Sugar*Soldier is unique from other anime. I wouldn't say that it's unique in a good way; it's not something that other anime should strive to be. You see, what makes this anime unique despite the average storyline is that each episode is rather short. Now, short anime are unique enough, but this one is unique even from those ones. This anime is a mere 1 minute and 20 seconds per episode. As a result of this, there's no opening and no ending, though the last 4 seconds is able to advertise the manga series, which brings me to another point. This isn't an anime series. It's an advertisement for the manga series in the form of teaser trailers.
As an anime, this series falls short of even being average. This is because this is a romance series, and there are only 3 minutes and 40 seconds to get to know and care about the characters. If we were to judge it by the standards set for normal anime, it would fail miserably. So, allow me to give this series two separate reviews: one judging it by normal anime standards and one judging it as a series of teaser trailers.
The story is rather mediocre, failing to stand out from other anime in any way. You could even go so far as to call it bad. Really, it's quite a simple story that can be described in a single sentence: "Our main character lives in the shadow of her sister, but finds someone who likes her for who she is." Well, that's roughly it, anyway. So, yeah, not anything groundbreaking and not anything we haven't seen before. It's character driven, so the plot isn't too good. The execution compared to any other anime that's tried to do the same thing falls flat simply because of the lack of time. Seeing as how the anime is rather character-driven, we aren't given enough time to know these characters, let alone care about them. It's rather poor, really. Score: 3.5
The art and animation are one of the highlights of this anime. Though this anime likes its still frames…a lot, it's still a lot better than the rest of the anime. When it wants to animate something, it does it fairly well, though there isn't much of it. A good example of the animation in this series is the soccer ball in episode 1, though there are a few scenes where the animation looks a bit off. The art isn't too bad, but the unimportant characters don't even have eyes. The production values are probably quite low for this series anyway, so I didn't expect high-quality art and animation. They aren't too special, but they aren't an eyesore, either. The best animation is found in the first episode, and after that, it stays at a fairly consistent pace. Though, there is a noticeable failed lip-sync in episode 2. It's a little worse than average because of the sometimes strange animation and all of the goddamn still frames. Score: 4.5
Now, the sound is right up there with art, as the voice actors are great, there's nothing wrong with them. The problem is that the same track is played throughout all 3 episodes. Not much of a distinction, huh? Despite the fact that the soundtrack is composed of one track, the voice actors manage to do a good job and the sound effects fit pretty well, though there are times when it doesn't fit, like the pen sound effect in episode 3. Overall, it's rather mediocre, no thanks to the lack of a soundtrack. Score: 5
The characters, ironically enough, are the worst part about this character-driven anime. The characters don't have much personality to them, but there are subtle hints of depth. Though, these hints (more like singular) are extremely subtle, and you might think that I'm making this up. Anyway, the characters can be defined with one quirk, and not straying away from the quirk that they're defined by. Take Illya, for example. He's 'cool', and that's about it. The lack of running time doesn't help, so I'm being a bit lenient on this series and taking into account the potential and the subtle hint of depth. Score: 2.5
I didn't enjoy this anime much at all. It's not the kind of story I like, so that doesn't help it. It's executed fairly well, despite its short running time, and it works as an advertisement. That does help my enjoyment a bit, but it remains fairly low. Score: 3
If you're looking for any kind of depth or an interesting story, look elsewhere. The anime ends before practically any developments happen. Overall: 3.7read more
When I first saw this, I was surprised that there's only 3 episodes. What's more, each episode are only 1 min + long. But each episode captures the main point and let me feel that this is a really cute and heartwarming story. In order to know what happen, I realize I started to read the manae. :> Is really great although it just started not long ago.
The story is pretty ok and it has a cause and a consequence.
The art was good enough, but was expecting something more. I liked the background song at some scenes because it fits well with the anime. The characters get along well and have harmony, and a nice aura surround both the MC's with a strong will of becoming someone better.
So yeah, the anime is pretty short, 3 episodes, 1 minute each, so it's hard to imagine someone making a story with an introduction, plot and ending in such a short time. But Sugar Soldier was able to do so. It was a cute,little story about a guy and a girl liking each other, and it was pretty good, though I would have liked it to be longer. The art was beautiful, I liked really much how the characters were drawn and the use of soft colors.
So, in overall, if you want to see a cutsie, little romance anime, then you should watch this one 'cause it will make you feel all warm and fluffy on the inside :)
Though I have to emphasize it was way too short.read more