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Problems With The Sugar Sugar Rune Magic System

Sunday, September 24, 2017 No comments:
The Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno has an interesting and fascinating magic system. Unfortunately, there are some problems with it. What are these problems? What's wrong with the magic system of this show?
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Lack of information

Sugar Sugar Rune's magic system would have been so much more interesting if we had more information about it. The Magical World has all these cool things and the characters with magic can do all sorts of things, but we viewers hardly know how any of this works.

We barely know anything. Pretty much nothing is expounded or elaborated on. And it's such a shame. Because this information would have added to the world building of Sugar Sugar Rune.

Wands in Sugar Sugar Rune

Some of the magical characters in Sugar Sugar Rune have wands. This includes Chocolat Meilleure / Kato, the main character, Vanilla Mieux / Ice, her best friend, and Queen Candy, the current queen of the Magical World and the mother of Vanilla. The question now is do all the people from the Magical World have wands or is it only the witches or women?
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Rockin' Robin, Chocolat and Vanilla's guardian in the Human World, is also from the Magical World. He has magic, but, so far, we've never seen him with a wand. Is it because he's male? There's also the fact that the wands we've seen so far all look different from each other. For instance, Kato's wand is topped with a heart while Ice's has a diamond. But why is that? We don't know. There's no explanation at all.

Which is really too bad because this could have been really interesting. This could have been an opportunity for us to find out more about the Magical World of Sugar Sugar Rune as well as how the magic in this world works. I mean, let's take a look at the Harry Potter series of fantasy books by J.K. Rowling for comparison.

All the magical characters in the HP series have wands, not just the females. Their wands are similar too in that they are made of wood and a core. The type of wood and core as well as the length of the stick may differ, but that's because 'the wand chooses the wizard'. As we can see, in the HP series, there are rules for these things. In contrast to that, Sugar Sugar Rune seemingly has no rules at all, so the Magical World in this series doesn't feel as fleshed-out.

Spells in Sugar Sugar Rune

It seems that the magical characters in Sugar Sugar Rune can use magic by saying an incantation. For instance, in Chocolat's case, she says the words, "Sugar Sugar Rune Choco Rune" and then stuff happens.

In Vanilla's case, she says the words, "Sugar Sugar Rune Vani Rune". The problem with this is that this incantation seems to be capable of doing pretty much anything. Whenever the characters need to use their magic, they say these words.
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What are the rules? What are the limits? Does this mean they can do anything? Again, we don't know because the show doesn't seem to care about all these details unlike in the Harry Potter series where there are different kinds of spells that allow witches and wizards to do different things.

So, for example, if you want to make something float, you'll say "Wingardium Leviosa" and not "Alohomora" or something. In the HP series, there's a method to these things. Too bad it's not like that in Sugar Sugar Rune.

Magical outfits in Sugar Sugar Rune

Chocolat and Vanilla have magical outfits. It seems that they can't use their magic without transforming. To transform, they use the exact same incantation they use whenever they try to use magic.

The question is how come they need to be in a magical outfit before they can use their magic? We've seen Robin use his magic without having to transform and change his clothes. So is it that only women need to transform before being able to use their magic? Who knows?
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Your thoughts and opinions?

What do you think about all this? What do you think about the magic system of Sugar Sugar Rune? Do you find it lacking? Do you think it could have been so much better and more interesting had we been given more information about it and had it been fleshed-out some more?

I talk more about this in this post here on Soyuz Mir. I'd have moved this one here on Anime Archives (Anime Meta) too, but it's already got some comments and notes on Tumblr, so I decided to keep it there indefinitely. I'm mentioning it here for reference as the rest of the anime posts on there will eventually be moved here.

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

How The Sugar Sugar Rune Romance Can Be Predictable And Cliche?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 No comments:
Sugar Sugar Rune is an anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno. The show's main character is Chocolat Meilleure / Kato, a witch from the Magical World who falls in love with Pierre Tempête de Neige. What's wrong with this romance? What makes it predictable and cliche?
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Pierre is a Gary Stu

The anime shows Pierre Tempête de Neige as basically perfect in every way. All the girls in school are fawning over him. He has his own fan club. He's the president of the student council and the captain of the fencing club.

This post talks about this more, but, yeah, it can be really annoying, not to mention unrealistic and unbelievable, how he doesn't seem to have any weaknesses at all. I mean, really, does he need to be good at everything?

