English: A Little Snow Fairy Sugar
Synonyms: Tiny Snow Fairy Sugar, Chiccha na Yukitsukai Sugar
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2001 to Mar 26, 2002
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG - ChildrenL represents licensing company
Score: 7.261 (scored by 4358 users)
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2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagsadventure cute fairy fantasy
Nov 23, 2007
Basically, to sum it up, the story is of a young, punctual, planning girl named Saga who, much to her dismay, happens to encounter upon a small fairy known as a "season fairy" (and it's not so long afterward until she meets others). The first little season fairy is named Sugar, and apprentice to become a great snow fairy. Now, you can't say Saga is the most happy to find Sugar. Actually, she's anything but. She doesn't want anything to do with these crazy <i>things</i> she's stumbled on-- they're absolutely ruining her plans!
But soon enough, Sugar beings to live with Saga after the magic seed was planted in Saga's mini toy piano in her room. Now Saga has to deal with Sugar as she tries to find the mysterious "twinkles" to become a full-fledged season fairy! What's a girl to do?
Okay, so maybe the story isn't amazing, but it's wonderfully adorable, and I love the interactions between all the characters. Some parts of the stories have a few flaws, but never enough to distract the viewer.
One thing I adore about Tiny Snow Fairy Sugar is it's beautiful backgrounds. That's the thing, it doesn't take place in Japan; it takes place in Germany, which I find refreshingly different and appealing to watch. The backgrounds are gorgeous watercolors. Also, the character designs are by Koge-Donbo (author of Pita-Ten and Kamichama Karin) which makes the expressions extra adorable, especially with Sugar and the other faires.
The opening song is very catchy and chipper, contrasting with the more sweet and melancholy sounding ending theme. The music in the background is low-key, consisting of mostly piano and string instruments.
Saga and Sugar's personalities clash which makes their interaction all the more interesting. Saga is orderly and mature and Sugar is spontaneous and energetic. I'd have like to see Ann and Norma more developed, as well as other characters, but Greta makes up for that, as she is a nicely developed minor character. Greta constantly wants to be Saga's rival, although as you see as the series progresses, she actually just wants to be friends with Saga (though she'd never admit it).
Not all would enjoy Tiny Snow Fairy Sugar. Many might be put off by the title alone. However, despite the sugar-coated exterior it is actually a sweeter, more-heatfelt anime that will make you relate to its characters and have you enjoy each episode's antics. read more
Dec 15, 2009
A Little Snow Fairy Sugar revolves around an eleven year old girl Saga and the little fairy apprentice Sugar that only she can see. Sugar has been sent to earth to complete her training and become a full fledged snow fairy. But to do this she must find something called a "Twinkle" which will make her magic flower bloom and signify she is a fully fledged fairy. Saga is a serious girl who plans out everything meticulously and lives a very ordered life. When Sugar comes into her life she turns it all completely upside-down.
The story mostly has a slice of life feel to its pacing. The episodes deal with everyday issues and are mostly lighthearted and funny. At times though some of the messages portrayed can be pretty powerful and deep. Sugar and her other fairy friends who show up are all mostly extremely naive as to the way the human world works, which makes for the source of most of the shows humor. Even though everything in the storyline plays out predictably, it was still an enjoyable experience.
Any series in which the plot is mainly slice of life requires great characters to be successful and that’s certainly the case with this anime. The cast gets quite large; however the series does a nice job in sticking with the characters that are the most important. At the top of this is of course Saga and Sugar. When the story begins they are basically complete opposites. Saga is serious and mature while Sugar is reckless and naive. It’s impossible not to fall instantly in love with either of them. Their relationship is rocky at times do to their personality differences but they both learn from each other and become more complete because of it.
The supporting cast is one of the best I have seen in a series before. Particularly notable is Sugar's fellow fairy apprentices Salt and Pepper. Pepper in particular was so adorable that I wanted to reach into my television and pull her out and cuddle with her. Viewers will probably also enjoy the antics of Saga's classmate Greta, who is herself proclaimed rival.
Artistically the series is quite good. The character designs for Sugar and her friends are really adorable. The settings feel very early 19th century Bavaria. The fashions the characters wear don't really support that and it just seems like a place lost in time.
The music is very important to the story and is performed beautifully. Since all the fairy's weather magic is performed using an instrument, there is a wide variety of sounds. The classical music score meshes perfectly with the stories laid back approach. Additionally the series' OP and ED themes match the shows cuteness to a tee. I also enjoyed the seiyuu performances and it was nice to hear the voices of some actors you don’t normally hear in the roles of main characters. Unfortunately I also heard some of the English dub too, which is typically bad and I recommend you stay clear of it.
I really enjoyed my experience with A Little Snow Fairy Sugar. It's a bit of a unique take on the fairy genre and I recommend it to everyone who enjoys slice of life. Be careful to brush your teeth afterwards though as the cuteness and sugary sweetness will likely rot your teeth out.
Jul 23, 2007
The best thing in this anime is the characters. The fairies Sugar, Salt and Pepper are so cute, but not in the annoying way. Choro-sama, the elder fairy, will also make you laugh with his silly antics over his obsession with Ginger - a fairy obviously so much younger than him! Basil and Cinammon are also characters who, despite their bratty and rascal ways, will worm their way into your hearts.
