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What To Like And Dislike About The Hayato-Manabe Scene In Sugar Sugar Rune?

Thursday, May 18, 2017
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

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