into her head that it’s a good idea for a frog and mouse to pretend to be Robin. She gets them to transform into the likeness of Robin. They show up to talk to Mochizuki. As you can expect, it doesn’t go well at all.
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Duke, being a frog, adds “kero” at the end of everything he says. For Blanca, being a mouse, it’s “chu”. Blanca, being Vanilla’s familiar, is extremely loyal to her, so, as Robin, she tells Mochizuki all about Ice’s skills, prowess and talents while belittling Kato.

For Duke, being Chocolat’s familiar, it’s the other way around. Naturally, their teacher gets very confused. At one point, she ends up seeing 2 Robins then 3 when the real one finally shows up. So, the question now is, why was this entire incident necessary?

Why did Duke and Blanca have to pretend to be Robin to keep Mochizuki entertained? This is completely pointless, stupid and silly. Why? It’s because the familiars have been taken out of the room already.

They were far away from the teacher already and they were no longer causing trouble. They’d already been told to stay out of sight, so that should be the end of that. After making sure that Duke and Blanca were safely out of the way, Chocolat should have returned to the living room to join Vanilla and Mochizuki-sensei.

Then the 3 of them could have chatted while they waited for Robin to show up. There was no point to having the familiars pretend to be Robin. What’s with having to wait a few more minutes for Rockin’ Robin to show up?

It wasn’t like he couldn’t make it; he was just a little bit late. Plus, with how much Mochizuki likes him, it’s obvious that she’d be willing to wait for him even if it took him hours to show up.

In short, having the animals pretend to be Rockin’ Robin just made things worse and was nothing but a complete waste of time. Actually, the entire episode was pretty much a complete waste of time. It was total filler, nothing more. What do you think?

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

What's Wrong With Mochizuki Seeing Duke And Blanca In Sugar Sugar Rune?

Monday, June 05, 2017 No comments:
In episode 5 of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno, Mochizuki-sensei, the homeroom teacher of the main characters, ends up seeing things (particularly a talking frog and mouse) that she’s not supposed to see.

What’s wrong with that? How come she shouldn’t have had to see that? How come it doesn’t make sense for her to see that?
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Mochizuki-sensei goes to visit the house where Chocolat Meilleure / Kato and Vanilla Mieux / Ice, the main characters, live to talk to their guardian, Robin. Naturally, she doesn’t know that her students are actually witches who have magic.

So, when she arrives in their house and the 2 start showing her around, she ends up seeing Duke, Chocolat’s frog familiar, and Blanca, Vanilla’s mouse familiar. The 2 familiars are talking and generally not acting like how animals are supposed to act.

Naturally, this causes trouble for the 2 witches as they scramble to get the familiars out of sight and reassure their teacher that she’s seeing things and that, nope, there’s definitely nothing magical going on in this house.

So, what’s the problem with this then? It’s the fact that the entire incident seems contrived and unbelievable. For one thing, didn’t Chocolat and Vanilla tell their familiars that Mochizuki-sensei was coming to visit their house?
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They told Rockin’ Robin, which was only to be expected since their teacher wanted to talk to him. But how come they didn’t tell their familiars about this visit especially since they were both worried that their teacher might find out about their magic if she goes to their house?

For another, even if the 2 didn’t say anything about the home visit, shouldn’t the familiars already know about it since they seem to be around Chocolat and Vanilla all the time?

In one scene, we even saw Blanca in the classroom where she ends up landing on Mochizuki’s shoulder after a fight with Kato, causing said teacher to faint at the sight of the mouse.

If Vanilla and Chocolat did tell their familiars about the home visit, then why are those 2 causing so much trouble? If the 2 witches didn’t say anything, then why didn’t they? If they’d just told Duke and Blanca about the home visit and ordered them to stay out of sight, then all the shenanigans in this episode wouldn’t have had to happen.

They wouldn’t have had to deal with a teacher who’s freaking out about seeing talking animals. Seriously, all this just seems too contrived to be believable. What do you think?

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

Why Chocolat, Sugar Sugar Rune's Main Character, Doesn't Need Help?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 No comments:
"Tell us what we should do to properly greet our teacher."
- Chocolat Meilleure / Kato

The above quote was said by Chocolat, the main female character, in episode 5 of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno. What is wrong or what’s the problem with this quote?

Chocolat Meilleure / Kato addresses the above quote to this talking magical fortune-telling book. Her homeroom teacher, Mochizuki-sensei, will visit her house to talk to Robin, her guardian. When she finds the magical book, she asks it for help by saying the aforementioned quote.
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But, seriously, why does Kato need this magical book to tell her what to do? Why is this even an issue? Yes, Rockin’ Robin said he will be a little late in getting back home to talk to the teacher, but so what?

What’s with a few minutes or even an hour of waiting? And how hard is it to greet someone? It’s not like Chocolat is shy or anything. We know how outgoing she is and what kind of personality she has (loud, brash, outspoken, unafraid).

So, what could she have done then if Mochizuki-sensei arrives before Robin? She and Vanilla Mieux / Ice (her best friend who also lives with her) can take her to the living room and sit her down on a chair. Ice can then offer her tea or coffee or whatever beverage they have as well as some food.

They can then explain that Robin will be a bit late. Then they can make small talk with her while they wait for Robin to show up. So, how is it that Chocolat needs some fortune-telling book to tell her that?
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In fact, I’d say said magic book just ended up causing trouble for her because she somehow got it into her head that it was a very good idea to have Duke, her familiar, and Blanca, Vanilla’s familiar, pretend to be Robin and entertain their teacher thanks to what the book told her in answer to her query.

If they’d just stayed put in the living room talking to Mochizuki-sensei while waiting for Robin to arrive, none of the pointless and contrived things that happened in this episode would have had to happen.

Also, I have to wonder why Robin has a magical fortune-telling book anyway (since Kato found said book while rummaging around in the cupboards of Robin’s house)?

The guy doesn’t seem to be the type to use one especially since the book was hidden away. Was it a gift to him or something? If so, why’d he keep it then? What do you think about all this?

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

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