Does everyone really need to fawn over him? Wouldn't it be better if there were some people who weren't impressed by him? *Sigh* And, as if that wasn't enough, he's also very handsome and good-looking. Did you expect anything else?
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Chocolat is a Mary Sue

If Pierre is a Gary Stu, then Chocolat Meilleure / Kato is a Mary Sue. Huh. Looks like these two are meant to be. LOL. This post shows an example of how Kato can be a Mary Sue. It can also be seen in how she appears to be the only girl that Pierre is interested in. Out of all the girls-and, man, are there a lot. Seriously-fawning all over him and wanting to be with him, Pierre chooses to pay attention to Chocolat.

Pierre ignores everyone else as if they're beneath him, as if they don't matter and the only one who does is Kato. What is so special about her other than the fact that she's unfortunately the main character? Seriously. Main character favoritism, much?

Because it sometimes feels like the whole world revolves around Meilleure, I sometimes find myself wishing she wasn't the main character. It could and should have been her best friend, Vanilla Mieux / Ice.

How Chocolat is supposedly different?

What makes Chocolat different from the other girls is how she's apparently the only one who doesn't like Pierre. While everyone else wants Pierre, Kato scoffs and talks about how she dislikes him. She acts all tough, and, while all the girls gush about Pierre, she's apparently the only one who is able to talk back to him.
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Can you see where this is going? Cliche and predictable, much? This is also coming across as unrealistic and unbelievable. Like, come on, are we really supposed to believe that Kato is the only girl who isn't impressed with Pierre?

Is she really the only one who doesn't fawn all over him, the only one who is apparently not in love with him, the only one who doesn't find him appealing? Yeah, right. It would have been better if Chocolat wasn't unique in this. At the very least, it would stop her and Pierre from coming across as a Mary Sue and Gary Stu.

Romance in Sugar Sugar Rune

You can see where this is going, right? Chocolat claims to not like Pierre, but we all know it's not true. We all know she really does like him even though it's not clear why. There are scenes which show Kato blushing around Pierre.

There are scenes which show her being all shy and flustered around him. Then there's how she wants to get his heart, and how she gets all focused on him to the point that she sets aside her supposed main goal.
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What she wants is to win the Queen Selection Contest and become the queen of the Magical World. For this to happen, she needs to get a lot of hearts, even more than her best friend. However, instead of focusing on this goal, she ends up getting distracted by Pierre. She wants his heart and his attention and she does things like turning herself into an older girl just to spend time with him.

Of course, Pierre also pays special attention to her since she's apparently the only girl he's into even though she is so much younger than him (seriously, their age difference can be kind of really creepy and weird). As such, it's so obvious that the two will end up together. Practically since the first episode of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime, this pairing is being shoved down the viewers' throats. It's unfortunate that it's just not believable at all.

Your thoughts and opinions?

What do you think about all this? Do you think the romance between Pierre and Chocolat is realistic and believable? Do you think Kato can be a Mary Sue and Pierre a Gary Stu?

I talk more about this issue in this post here on Soyuz Mir. I'd have moved this one here on Anime Archives (Anime Meta) too, but it's already got some comments and notes on Tumblr, so I decided to keep it there indefinitely. I'm mentioning it here for reference as the rest of the anime posts on there will eventually be moved here.

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

How Sugar Sugar Rune's Chocolat Kato Is Better Than Harry Potter's Lily Evans?

Saturday, September 02, 2017 No comments:
The continuation of the post title is "at least when it comes to being active and protecting their friends or other people." This post compares and contrasts Lily Evans from the Harry Potter series of books by J.K. Rowling and Chocolat Kato from the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno.
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Chocolat from Sugar Sugar Rune

Chocolat Meilleure / Kato is the main character of the Sugar Sugar Rune series. The story revolves around her and her best friend, Vanilla Mieux / Ice, being sent from the Magical World to the Human World in order to compete in the Queen Selection Contest. Their goal is to gather as many hearts as they can. Whoever gathers the most hearts will become the new queen of the Magical World.

Lily Evans from Harry Potter

Lily Evans Potter is the mother of Harry Potter, the main character of the Harry Potter series. She's the wife of James Potter and the best friend of Severus Snape, the Head of Slytherin house and the Potions teacher in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. She gives up her life in order to protect her son from the Dark Lord Voldemort, the main villain or antagonist.
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What Lily and Chocolat have in common?

