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

Thursday, June 29, 2017
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:
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