And if you watched Card Captor Sakura, you just might be in for a surprise. The artwork is so similar but the Tomoyo-looking character is the frenemy (friend/enemy) of one of the lead characters - Saga (patterned after Sakura). I found this to be very funny - seeing a totally different Tomoyo. My only complaint about the artwork is that the characters probably wore the same outfit all throughout the series, in stark contrast to Card Captor Sakura's numerous costume changes.
The story is simple, but still quite complex. It won't let you look that hard for questions about your life, but it will make you wonder if you found your own Kirameki - whatever that is. read more
Mar 18, 2012
It isn't some super complicated and intricate plot. It's pretty simple. Saga, the main character, befriends a snow fairy named Sugar and the other season fairies in the town while Sugar tries to become a true snow fairy. However, it's still got enjoyable scenes and little plots of Saga's everyday life and development with the characters both human and fairy.
Nothing super amazing, but some scenes I believe are just very simple and beautiful. Definitely a cute style too! Appealing characters with a quaint town scene that makes you feel really peaceful and generally happy.
My favorite part of the show. I downloaded all the music from this series. The musical instruments and the melodies they produce are so addicting. They're quaint, sweet, and smooth. If you like the piano, violin, or trumpet, you'll definitely enjoy these melodies that added to the overall atmosphere of the scenes in the series. Not to mention the opening theme was absolutely adorable!!!
I loved the character development of this series. You got a real sense of character from all the different people, both pro and antagonists. I loved that Gretta, the "bad guy" was in fact not that bad at all but a confused child. It really gives a perspective that not all people are bad, but just have their own insecurities that make their thinking distorted. I liked the developed bond between Saga and Sugar, as well as the look into Saga's past with her mother and traits such as a strong sense of responsibility. Very likable characters.
Great to watch when you may be feeling a little down and need a bit of a pick me up. It was a kind of long series with not real particular plot with a lot of sort of fillers. I don't generally like those types of animes, but I did enjoy this one. Episodes with lots of good music were my favorite.
I did very much enjoy this series. Will I have time to ever rewatch the whole thing again? Probably not, but I definitely enjoyed it. I wouldn't mind showing it to my kids or my niece one day if it's not too outdated. I think it's a good reminder of the simple things we miss in life. Things we should have learned but have forgotten as kids. read more
May 11, 2010
Adults can enjoy just as much as children
Greta, Basil , and Cinnamon
Cutesy dialog may annoy some people
I thought the idea of fairys controlling the weather was a unique idea. Although having a human living with a nonhuman has been done before, it still felt refreshing. One of the things I respect about this anime the most is that it never feels dumbed down
The animation is very beautiful and inviting .The environments remind me of Miyazaki's movies.
The english dub is superb, Michelle Ruff is a perfect fit for Saga, the same goes for Rebecca Forstadt as Sugar. They both did an amazing job bringing their characters to life.
Accept for a select few all of the characters are likable. I would have liked to see Greta, Basil, and Cinnamon have more depth and significance to the plot.
I felt they had no real reason to be there.
This anime is very cute, but not in an overwhelming way. It's something people of all ages can get into. read more
Aug 28, 2012
Saga feels way too grown up and actually talks back to the older people. She always makes plains to do things at a special time period even going down to the second. She’s mostly a know it all who believes every needs a plan for everything. She says no to anyone who tries to give her something for free and strives to be the very best at things. Even though she does this, when she first sees Sugar, she doesn’t think its odd.
Sugar is really cute even though I would be annoyed too if someone would keep kissing me like how she does that. It’s interesting that Sugar and Saga look almost exactly alike, which brings the idea that Sugar is Saga’s childhood. If you want to get into the idea of this show showing not to grow up to fast, Sugar is like her child self asking her to stop being so grown up and to act like a kid again.
The animation is really bright and childish like a story book. It works well and brings the feeling of old Germany to light. Strangely, it feels like Belgium instead of Germany with all the waffles that are in it.
The voices are somewhat alright but Saga’s English voice is somewhat annoying. Its way to cutesy for a girl of her age. She sounds like Sakura from Card Captor Sakura. Greta feels really snobby. All in all, the English voices are not really the best and in this case, I would go more for the Japanese version. The music adds to the whimsical feel and is never to overpowering for the scenes. You can tell sometimes which fairy is around because the music changes a bit.
Oct 29, 2008
Apr 15, 2009
All three apprentices are shocked at the realization that Saga can see them, since humans are not supposed to be able to see season fairies. Pepper speculates that exceptional humans might be able to see them, which is the best possible explanation. Sugar tells Saga that the three have been sent to Earth to train as full-fledged season fairies, and to do that, they must find 'Twinkles'.
Sugar moves into Saga's bedroom and sets up residence, much to the consternation of the super-structured Saga. Saga is a well-meaning, intelligent and highly-organised girl who feels compelled to look after the childish, loud and irresponsible Sugar, who is incapable of looking after herself. The story is complicated further with the arrival of three adult season fairies—Turmeric, a cloud fairy; Ginger, a rain fairy; and the Elder, the leader of the season fairies—and two more apprentices—Basil, a thunder fairy, and Cinnamon, an ice fairy.