  • Both are known as witches (though the magic system of Sugar Sugar Rune and the Harry Potter series differ)
  • They have wands
  • They have red hair
  • They have green eyes
  • They can be brash and outspoken, presenting a tough exterior (more on this below)
  • They can be active and helpful though one tends to overdo it while the other doesn't (more on this below)

Sugar Sugar Rune episode 2

In the second episode of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime, we can see that Chocolat seems to have the tendency to use her powers for every little thing. It's good that she's being all active about helping people, but, does she really have to use magic at the drop of a hat?
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For example, when that guy was talking to the girl about ballet, how come Chocolat couldn't handle that incident without using magic when she presented herself as a very tough girl? Besides, why'd she resort to magic right away when the guy hasn't even done anything yet?

Snape's Worst Memory scene in Harry Potter

When compared to Kato, Lily comes across as passive. If Chocolat was being rather extreme or if she tends to overdo how she helps people, then Evans comes across as the exact opposite of that. Let's take, for example, what happened in the Snape's Worst Memory scene in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth book in the HP series.

In this scene, James Potter and his friends, the Marauders (Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew and Sirius Black), are bullying Severus Snape, Lily's best friend. Evans shows up to "help". Why is the word help in quotation marks, you ask? Because, based on what happened, it feels like she didn't really help.
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Lily talks to James, showing off her tough and brash exterior by telling him to stop bullying her best friend. But Potter doesn't listen. He tries to blackmail her into going out with him (he says he'll stop bullying Severus Snape if Lily agrees to go on a date with him). He even threatens to hurt her.

It's clear that James has no intention of stopping what he's doing unless Lily agrees to go out with him. So what does Evans do? She keeps right on talking to Potter even though it's clear that was not working at all.

She's a witch, she has magic, so why doesn't she use that to help her best friend? If she can't handle the situation on her own, why doesn't she call on her friends or the teachers for help? There were so many things she could have done to help Severus instead of just standing there and talking to James.

Lily doesn't even spare a single word for Snape. She only talks to him when he ends up calling her a 'mudblood'. By then, she's done "helping" him. In the end, she leaves him to his bullies and tormentors. So much for helping.

Is Chocolat Kato better than Lily Evans?

In this regard, at least, yes, Chocolat can be said to be better than Lily. Because she's not all talk. She actually helps for real. Maybe she uses magic at the drop of a hat, but at least she uses it for a good reason.

On the other hand, Lily is said to be a bright and intelligent witch, so she's perfectly capable of actually helping Snape (as in using her own magic to free him) and yet she appears to be more interested in talking to James Potter, the bully. What does that say about her?
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Another thing to take note of is how Kato is actually new to the Human World, so she's not that close to the girl she was helping in episode 2. She's new to the school, and it's not Vanilla Ice, her best friend, who is in trouble. And yet Chocolat helps anyway. If this was her best friend in need of help, it's clear she'll definitely help.

In contrast to that, in Lily's case, the one who is in trouble is her best friend. Severus Snape is said to be her best friend, but the way she "helps" him leaves a lot to be desired. It's like she didn't really put that much effort into it. Her actions don't scream "best friend". They scream "random passer-by who decided to help, but then changed her mind when the person she was helping ended up insulting her".

Of course, it was her right to get mad and angry when Snape called her a 'mudblood'. But that didn't happen until much later. What would have happened if Lily's priority when she first showed up in this scene was to actually help Severus? What if she showed up and focused her attention on Snape to help him? What if she only had a few scathing words to say to Potter and the Marauders before turning her back on them and using her magic to help her best friend?

Unfortunately, Evans didn't do any of this. She seemed perfectly content talking to James and basically ignoring her supposed best friend. Again, what does that say about her when she's supposed to be a kind and nice person?

Your thoughts and opinions?

So, what do you think about all this? Which one do you like better- Chocolat or Lily? Do you think Evans could have done more to help her best friend? Do you think Kato uses magic at the drop of a hat?

*Notes:
- 2nd pic is by Cor-Sa (CC:BY-SA) from deviantArt
- The rest of the pics are from Amazon.com; links shown above

Why Does Pierre Like Chocolat In Sugar Sugar Rune?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 No comments:
In episode 6 of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno, Pierre, the main male character, has a fencing match against Chocolat, the main female character, because the latter wanted to join the fencing club and the former is the captain of said club.
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With the way Chocolat is blushing and going all red in the face whenever Pierre is nearby or is in super close proximity to her and with how she gets all flustered in his presence, it’s easy to see that, for one reason or another (his looks, maybe? The guy’s a Gary Stu, isn’t he?), she has a crush on him. But what about Pierre? Does he like Chocolat?

"But if you happen to win [the fencing match], I’ll give you a kiss as a reward."

Pierre Tempête de Neige says the above line to Chocolat and I’m like why is he saying that to her? Does he like her? Why does he like her? What reason would he have to like her?

What is Pierre's exact age?

Also, seriously, how old is Pierre? He’s supposedly in middle school, but the way he’s drawn and presented to the audience makes him look like an adult, like he’s a high school or even college student. He always looks so serious and practically expressionless, and, while it’s perfectly fine for characters to act like that (adds to the mystery and all that), with Pierre, it just comes across as really creepy and disturbing.
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Chocolat is younger than Pierre

Why? It’s because the show is making him out to be the main romantic love interest of Chocolat Meilleure / Kato who is like 10 years old. Just look at her. She looks like a baby, a little girl/kid, when compared to super tall Pierre. She barely reaches his shoulders and has to look way up every time they talk.

Why does Pierre want to kiss Chocolat?

Pierre comes across as disturbingly creepy for wanting to kiss someone who is underage and hasn’t even reached puberty yet. For a moment, in one of the later scenes, I thought Pierre and Kato were actually going to kiss on the lips, but, surprisingly, thankfully, it didn’t happen because Chocolat pushed him away.
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Is Pierre stalking Chocolat?

In one of the earlier scenes, right after Chocolat gets rid of the Members (Pierre’s crazy and insane fanclub), Pierre shows up. He shows up right away and I’m like what was he even doing there where Kato was cleaning? Is he stalking her now or what?

Why did he try to teach Chocolat to fence? Why did he say that line about kissing her? Does he really want to kiss her or is he just playing around with her? Either way, it’s really disturbing and creepy, isn’t it? What do you think about this?

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

What's So Disturbing About The PierrexChocolat Romantic Pairing In Sugar Sugar Rune?

Friday, August 11, 2017 No comments:
This post is also known as, "The height and age difference between Chocolat and Pierre."

Episode 6 of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno really shows you the stark difference between the ages and heights of the main female character and the main male character who are undoubtedly going to end up together (seriously, this ain’t no spoiler with how their pairing is being shoved down our throats practically as early as episode 1).
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What’s the height and age difference between Chocolat and Pierre, the main characters? What’s wrong with this difference? What makes this disturbing?

Chocolat is a child

Did you notice that Chocolat Meilleure / Kato is really, and I mean really, young? If you look at her, the way she’s drawn and portrayed, it’s like she hasn’t even reached puberty yet. Her chest is flat and she’s really very short. She’s still in elementary school. She acts childish a lot of the time. In other words, she’s just a kid.

Pierre is an adult (at least when compared to Chocolat)

In contrast, Pierre Tempête de Neige looks so much older. He’s super tall. He’s apparently in middle school, but he looks like he’s around 18 or something or even in his early 20s. He even acts old with that cold, distant persona and exterior. There’s nothing childish about him. He acts very mature. In other words, he’s pretty much a grown-up when compared to Chocolat.

Height difference between Chocolat and Pierre

In episode 6, we get shots of Chocolat and Vanilla Mieux / Ice, her best friend, standing in front of Pierre (this was when the girls are talking to Pierre about joining the fencing club). This close, you can really see the difference between their heights and ages. The 2 girls look so young when compared to the guy. It’s not just the height, though that says a lot too since the 2 barely reach up to Pierre’s shoulders.
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Age difference between Pierre and Chocolat

Does anyone know what their exact ages are? Isn’t it kind of odd / strange / weird / disturbing how Sugar Sugar Rune is clearly setting up the Pierre and Chocolat pairing? I mean, isn’t she too young for him? Isn’t he so much older than her?

If they were closer in age and if she wasn’t like a little kid or something, then this wouldn’t be such a big deal. But, as it is, it just seems really rather disturbing how they might will end up together, isn’t it?
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Isn't Chocolat too young to fall in love?

I hope Chocolat will be so much older when that actually happens. Because she’s too young right now. Besides, a harmless crush is one thing, but to actually feel love for Pierre already? They hardly know each other. And they’ve barely spoken.

And what about Pierre? Does he like her, a little girl? What’s wrong with him? He’s better off picking from his myriad of fangirls in middle school who are at least older than Kato. So, what do you think about all this?