With the highly disruptive presence of Sugar, Saga's life goes haywire. Her friends Norma and Anne think that she is losing her mind, and her teacher, Miss Hanna, is worried that her best student is acting strangely. Not at all concerned with her strange behavior is Greta, an egotistical rich girl who considers Saga to be her rival, and Phil, a goofy inventor who keeps trying to persuade Saga to help him with his experiments, if he is not already busy building and trying out his latest device.
ABOUT ALL CHARACTERS..
Saga Bergman is the series protagonist. Her mother died in an accident, so she lives with her grandmother. Saga is somewhat obsessed with planning, scheduling her day nearly to the minute and is frustrated when her plans go off schedule. Saga works in a coffee shop, and regularly stops at the local music store to play her mother's piano. Voiced by: Masumi Asano (Japanese), Michelle Ruff (English)
Sugar is a female snow fairy in training, working to learn how to be a full fledged fairy. She comes to the human world for the final part of her training, requiring her to find a "Twinkle". Sugar acts much like a toddler, with a clumsy nature who often tries her best at things but messes them up because she doesn't always think things through. She loves to kiss anyone she is fond of when happy. After Saga first feeds her a waffle, she comes to love treats, though she mispronounces their name as "waffo". In the manga adaptation, she was familiar with the word before eating one. Voiced by: Tomoko Kawakami (Japanese), Rebecca Forstadt (English)
Pepper is a female apprentice wind fairy and one of Sugar's friends who also comes to the human world to find a "Twinkle". She lives in the house of a veterinary who has a newborn baby, which she tries to care for and plays it lullabies on her harp. Calm, gentle, and polite, she is humble about her abilities and is capable of talking to animals. Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi (Japanese), Lara Cody (English)
Salt is a male apprentice sun fairy and another of Sugar's friends who come to the human world with her to find a "Twinkle". Salt initially wishes to be a sun fairy like his father, but after meeting Tumeric, he decides he wants to be a cloud fairy. Voiced by: Tomo Saeki (Japanese), Brianne Siddall (English)
Greta is Saga's self-proclaimed rival. The spoiled daughter of a rich family, she can be arrogant and boastful, though at times shows that she does have a good heart. She often sets up impromptu contests between herself and Saga. Voiced by: Chinami Nishimura (Japanese), Jennifer Sekiguchi (English)
Anne and Norma are Saga's best friends. Anne is taller, quiet and more intelligent, while Norma is shorter, bubble-headed and obsessed with odd fashions. They are often concerned about Saga, and are supportive of her actions. Norma - Voiced by: Sawa Ishige (Japanese), Stevie Bloch (English); Anne - Voiced by: Akiko Nakagawa (Japanese), Mari Devon (English)
Phil and his two friends, Jan and Lan, are inventors who often try to enlist Saga, Anne and Norma's help with their latest project. Voiced by: Asami Sanada (Japanese), Steve Staley (English)
Ginger is an adult rain fairy who is dedicated to her job. She can be brutally honest at times, but means well and keeps an eye on the apprentice fairies. It is hinted that she has romantic feelings for Turmeric, though never explicitly stated. Voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi (Japanese), Hope Grandflower (English)
Turmeric is an adult cloud fairy who plays the cello. Turmeric is a kind, thoughtful and subdued fairy whom Ginger regularly hangs out with and who becomes Salt's role model. He constantly strives to perfect his clouds. Voiced by: Kenji Nojima (Japanese), Ezra Weisz (English)
The Elder, is the leader of the season fairies and capable of creating any kind of weather. Though extremely wise, he often appears foolish, particularly in his dedicated pursuit of Ginger. Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki (Japanese), Steve Kramer (actor) (English)
Feb 27, 2011
The selling part of this series is its overwhelming cuteness. The fact that the characters are chibi fairies and school children proves no other intention.
The story I believed was set in some town in Germany. It is nice to point out that the western setting was defined consistently in terms of culture, names and structures.
The naming sense was a genius idea. The cuteness of those chibi characters added with spice names makes them more kawaii and huggable and squeeshable and edible (ok that was weird).
The story is somewhat original in its own way. One thing I found weird is the lack of a main story line. This makes it a little episodic. And the ending i think is not fitting. Although the cuteness makes up for it. haha
The soundtrack is good. The piano pieces were great. It makes me want to place a camera next to my piano and do those tutorial videos like the one in youtube. The mood of the scene is amplified by the use of good soundtrack so they did a great job on that.
The opening song!! Ahh. I love the rendition. The original version was sung by the rubettes but i am loving this version of Yoko Ishida very much. thumbs up if you agree. Haha
The main character Saga and Greta reminds me of Sakura and Tomoyo from Cardcaptor Sakura. The resemblance is uncanny don't you think? Because of that, I thought this was from CLAMP. But i think it is not.
Overall, This is worth a watch. You will not get tired of watching this until the end, that I gurantee. 9.5/10 it is. XD read more
Nov 24, 2009