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

Why Vanilla Ice Should Have Been The Main Character In Sugar Sugar Rune?

Monday, July 31, 2017 No comments:
This post is also known as, "Reasons why Vanilla is a great friend."

Episode 6 of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno proves just how much of a great and good friend Vanilla Mieux / Ice is and why anyone would want her to be their best friend. Why is that? How did Ice prove that she’s a true, reliable and devoted friend?
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Episode 6 of the Sugar Sugar Rune anime

In Sugar Sugar Rune episode 6, Chocolat and Vanilla end up agreeing to a fencing match against Pierre so that they could join the fencing club (Pierre’s the captain of said club). This epi really goes out of its way to show us various reasons to like and love Ice and maybe even make you wish that she was the main character instead of her brash best friend.

Why Vanilla is a supportive friend?

Vanilla’s the shy and gentle type, so it’s easy to see that she is NOT into fencing. And yet she still goes with Chocolat Meilleure / Kato to join the fencing club anyway. She is such a supportive friend, readily standing beside Kato when the latter is talking to Pierre about joining the club. She even agrees to team up with her best friend so they have a chance of winning against Pierre Tempête de Neige.
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This is nothing short of admirable because, here, we can see Vanilla going out of her comfort zone and doing something she normally wouldn’t do and isn’t even interested in all for the sake of her friend. Blanca, her mouse familiar, tells her to just forfeit, but she refuses, saying, "There’s no way Chocolat-chan could win against Pierre alone.”

How Vanilla proves she's a true best friend to Chocolat?

Chocolat herself reiterates just how much of a good friend Vanilla is by being surprised when, in a later scene, Vanilla says that she’ll head home first since Kato has cleaning duty. "That’s weird. She’s always waited for me,” Chocolat says. She then thinks that maybe her best friend went ahead because somebody wanted to confess their feelings to her and she went to take that person’s heart.

But, as it turns out, the real reason Vanilla went home early was so that she could practice her fencing skills. "You went on home ahead of me so you could practice?” Chocolat says.

Not only is that really sweet of Vanilla to do, it also really says a lot about her character and what kind of person and friend she is. I mean, just consider this entire fencing fiasco. Chocolat Kato is the one who wants to:

  • Learn how to fence
  • Join the fencing club

Vanilla may be helping Kato, but it’s a given that the latter will be the one to get all the hearts since she’s talking about putting on a good show. This is beyond kind of Ice- to help her rival get hearts, to learn fencing just to give them a shot at winning and all without expecting anything in return.

Why Vanilla should have been the main character instead of Chocolat?

And, see here, Vanilla isn’t the one who wants to fence, but she’s the one who’s trying her best and practicing all the time. She even stays up all night to practice. She’s so dedicated, loyal, caring, sweet and kind and she’s just really good and why, oh why, can’t she be the main character instead?

I mean, Chocolat is the one who wants to fence, but she’s not taking things seriously at all. She’s not practicing like Vanilla Ice. She’s just slacking off. If she’d actually made an effort to learn and practice, she’d undoubtedly learn fencing in no time since she’s the brawny type, but, no, she decides to just sleep it all off and relax and have fun while her best friend toils away for her.
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Does Chocolat deserve to have Vanilla as a friend?

Since Vanilla is the one who’s practicing all the time and since Chocolat has done nothing but slack off, it’s no wonder that the former is the one to win their practice match. But Kato gets all upset about her loss and runs off.

You know what happens next? Vanilla has to run after her and apologize for winning. What in the world? Vanilla is like Duke (Kato’s familiar) is right, my win was just a fluke, but I wish it wasn’t, so "I wouldn’t be holding you back.”

Oh, Vanilla, you sweet person, you. If anyone’s holding anyone back, it’s definitely not you. You’re the one who’s been practicing all this time. Of course, you deserve to win and it’s not a fluke.

You know what else gets me? The fact that Vanilla is so concerned about holding her best friend back. She doesn’t really care about fencing and has no interest in joining the fencing club, but she wants to help Chocolat win and she doesn’t want to be a burden to her best friend. She knows she’s bad at things like fencing so she really tries her best and it’s all for Kato.

Chocolat should really be grateful for having such a loyal, dedicated and true friend. Someone tell me again why Vanilla isn’t the main character of Sugar Sugar Rune? Seriously, isn’t she awesome? What do you all think about this?

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

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